Hill House Brings the Horror to DC
It was announced last week that DC would be shutting down their imprints. Such as DC Zoom, DC Ink, and the legendary Vertigo Comics will merge into the overall DC Universe, or phase out completely.
Even though drawing ire from the comic book community, fans of Vertigo celebrated their greatest hits, like Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Preacher, and many others.
Vertigo was one of the very few comic publishers in the early 90’s that showed the mature, if slightly more violent side of comics. Even though not just comics for “grown-up” readers”, Vertigo opened things up for fledgling creators to try new and exciting ideas.
Simply put, Vertigo shutting down is an end of an era.
But this week, an announcement was made that novelist and Locke & Key co-creator Joe Hill would be heading a new “pop-up line” of horror comics under DC’s new Black Label imprint.
Dubbed Hill House Comics, which will so far consist of five limited series.
5 Limited Series Horror Books Are Coming
Basketful of Heads by Joe Hill and Leomacs
While a couple are house sitting, a storm brings home invaders. But while the girl goes and hides, one of the invaders finds, and attacks her. After an ensuing fight, the girl finds an ax that can cut off a head in a single swing. But, it keeps the severed head alive.
The Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (The Unwritten)
As a child, Alice was gifted a beautiful dollhouse. A dollhouse filled with magic dolls. Now all grown up, Alice revisits her dollhouse. But with some unexpected results.
The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) and Dani (Coffin Bound, 2000 AD)
Two teenagers in a small mining town try to find out what strange plague is feasting on the memories of its citizens.
Plunge by Joe Hill and TBD
A research vessel, thought to be missing in the frozen arctic, has mysteriously resurfaced after 40 years.
Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks (Bethany) and Kelley Jones (Swamp Thing, Deadman, The Sandman)
In 19th Century New York, a girl discovers that her body is a host for an evil being.
In addition, there’s going to be a backup story called Sea Dogs. A backup story at the end of each issue. Penned by Hill and an artist yet to be known. It tells the story of werewolves in the Revolutionary War.
And if that’s not enough to get you get onboard, I don’t know what else is.
What does this mean for DC Comics Black Label Imprint?
With this “pop up “ line of comics, is there even a chance that it can live up to the creativity and groundbreaking work that Vertigo had done for more than a quarter of a century?
Even though horror played a part in Vertigo’s beginning, (also with DC during the Golden Age) the imprint did explore different types of stories as the years went on. Wouldn’t a new line of horror comics be a welcomed thing?
Joe Hill has a love of horror that is basically genetic. Being the son of Master of Horror Stephen King, and having made a few horrifying stories himself that don’t quite outshine his father’s work, but are in their right quite amazing. Especially Locke and Key, which I make a point to reread the entire series at least once a year. Which Hill and co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez hinted on their respective twitter post, that there’s going to be come from Locke and Key coming soon.
Since San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner, maybe we’ll hear and see what Hill House will have in store for us.
Hill House will be scaring us, this coming Fall.
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