Hello, and welcome to Webcomics Wednesday! Halloween is only a week away, and before long we’ll all be hopelessly bombarded by monsters—along with skeletons, zombies, and princesses. You get the picture. To help get us all in the mood for the festivities, here is a collection of monster-centric webcomics perfect for this time of year. Look out under the bed!
For those of you new to Webcomics Wednesday, it’s a weekly tradition where we choose five webcomics centered around a certain theme. They are chosen and presented in no particular order based on art, story and appeal. This week is a focus on those creatures under your bed and in the closet—monsters. Love them or hate them, they’re here to stay… especially in the most unfortunate worlds of these webcomics.
Comic: Conny Van Ehlsing, Monster Hunter
Creator: Max Vaehling
In our words: Conny Van Ehlsing is a teenage monster hunter. Before that, she was a little girl monster hunter. This delightful webcomic tells the story of the young hero from her first day at school when she was six years old. Everything was intimidating and even scary… especially all the monsters. When nobody believes her, young Conny must take upon herself the will to survive, to outsmart and defeat the monsters herself. The trick is that anyone and anything could be a monster, and the only thing for certain is that they are there and they may appear at any moment.
Comic: Monster Matador
Creator: Steven Prince
In his own words: The near future. The world has been overrun by monsters. Cities have been destroyed, countless lives have been lost. People have come together to try and rebuild, but the monsters are never far. They strike often and with little warning. Fortunately there are those that have risen to challenge them. He is one… The Monster Matador!
In our words: If you want a dash of Mexican flair mixed up with a few nightmarish monsters, this is the comic for you! Monster Matador paints a unique picture of a man who had once been ordinary, turned into a hero by circumstance. The matador travels alone with his daughter and is constantly on the lookout for ways to free the world from monsters in a way that only he can. Ole!
Comic: Monster Pulse
Creator: Magnolia Porter
In her own words: Monster Pulse is an all-ages adventure story about kids whose body parts transform into fighting monsters.
In our words: Bina Blum is walking home from school, depressed from not doing well, when suddenly she sees a strange mist. Her heart starts pounding wildly. The mist is alive! Then it rips through her chest, tearing her heart out, and turns her heart into a giant monster. That is how the saga begins. The story is very whimsical and yet believable in a strange way. What could be more terrifying than watching a part of your body separate from you to become a monster? What would you do?
Comic: Unspeakable Vault (Of Doom)
Creator: Francois Launet/Goomi
In our words: Who says Cthulhu can’t be funny? Unspeakable Vault is a humor strip that takes place in the horrific and fantastic universe of H. P. Lovecraft. In addition to Lovecraft’s monsters and gods dominating the subject matter, original human characters are added, including even a Lovecraftian cult. Fans of this thrilling mythos will easily take to this comic, though it does help to have at least a basic knowledge of Lovecraft’s style and universe.
Comic: Monster Soup
Creator: Devin Blake
In our words: An erratic ghost. A strongly opinionated medium. A teenage werewolf. A determined vampire. A purpose-seeking zombie. All these characters are forced to put up with each other in the fascinating webcomic Monster Soup. The comic has some influence from Sandman and X-Men, but it comes off as something completely unique. Stereotypes are played with and turned on their heads as the new tenants move into a mysterious castle under orders of a court judge.
Now that you have been sufficiently frightened, you should be ready for when Halloween comes. Please come back next week for another selection of Webcomics Wednesday. In the meantime, tell us if we missed anything in this week’s selection. What webcomics do you read? Is there something that we haven’t featured yet that we should? Let us know! We love getting feedback and suggestions for future material!