10 DC horror comics to read as soon as possible

Over the course of nearly 90 years, DC Comics has won countless fans across the planet by introducing some of the most iconic comic book heroes. However, owner of adult stamps and lines focused on the so-called “Dark Fantasy”, the brand also presented several novels full of tension, content aimed at the occult and a greater concentration of graphic violence, betting on an atmosphere of horror and suspense to diversify the portfolio.

Check out some of the scariest stories from DC Comics below and discover how the comic book horror universe was consolidated through the remarkable names of the geek scene.

10. Sandman

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One of the most influential horror comics in history, Sandman appeals to the abstract and to fantasy in the construction of an almost entirely atmospheric Gothic horror. Published under the DC Vertigo imprint, Neil Gaiman’s work brings violence, mysterious characters, macabre and controversial themes, provocative narrative and strong traces of the occult, evidenced through sublime dialogues and an art that, for many, can be uncomfortable ( in the good sense).

9. DComposition

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DComposition was a DC miniseries released in six magazines and created by writer Tom Taylor. In the work, a corrupted version of the Anti-Life Equation has infected almost all inhabitants on an alternate Earth, turning them into zombies. Narrated by Lois Lane, the story presents dramatic and tension-filled tones as we follow the Justice League’s desperation to fight the new catastrophe caused by the forces of Darkseid.

8. House of Mysteries

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seal member house of mysteries, anthologies of horror, fantasy and mystery comics published by DC Comics, Elvira the Dark Queen also won her own arc, released in eleven editions during the 1980s. The series has themes involving Halloween and the most varied figures focused on suspense and horror, bringing a classic look and features full of shadows.

7. League of Dark Justice

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In Dark Justice League, the classic DC heroes give way to the strange group of John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade and Zatanna, who descend into the darkness to solve scary cases for any Kryptonian. Recurrently, these figures deal with threats that escape the Earth’s natural plane and use their supernatural gifts against dark beings.

6. Swamp Monster

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Swamp monster, by the legendary Alan Moore, has completely recreated modern horror stories, introducing a powerful and frightening character who engages in a haunting plot of revenge. At HQ, we meet scientist Alex Olsen, who transforms into a creature after his laboratory is sabotaged and chemical substances are absorbed by the body. Doomed for eternity, the creature decides to fight the evil around him while trying to keep what little humanity he has left.

5. Batman & Drácula

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Written by Doug Moench and designed by Kelley Jones, the trilogy Batman & Drácula is another unusual crossover starring the Dark Knight. Its story takes place in the parallel reality of Elsewords and places Bruce Wayne’s identity to battle thirsty vampires who terrify Gotham at night and respect Dracula’s orders. Soon, the hero’s life takes a turn when he loses one of his allies and Batman starts to risk everything in an absurd plan that could completely change his life.

4. A Batman Tale: Faces

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A Batman Tale: Faces is a compilation released in three editions, between March and May 1992, by Matt Wagner. In the plot, Two-Face, affected by schizophrenia and split personality, decides to create an army of deformed people to isolate them on a Caribbean island. There, surgeons are forced to turn people into unholy creatures, until Batman discovers the villain’s evil plans and must do everything to prevent the rise of a maniacal scheme.

3. Hellblazer

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Published under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, Hellblazer features stories of John Constantine, a supernatural exorcist with an arrogant personality who fights infernal entities. A member of the Dark Justice League, the occultist indulges in cases of all kinds, fighting with allies to keep humanity safe from both demonic and celestial forces.

2. Evil Summoning: The Lover

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Promoted by the Black Label line, DC’s Horror series opened its contents with a prelude to the film Evil Invocation 3: The Order of the Devil. In Evil Summon: The Lover, screenwriters David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Rex Ogle present the story of Jessica, a college student who, upon returning from winter break, discovers she is being targeted by an evil presence.

1. Basket of Heads

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Originally released in October 2019, basket of heads, by Joe Hill, presents the drama of young June Branch, who must escape from four bloodthirsty criminals on the isolated island of Brody Island. To save her boyfriend, she must use a strange Viking ax that decapitates with just one blow, while the victims’ heads are left, still alive, in a straw basket.

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