The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Shut-In

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!

Courtesy of reader Jackson Edge, we have another Bruce Jones story. This is the second-to-last Bruce Jones story that I'll be featuring this month (the last one might very well get the honor of being the story featured on Halloween). This is titled "Shut-In" and it is drawn by the great Italian comic book artist Tanino Liberatore. And it is royally messed up. Some graphic scenes to follow! Be forewarned!


The comic features a young buxom teenage girl who is "babysitting" an older man who has suffered a paralytic stroke. While she is doing her homework, her boyfriend comes over. He makes jokes involving the paralyzed old man and eventually the two of them even have sex in front of the man.

The depraved behavior gets ramped up a notch...

And then things take a turn...

I debated featuring the next page and I decided against it. It is expertly handled, but it is a rape scene (all off panel of course) and it kind of creeped me out to show it. But boy did they handle it well, with the girl running through the house trying to get out while you see the sound effects for the squeeking of his wheelchair wheels as he eventually corners her.

Then the story takes a drastic turn. Very striking stuff.

Jones excels at these types of story and Liberatore's artwork is excellent.

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