Halloween is over but if you are anything like me, you are still crazing that scary content. Just because the calendar says November doesn’t mean the scares need to stop! And what better way to get the spooks directly into your brain than by doing what we do all year anyway… read comics! Well, fear not true believers, because ComicsVerse has you covered. Let’s take a look at the top 5 spookiest comics to read now!

Spooky Selection: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1-5

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The storyline itself is very straight forward. An alternate world within the Marvel Multiverse has been overrun by zombies. Not just that, however. Even our heroes have been infected by the living dead virus. Heroes such as Spider-Man, Giant-Man, The Wasp, and Iron Man (along with many others) are zombified! We see them hunger for living flesh, tear apart Magneto, and slowly eat pieces of meat from Black Panther. Right when the zombies think they’ve taken over the world, another familiar face arrives: Galactus.

The Eater of Worlds shows up, apparently thinking the apocalypse is the perfect time to eat the Earth and, evidently because he loves narrative irony. Man is he ever wrong. Although the heroes are zombies, they have retained their intelligence and found a way to stop Galactus before he can devour the world.

What do they do for an encore? Why, they eat him of course! By doing so, they absorb his cosmic powers and horror goes interplanetary! Souped up by Galactus’s energy, the zombie heroes use the powers to travel the galaxy, spreading the zombie plague far and wide.

Scary Zombies: Marvel Edition

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Creepy, right?! I know, I know, this is a series and not a single issue. But honestly, I couldn’t imagine writing this article without including MARVEL ZOMBIES! It’s scary enough to see our normally lovable Marvel heroes as flesh eating monsters. Marvel then goes a step further by making the zombies a near unstoppable force in the universe. I mean, could you imagine all powerful super zombies randomly showing up on our planet? Personally, I never did until I read MARVEL ZOMBIES. Now it’s hard not to imagine that… very spooky.

Spooky Selection: BATMAN VOL. 1 #189: FRIGHT OF THE SCARECROW

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Now, this comic is just good old fashioned spooky fun. Robin is in the park with some of his buddies and he notices the Scarecrow in a submarine on a nearby lake. Robin ditches his friends and calls the Caped Crusader to help him investigate. The Dynamic Duo catch up to Scarecrow, but are eventually dosed with the Scarecrow’s signature Fear Toxin! This is where the spookiness comes in. Batman and Robin are completely taken off guard, witnessing their worst fears seemingly brought to life. While they end up taking down the Scarecrow, in true Silver Age fashion, they definitely endured some horrors before coming out on top.

A Fun Spooktastic Read

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FRIGHT OF THE SCARECROW is a perfect comic to read this Halloween because it’s a perfectly fun Scarecrow comic! A lot of scary Batman comics are just really dark, and sometimes that’s ok. There are still several dark one I love. Still, sometimes it’s nice to have fun with it. This issue nicely marries the scares with the fun while introducing the world to the master of feat, The Scarecrow!

Spooky Selection: NEW MUTANTS #18: DEATH-HUNT

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With all the hype (or lack thereof) for the NEW MUTANTS movie, some of you may already know this one. That’s right, The Demon Bear is here! You may feel The Demon Bear is too small of a character to be noted. Read this comic, though, and you’ll see how truly terrifying this villain is.

While there are multiple, generally unrelated elements included in this issue, the meat of the story takes place between Psyche and The Demon Bear. Or, more accurately, Psyche’s fear of the creature. Psyche is tormented by the fear of a giant demonic bear and works out her fears by training against bear simulations in the Danger Room. On this particular night, however, Psyche has enough. She arms herself with a bow and arrows and heads out into the wilderness beyond the X-Mansion. There, out in the cold, snowy wilderness, Psyche finds exactly what she seeks.

Or, rather, the Demon Bear finds her. The two engage in a ferocious battle with Psyche believing she has overcome the creature of her deepest fears. However, things are not as they seem.

Deep Seeded Terror

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This issue is the first full appearance of The Demon Bear and a terrifying one at that. Even as we pull for Psyche to overcome her fears, we soon share them. Yes, her life will be improved by overcoming her phobia, but the evidence steadily mounts that she is not irrational in her terror.

I’d say that’s pretty spoopy! Building the courage to face your fears, only to be reminded of why you SHOULD be afraid in the first place. In DEATH-HUNT, The Demon Bear is powerful and terrifying, making this issue an excellent read for any time thrills and chills.

Spooky Selection: GHOST RIDER VOL. 3 #1

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GHOST RIDER #1 opens in true creepy fashion! It is Halloween Eve, Danny Ketch and his sister, Barb, are walking through a cemetery looking for the Houdini’s grave. There, they come across a few unsavory characters. Deathwatch and his crew have their sights set on a Kingpin bagman, with intentions of murder and theft. However, the criminals notice they are being watched by several teens, including the Ketch siblings, and open fire. In the mayhem, Barb gets shot and the other teenagers steal the briefcase.

Danny takes Barb to a nearby junkyard to attempt to hide out from the gangsters. Their safety proves extremely short lived. Deathwatch’s men find them and close in fast. At that point, Danny notices a motorcycle ad gets on it with the hope of riding out to safety. The gas cap lights up as Danny approaches the bike, and after Danny touches it he is transformed into Ghost Rider! Ghost Rider fights the villains, brings Barb to safety, and vows to enact vengeance upon the evil doers of that night.

This Vengeful Spirit Rides Above the Rest!

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Now I know what you’re thinking. Why did I pick this issue of GHOST RIDER to include on the list? I mean, every issue of GHOST RIDER ever is more or less spooky just from Ghost Rider and his villains themselves. So why this one? Well, this issue is the first appearance of my (completely biased) favorite version of GHOST RIDER ever. But that’s not the only reason. What really gives me the good spooky vibe from this issue is that the whole story takes place on Halloween! Come on, a Ghost Rider story that takes place on Halloween, with our hero fighting bad guys in a cemetery? Hard to think of a better comic to check out to make your pulse race and your palms sweat!

Spooky Selection: THE JOKER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN

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Alright guys, forget what I said earlier. For this comic, we’re throwing ‘spooky’ out the window and replacing it with straight TERRIFYING. THE JOKER is told from the point of view of probably the most unlucky person in all of Gotham City, The Six of Hearts. Joker drags the man he nicknames “Of” on a tour of Gotham, wreaking havoc where ever they go. They even dress up as Batman and Robin for a stretch, enacting their version of twisted heroics on any poor person (or dog) they come across.

Soon, the insanity becomes too much for Of and he ditches The Clown Prince of Crime. Fearing for his mom’s life, he rushes to her apartment. His fear are well-placed; the Joker has beaten him there.

Finally pushed too far, Of lets his rage wash over him. He attacks The Joker, battering the the Man who Laughs. However, the Joker quickly takes the upper hand and grabs a crowbar. And we all know what happens when Joker grabs a crowbar, don’t we?

Master of Horror At It Again

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Okay, so I read this comic last week in bed with pretty much every light turned off in my house and I was actually disturbed. The story, the artwork, the horrifying depiction of a familiar character really gets to you in this book. While I was surprised at how scary I found The Joker in this comic, I really shouldn’t have been. The creative mind behind this comic was none other than the master of horror himself, John Carpenter!

Yep, the visionary who created HALLOWEEN (the franchise, not the holiday) wrote a Joker comic just as filled with dread and terror as his slasher classic. Let me just tell you, it does not fail to disappoint. I love The Joker, I think he’s an amazing character, but I never found him scary until I read this comic. THE JOKER was exactly what I wanted from a John Carpenter story. Terrifying and disturbing.

Oh The Joys of Spooky Comics!

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Pretty spooky stuff right?! While these are easily my top 5 comics to keep the fear going, there are certainly many more to choose from. The important thing is to celebrate this spooky season the only way a true comic nerd can! And if our list helps out with that, then we at ComicsVerse did our job. Keep enjoying comics everyone, and of course, keep the fear coming!

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