Happy Halloween Week, comics lovers! This month while decorating my apartment for Halloween, I thought why not do something different and shine a light on some of the amazing BOOM! series that are perfect for this spooky season. Think of this as a holiday gift guide, but this time the holiday is all about ghosts, witches, and candy instead of Santa, snow, and, well… candy.
For Those Who Love Horror Movies…
Something is Killing the Children
Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween. If these movies are a regular part of your Halloween tradition, then the new series from James Tynion IV is the BOOM! Studios comic for you. In this new series, we’re transported to the town of Archer’s Peak, where children have been disappearing and the survivors have no explanations… just horrifying, violent stories of monsters in the shadows. The citizens of the town are desperate for a resolution but the police have no leads. Their only hope may be a mysterious young woman named Erica Slaughter. She’s a monster killer and has come to do what needs to be done. This comic is violent and bloody and there’s no telling what horrors are still to come. The only downside? There are only two issues out so far and the wait between installments is excruciating.
For Those Who Are Feeling Nostalgic…
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I personally find that licensed comics are always a bit of a gamble. Sometimes they’re great but sometimes they just pale in comparison to the original content. But no need to fear, Buffy fans: this new series from BOOM!, written by Jordie Bellaire with art by Dan Mora, is the former. Just to be clear, this isn’t an extension of the original series—it’s more of a reimagining. It takes all of the elements and characters you loved in the late ’90s and puts a more modern spin on it. The gang is all back together but there are a few new faces and some new enemies threatening Sunnydale’s peaceful existence as well. And when you’re all caught up on this, there’s a new Angel series waiting for you too.
For the Music Lover…
Coady and the Creepies
Meet The Creepies, a punk band made up of sisters Coady, Corey, and Criss. Like any other hardworking band, they’re headed out on tour, determined to play every gig they can. But there’s one little thing that makes them different. Not long ago, Coady died in a freak accident, leaving the band with a ghost for a drummer. Will she be able to get through this tour without her sisters finding out? And will The Creepies achieve their dream of becoming the greatest punk band in the world?
This limited series is full of kick-ass characters and great artwork and is just a lot of fun overall. You can read the whole collected series now.
For the Easily Scared…
Ghosted in L.A.
Look no further than Ghosted in L.A., in which Daphne Walters, who is both new to LA and newly single, finds herself living in Rycroft Manor. It’s old and haunted but there’s a pool and the rent is free. Daphne is a charming, sympathetic character and you’ll quickly come to love her and the ghosts who reside in the Manor with her. Each ghost is unique in their own way and it’s fun getting to know them while simultaneously cheering Daphne on as she tries to find her place in a new city.
Read all of the above already and looking for more BOOM! Halloween reads? Here are some honourable mentions:
- Over the Garden Wall: Hollow Town by Celia Lowenthal and Jorge Monlongo
- Sparrowhawk by Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla
- By Night by John Allison and Christine Larsen
- Destroyer by Victor LaValle and Dietrich Smith