Campers! Can you believe we’re nine issues in?? The pages of Lumberjanes contain mysteries upon mysteries and references upon references, and our goal here at What the Junk is to decode at least a few and gather clues along the way. Or occasionally get inspired to go on wild tangents.
Speaking of, in honor of the spooktacular fun of Lumberjanes #9, here are a few of my own favorite haunting comics recapped campfire-style.
Emily Carroll, Through the Woods: Once upon a time there was a girl who noticed something strange about her brother’s wife. Once upon a time there was a girl whose sisters were disappearing, one by one. Once upon a time there was a scared young bride. Once upon a time these (and more) scary stories WERE IN THE SAME (gorgeously horrifying) GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Cyril Pedrosa, Three Shadows: Once upon a time there was a man, his wife, and his young son. Their house was being haunted by three spectral figures who just stood there, waiting. Waiting to take away the young son. But the father decided to take his son far, far away, to escape the waiting shadows — only to find that there is no escape.
Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka, Pluto Vol. 1: Once upon a time there were seven robots, the greatest robots in all the land. They helped people, made new discoveries, fought in wars, solved crimes, lived their lives — until the day someone started hunting them. A foe stronger than the strongest robots, but not a robot? And seemingly unstoppable! And there was no one to come to the robot’s aid, except one of their own…
Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Daytripper: Once upon a time there was a man who died over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over … well, you get the idea.
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, and Jordie Bellair, Pretty Deadly: The Shrike: Once upon a time there was a girl who didn’t know she was a monster, a girl who knew exactly what kind of monster she was, a man who hid his monstrous self inside a good shell, and a woman who had become a monster just like the one she worked for, and the woman who had married the most monstrous of them all. And it wouldn’t be til they all met face to face that they discovered: not all monsters are created equal.
Alright, who else wants to earn their ghost story badge? Lay it on me.