[[ Reading ]] ➷ The October Faction, Vol. 1 Author Steve Niles – Thomashillier.co.uk

The October Faction, Vol. 1 The October Faction Details The Adventures Of Retired Monster Hunter Frederick Allan And His Family Which Include A Thrill Killer, A Witch, And A Warlock Because Sometimes Crazy Is The Glue That Binds A Family Together


10 thoughts on “The October Faction, Vol. 1

  1. says:

    So, that was the best Constantine comic I ve read in years Well, obviously it s not exactly the same character because he s older and this is an IDW comic but I think that s the best way to look at October Faction the main character, Frederick Allan, was Constantine but gave up being an occult detective monster hunter, got married, had kids, and settled into a nice teaching job at the local university, lecturing about things that go bump in the night Now in his late 40s, his enemies have c So, that was the best Constantine comic I ve read in years Well, obviously it s not exactly the same character because he s older and this is an IDW comic but I think that s the best way to look at October Faction the main character, Frederick Allan, was Constantine but gave up being an occult detective monster hunter, got married, had kids, and settled into a nice teaching job at the local university, lecturing about things that go bump in the night Now in his late 40s, his enemies have caught up with him and are targeting his wife and teenage son and daughter to hurt him Just when he thought he d gotten out he s being dragged back in again I know, I made it sound a little bit corny at the end but it kind of is and there s nothing wrong with a bit of corn mixed into a well written and drawn comic I really like that though Steve Niles writes Fred s character as this skilled and dangerous ex monster hunter who ll do whatever it takes to protect his family and send who whatever s threatening them back wherever they came from with a silver bullet, crossbow or a stake, he s happy to make the occasional joke too why not have a little fun dark humour with your horror And that s why my brain kept taking me back to Constantine, particularly Garth Ennis run, a character who has a Puckish wink for the ghouls he faces I can see why people are making the obvious connection to The Addams Family though that cover and maybe there s a bit of that here too Fred s kids, Geoff and Vivian, want to follow in their mum and dad s footsteps and want to become hunters themselves But, being good parents, mum and dad aren t going to let their little ones step into a dangerous profession they re gonna join them And so The October Faction is born Niles humour keeps this from being a stale run through of horror tropes the werewolf, the mad Frankenstein esque scientist, the ultra gothic mansion with the spooky housekeeper and it s the characters relationships and the snappy Warren Ellis type dialogue that holds the interest I m not entirely convinced Damien Worm was the best choice for artist though, going by his name alone, he s close Worm can do horror superbly well, and most of the book looks just right with lots of pitch black and artfully placed angles of light to bring definition to what s in the panels if you know your comics, think Ben Templesmith on Fell with even less light But it s too horror centric Niles levity isn t conveyed as well as a different artist who isn t so in love with the colour black could possibly do it I didn t realise Steve Niles has never done an ongoing series before October Faction but it s good that he is because it means a second volume and hopefullystill Steve Niles and Damien Worm score with this darkly comic horror story of a family of monster hunters that unexpectedly has a lot of heart and some brilliant dialogue October Faction is a really good comic that I highly recommend And DC Put this guy on Constantine immediately


  2. says:

    October Faction is about the Addams Family, I mean Allans family, whose patriarch used to be a monster hunter who settled down to have a family Now the kids are teenagers and everyone in the family is jonesing to go hunt monsters again There s not much story here yet This moves very slowly It s about introducing you to the characters with allusions to the past which is still mostly unseen The book has potential if Niles can bringmeat and potatoes to the story.Damien Worm s art is very October Faction is about the Addams Family, I mean Allans family, whose patriarch used to be a monster hunter who settled down to have a family Now the kids are teenagers and everyone in the family is jonesing to go hunt monsters again There s not much story here yet This moves very slowly It s about introducing you to the characters with allusions to the past which is still mostly unseen The book has potential if Niles can bringmeat and potatoes to the story.Damien Worm s art is very similar to Ben Templesmith s It would definitely be better if he learned to use a color out of his box of crayons other than black.Yes, this is the comic the Netflix series is based on


  3. says:

    The October Faction is a graphic novel about the adventures of the retired monsters hunter Frederick Allan and his family Initially was I a bit put off by the art in this volume, I thought it was too dark, too gritty, too weird looking, not at all that kind of art that I like when it comes to graphic novel, but in a strangely weird way I came to really like the art as the story progressed, it just suited the story perfectly.It s a dark story so the art short be dark and a bit weird And, what The October Faction is a graphic novel about the adventures of the retired monsters hunter Frederick Allan and his family Initially was I a bit put off by the art in this volume, I thought it was too dark, too gritty, too weird looking, not at all that kind of art that I like when it comes to graphic novel, but in a strangely weird way I came to really like the art as the story progressed, it just suited the story perfectly.It s a dark story so the art short be dark and a bit weird And, what a story, a monster hunting family man with a dark past and two quite odd children that very much want to be monster hunters also and we also have robot faced Dante out to kill the man who killed his father and an old friend of the family who happens to be a werewolf.In the end I just devoured the 120 page long graphic novel and now I wantI received this copy from the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review


  4. says:

    LOVED this A mix of the Addams Family and Locke Key but with its own dark uniqueness.The October Faction follows Fredrick Allan, retired monster hunter now turned teacher, his mysterious wife Deloris, as well as their two grown up children Vivian and Geoff, both trying to follow in their father s footsteps.They re an odd bunch, and each of them has his her own little side story but they really shine as a unit This first volume does a great job introducing the family as well as some additiona LOVED this A mix of the Addams Family and Locke Key but with its own dark uniqueness.The October Faction follows Fredrick Allan, retired monster hunter now turned teacher, his mysterious wife Deloris, as well as their two grown up children Vivian and Geoff, both trying to follow in their father s footsteps.They re an odd bunch, and each of them has his her own little side story but they really shine as a unit This first volume does a great job introducing the family as well as some additional characters The story is easy to follow and exciting, with some nice twists and nods to horror classics It gives us a nice little taste of all the good things to come All I can say is I wantBut the real strength here, for me, was the art It is dark and gritty, with an atmosphere perfectly suited for horror and a very smart use of color and panel design That said, I can see why it might not be to everyone s taste because of it s messy feel sometimes Personally, it s exactly the style I love.Great characters, interesting story, witty dialogues and amazing art make a winning combination I definitely recommend it


  5. says:

    Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Frederick Allen is a retired monster hunter who now devotes his time to teaching, his two grown children want to follow in their fathers footsteps which he is against until secrets from his past come back to haunt him His wife is also involved in something that will ensure his past catches up to him His ex partner has also come back into his life with news that upsets him however not all is as it seem Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Frederick Allen is a retired monster hunter who now devotes his time to teaching, his two grown children want to follow in their fathers footsteps which he is against until secrets from his past come back to haunt him His wife is also involved in something that will ensure his past catches up to him His ex partner has also come back into his life with news that upsets him however not all is as it seems.Loved the art in this graphic novel dark and gritty with a vibrant use of colour, it ticked all the right boxes for me Each panel was consistent in style and seemed to ooze dread and atmosphere Story wise it was a little muddled at times but I got the gist of it for the most part This volume really just sets up the future family business of monster hunting and I really hope it continues as it would be a great start to a series Gorgeous artwork and hopefully a start to a promising graphic novel horror series.Recommended


  6. says:

    Story 3,5Art 5A real funny october halloween comic book and the artwork was really great.It was like reading Addams family gone monster hunters, Buffy the vampire slayer style with a pinch of Green Hornet.The class blackboard monster list in first issue reminded me the one in the awesome Cabin in the woods movie DNot a bad read at all, but it could be a far better one Story 3,5Art 5A real funny october halloween comic book and the artwork was really great.It was like reading Addams family gone monster hunters, Buffy the vampire slayer style with a pinch of Green Hornet.The class blackboard monster list in first issue reminded me the one in the awesome Cabin in the woods movie DNot a bad read at all, but it could be a far better one


  7. says:

    Courtesy of Netgalley.This is how a graphic novel should be written The perfect amount of dialogue, the rest of what needs to be said is on each character s face, or in the artwork, or in the silence between characters The lives of the Allan family and company are illustrated through emotional interactions, flashbacks, violence and action, mystery It unfolds at the right pace, not too much and not too little revealed at any one point.There is a delicate balance walked throughout the volume, b Courtesy of Netgalley.This is how a graphic novel should be written The perfect amount of dialogue, the rest of what needs to be said is on each character s face, or in the artwork, or in the silence between characters The lives of the Allan family and company are illustrated through emotional interactions, flashbacks, violence and action, mystery It unfolds at the right pace, not too much and not too little revealed at any one point.There is a delicate balance walked throughout the volume, between hard and soft The subject matter is hard, the violence is blunt, but the characters are human and even those who aren t technically human are human Family is a big theme they have their issues but all really love each other The brother and sister relationship was great, adding just the right touch of softness to the subject matter There s a great scene where the siblings and their father are burying the body of an enemy he s just killed It should be dreary, shocking, dark, but the subtle humorous banter throughout the scene between kids and father makes it so fantastic.Kids So is grave digging a big part of the work Dad Only if you do it right The artwork is amazing, and strategic, just when you think its a bit too dark aesthetically, the next panels lighten up a bit and relieves the eye and the mood The background go from thickly dark to splotchy and ethereal, creating depth and richness on each page I love the hard lines and the use of color, I love the perspective from frame to frame It is impeccably creative.Going to look up Volume 2 now


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    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Not sure what I expected from this one, as I hadn t heard of this title before But I m familiar with Steve Niles work on 30 Days of Night, and knew it should probably be pretty good.It was VERY good The story follows retired monster hunter now teacher Frederick Allen who s being forced back into this job because of a threat on his very strange family This volume collects the first six issues, and basically sets up the story I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Not sure what I expected from this one, as I hadn t heard of this title before But I m familiar with Steve Niles work on 30 Days of Night, and knew it should probably be pretty good.It was VERY good The story follows retired monster hunter now teacher Frederick Allen who s being forced back into this job because of a threat on his very strange family This volume collects the first six issues, and basically sets up the story with little snippets of background so the reader isn t completely lost.The artwork is outstanding, and sufficiently dark and creepy, perfect for this type of story I ll definitely be hunting down the next volume


  9. says:

    I was sucked into requesting this one from NetGalley, because the description intrigued me and the cover screams Addams Family like no other a good thing for me personally It was kind of like that, but with a little bitVan Helsing thrown in for good measure Which makes sense when you consider that it s about a retired monster hunter occult professor and his family of weirdos his wife, the over zealous hunting partner, and his kids, who are summoning trapping stray spirits trying t I was sucked into requesting this one from NetGalley, because the description intrigued me and the cover screams Addams Family like no other a good thing for me personally It was kind of like that, but with a little bitVan Helsing thrown in for good measure Which makes sense when you consider that it s about a retired monster hunter occult professor and his family of weirdos his wife, the over zealous hunting partner, and his kids, who are summoning trapping stray spirits trying to force Dad into letting them join the family business.There are subplots with a werewolf, a blackmailer, and someone seeking revenge on Dad But it didn t end how I expected, that s for sure I thought there was going to beguts and gore, with less hugging it out metaphorically speaking But I definitely like being surprised and it wasn t a bad one, by any means Also while the artwork isn t really to my taste, it definitely fit with the vibe of the story I did like when closer to the end it got sharper and crisper, while still being dark and creepy The blurry dreamlike quality is one that s not too easy on my horrible eyes and I prefer well defined details Overall, I enjoyed it though and I m looking forward to seeing what comes next


  10. says:

    I have accidentally found a new horror graphic novel to love on and the timing couldn t be better I had to run into my library to pick up a hold the other day and an usual, caught myself in the new section I saw the first three volumes of The October Faction and all I needed was to look at one of the covers and I knew all three were headed home with me The October Faction tells the story of a family of misfit orphan monster hunters The books provides with witches, warlocks, werewolves I have accidentally found a new horror graphic novel to love on and the timing couldn t be better I had to run into my library to pick up a hold the other day and an usual, caught myself in the new section I saw the first three volumes of The October Faction and all I needed was to look at one of the covers and I knew all three were headed home with me The October Faction tells the story of a family of misfit orphan monster hunters The books provides with witches, warlocks, werewolves and some other characters I am still learning about The two children in the book want nothingthan to follow in their retired father s footsteps except he is now a renowned professor of monstrumology and wants nothing to do with his old business Does that change You betcha However, you have to read to find out The artwork in this book is dark, creepy and glorious And the writing just strikes a cord with me At one point, someone in the book is killed rather unexpected and the perp s comment was something to the effect of I was going to have to kill him eventually so why drag it out An attitude I can understand not that I m a killer or anything So basically everyone go get this book NOW


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