5 horror comic books screaming for the screen

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SMITHTOWN, NY – MAY 02: Batman Eternal Writer, James Tynion IV and Earth 2: World’s End writer Marguerite Bennett, Signing For DC Comics Free Comic Book Day Special Issue at Fourth World Comics on May 2, 2015 in Smithtown, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for DC Entertainment) /

The Woods by James Tynion IV

Batman Eternal and Constantine: Hellblazer writer James Tynion’s first foray into creator-owned comics results in the fun sci-fi horror The Woods.

The Woods features a Milwaukee high school that is transported to an alien world during an unexplainable event. The world is filled with beasts, giant insects and even a cute alien sidekick. A band of the students go rogue and try to explore the strange planet while others hole up in the school and struggle with faculty over power. This situation supersedes your typical fire drill after all.

This story very much is made for puzzle solvers. Early on the audience is introduced to Adrian Roth, a student that acts as the “brains” guy of the bunch. Roth and his group stumble upon a pyramid while sifting through the forest planet which raises a whole lot of questions. Is this planet connected to Earth in some way? Roth seems to have some theories.

The Woods fits a mold similar to Stranger Things: A horror story driven by teens and preteens, some with comical quirks and the tropes you’d expect in an ensemble. Don’t be mistaken, there is plenty of room for horror tropes, violence and even slime-tastic gore. The comedy, which there is plenty of, is a great opportunity to take a breath and break the tension. The Woods also explores the depths humanity will sink to under high stakes situations. Again, not all monsters have claws.

Syfy announced in 2015 that it would adapt The Woods for television, though little more is known at this point.