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June Branch visits her boyfriend, Liam, on Brody Island for a relaxing last weekend of summer. After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe and flees from the intruders. When one of the attackers finds her, she swings the axe and takes off his head, which rolls away and beg June Branch visits her boyfriend, Liam, on Brody Island for a relaxing last weekend of summer. After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe and flees from the intruders. When one of the attackers finds her, she swings the axe and takes off his head, which rolls away and begins to babble in terror. For June to uncover the truth, she'll need to hear the facts straight from the mouths of her attackers, with...or without their bodies attached. Collects issues #1-7.


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June Branch visits her boyfriend, Liam, on Brody Island for a relaxing last weekend of summer. After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe and flees from the intruders. When one of the attackers finds her, she swings the axe and takes off his head, which rolls away and beg June Branch visits her boyfriend, Liam, on Brody Island for a relaxing last weekend of summer. After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe and flees from the intruders. When one of the attackers finds her, she swings the axe and takes off his head, which rolls away and begins to babble in terror. For June to uncover the truth, she'll need to hear the facts straight from the mouths of her attackers, with...or without their bodies attached. Collects issues #1-7.

30 review for Basketful of Heads

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Kuhn

    One thing to get out of the way, first of all. I’m not a true connoisseur of graphic novels. Not that I’m not a fan, I grew up and learned to read on comic books. It’s just the job, the family, and such cut out twenty years of media in the middle of my life, so I largely missed out on the Graphic Novel explosion. However, I am a huge Stephen King and Joe Hill fan, so that’s really where I’m coming from. I can’t speak knowledgably about shading or color schemes or anything else that differentiate One thing to get out of the way, first of all. I’m not a true connoisseur of graphic novels. Not that I’m not a fan, I grew up and learned to read on comic books. It’s just the job, the family, and such cut out twenty years of media in the middle of my life, so I largely missed out on the Graphic Novel explosion. However, I am a huge Stephen King and Joe Hill fan, so that’s really where I’m coming from. I can’t speak knowledgably about shading or color schemes or anything else that differentiates a graphic novel, but I know what I like. And I liked this graphic novel. It had everything, setting, gore, mystery, and twists and turns. Yes, a few aspects of the plot were simplistic, but there were also surprises and flourishes. I caught a bit of ‘Jaws’ vibe with Brody Island, not sure if that was intentional or not. With multiple beheadings, this series puts the ‘graphic’ in graphic novels! Great art, great setting, great characters, a large dose of the supernatural, and plot twists I never saw coming. Five stars for this series. Thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for providing a review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    How many severed heads constitute a basketful? Asking for a friend. Ok, so June and Liam are in love. Sweet start to the story, right? But you don't get an entire basketful of heads by spending the weekend snuggling on the couch with your honey. Bad shit happens after some prisoners get loose and start terrorizing the town during a massive storm. Which means, it's up to June to save the day. Well, June and a big-ass magical ax. What's magical about it? Well, I'm glad you asked. I'm not 100% sure, but How many severed heads constitute a basketful? Asking for a friend. Ok, so June and Liam are in love. Sweet start to the story, right? But you don't get an entire basketful of heads by spending the weekend snuggling on the couch with your honey. Bad shit happens after some prisoners get loose and start terrorizing the town during a massive storm. Which means, it's up to June to save the day. Well, June and a big-ass magical ax. What's magical about it? Well, I'm glad you asked. I'm not 100% sure, but it had something to do with Norse mythology and it allows you to chop the head off of a person without killing them. Now, I know what you're thinking: what kind of quality of life are you going to have as a severed head? Probably not much, if we're being honest. Fortunately, the heads that June collects belong to some pretty awful people, so you don't really worry much about whether or not their life in a basket will be a fulfilling one. Also, they've got June's boyfriend and he's in a lot of trouble if she can't find him in time. There's a whole murder-mystery thing she's got to solve... Clock is ticking, heads are rolling, and the twists keep on coming right till the end. Joe Hill can be somewhat hit or miss with me, but I really thought this one was a hit. Recommended for fans of horror comics and baskets.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    It’s September 1983, ‘cos the ‘80s is in these days, in a small coastal Maine town and June and her cop boyfriend Liam are busy being young and sexy. BUT DEN. Some inmates from the local prison break out - wuh oh! And then a storm hits, stranding everyone on the small archipelago - say whaaa! And June finds a magical axe from Norse mythology that keeps decapitated heads alive after it separates them from the body - hhwugiuhdsh! Time for… something… make it through the night/storm ok, I guess? Li It’s September 1983, ‘cos the ‘80s is in these days, in a small coastal Maine town and June and her cop boyfriend Liam are busy being young and sexy. BUT DEN. Some inmates from the local prison break out - wuh oh! And then a storm hits, stranding everyone on the small archipelago - say whaaa! And June finds a magical axe from Norse mythology that keeps decapitated heads alive after it separates them from the body - hhwugiuhdsh! Time for… something… make it through the night/storm ok, I guess? Like Bendis’ Jinxworld and Wonder Comics labels, DC has given another big name writer - Joe “Dad Writes Better Books Than Me” Hill King - their own line to lord over. This is Hill House Comics boyyyy, full of fresh, original horror titles spearheaded by this, also written by Hill: Basketful of Heads. And it’s baaaad! I suppose the ingredients are there for a potentially decent story but Hill doesn’t pull it off and things get repetitive very quickly. June encounters a one-dimensional bad guy - and EVERY guy she meets is a POS - she lops his head off lickity-split and adds it to her basket of talking heads (Talking Heads had a great song called Psycho Killer - complete non sequitur but feels oddly appropriate). The bad guy’s plan was boring (corruption, drugs, something about a tape, yawn), I didn’t really care about June or Liam, partly because whatever happened to her, June would be fine. Hey look, a reference to Shawshank prison - as if you didn’t already know Joe’s dad is Uncle Stevie! And of course it’s set in Maine because the King family will never acknowledge the world outside of their depressing nook full of gurning weirdos. But I loved the art. Leomacs’ (as if that’s a real name!) style looks exactly like David Lapham’s if he were coloured by Dave Stewart. I was thinking of Lapham because June’s also a dead ringer for Beth from Stray Bullets. Fantastic line work, great colours from Stewart as always. Also: Stray Bullets is highly recommended - read that series instead! The premise is kinda amusing but my desire to find out what happened next waned real quick as I rapidly lost interest until I didn’t care no more. But you can’t trust a word I say because I also didn’t like Hill’s Locke & Key series over at IDW so I wouldn’t know a good comic if it came up to someone and did something somewhere. Basketful of boring horror, qu’est-ce que c’est, fa fa fafaaa fafafafafafaa fafa…

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This was like an 80's horror flick and thriller all rolled into one, along with an ode to EC Comics. June has come to visit her boyfriend on the last day of summer on an island in Maine. There's a tropical storm brewing and four prisoners have just escaped from a work gang. So when she finds a magical axe that keeps its victims alive, it's snicker-snack. There's a lot of twists and turns and dark humor involved. I like the little Easter eggs Hill throws in there from Daddy's books, too. (view sp This was like an 80's horror flick and thriller all rolled into one, along with an ode to EC Comics. June has come to visit her boyfriend on the last day of summer on an island in Maine. There's a tropical storm brewing and four prisoners have just escaped from a work gang. So when she finds a magical axe that keeps its victims alive, it's snicker-snack. There's a lot of twists and turns and dark humor involved. I like the little Easter eggs Hill throws in there from Daddy's books, too. (view spoiler)[The prisoners escaped from Shawshank Prison in Derry County. (hide spoiler)] Leomacs was a perfect choice for artist on this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    jenny✨

    Gotta love a quippy slasher-mystery featuring a heroine who really comes into her gruesome own! How does a mysterious hooded figure come to possess a wicker basket of decapitated heads? Well, the story begins as the summer of 1983 draws to a close, and June Branch travels to Brody Island, Maine, to visit her boyfriend Liam. What happens next is gory and darkly funny; after many puns about heads (or lack thereof), the obnoxious men of the island get their dues at the hands of June... and a wicked Gotta love a quippy slasher-mystery featuring a heroine who really comes into her gruesome own! How does a mysterious hooded figure come to possess a wicker basket of decapitated heads? Well, the story begins as the summer of 1983 draws to a close, and June Branch travels to Brody Island, Maine, to visit her boyfriend Liam. What happens next is gory and darkly funny; after many puns about heads (or lack thereof), the obnoxious men of the island get their dues at the hands of June... and a wicked Viking axe she's picked up along the way. I wasn't big on the illustration style (one too many constipated-looking expressions imo lol), but I did enjoy the story arc that unfolded across the seven issues—particularly the ending.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    A truly excellent horror comic. Seven issues of exquisite scares, creepy atmosphere, unexpected twists and turns, a little Norse mythology, all wrapped up in some seriously great artwork. This is definitely one of my favourite comicbooks this year. Here comes the chopper to chop off your head... You won't be alive but you sure won't be dead...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This started off interesting so I gave some of the first issues decent ratings, then it got kind of repetitive, and then it ended ... ok. Kind of campy and cliched if you've ever watched '80's horror movies, but it wasn't bad. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 Total review score: 3.18 This started off interesting so I gave some of the first issues decent ratings, then it got kind of repetitive, and then it ended ... ok. Kind of campy and cliched if you've ever watched '80's horror movies, but it wasn't bad. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 Total review score: 3.18

  8. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I didn't know about the Hill House Comics line before seeing this on Netgalley, but I was immediately so excited for new Joe Hill content, naturally, I grabbed it right away and I'm so glad I did. This was a really fun, intriguing horror/mystery set in Derry County, Maine (yep — there's even a Shawshank Prison reference), with some intriguing paranormal elements and a weird, creative plot exactly along the lines of what I've come to expect from Joe Hill: a little bit strange, a whole lot of grue I didn't know about the Hill House Comics line before seeing this on Netgalley, but I was immediately so excited for new Joe Hill content, naturally, I grabbed it right away and I'm so glad I did. This was a really fun, intriguing horror/mystery set in Derry County, Maine (yep — there's even a Shawshank Prison reference), with some intriguing paranormal elements and a weird, creative plot exactly along the lines of what I've come to expect from Joe Hill: a little bit strange, a whole lot of gruesome, and laced with a few dark humor elements, too. The art style wasn't my favorite but I do think it's objectively well done with a lot of attention to detail and some great color palettes. Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[murder, violence, gore, torture, threats of assault, mentions of rape and forced prostitution, descriptions of suicide, substance abuse, f-slur usage (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Fun blonde vs. the forces of evil. Joe Hill does a pretty good job of capturing the over-the-top energy of recent horror films Happy Death Day and Ready or Not with a young heroine for whom it is easy to root. I liked the early reference to Shawshank Prison, tying this to Hill's father's horror universe. The second half of the book lags a bit with too much exposition, but a little twist at the end brought me back around to positive vibes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Really liked this one, a story full of weird twists and turns, and constant surprises (though when we're finally clued-in to what's going on, it was a bit of a disappointment). A young woman comes to visit her boyfriend, just finishing up his last day as a summer police officer on a small island resort community off the coast of Maine. Coinciding with this is the escape of four convicts from a work party and the rapid approach of a massive storm. It all comes together in a pretty tight little st Really liked this one, a story full of weird twists and turns, and constant surprises (though when we're finally clued-in to what's going on, it was a bit of a disappointment). A young woman comes to visit her boyfriend, just finishing up his last day as a summer police officer on a small island resort community off the coast of Maine. Coinciding with this is the escape of four convicts from a work party and the rapid approach of a massive storm. It all comes together in a pretty tight little story by Hill, with some nice artwork from Leomacs, that is strongly reminiscent of EC horror comics. I really liked this most of the way through, though the denouement is something of a let-down after everything that came before. Still, I'd recommend this to fans of Joe Hill and horror comics in general.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Eerie and entertaining, not enough like it in the market today.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    A very well-done story with great character development, some tense moments, and plenty of laugh out loud dark humor. The supernatural element is very cool, but ultimately feels gimmicky. What happens at the end (I won’t spoil) also take away the emotional payoff the series was building towards. Nonetheless a fun story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Robert Collins

    Eye the dark in the graphic world on the page. A strange thing to say but by chapter two we see the best possible way to make it possible for brilliant art that tells a story one eye drawn brilliantly that shouts volumes. Both Hill has written a story that has been drawn fantastic. Sometimes I seen graphic novels art good but story line stink here everything is quite different from most of the books that have been published by the author. Every single page is a joy including the cover page. For g Eye the dark in the graphic world on the page. A strange thing to say but by chapter two we see the best possible way to make it possible for brilliant art that tells a story one eye drawn brilliantly that shouts volumes. Both Hill has written a story that has been drawn fantastic. Sometimes I seen graphic novels art good but story line stink here everything is quite different from most of the books that have been published by the author. Every single page is a joy including the cover page. For graphic design art to impress this well and truly a interesting horror.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (4,2 of 5 for impressive horror-ish slasher comics story with very nice art) DC's imprint Hill House brought a basketful of horror comics. I'm surprised with the overall quality but two of them (so far) stands out. The creepy stuff named Dollhouse Family and slasher/revenge goodie Basketful of Heads. This is as close to movie equivalent of this genre as you could get in comics. It's not only one, it's not only one good but it's the finest, the one with great potential formed as close to the movie (4,2 of 5 for impressive horror-ish slasher comics story with very nice art) DC's imprint Hill House brought a basketful of horror comics. I'm surprised with the overall quality but two of them (so far) stands out. The creepy stuff named Dollhouse Family and slasher/revenge goodie Basketful of Heads. This is as close to movie equivalent of this genre as you could get in comics. It's not only one, it's not only one good but it's the finest, the one with great potential formed as close to the movie ones. Why this comparison? The good movie revenge slashers are usually low-class movies, they look somehow bad and cheap but they will surprise you how enjoyable they are. The good balance of thrill, action, chills and fun/humour. And Basketful of Heads is pretty close to that. The slow and cheesy start will transform into something which goes ahead with the determination of icebreaker. That's very enjoyable reading, you got the tempo, the thrills and... you've got the art. Which is also great. I like this style and it fits the theme perfectly. Inks, colours all of it. When I pick my horror, the slashers are not the usual choice. But when I do, I hope they will be like Basketful of Heads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Would have made a good 80's horror flick. 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    4 Basketful of Heads is my first in the Hill House Comics label by DC. I had been told this was the favourite book in the series by my local comic store so I thought okay. Joe Hills name was also a good sign as he had delivered the incredible Locke and Key. I'm a huge fan of the horror genre in the medium and I'm now quite close to having all the books from Hill House. The feel of the book was like a 80s horror film and the storyline provided enough twists and turns to make the 7 issue arc flow w 4 Basketful of Heads is my first in the Hill House Comics label by DC. I had been told this was the favourite book in the series by my local comic store so I thought okay. Joe Hills name was also a good sign as he had delivered the incredible Locke and Key. I'm a huge fan of the horror genre in the medium and I'm now quite close to having all the books from Hill House. The feel of the book was like a 80s horror film and the storyline provided enough twists and turns to make the 7 issue arc flow without being overlong. Why the 4? While I enjoyed the book, I did struggle with the overall story. The convenient story beats and twists weren't clever and the book dipped in quality due to these issues. The book wanted to have these twists and I didn't feel the storyline deserved it. I think if the villains weren't so laid back and more focused on capturing the girl. The books convenient character introductions and obvious setups didn't click. The severed heads was a nice idea and that felt like a nice comedic throwback to something like Evil Dead. This is where the book shines in my opinion. The lead character was interesting and saved what is a run of the mill thriller. This deserved to be better but it's still much better than the horror books by Image.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris Arnone

    This book is such a strange and funny premise. As always, I enjoyed Joe Hill's creativity in that regard. What starts as a sleepy little mystery quickly escalates into heads literally rolling, and then still talking. It's like Hill was pondering the age-old issue with mysteries: the dead cannot speak, and then wondered how he could get around that in the most gruesome and funny way possible. June is a delightful character: fierce and defiant and sexual and everything you want in a hero. This is s This book is such a strange and funny premise. As always, I enjoyed Joe Hill's creativity in that regard. What starts as a sleepy little mystery quickly escalates into heads literally rolling, and then still talking. It's like Hill was pondering the age-old issue with mysteries: the dead cannot speak, and then wondered how he could get around that in the most gruesome and funny way possible. June is a delightful character: fierce and defiant and sexual and everything you want in a hero. This is such a great feminist piece. Every man in this story is horrible, and June manages to fight and claw her way against each of them, sometimes pulling her victories from the jaws of defeat. I would absolutely read more stories starring June. While I'm not shrinking violet and have not issue with vulgar language, the nastiness of the men in this story can be overwhelming at times. Maybe that's the point, to show how horrible men can really be to women, but I found their demeanor and words sometimes more overwhelming than their actions. Each of these men are SO Jekyll and Hyde, the story became a little formulaic and tiring. None of these men were charismatic once the jig was up, none were horrible without also being misogynistic. I wanted more variety in them once their cards were on the table.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    That was fantastic! I am so glad I waited for all of the issues to be compiled. IT was breakneck speed and would have been torture to wait for the next installment. I know a lot of people that look down on comics, graphic novels if you prefer, as being glorified children's books, but no one could accuse this title of that! Not only is the art work terrific, and incredibly detailed, adding to the story in ways that mere words could not, but the words themselves are so artfully written. This story That was fantastic! I am so glad I waited for all of the issues to be compiled. IT was breakneck speed and would have been torture to wait for the next installment. I know a lot of people that look down on comics, graphic novels if you prefer, as being glorified children's books, but no one could accuse this title of that! Not only is the art work terrific, and incredibly detailed, adding to the story in ways that mere words could not, but the words themselves are so artfully written. This story surprises you every other page and makes you question what came before. In addition there are many nods and references to horror classics. Clearly there is a Jaws vibe going on. Shawshank Prison is mentioned and actually becomes a pretty important piece of the puzzle. My very favorite part is the variant cover we are gifted in the closing pages from Gabriel Rodriguez. Not only is his style recognizable, but it's a throw back to Locke & Key! I hadn't expected it and was incredibly happy to see it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Basketful of Heads is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! The artwork and coloring/shading is perfect for an 80's slasher comic. June is the ultimate anti-hero. When she believes her boyfriend, Liam, to have been kidnapped, she does whatever it takes to find him. Armed with an old, mysterious Viking axe, she beheads anyone that threatens her. The bodies fall like dominoes. Their heads remain alive and very verbal. June is able to track down Liam and the reason behind his kidnapping. A corrupt town filled with corr Basketful of Heads is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! The artwork and coloring/shading is perfect for an 80's slasher comic. June is the ultimate anti-hero. When she believes her boyfriend, Liam, to have been kidnapped, she does whatever it takes to find him. Armed with an old, mysterious Viking axe, she beheads anyone that threatens her. The bodies fall like dominoes. Their heads remain alive and very verbal. June is able to track down Liam and the reason behind his kidnapping. A corrupt town filled with corrupt officials has finally met its match. June takes on each and every one of them. The minute her life is threatened, she takes them out. The best part, arguing heads - with June and among themselves. The dialogue is pure camp. There is a nice balance between the frights and the laughs. Pure enjoyment and nostalgia. Thanks to NetGalley, DC Comics, and Joe Hill for an ARC in return for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    A good time of year to pickup some horror graphic novels, and I enjoyed this one. The expected blood and gore with interesting girl power and supernatural twists. A fun tie-in to Daddy King's universe. A fast read with good illustrations. This was my first foray into Hill House Comics, and I'll try others.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2020/08/2... Joe Hill is having a moment. With his Locke & Key series now on Netflix, and his novels and short-story collections in high demand, DC has given him a prestige project, his own label- Hill House Comics. While not all of the graphic novels under this label will be penned by him, this first story is. Set in September 1983, on Brody Island in Maine, the story establishes an 80s horror flick vibe. June is visiting her b This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2020/08/2... Joe Hill is having a moment. With his Locke & Key series now on Netflix, and his novels and short-story collections in high demand, DC has given him a prestige project, his own label- Hill House Comics. While not all of the graphic novels under this label will be penned by him, this first story is. Set in September 1983, on Brody Island in Maine, the story establishes an 80s horror flick vibe. June is visiting her boyfriend Liam who is wrapping up his summer job as a deputy before going back to college in the fall. But a prison break (with a homage to Hill’s father Stephen King) puts their reunion in jeopardy. The two head to the police chief’s palatial estate during a growing storm and are amazed by the chief’s Viking artifacts collection. A battle-ax comes in very handy when the convicts land on their doorstep… There are some twists and turns as to who the convicts are and who they are connected to on the island. As June fights for her life, grabbing the first weapon in sight, the ax’s power manifests in that the decapitated head is still alive and can continue talking. But heads begin to roll (!!) as June tries to reunite with Liam and has to fight off several more criminals. Many secrets of corruption on the island are revealed by these talking heads. A final show-down discloses some heartbreaking truths and June obtains justice for a young woman who had been used and abused that summer. Artists Leomacs and Riccardo La Bella really captured the era and northeast region well. There were crude jokes with some characters getting an almost Mad magazine type of caricature treatment, especially three times when a character is drawn with two heads as they are reacting to news. I loved the chapter breaks, as June’s basket fills and how the chapter numbers are symbolized. These sight gags, plus others, matched the tone of the narrative and made me laugh. I enjoyed the dark humor as the horror-aspect of it all was played fast and loose. Thanks to NetGalley for this advance copy, for with this graphic novel as the first in the collection, I am looking forward to the others coming out in the months ahead. Joe Hill, both in graphic novels and books, is now definitely a favored author of mine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Basketful of Heads in exchange for a fair and honest review. Basketful of Heads is the first graphic novel/series from Hill House Comics, a new line from DC Comics. As the title of both this graphic novel, and line might imply, the focus is all about horror. It's a whole new world, and at the forefront, you'll find Joe Hill (writer), Leomacs (artist), Riccardo La Bella (artist), Dave Stuart (colorist), and Deron Bennett (letterer). All June Branch wanted was one lovely summ I received a copy of Basketful of Heads in exchange for a fair and honest review. Basketful of Heads is the first graphic novel/series from Hill House Comics, a new line from DC Comics. As the title of both this graphic novel, and line might imply, the focus is all about horror. It's a whole new world, and at the forefront, you'll find Joe Hill (writer), Leomacs (artist), Riccardo La Bella (artist), Dave Stuart (colorist), and Deron Bennett (letterer). All June Branch wanted was one lovely summer with her boyfriend. One summer to spend time with on Brody Island, enjoying the sun and free days. Unfortunately, that was not to be. Much of Liam's time was spent on his job, being a police officer. Then there's the crime, and series of events that pull both June and Liam into it all. It all started when a group of convicts escaped, and before she knew it, June was in for a fight for her life. Literally. Full review to follow! Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Basketful of Heads collects issues 1-7 of the series by Joe Hill and Leomacs. June Branch visits her boyfriend Liam at Brody Island at the end of summer. Liam has been work as an intern for the summer for the local sheriff department. Right before a large storm rolls in, four convicts escape. As the storm hits the island, the convicts show up at the house and kidnap Liam. June now must fight the convicts as well as the weather to survive until morning. This was such a fun story. It combines so m Basketful of Heads collects issues 1-7 of the series by Joe Hill and Leomacs. June Branch visits her boyfriend Liam at Brody Island at the end of summer. Liam has been work as an intern for the summer for the local sheriff department. Right before a large storm rolls in, four convicts escape. As the storm hits the island, the convicts show up at the house and kidnap Liam. June now must fight the convicts as well as the weather to survive until morning. This was such a fun story. It combines so many genres including thriller, horror, and crime. There is also plenty of dark humor spread throughout the book. The art is also absolutely beautiful. I haven't seen any of Leomacs art before but I love it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin Cataldi

    Stellar art and one hell of a unique story. When June goes to Brody Island to visit her boyfriend on the last day of his summer shift as an island cop things go sour quickly. Four convicts have escaped and her boyfriend Liam is kidnapped. Left to defend herself alone at the Chiefs cottage she grabs an old Norse Viking axe hanging on the wall and starts taking swings. Soon she's got a basketful of heads but all she wants is answers. Where is her boyfriend what exactly has been up to on the island Stellar art and one hell of a unique story. When June goes to Brody Island to visit her boyfriend on the last day of his summer shift as an island cop things go sour quickly. Four convicts have escaped and her boyfriend Liam is kidnapped. Left to defend herself alone at the Chiefs cottage she grabs an old Norse Viking axe hanging on the wall and starts taking swings. Soon she's got a basketful of heads but all she wants is answers. Where is her boyfriend what exactly has been up to on the island all summer and what is the deal with the axe. An excellent tale of vengeance, intrigue, gore, and badass women. I can't wait to see what other gems Hill House Comics put out. A very promising taste of more to come!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I received this as an ARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics Studios for giving me access. Joe Hill can really bring you a story! Nothing is what is seems in this horror story. It had some twist and turns that you don't expect, which is exactly what I love in a good graphic novel. I felt the story was completely original and bonus points for a female heroin that doesn't need to be saved. The art style was a little strange. It showed character mov I received this as an ARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and DC Comics Studios for giving me access. Joe Hill can really bring you a story! Nothing is what is seems in this horror story. It had some twist and turns that you don't expect, which is exactly what I love in a good graphic novel. I felt the story was completely original and bonus points for a female heroin that doesn't need to be saved. The art style was a little strange. It showed character movements that was overlaid on top of each other making it confusing as to which movement was first.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

    In 1983 June is visiting her boyfriend when 4 inmates from Shawshank prison escape just as a terrible storm begins to sweep the coast of Maine. June to defend herself against an immate use a magical axe that makes decapitated heads speak separately from their bodies. The story of this seemed a bit bizarre to me and is full of violence but it was quite entertaining. I'm always excited to read new things from Joey Hill. He always has amazing and original ideas when writing books and comics. thanks t In 1983 June is visiting her boyfriend when 4 inmates from Shawshank prison escape just as a terrible storm begins to sweep the coast of Maine. June to defend herself against an immate use a magical axe that makes decapitated heads speak separately from their bodies. The story of this seemed a bit bizarre to me and is full of violence but it was quite entertaining. I'm always excited to read new things from Joey Hill. He always has amazing and original ideas when writing books and comics. thanks to Netgalley and DC Comics for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    Apparently I have been waiting for a axe-wielding heroine all my life. It was like reading a slasher except the last girl standing is the killer. Sometimes you just want to see a girl whacking off the heads of bad people with no redeeming qualities. I enjoyed the slightly old-school-looking art and the plot, which was straightforward enough to follow but still had a few twists. I also loved the interplay of humor and horror, though I expect it's not everyone's cup of tea. Points off for a villai Apparently I have been waiting for a axe-wielding heroine all my life. It was like reading a slasher except the last girl standing is the killer. Sometimes you just want to see a girl whacking off the heads of bad people with no redeeming qualities. I enjoyed the slightly old-school-looking art and the plot, which was straightforward enough to follow but still had a few twists. I also loved the interplay of humor and horror, though I expect it's not everyone's cup of tea. Points off for a villain monologue.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Head over heels in love! Basketful of Heads unfolds like a classic 80's horror movie, but even better! That's probably due to Joe Hill's fantastic and creative writing, along with the EC Comic drawing style. Welcome to Brody Island, Maine, where the only sharks are the ones on land. It's September 1983, and June arrives in town to pick up her boyfriend Liam so the pair can return to college. But before the lovebirds can leave, escaped convicts and a bad storm leave them scrambling to survive. Th Head over heels in love! Basketful of Heads unfolds like a classic 80's horror movie, but even better! That's probably due to Joe Hill's fantastic and creative writing, along with the EC Comic drawing style. Welcome to Brody Island, Maine, where the only sharks are the ones on land. It's September 1983, and June arrives in town to pick up her boyfriend Liam so the pair can return to college. But before the lovebirds can leave, escaped convicts and a bad storm leave them scrambling to survive. Throw in a possible enchanted Nordic weapon and soon to be very full basket, and you get one of the best horror graphic novels of all time!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beelzefuzz

    A fun story with a good mix of fantastic elements and mystery. Well told in that it keeps you guessing about what exactly is the truth until the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    A *very* enjoyable Joe Hill graphic novel. Murder, mystery, talking heads and some great humor. Two thumbs up from me.

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