October is the month of ghosts and goblins, of binging on candy and staying up late watching classic horror movies. It also happens to be the month "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC -- but right now we're focused squarely on the comic books that will have all of fandom buzzing in October.
October will see a fresh publishing launch from Marvel as the "All-New, All-Different" era gets underway. In addition, DC Comics will present a major event in addition to the launches of some exciting new titles. Plus, Dark Horse celebrates Halloween with one of its classic horror characters. IDW is not to be left out as it will publish the comic book return of one of the greatest film franchises of all-time, and of course the Image revolution continues with new series debuting from acclaimed writers Greg Rucka and Brian K. Vaughan. October will be filled with no tricks, but plenty of treats, and we've set aside some of our favorites for the month just for you.
"Batman and Robin Eternal" #1-4 Story: James Tynion IV & Scott Snyder
Writers: Steve Orlando and James Tynion IV
Art: Scot Eaton, Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pelletier and Scot Eaton
Cover: Tony S. Daniel
The sequel to last year's runaway weekly hit "Batman Eternal" is here, and this time Robin is along for the ride. "Batman Eternal" had far reaching effects on the entire Batman family of books and this new weekly series should be no different. This one starts out with a case from Batman and Dick Grayson's past -- a human trafficker named Mother and the price the Dynamic Duo had to pay to bring her down. "Batman and Robin Eternal" sounds intense and important, and it will all be brought to you by showrunners James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder with writers Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and some of DC's best artists this October.
"The Goon in Theatre Bizarre" Writer/Artist/Cover: Eric Powell
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with two-fisted, square-jawed monster squasher The Goon? Eric Powell presents this one-shot featuring the Goon journeying into the Theatre Bizarre, a real life Halloween event created by famed artist John Dunivant. Expect him to go up against the very Powell-sounding Zombo the Clown and burlesque queen Roxi Delite. Going trick r' treating with Zombo and Roxi sounds pretty much perfect to us.
"Justice League" #45
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art/Cover: Francis Manapul
"Gods and Men" Crossover Event
"Gods and Men" is the latest "Justice League"-centric DC event, spreading out into a series of crossover books featuring newly powered core Justice Leaguers written and drawn by some of DC's top talent. On board for this October event we have the likes of Peter J. Tomasi, Rob Williams, Evan "Doc" Shaner, Francis Manapul, Tom King and Scott Kolins. The story centers around the League members somehow gaining the power of gods, and fans of Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" who have been waiting for the New Gods to make an impact on the new DCU might be getting their wish. It all begins in "Justice League" #45 by Francis Manapul and DC head honcho Geoff Johns, and when Johns goes big, things change, meaning "Gods and Men" is likely to have a profound impact on the future of the DC Universe.
"Superman: Lois & Clark" #1
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Art/Cover: Lee Weeks
It's the return of the pre-New 52 Superman and Lois Lane in a very different type of Superman story in "Superman: Lois & Clark" presented by the classic team of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Lee Weeks. Spinning out of "Convergence," the new series finds the classic Superman and Lois married and fighting for their very existence in a world not their own. Fans of the classic Lois and Clark dynamic will be thrilled to see the next chapter in the lives of these beloved characters from a writer who penned so many of their classic adventures.
"Black Magick" #1
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art/Cover: Nicola Scott
Cover B: Jill Thompson
The critically-acclaimed writer of "Lazarus" and the brilliant artist of "Secret Six" join forces for Image's latest supernatural thrill ride. A new project from Rucka or Scott individually is cause for anticipation, and them joining powers for an original concept perfect for the Halloween season is just icing on the cake. Detective Rowan Black tries to discover the truth about herself and her past but there are mystical forces in her city of Portsmouth that covet her power. Rucka pens some of the best crime fiction in and "Black Magick" should allow him to combine his noir sensibilities with small town horror. Each issue will also feature short fiction to help expand the world of his and Scott's new epic.
"Invincible Iron Man" #1 & #2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Marvel's #1 cinematic superstar gets a new creative team this October as part of Marvel's post"Secret Wars" push. Brian Michael Bendis has been all over the Marvel Universe these past few years, but has never handled Tony Stark outside of his "Avengers" run. Along with superstar-in-the-making artist David Marquez, Bendis will deliver a new status quo, new purpose, new armor and the shocking return of a classic villain. Look for the comic book version of Iron Man to rival his importance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe once this team sends him down his "All-New" path.
"Paper Girls" #1
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chiang & Matt Wilson
Cover: Cliff Chiang
Image keeps the Halloween train going Brian K. Vaughan brings his own brands of chills with "Paper Girls." Anything Vaughan does is usually a slam-dunk forfans, but when the "Saga" writer joins forces with superstar artist Cliff Chiang you're definitely in for something special. Image has described "Paper Girls" as "War of the Worlds" meets "Stand By Me," which alone is more than enough to pique our interest. "Saga" remains one of the best books being published and "We Stand On Guard" has been nothing short of awesome. Vaughan debuting a third series at Image is just too exciting to ignore.
"Doctor Strange" #1
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art/Cover: Chris Bachalo
Not content to wait until November 2016 for the "Doctor Strange" film, Marvel's sorcerer supreme is getting the A-list talent treatment in the form of Aaron and Bachalo. As fans of the new "Thor" comic will attest, Aaron puts a wholly original spin on each and every character he touches and Bachalo is the perfect artist to channel a bit of that Steve Ditko magic to deliver the "Doctor Strange" comic fans have long been clamoring for.
"Clean Room" #1
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Cover: Jenny Frison
Gail Simone finally comes to Vertigo! Simone and "2000 AD" veteran Jon Davis-Hunt will celebrate Halloween in style with their new horror title, the story of an evil self-help guru, a mysterious suicide and a vast conspiracy. Fans of Simone's "Secret Six" and "Red Sonja" know the writer can go dark when the story calls for it and "Clean Room" sounds like it will be Simone's darkest journey yet. October kicks off a major new wave of upcoming Vertigo titles (12 in all) will see a surge of new Vertigo titles with "Clean Room," a dark look into the nature of fear and evil, leading the way.
"Extraordinary X-Men" #1 & #2Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist/Cover: Humberto Ramos
Some "X-Men" fans expressed concern over the future of the property post-"Secret Wars." Would it be rebooted or shunted off into its own reality? Conspiracy theories were put to rest when Marvel announced writer Jeff Lemire and artist and a new flagship title for Marvel's Children of the Atom. The new X-team consisting of Storm, Colossus, Old Man Logan, young Jean Grey, Iceman, Magick and Nightcrawler seems fascinating and Lemire brings a fresh and unique voice to Marvel's mutant heroes. Rest easy X-fans, the publisher's moster Extraordinary heroes are in good hands.
"Amazing Spider-Man" #1 & #2
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Covers: Alex Ross
Miles Morales may be coming to the mainstream Marvel U following "Secret Wars," but Peter Parker is still swinging for justice. Spider-Man goes global in October as Peter finally finds the financial success he's been searching for since his debut. This new "Spider-Man" smacks a bit of old school Iron Man with Peter Parker serving as CEO of Parker Industries, traveling the world with his "bodyguard" Spider-Man close behind. Dan Slott has been the main in charge of the Spidey corner of the universe for the last few years, and there's no reason to think he's letting off the gas any time soon. The new series also feature backup stories starring major Spider players like Silk, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman and more.
"Back to the Future" #1
Writers: Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham
Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening
Cover: Dan Schoening
Other than a brief Harvey Comics run in the early '90s, "Back to the Future" has historically been oddly absent from the comic book page -- until now. Original screenwriter Bob Gale will oversee a brand new "Back to the Future" series focusing on untold tales from the franchise. Ever wondered about the adventures of Doc Brown in 1945? Well, IDW will give you an all-access pass to the alternate possibilities and further adventures of Doc, Marty, Biff and more in this new ongoing.
Writer: Warren Ellis
Art/Cover: Gerardo Zaffino
Variant Cover: David Aja
In a month loaded with brand spanking new titles, "Karnak" is probably the most unexpectedly #1 in October. Who would have thought the Inhuman master of combat and strategy would have his own monthly title, much less one crafted by master storyteller Warren Ellis. Big things are coming for the Inhumans in comics, TV and film, but Ellis and Zaffino guiding the Royal Family's strangest member just might be the most exciting Inhuman project of them all.