Without spoiling, we review, a sci-fi horror comic, John Carpenter’s Night Terrors (Brand New Series): Graveyard Moon, which is a thrilling sci-fi space horror comic for the mature audience about a distant future when the rich hire space services to bury their dead in a non inhabitable moon of a planet- Callisto, a rocky moon of Jupiter. Currently the paperback is available for pre-order via Amazon (September 22nd, 2020 release), and planned for release on the Storm King Comics website, along with the comic stores next week (September 9th 2020). (More info, and the links provided below the review.)
The crew of a cargo ship that transports the dead for burial on a designated Graveyard Moon find themselves overwhelmed by unspeakable horror… surrounded by the ghosts of the dead they carry.
In the not so far future, Earth no longer has space for graveyards. Callisto, a rocky moon of Jupiter, has become designated as the graveyard planet, but only the wealthy can afford a proper burial there. Cooper and his longtime crew prepare to transport a load of the dead, having flown this route many times over. But their routine trip to the graveyard moon is disrupted by deception and greed… and they find themselves under siege by the ghosts of the dead they carry.
The Team Behind the Book:
Written by STEVE NILES
Pencils by STEPHEN B. SCOTT
Inks by RODNEY RAMOS
Colors by LOVERN KINDZIERSKI
Lettering by JANICE CHIANG
Edited by SANDY KING
Cover art by KELLEY JONES and MICHELLE MADSEN
Book Design by SEAN SOBCZAK
Title Treatment by JOHN GALATI
Publishers: John Carpenter & Sandy King
Managing Editor: Sean Sobczak
Storm King Office Coordinator: Antwan Johnson
Publicity by Sphinx PR – Elysabeth Galati
John Carpenter’s Night Terrors: GRAVEYARD MOON, September 2020.
Published by Storm King Comics, a division of Storm King Productions, Inc.
We all wondered what would happen when there’s no more room to bury the dead. Many thought about zombies, but what Graveyard Moon does is makes a realistic assumption that in a distant future, humans would use every inch of land on Earth for housing, and use a non inhabitable moon of a planet (Callisto, a rocky moon of Jupiter) as a graveyard, and thus, the comic’s name- Graveyard Moon. Since the space fuel is expensive, getting buried is also a luxury only for the rich dead people while the rest of the public is forced to cremate their dead irrespective of their religious beliefs. For this service, space burial services are hired, and our hero, Cooper along with his longtime crew is going on such a mission but something feels off about this trip.
Cooper, along with Henderson are the pilots, with Knox & Cole being the personnel responsible for actually digging the moon site and burying the bodies. Cooper is the main hero, and as the foreword by Steve Niles (The writer) tells us, it is the main source of this comic’s idea. I appreciate the creators for allowing the readers to know more about the concept behind this interesting story. The story starts with Cooper & his thoughts, along with his passion for flying but accepting this job as he at least gets to fly a spaceship while the others do the dirty work. The delivery mission starts, and we see a sense of uneasiness from the get go. The story unfolds with shocking twists, and turns with multiple layers of story. I love the inclusion of human emotions into the story like greed, fear, anger, and also the hope of fulfilling their dreams. This story isn’t a simple space horror story but filled with scenarios which do not feel exaggerated, and the horror hits the readers when they least expect it. The underlying message as the synopsis tells us, is pretty clear that no matter what, the dead shouldn’t be disrespected. This is a complete story, and thus, there is no cliffhanger, or unfinished end requiring further explanation but will surely make the readers look forward to the next part from this brand new series by Storm King to see which new story is showcased after this one.
The dialogues are well written. The interactions, and Cooper’s thoughts provide an insight into the future world. It doesn’t feel unrealistic because we all can feel the increasing pressure on the real estate, and burial grounds as the human population is ever increasing day by day. The illustrations are clear, crisp, and realistic. The comic book is filled with vibrant colors. The language is semi-formal, with no strong or bad language used. The story involves adults with some mature & suggestive themes, so like the comic mentions the rating on the back cover, it’s intended for mature audience, and they will love it because the comic does justice to the horror genre with the realistic gore, blood, and frightening visuals.
Overall, John Carpenter’s Night Terrors: Graveyard Moon is a sci-fi space horror comic book filled with intriguing story, scary visuals, and twists that you never see coming. The comic comments on the current problem of lack of space for living & for the dead, and also shows how the greed is bad, especially when it involves the dead people. The comic is a fully colored 76 paged graphic novel that provides the story, creator bios, and a bonus free “behind the scenes” artwork that show how the process of creating this comic was. That’s a lot of content for the money. A must have comic book for any sci-fi, horror, and space fan.
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- John Carpenter YouTube Channel
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Know more about the real moon here- Callisto, a rocky moon of Jupiter (Wikipedia)
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