A Selection of Sci-Fi and Horror Graphic Novels Out Jan 31

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A selection of some of the most interesting looking sci-fi and horror graphic novels out now, January 31st, 2018.

(If you’re looking for Marvel or DC comics, you’re probably looking in the wrong place.)

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I had 5 beautiful suggestions lined up for y’all, and then the date on one of them got pushed back. Sorry!

Book cover for Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts #1

This one caught my attention because of the name and the cover. A while back, the author of The Spirit Chaser, did a Halloween-time guest post for Sci-Fi & Scary about Chinese ghosts and since reading her article, I’m always delighted when I see references to Asian ghosts (which are much cooler than boring old American ghosts.) But, on top of that, this has Anthony Bourdain associated with it, and I rather do like the man’s show!

On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles–where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings–and prays to survive the challenge.

Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.

First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.

Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope.

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Book cover for John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction #4

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction #4

Given the film work that John Carpenter has put out in the past, I just desperately need to get my hands on this Tales of Science Fiction series. That’s all there is to it.

With all eyes on the problem plagued asteroid, something nasty is stirring on space station Benson. Meanwhile at least one person has seemingly survived the incident on Garm so Dixon and his team must explore further, but will something find them first?

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Book cover for Motherlands #1

Motherlands #1

This one… this one is weird. I mean the art is intriguing, but the synopsis half intrigues me, half puts me off. I think I really want to get my hands on the first issue just to see if it’s something I’ll actually like or not. The reality TV celebrity-esque aspect of it sounds annoying, but… well, we’ll see.

In a crazed future where unhinged technologies and interconnected parallel Earths have given rise to a spectacular class of super-criminal, the most beloved celebrities aren’t actors or rock stars, but the bounty hunters who traverse an exotic multiverse in search of impossible prey! But when the spotlight-shunning, strait-laced tracer known as Tab finds herself in an ultra-violent race for her greatest prize yet, she’s forced to work with her greatest enemy, the only person capable of IDing him: her own elderly, overbearing and hypercritical mother, who was once the most fabulous and celebrated bounty hunter of them all. A sci-fi action comedy blacker than dragon s***, MOTHERLANDS is the dimension-hopping, criminal-blasting story of two extraordinary women written by Si Spurrier (SUICIDE SQUAD, The Spire) with art by Rachael Stott (Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Sex Criminals). MATURE READERS

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Book cover for Joe Golem Occult Detective #2

Joe Golem Occult Detective: Flesh and Blood #2

Well, there’s not much of a description for this second issue, but, I mean, just look at the cover. Do you really think this is a series that dives deep into stuff? He’s probably an alcoholic ex-cop (or ex-priest) who saw too many things that were a bit shifty, and went to the paranormal detective side of things after he was forced to leave the force. Even with that, I still want to read this, because look at that cheesy cover! LOOK at it!

There’s much more than meets the eye in the haunted house Joe investigates, and Joe’s personal troubles get more serious.

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