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This article is not for the faint of heart. We’re going to look at some comics that are genuinely messed up.
Horror comics are common. There are tons of genuinely spooky comics out there that’ll make you feel scared. These are well and good, but you can get scares out of just about any form of media. What makes comic books so amazing is the fact they can do things that other forms of media just can’t.
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That’s why we’re going to dig into the horror comics that really push the limits. These horror comics are truly gory and they’re guaranteed to make you feel truly uncomfortable. They have some pretty dark imagery that isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking to get dark, these are the comics you’ll want to read.
Crossed might as well be called “let’s do as much messed up stuff as we possibly can in each and every issue.” That doesn’t flow off the tongue as well as Crossed, though, so I get why they choose that name. Each series contains its own story, and each one will make you question the mindset of everyone involved in the creation of every page. Your stomach will turn and you might just question the human condition with how screwed up this book actually is. It’s freaking awesome!
2. Locke & Key
Locke & Key is a beautiful horror masterpiece. While not a gore-fest like Crossed, it still features plenty of dark images that’ll disturb people who aren’t down with horror that pushes the limits. In terms of quality, this book is quite a bit better than a lot of other horror books, which makes it a must-read for anyone with the stomach to handle what Joe Hill writes and Gabriel Rodriguez brings to life through his art.
Preacher is great at making you feel uncomfortable. It’s not always done through pure blood and guts (though there’s plenty of that mixed in). Instead, there are some truly dark and twisted scenes that’ll shake you to your very core. If you’ve seen the show and think that’s the limit of what they can do, trust me, you haven’t seen anything yet. The comic medium opens a whole higher plane of disgusting, and Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, and Glenn Fabry take advantage of that plane and then some.
4. The Boys
Here we have another comic from the sick and twisted mind of Garth Ennis. Ennis set out to “out-Preacher Preacher” in terms of violence and sexual content, and he definitely pushes the limits with this one. It’s technically a superhero comic, but unlike most of those where the heroes are good and just, The Boys takes place in a world of despicable heroes who let the fame go their head.
Robert Kirkman is one of the most well-known comic writers because of the smash success of The Walking Dead. Die!Die!Die! comes from the same mind, but it goes much further than the zombie-filled world of The Walking Dead and it goes into the ultra-violent realm far more often. The secret military premise is interesting, but it is the over-the-top blood and gore that really makes this comic stand out.
It’s a Dark World Out There
If your idea of a dark comic is the brooding Batman, you’re in for a rude awakening when you check out these five comics. Even if you’re a die-hard horror fan, some of the images you’ll encounter in these books might make you uncomfortable. Personally, I enjoy that feeling, but if you don’t like feeling that way, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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