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– by Tim Jousma

STORY BY

Steve Niles

ART BY

Damien Worm

COLORS BY

Damien Worm, Alyzia Zherno

LETTERS BY

Robbie Robbins

COVER BY

Damien Worm

PUBLISHER

IDW

Synopsis:

After months of training, Fred has decided it’s time for Vivian and Geoff to try their skills on a real case. The family is approached by a timid man who says he has a slight ghost problem, but when the family investigates, they discover much, much more.

Review:

I am loving this series! Steve Niles brings the creepy, yet funny, storytelling that works perfect with Damien Worm’s eerie artwork that makes the whole book feel like what it is: a ghost story! The October Faction is like what happens if the Addams Family were badass monster hunters and directed by Tim Burton. After several issues really laying the ground work for this family of monster hunters to come together, The October Faction #13 really starts to get into the “family business.”  The Alan clan is sent to dispense a haunted house, but the lessons the young Alan children learn is one that I feel will play heavily into future stories.

The Hey!: Damien Worm’s noir-style artwork continues to be a standout, using minimalistic panel work to tell an incredible amount of information. Steve Niles control over dark humor also continue stand out.

The Eh!: The issue with the Haunted House sort of gets resolved pretty easily. It flows well, but also feels a bit too quick and not much in the way of struggle.

The What?!: At one point a character literally puts their finger into a bullet hole in a ghosts head.

Who should read this series?: If you’re a fan of horror, and noir-style movies then definitely pick up this series.  Niles combines horror and mystery extremely well.

Why should you buy this issue?: It finally lets the Alan kids have a chance to do something, and can also serve as a way for new readers to get in on the action.

Score B+