Hey, Halloween is almost over!
So, we've talked about a lot of the dark underbelly of comics today, but now that all that's past us, we...
...oh, did you hear something?
Yeah, that's right. Even as the evening draws to a close (and we still have Constantine in front of us, remember!), we're still thinking about it. We're thinking -- who are the comics characters most likely to stick in our nightmares tonight?
Of course, these are just mine. Let us know yours in the comments.
Lilith, the central antagonist for the first three years of Terry Moore's Rachel Rising, could have been a good choice. But let's be honest: if you've read that comic, there's one person who scares you and everybody around her, all the time.
The little girl with the ice water in her veins, whom we first met when she murdered her teenage sister for a seemingly minor offense. The image above is how she deals with a priest she doesn't like (okay, there's more to it than that, but not much).
And she just has...so much...fun being evil. It's disconcerting.
These disfigured agents of The Rot are...pretty repulsive.
Honestly, they're pretty powerful and disturbing, but it's really their hideous looks that do it. These guys are not who you want to run into while trick-or-treating on a dark night.
Look, clowns are creepy. Giant, shapeless monster-things are creepy. So Violator, who inhabits a truly ugly, repulsive clown and a toothy, vicious shapeless monster-thing? He's pretty much nightmare fuel.
It doesn't help that Spawn, the comic in which he appears, is full of gruesome, violent, awful and often supernatural characters and imagery anyway, which basically guarantees that in order to be the king of the awful, he's got to be...wow.
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead has never successfully recreated the sense of dread and utter insanity they created in The Governor, and attempts to do so -- such as Negan, a character who felt like The Governor on steroids -- have always FELT like self-evident attempts to do so, which just underscores how cool, unique and terrifying the character really was.
Admit it: this is just...horrifying.