Where to trick-or-treat for your favorite comic books this weekend

It’s almost time for Halloween Comicfest, the kid brother of Free Comic Book Day, when boys and ghouls get to go trick-or-treating in the fantastic comic shops of the Miami Valley, begging for free comic books. Many of our local shops are participating this year, so put on your costume and head out this Saturday to get your copies of the scary comics being offered this year. Here are some of our picks for the best free books you can grab this Halloween ComicFest:

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Jughead: The Hunger #1 (Archie Comic Publications)

Things are getting creepy in Riverdale! A serial killer is on a rampage and the town is terrified. To his horror, Jughead Jones finds out that not only is he the murderer, but he is a werewolf who just can’t help but kill. Blonde bombshell Betty Cooper, who’s descended from a lineage of werewolf hunters, is on to Jughead. It’s up to her and Archie Andrews to put his lycanthropic killing spree to an end.

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Hellboy and the B.R.P.D. 1953: The Phantom Hand and The Kelpie (Dark Horse)

In this installment of Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, our hero sets off to investigate a house that is being tormented by a severed hand. Turns out, the phantom digit belongs to a child murderer who was killed in the 18th century. It gets real when Hellboy tosses the hand into the fireplace and it transforms into a hideous demon. This issue also includes a second tale to horrify you.

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Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1 (IDW Publishing)

What could go wrong when Mia and Ginny go to spend the summer at their boring old Grandma’s house? The two sisters go into the small town looking for something to do, when they stumble upon an old book shop with its door left open. Suddenly, they are transported to Horrorland, a mysterious and creepy amusement park run by creatures called Horrors. This was the first ever original Goosebumps comic book.

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Ms Marvel #1 (Marvel Comics)

Daydreamer and Avengers fanfiction writer Kamala Khan may be a normal teenager, but she’s about to undergo an unusual transformation. One night, while sneaking out of her New Jersey home to go to a party, the city is swallowed up by Terrigen Mist, activating Khan’s superpowers and turning her into Ms. Marvel. This reinvention of a classic Marvel character puts a new spin on an old favorite, incorporating themes of feminism, culture, and race to add some substance to the traditional superhero fare.

Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection (Viz Media, LLC)

The master of Japanese horror manga presents his take on Mary Shelley’s classic tale of a woeful monster and the tortured madman who created it. It has a knack for creating frightening storylines and brilliant art that will have you leaving the lights on at night.

Lady Mechanika: La Dama De La Muerte #1 (Benitez Productions)

In this first installment of Day of the Dead special, the steampunk detective, Lady Mechanika is grieving the death of a dear friend. She takes a train to a small town in Mexico, where she finds the inhabitants in the midst of their Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Things get crazy when the festivities are interrupted by the Jinetes del Infierno (The Hell Riders). The art in this series is truly stunning, the characters are well-developed, and there’s plenty of Mexican tradition mixed in with the action.

Halloween ComicFest is this Saturday, October 27. Participating locations include:

  • Bell, Book & Comic, 458 Patterson Road, Dayton
  • 2nd and Charles, 350 E. Stroop Road, Dayton
  • Maverick's Cards & Comic, 2312 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering
  • Dragon's Guildhall Games & More, 3899 Indian Ripple Road, Suite E
  • Epic Loot Games & Comics, 9130 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville
  • Super-Fly Comics & Games, 132 Dayton St., Yellow Springs

MORE INFO: https://halloweencomicfest.com/StoreLocator

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