Mr. Higgins Comes Home, a Dark Horse hardcover, is being released at the right time of year; just before Halloween.

It seems appropriate: written by Mike Mignola, this tale is about vampires, werewolves, silver bullets and Satan himself.

The story, heavily based on the creepy 1922 German movie classic Nosferatu, is about vampire hunters who are invited to stay in a castle owned by, well, a vampire. Along for the horse and buggy ride to the castle is Mr. Higgins, an unfortunate man whose new bride was turned into a vampire during their honeymoon at the same castle!

The story is good creepy fun, with minimal dialogue. The art style adds to the creepiness; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell’s (Tank Girl artist) scratchy pen drawings and selective use of color really contribute to making this a thrilling ride through the ‘fun house’.

I enjoyed the playful nature of this horror story, I suspect played partially tongue-in-cheek, but I do need to mention that it’s a quick read. You will enjoy this tale in all its twists and turns, but likely finish this volume in less than half an hour. Still, a fun story, and perhaps something to entertain yourself while you wait for those little trick or treaters to visit at this time of year.

Dark Horse, HC, 64 pages including covers, $14.99 Horror Fantasy, rated by Dark Horse for 14+ years of age.

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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