DC Comics is best known for its superhero comics, producing some of the most intense horror comics. Since the company’s flagship character, Batman is a brooding gothic terror who uses fear as a weapon. However, DC horror stories do foreshadow as superheroes embody hope never-the-less.
DC Comics has been home to several well-written genres like Batman, Aquaman, Sandman, Vampires, etc. Yet, that horror lurks in the darkness, waiting to pounce.
1. The Hellblazer portrays working-class mage and grifter John Constantine. Alan Moore created the character of Constantine in his run on Swamp Thing. During the Thatcher years, Constantine encountered homelessness, sexual violence, and racism. The story has horror, thriller, action, and a persona to keep up to, making it highly awaiting.
2. The Sandman is one of Neil Gaiman’s most significant works of English literature, not just as a comic. This story has it all! Outside of the Golden Age DC comics, the Sandman is probably the most recognizable comic of the genre. The Fanbase of the Book also multiplies each year. Netflix’s latest series is sure to keep Gaiman’s opus alive for a long time.
3. Scott Snyder started writing Batman when Dick Grayson acted as Batman after Bruce Wayne’s apparent death in Final Crisis. Snyder injected his writing with the terror he felt while writing such a prominent characters as Batman and Dick Grayson. As a result, antagonists get filled in the story, and James Gordon Jr., one of the story’s most disturbing elements.
4. The original Justice League Dark members are John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade: The Changing Man, and Zatanna, accompanied by prominent members, including Swamp Thing and Wonder Woman. In addition, DC Universe’s supernatural characters make up the team that handles situations outside the sphere of traditional League duties.
5. The Dollhouse Family, a dark fantasy thriller, has the most disturbing characters and secrets to uncover so far. The story of a tiny family living inside a haunted dollhouse with a young girl creating a sense of growing dread, will keep you up at night. The series proposes a new/old horror genre and, as the tag reads, ‘the play time never ends.’
6. DCeased is an incredibly terrifying and horror DC story told with a brilliant twist. Unfortunately, even Batman does not survive the first issue, showing just how scary things are. The story is filled with plenty of fatalities, gore, and intense scares, as you’d expect from a zombie story.
7. First appeared in 1981 as a backup story in the horror anthology House of Mystery, Andrew Bennett is the Lord of the Vampires. Although after getting critical acclamation, the series was canceled due to low sales.
8. In Blackest Night, a character called Nekron reanimates dead superheroes to eliminate all life and emotion from the universe. The book is full of creepy imagery and frightening moments that will engage the readers and making them feel terrified.
9. In DC VS. VAMPIRES, our heroes will grapple with the question of who they can trust as they face off against a secret army of vampires. While the book is yet to be released, the title spells out what readers can expect: plenty of superhero vs. vampire action in 12-issues.
10. Doorway to Nightmare debuted as part of DC’s new mystery series, which tried to see if readers would embrace horror once again. But, unfortunately, it failed to survive the DC Implosion after only five issues.
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