Recommendations for 10/20

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on October 19, 2021.

NIGHT OF THE GHOUL #1

Each of the “Scottober” releases from ComiXology have provided thrills, chills, and everything else readers might expect from renowned writer Scott Snyder and his incredibly talented artistic collaborators. However, in this critic’s mind, they’ve been saving the best for last in tomorrow’s Night of the Ghoul #1 from Snyder and Francesco Francavilla. The duo behind the story have a proven track record, including the renowned Detective Comics tale “The Black Mirror.” Few artists can construct mood with the same heightened atmosphere and ease as Francavilla, and he highlights the psychological terrors found in Snyder’s stories just as well as the literal monsters. Night of the Ghoul features both as it follows an estranged father and son as they track down the director of a long lost horror film. The discovery of that film and its creator reveals plenty of unexpected darkness and sets the stage for a riveting tale. It’s an astounding premise from two masters of the horror comics just in time for Halloween; what more could we ask for? — Chase Magnett

Published by ComiXology Originals

Written by Scott Snyder

Art by Francesco Francavilla

Colors by Francesco Francavilla

Letters by Andworld Design

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS HC

Each installment in Brubaker and Phillips’ Reckless series reaffirms that the fan-favorite duo have discovered a sweet spot that may never sour. Each tale reads with the violent and twisting delights of a perfect airport novel, and the delivery of those scenes alongside an increasingly complex protagonist elevates them beyond that fare’s workmanlike standards. Each unexpected brawl or explosion screams off of the page, and Brubaker’s partnership with Phillips creates a narrative where readers are comfortably experiencing words and images in perfect harmony. These comics are the very definition of page-turners making it impossible to set the hardcovers down until they’re read from start to finish. With devilish historical settings, tortured heroes, and mysteries ripped right from the nightmares of Americana, Destroy All Monsters is another guaranteed thrill of a read for any comics fans of pulp, noir, or any similar fare. — Chase Magnett

Published by Image Comics

Written by Ed Brubaker

Art by Sean Phillips

Colors by Jacob Phillips

Letters by Sean Phillips

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