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Detectives, Horror & the Bizarre: Graphic Novels     View List as Printable PDF

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Arkham Asylum: a serious house on serious earth

Arkham Asylum: a serious house on serious earth
by Morrison, Grant

In the Batman mythos, most of the hero's archenemies end up being imprisoned in Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The asylum forms the settings for the 1986 graphic novel that has Batman face his murderous foes and tells the macabre hidden history of the asylum.


Batman: the long Halloween

Batman: the long Halloween
by Loeb, Jeph

This stunning and stylish tale from the early days of Batman's career focuses on a serial killer named Holiday who kills once a month, only on holidays, and recounts the origin of Two-Face. As the Dark Knight struggles to find the elusive Holiday, he discovers no shortage of suspects, including Catwoman, the Joker, Poison Ivy, and the Riddler.


Big baby

Big baby
by Burns, Charles

Graphic novel pulp noir from the creator of "Black Hole," From the creator of the 2005 hit graphic novel "Black Hole" comes this new softcover of edition of his other masterpiece of modern horror. Big Baby is a particularly impressionable young boy named Tony Delmonte, who lives in a seemingly typical American suburb until he sneaks out of his room one night and becomes entagled in a horrific plot involving summer camp murders and backyard burials. Burns' clinical precision as an artist adds a sinister chill to his droll sense of humor, and his affection for 20th century pulp fiction permeates throughout, creating a brilliant narrative that perfectly captures the unease and fear of adolescence.


Black hole

Black hole
by Burns, Charles

In suburban Seattle, in the middle 1970's, a strange plague breaks out affecting only teenagers. Some teens got a few bumps whle others became monsters. And then the murders started.


Buffy the vampire slayer: the long way home

Buffy the vampire slayer: the long way home
Series Title: Buffy the vampire slayer
by Whedon, Joss

In a direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series, the Slayers have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt, but not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Describes the adventures of Buffy after the events covered by the television program, as she faces a mysterious threat called "Twilight."


Crimson: tale of loyalty and loss

Crimson: tale of loyalty and loss
by Augustyn, Brian

The fateful bite of a vampire turns the world of teenaged Alex Elder upside down in this tale of loyalty and loss. As he adjusts to the terrors of undead society, Alex searches for nobility in the gothic underground of New York City. And in the back of his mind, he wonders whether he will ever be able to enjoy a normal life again.


Frank Miller's Sin City: the hard goodbye

Frank Miller's Sin City: the hard goodbye
Series Title: Sin City
by Miller, Frank

Sin City is a place as tough as leather and dry as tinder. Love is the fuel, and the now-infamous character Marv has the match--not to mention a "condition." He's gunning after Goldie's killer, so it's time to watch this town burn!


Hitman: ace of killers

Hitman: ace of killers
by Ennis, Garth

In this fourth Hitman collection, the heavily-armed hellspawn called the Mawzir returns to take his revenge on hit man Tommy Monaghan. But Monaghan isn't going down without a fight -- a fire fight, that is. As Monaghan and his mortal allies (including Catwoman) desperately try to keep the trigger-happy Mawzir at bay, another nightmare creature enters the pictures: the demon Etrigan, summoned by Tommy to defeat the Mawzir. But will Etrigan hold up his end of the deadly bargain?


John Constantine, hellblazer: original sins

John Constantine, hellblazer: original sins
by Delano, Jamie

Back by popular demand and in celebration of it's tenth anniversary, DC Comics is pleased to again offer Hellblazer: Original Sins which re-prints Hellblazer #1-9. This collection represents the earliest adventures of the tortured antihero John Conatantine, who faces both supernatural and man made horrors in the volume. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


JTHM: the director's cut

JTHM: the director's cut
by Vasquez, Jhonen

Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine. Dark and disturbingly funny.


Man-thing: whatever knows fear

Man-thing: whatever knows fear
by Rodionoff, Hans

From the screenwriter of the "Man-Thing" movie comes this prequel exploring the disappearance of the local sheriff in a backwater bayou town plagued by mysterious and horrific events.


Preacher: gone to Texas

Preacher: gone to Texas
by Ennis, Garth

Jesse Custer, a small town minister who merges with a half-angelic and half-demonic being called Genesis. Together with Tulip and Cassidy jesse sets out on a bizarre road trip.


Roman Dirge's Lenore: wedgies

Roman Dirge's Lenore: wedgies
by Dirge, Roman

Lenore is our favorite little dead girl! Part humor, part pathos, Lenore's travails are a combination of cuteness and creepiness that we're sure you'll find appealing.


Saga of the Swamp Thing

Saga of the Swamp Thing
by Moore, Alan

Created out of the swamp through a freak accident, Swamp Thing is an elemental creature who uses the forces of nature and the wisdom of the plant kingdom to fight the polluted world's self-destruction. Swamp Thing . . . the only one who can save mankind.


Tales from the crypt Can you fear me now?

Tales from the crypt Can you fear me now?
Series Title: EC comic series
by Tales From the Crypt

Presents four horror stories in graphic novel format, including a tale about a loser who would sacrifice anything to appear on--and win--the television show "Popstar Idol."


The Dark Horse book of hauntings

The Dark Horse book of hauntings
by Allie, Scott

Hellboy Investigates a hidden cellar and discovers his own uncanny connection to the spirits within ... a young boy leads friends and family alike into an abandoned house from which no one ever leaves ... and an unprecedented fisticuffs ensues between a world traveler and the ancient spirit of an English mansion ... These ghostly stories and more await you within The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, a collection of original short horror stories by an award-winning lineup of comics' top talent.


The Goon: nothin' but misery

The Goon: nothin' but misery
by Powell, Eric

Bones will be broken and heads will roll! The Goon is a laugh-out-loud action-packed romp through the streets of a town infested with zombies. An insane priest is building himself an army of the undead, and there's only one man who can put them is their place: the man they call Goon.


The Invisibles: say you want a revolution

The Invisibles: say you want a revolution
by Morrison, Grant

Throughout history, a secret society called the Invisibles works against the forces that seek to hold back humanity's growth. Their latest recruit, a teenaged lout, must survive a bizarre, mind altering training course before being whicksed back in time to wit.


The Walking Dead: a continuing story of survival horror

The Walking Dead: a continuing story of survival horror
Series Title: The Walking Dead
by Kirkman, Robert

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: there is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.