Monday, October 22, 2012

Countdown to Halloween Day 22 -- Favorite Horror-Themed Comic Book Crossover Events

For the next seven days we're going to be focusing on Horror in comic books.  Kicking it off is a list of some of my favorite comic book crossover events with Horror-themed plots. . . which is actually a pretty skimpy list, all things considered.

4. Blackest Night -- DC's story about about a force resurrecting various heroes and villains and equipping them with power rings a la Green Lantern had its detractors to be sure, and like many comic crossovers, several books suffered from a lack of editorial cohesion, but when the writers were able to play up the inner turmoil of heroes having to fight loved ones or face their past mistakes, the event clicked.

3. Underworld Unleashed -- This event's focus was a demon named Neron who began making all sorts of Faustian bargains with heroes and villains as part of a plan to take over the world.  Although I wasn't a fan of one of the big plot points of the series -- namely Blue Devil being responsible for the death of nearly the entire supporting cast of his old series -- the event's gimmick of boosting or transforming the abilities of a wide range of villains made for an interesting read.

2. Rise of the Midnight Sons -- While I didn't follow a lot of Marvel's Midnight Sons imprint of Horror themed comics, I was taken with the crossover event that kicked off the brand by teaming up Ghost Rider, Blade, Morbius the Living Vampire, and others against Lillith, Mother Demons and her demon brood, the Lilin.

1. Inferno -- Probably my favorite of the early X-book crossovers, Inferno featured a New York overrun with demonic forces which possessed heroes, villains, and mailboxes alike.  I especially enjoyed the Excalibur portion of the story which had the team get trapped in a series of Horror movie parodies. 

Honorable Mention:  Infestation -- While I haven't had a chance to read any of IDW's crossover event about dimension hopping zombies, the fact that the core titles involved were Transformers, Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe, and Star Trek makes me very intrigued.

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