OCTOBER 2022 COMIC BOOK ROUND UP!

It’s the most…spookiest time…of the year.

I know that’s not how the song goes but I’ve never been a big Christmas guy, so I’ve got to make the best I can with what I have and in the world of comics during October we’ve gotten a whole slew of bloody, creepy, weird, and awesome offerings to go over and get excited about. All kinds of books have come out in October, which has made narrowing it down to the little handful we actually get to talk about a serious task. There have been giant events, single issue specials, premiers, finales, and everything in-between you can think of and then some. So that all being said my ghouls and ghosts, grab your shovels and let’s dig in.

3Keys3KEYS #1 (IMAGE)

DAVID MESSINA (W/A)

This won’t be the first Lovecraftian comic we talk about in this article this month, but it is the premier of what is probably one of the coolest books I’ve gotten my hands on in a while. 3KEYS is inspired by Lovecraft’s tale about the cats of the mythical land of Ulthar, their descendants, and a handful of special mortals who have inherited gifts and curses in equal measure. There’s not a lot at all I can say that won’t spoil it, so I’ll have to suffice with saying Messina is delivering a book that is bloody, ballsy, beautiful to look at and moves along at an exhilarating, breakneck clip that left me wondering where the rest of the book was when I got to the final page. I need more, next month needs to get here already. If you didn’t grab 3KEYS when it first hit the stands, get yourself down to the shop and pray they’ve still got a copy. It’s going to be one to look out for.

READ 3KEYS #1 BY DAVID MESSINA (W/A)

Ghost Rider #7GHOST RIDER #7 (MARVEL)

BENJAMIN PERCY (W), CORY SMITH (A)

Alright maybe this guy Percy’s starting to grow on me. Maybe it just took the right character, the right story. His run on Ghost Rider so far? He hasn’t missed a beat, and now with issue seven the story is really starting to push into some serious territory and establish an overarching narrative that’s intriguing as hell. New characters, new enemies. Old heartaches and old nemeses. Percy’s putting poor old Johnny through his paces in Ghost Rider and it’s been a devil of a good time to look at thanks to Smith’s art and the nonstop grindhouse horror action that never really lets up or gives you time to breathe—and the horror’s just getting started for Blaze, with the issue setting up some major stakes for things to come. Like I’ve said before of previous issues: if you’re not already checking out Ghost Rider, it’s way past time to strap in and enjoy the ride.

READY GHOST RIDER # 7 BY BENJAMIN PERCY (W), CORY SMITH (A)

Death Dealer #6DEATH DEALER #6 (OPUS)
MICHAEL MORECI (W), DIEGO YAPUR (A)

I am not going to lie, this was a weird one. The newest tale of Death Dealer has been a brutal, blood-soaked one that delves into some of the darkest places in the realm of fantasy but that’s just always been part of the character’s appeal. It’s all kind of right there in the title. But in the latest installment? Death Dealer takes on the Big Lebows—I mean we meet The Sorcerer. And that’s all I’m going to say. The counterpart to the mysterious, magical Sorceress is definitely not what I was expecting but that doesn’t mean the issue wasn’t the exact kind of asskicking, bloodcurdling good time I’ve come to expect from the series. Honestly, it was a whole hell of a lot of fun and finishes on a page that left me dying to see what’s next.

 

READ DEATH DEALER # 6 BY MICHAEL MORECI (W), DIEGO YAPU (A)

Moon KnightMOON KNIGHT ANNUAL #1 (MARVEL)

JED MACKAY (W), FEDERICO SABBATINI (A)

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but the current series of Moon Knight isn’t just probably my favorite iteration of the character in a long damn time, but easily one of my favorite on-going series right now. It’s been not just consistently good, but consistently excellent with every issue and the first annual exemplifies every reason why. It touches on Marc’s past, it paves way for his future, it dials in even deeper to one of the most complex characters in comics, serves up awesome action sequences, and overall just tells a fantastic story. It’s an over-sized issue, too, like a good annual should be, and every page is packed with something to pore over. Moon Knight is in damn good hands with its current creative team, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for the character. I haven’t been this happy with a book in a long time, and if you’ve been on the fence about the character or the series, it’s not too late to catch up.

READ MOON KNIGHT ANNUAL #1 BY JED MACKAY (W), FEDERICO SABBATINI (A)

Lovecraft Unknown KadathLOVECRAFT: UNKNOWN KADATH (ABLAZE)

FLORENTINO FLOREZ (W), JACQUES SALOMON (W)

Told you there was going to be another lovecraftian entry on the list this month. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of on the fence with the first issue of Unknown Kadath but the second has made a believer out of me. You’ve got to understand, though, it’s because out of all the stories that Lovecraft told (love him or hate him), his Randolp Carter/Dreamquest stories were my absolute favorites and I was skeptical whether or not they could be pulled off. Thankfully, I’ve come around to the belief that as far as Carter goes, and this portrayal of the Mythos, it’s in damn good hands and seems to be on track for an interpretation than finds a fine balance between a truthful adaptation and one that stands on its own legs. It helps that the art has a kind of gestural, dreamlike quality to it that genuinely fits the story very well. All in all, I’m super intrigued to see where they go with and how they move forward with Unknown Kadath.

READ LOVECRAFT: UNKNOWN KADATH BY FLORENTINO (W), JACQUES SALOMON (W)

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