Halloween is a time of year synonymous with fright. Scary movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Saw fill the TV channels while kids and adults alike dress up as vampires, zombies, and all sorts of haunting characters. While there are the classic tales, Marvel Comics has had some scary tales of there own; Stories and characters that I suggest reading with the lights on!
Here are three perfectly creepy Marvel tales for all Halloween and comic book fans.
- Writer: Jason Aaron
- Comic Book Issues: Doctor Strange 1-12 (2015)
When I was thinking of characters that would make great horror stars, Dr. Stephen Strange was an automatic name for this list. With all of the weird and strange inter-dimensional beings he encounters, Dr. Strange easily makes for a frightening tale; Strange's run written by Jason Aaron is perfect.
The real life of Dr. Strange does more than just helping the Avengers and banishing beings like Dormammu and Shuma Gorath back to their home dimensions. It involves a lot of things including house calls. This story starts routine appointment helping a young girl exorcise a being trying to eat her soul then then immediate shows the world that Dr. Strange sees that we aren't aware even exists. Beings that could literally and figuratively scare us to death. Even the ones that help us like some cell sized organisms look haunting. The thought of these things being real sends chills down my spine.
If that's not creepy enough, wait until you see the food he eats! Magic has a toll and this toll means Earthly food turn to ash in his mouth. This ends up with him eating things even Andrew Zimmern wouldn't consume.
- Writer: Daniel Way
- Comic Issues: Ghost Rider 1-35 (2006-2009)
Quite possibly the scariest hero in Marvel Comic is the Spirit of Vengeance; The Ghost Rider. I'm not referring to the Ghost Rider on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm talking about Johnny Blaze: Motorcycle riding, leather jacket wearing stuntman.
Nicolas Cage may not have been a good representation of the character, but the Ghost Rider itself is an iconic Marvel favorite and this story proves it. Daniel Way wrote a tale that made me a fan of the character and even gave a new twist to the character Satan.
When Ghost Rider escaped Hell, Satan hitched a ride and planned on killing 666 people in order to gain his full power. Pretty standard stuff for the Devil. What makes Satan such a great character in this book is that he absolutely hilarious. He makes all sorts of bad puns, sick and twisted jokes while killing someone, and just being an all around jerk the entire story. Ghost Rider has to find new and creative ways to kill Satan throughout the book.
If that's not enough, there's evil angels out to destroy everything that God created and the Ghost Riders throughout history. It's bloody, brutal, and full of moments that will make you say, "HOLY CRAP!"
Writer: Warren Ellis
Story Arc: Thunderbolts "Caged Angels"
What's scarier than a base full of homicidal villains? How about a base full of homicidal villains having those murderous feelings being pushed to the front of their brains? The Thunderbolts are a team of villains put together and used as heroes by the American Government. Norman Osborn (The Green Goblin) was put in charge of Moonstone, Songbird, Radioactive Man, Bullseye, Penance (formerly Speedball), Venom (Mac Gargon formerly the Scorpion), and Swordsman. A team full of some very despicable characters who are not shy about killing anyone.
In this series, a group of telepathic activists got themselves arrested so they could invade Thunderbolt's Mountain and make the Thunderbolts kill each other. What made this so scary was the art of Mike Deodato. He drew the caves dark, dank, and creepy. So when Venom was lurking around, hunting his prey and then eating them, it looked like a scene out of Aliens. In fact, there is a picture that looks like it was straight out of that movie. Just compare the two images below.
If that wasn't bad enough, Norman Osborn dawned his Green Goblin costume and was creepily laughing in his Goblin Glider and tossing pumpkin bombs at everyone in sight! The Green Goblin even attempted to kill Swordsman and nailed him to a wall while Swordsman almost bled to death. It was a creepy story I highly recommend. Writer Warren Ellis and artist Mike Deodato Jr. Did an amazing job.
What is your favorite scary comic book tale? Let me know in the comments below!