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review 2017-10-11 17:51
An Awesome Accidental Discovery!
October Faction Volume 1 - Damien Worm,Steve Niles

I have accidentally found a new horror graphic novel to love on and the timing couldn't be better. I had to run into my library to pick up a hold the other day and an usual, caught myself in the "new" section. I saw the first three volumes of "The October Faction" and all I needed was to look at one of the covers and I knew all three were headed home with me! "The October Faction" tells the story of a family of misfit/orphan monster hunters. The books provides with witches, warlocks, werewolves and some other characters I am still learning about. The two children in the book want nothing more than to follow in their retired father's footsteps except he is now a renowned professor of monstrumology and wants nothing to do with his old business. Does that change? You betcha! However, you have to read to find out. 


The artwork in this book is dark, creepy and glorious. And the writing just strikes a cord with me. At one point, someone in the book is killed rather unexpected and the perp's comment was something to the effect of "I was going to have to kill him eventually so why drag it out?" An attitude I can understand - not that I'm a killer or anything :) 

So basically everyone - go get this book. NOW!!!!!

 

I am using this as the Monster square on my 2017 Halloween Bingo Challenge.  

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review 2016-01-12 00:00
October Faction Volume 1
October Faction Volume 1 - Damien Worm,Steve Niles Family of mostly retired monster hunters and the next generation want to participate. The monsters aren't always obvious.
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review 2015-09-29 20:38
Dreams & Nightmares
Dream Merchant #1 - Nathan Edmondson
The October Faction #1 - Steve Niles,Damien Worm

The Dream Merchant by Nathan Edmondson et al. is about a young man who suffers so terribly from his dreams that he ends up in the psychiatric ward.  He befriends a fellow teen who ended up working in the cafeteria as an escape from juvie.  

 

When strange nightmare creatures come through the dreams and into reality the two find themselves running for their lives, accompanied by another strange fellow, called the Dream Merchant.  

 

Ann and Winslow must work together, him from the dream world of the invader and Ann from the chaotic reality that dream world is trying to invade, to save humanity.

 

The artwork is well done, great in evoking the chaotic space and colors of the dream-realm and the dulled edges of the waking world, as well as the danger that spills into them both.  I liked both Winslow and Ann, but felt that Ann needed a lot more background work for her later role in the story to make complete sense.  

 

I really enjoyed that although there was some romantic tension between the two main characters, it was never acted upon by Ann, who felt there were more important things going on, such as, you know, the destruction of reality, to worry about.

 

Overall, pretty good storytelling and artwork, but the characters could use some work to really get readers invested.  The story is also a good standalone comic, so no cliff-hangers, which could be both a good and a bad thing.  Good, that I felt satisfied with the conclusion, bad, that I'm not really too bothered about not having more to read.

 

The October Faction is perfect reading material for this time of year.  I love the Fall and October is hands down my favorite month.  Halloween is my favorite holiday.  Not because I love the macabre (though I do) or gothic literature (though I do).  Not because I love candy (though I really really do).  But, because, unlike most (ok, all) other holidays Halloween really hasn't lost what makes it so great.  It's a holiday where kids (and adults) get to dress up as whatever they fancy and go out for tricks and treats.  It's pretty much the only holiday left where people give without expectation of receiving anything in return.

 

Candy is freely given to children who come knocking at the door.  No entrance fee is required, no gift of equal or greater value is necessary to be exchanged, no faces are even revealed, no one is made to feel guilty for what they have or have not.  As an adult I love giving out candy almost as much as I enjoyed getting it as a kid.  Unlike Krismas no expectations or pressures are exhorted upon the giver or the gifted, it is truly one of the only remaining holidays which extols the pure joy of freely giving to others.

 

Er...that was a digression, but really I love this time of year and I was happy to read the October Faction, because I felt that it celebrated October in the perfect fashion.

 

A combination of creepy dark imagery and family values the October Fashion is what that updated Edward Scissorhands comic I read a while back should have been.  The characters were fleshed out enough to give readers clear favorites moving forward, but with enough mystery left over to keep us interested and wondering.

 

The story follows the Allan family, which seems on the brink of collapse.  Fredrick and his wife Deloris are having troubles and their two kids want to follow in the dangerous family business their parents are leaving behind (or trying to anyway).

 

When monsters from the past rear their ugly heads the family has to pull together or be pulled into their graves.  It's classic creepy horror, but with a couple twists.  The story is actually kind of heart warming in an Adam's Family kind of way (though definitely not as corny.)  The artwork is fantastic and works well with the story giving it the perfect atmosphere for a creepy October night.

 

I will look forward to reading the next installation of this one again some dark evening.

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review 2015-08-11 08:00
October Faction Vol 1
October Faction Volume 1 - Damien Worm,Steve Niles

I'm still trying to broaden my reading sphere by trying all kinds of different graphic novel series. This was one of them.

 

I'd seen some good reviews and was curious to find out more myself. And I'm glad I did. It was an interesting first instalment. Obviously the story about a family of monster hunters who're being hunted themselves as well is only starting in this first volume, so I can't tell how that's going to develop, but the characters so far seem very interesting.

 

The art is very dark, but it fits the story well. Would recommend and I'm looking forward to the next volume.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-06-22 17:11
The October Faction #8
The October Faction #8 - Damien Worm,Steve Niles

5 Stars, Buy it

 

Self Purchase, Comixology

 

The kids are going to be trained as monster killers finally.  They are told to stay in the house no matter what the cost and then just survive.  Of course, they are terrified. First up a vampire.   Several other monster attack and this issue is left on a cliff hanger. ARRRRGGGG it’s going to suck waiting for the next issue of this.  I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating, this is what I wanted Locke and Keye to be. (I may go back to that eventually but I’m not sure).

 

This issue was bloody fantastic (pun sort of intended).  The art and colors kicked ass and the story was a lot of fun. The cliffhanger ending was frustrating but I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue. If you like horror at all (and honestly I normally don’t) you should really like this series. It’s very original, the writing is great and the art is perfect and totally adds to the mood. Highly recommend this.

 

Description (Comixology):Fredrick agrees the kids are finally ready to join the family business as monster hunters, so class is in session! Today is their first day of training, and they have just one assignment... survive.

 

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