The Scariest Comic Books of All-Time! - Pigeons From Hell

A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I'll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!

Reader Jon S. e-mailed me to suggest Joe R. Lansdale, Nathan Fox and Dave Stewart's update/adaptation of Robert E. Howard's short story, "Pigeons From Hell."


The story opens with two sisters checking out an old house that they inherited (that used to be a slave plantation). They go visit with some of their friends, but things are quite disturbing in the house...

What Lansdale is so good at is really getting as much suspense into the comic book as he possibility can. Suspense is often an overlooked part of horror comics, as the violence often overshadows the suspense factor. But not in this comic series (that was four issues long).

Nathan Fox, meanwhile, is brilliantly disturbing (which really describes his art on a lot of projects, really).

Here, in issue #3, the protagonists learn more about just what it is that they are up against...

and then...

This is a marvelous adaptation/update by Lansdale, and the original concept was not exactly a poor one, so they end result is an impressive comic book story. This is available in trade paperback from Dark Horse Comics. Well worth a purchase!

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