WICKED VIBES #2: $4, 6 ¼” x 9 ½”, printed, 52 pgs.

I love horror anthologies, particularly EC Comics, The House of Secrets, and anything by Bernie Wrightson. That’s why I was grinning like an idiot during most of Wicked Vibes, a self-published anthology comic. This issue includes a handful of short stories illustrated by different artists but all written by Dillon Hallen with a closing prose story thrown into the mix. Each tale has a tongue-in-cheek ‘80s quality reminiscent of Creepshow, including requisite twist endings and gross out moments. All of the art is well done and sometimes exceptional, especially Richie Murray’s crosshatch style, which reminds me of Peter Bagge or Kim Deitch. Some of the stories are more than competent and even surprising, like “Circuit Beach,” which is about self-aware androids, while others, like “Schlock Cola,” are entertaining in a Troma kind of way. Need more proof that Wicked Vibes is playful smut? Then look no further than the ad featuring a seductive version of Neek, the alien from Joe Dante’s Explorers. That’s a deep a cut. Recommended for those whose favorite police procedural is Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. –Sean Arenas (Dillon Hallen, 320 E. Clarence St.Milwaukee, WI 53207, [email protected])