Alan Moore Swamp Thing & Joe Hill's Hill House Get DC Comics Boxsets

DC Comics is planning two rather large horror-themed box sets for October 2021, just in time for Hallowe'en. One containing the Alan Moore run on Swamp Thing from the mid-eighties, with Rick Veitch, Steve Bissette and John Totleben. The other being the collection of last year's horror stories curated by Joe Hill, as Hill House. Here's the breakdown for each.

Alan Moore Swamp Thing & Joe Hill's Hill House Get DC Comics Boxsets

Hill House Comics Boxset  Oct 26, 2021

All the terrifying HILL HOUSE COMICS hardcover graphic novels curated by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill collected in a beautiful slipcase box set!
#1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill asks, "With a cursed Viking axe, what can you accomplish?" and June Branch is ready to answer! Heads will roll… June Branch is in trouble. She's trapped on Brody Island with nowhere to run. Her boyfriend, Liam, has been kidnapped. And four bloodthirsty escaped convicts will stop at nothing to find her. All poor June has to defend herself with is a strange Viking axe with the terrifying power to decapitate a person and leave their head still talking. If she's going to save Liam and herself, June will have to keep a cool head…or even a whole basketful of them! From #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joe Hill (NOS4A2Locke & Key) comes Basketful of Heads, the first series in the smash-hit lineup of the Hill House Comics library. Featuring incredible artwork by Leomacs (Lucifer), this spine-tingling collection includes the entire seven-issue miniseries, as well as character designs and behind-the-scenes sketches.

Plunge

In 1983, a state-of-the-art drilling ship, the Derleth, vanished near the Arctic Circle. Decades later, it has begun sending a distress call…  Tracing the signal to a remote atoll in the Bering Strait, the Rococo oil company hires the Carpenter brothers and their salvage crew to investigate the ghost ship. Joined by a marine biologist and an oil executive, the brothers set out on a grim mission to learn what caused the disappearance and recover the bodies of the crew…only to find that the Derleth's men aren't dead! Even if they're also not quite…alive…anymore. A surreal and gory celebration of '80s horror, Plunge brings together Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Locke & Key) and Stuart Immonen (The Amazing Spider-ManSuperman: Secret Identity) for a deep dive into unfathomable terrors. Collects the six-issue miniseries along with exclusive commentary and sketches.

The Low, Low Woods

From New York Times bestselling author Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body And Other Parties, In The Dream House) comes a story so horrifying you won't dare to forget! There's something in the woods… Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania, has been on fire for years. The woods are full of rabbits with human eyes, a deer woman who stalks hungry girls, and swaths of skinless men. And the people of Shudder-to-Think? Well, they're not doing so well either. When El and Octavia wake up in a movie theater with no memory of the last few hours of their lives, the two teenage dirtbags embark on a horrifying journey to uncover the truth about the strange town that they call home. From critically acclaimed writer Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) comes The Low, Low Woods, from the smash-hit lineup of the Hill House Comics library. Featuring stunning artwork by Dani (Lucifer), this volume collects The Low, Low Woods #1-6.

The Dollhouse Family

On Alice's sixth birthday, she got the gift she didn't know she always wanted: a big, beautiful 19th- century dollhouse, complete with a family of antique dolls. In no time at all, the dollhouse isn't just Alice's favorite toy…it's her whole world. And soon young Alice learns she can magically enter the house to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children's novel: the Dollhouse family. But in the real world, her family life is much darker…and deep within the Dollhouse's twisting halls, the Black Room waits, with an offer to Alice. The house can fix all this, the room says. All she has to do is say the words… From writer M.R. Carey (The Girl with All the GiftsLucifer) comes The Dollhouse Family, from the smash-hit lineup of the Hill House Comics library. Featuring riveting artwork by Peter Gross (The Books of Magic) and Vince Locke (A History of Violence), this chilling collection features The Dollhouse Family

Daphne Byrne

The voice from beyond the veil… In the gaslit splendor of late-19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her grief-stricken mother. Emotionally adrift and living outside her means, the widow becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband. While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne experiences a genuine supernatural encounter–a strange, insidious presence in her own body. "Brother," a charming entity with unspeakable appetites, visits her in her dreams and whispers in her ear. Soon, Daphne is sharing his terrifying power. A demon? A ghost? Her own hallucination? Daphne can't be sure what Brother is or what he wants. And even if she knew, could she stop him? Would she want to? An unsettling, blood-soaked tale from writer Laura Marks (The Good Fight) and artist Kelley Jones (BatmanThe Sandman), Daphne Byrne is part of DC's smash-hit Hill House Comics library, curated by Joe Hill (NOS4A2Locke & Key). Collects the full six-issue miniseries as well as commentary and behind-the-scenes artwork.

Saga of the Swamp Thing Box Set – October 12th 2021

All the groundbreaking Saga of the Swamp Thing graphic novels by Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen and V For Vendetta, in a gorgeous slipcase box set! Before Watchmen, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book The Swamp Thing. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history. With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, The Swamp Thing stories became commentaries on environmental, political, and social issues, unflinching in their relevance. Created out of the Swamp by a freak accident, Swamp Thing is an elemental creature who uses the forces of nature and wisdom of the plant kingdom to fight the polluted world's self-destruction. Alan Moore took the Swamp Thing to new heights in the 1980s with his unique narrative approach. His provocative and groundbreaking writing, combined with masterly artwork by some of the medium's top artists, made Swamp Thing one of the great comics of the late twentieth century.

Book One begins with the story "The Anatomy Lesson," a haunting origin story that reshapes Swamp Thing mythology with terrifying revelations that begin a journey of discovery and adventure that will take him across the stars and beyond.

In this second collection, The Swamp Thing says goodbye to the illusion of his own humanity after learning that he is 100% plant, meets a crew of benevolent alien invaders inspired by the classic comic strip Pogo (also set in the swamp), and consummates his relationship with Abigail Arcane as only he could.

The third volume is brimming with visceral horrors including underwater vampires, a werewolf with an unusual curse, the hideous madman called Nukeface. Best of all, this volume features the comics debut of John Constantine, Hellblazer, who launches Swamp Thing on a voyage of self-discovery that will take him from the darkest corners of America to the roots of his own long-hidden heritage.

Volume four brings Swamp Thing's quest for self-discovery with the mystic John Constantine to its shattering conclusion.  A harbinger of doom has been released with the sole charge of waking an evil beyond comprehension, and Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Deadman, The Phantom Stranger, Etrigan the Demon, The Spectre and other masters of the occult must unite against the dark forces that threaten to eradicate Heaven's light.

The fifth and final volume begins as Swamp Thing returns from his sojourn to hell, only to learn that his girlfriend Abby is being persecuted for their "unnatural relations." When she skips town for Gotham City, he follows and runs afoul of Batman, Lex Luthor, and the Gotham City Police Department.

 

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