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The October Faction, Vol.1 (Graphic Novel Review)

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The October Faction, Vol.1

Author: Steve Niles

Illustrator: Damien Worm

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Paranormal

Release Date: July 21st 2015

Page Count: 152

Format: eBook (ARC provided by NetGalley)

ISBN: 9781631402517

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Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve noticed that The October Faction has constantly been compared to The Addams Family in a lot of other reviews and as much I want to be original and creative and come up with another comparison, I can’t. This family definitely gives of an Addam’s Family vibe mixed with a bit of American Horror Story and a dash of the supernatural.

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

One thing that I wasn’t expecting from this graphic novel was how family oriented it is. Everything about the cover and the description of each family member led me to believe this was going to be a dark and thrilling read. Although it did contain some of that content, it was all overpowered by the level of love this family has for one another.

Whenever siblings are involved in a story, there is almost always some sort of bickering or arguing between them, whether it be in books, television or film. Right from the beginning we can see that Geoff and Vivian get along perfectly and work together very well. I have a sister who is four years younger than me and although that is a decent gap in age, we get along very well. Geoff & Vivian were a refreshing change in the norm and reminded me a lot of my sister and I. To have two teenaged siblings that are close is rare enough, but for them to also get along with their parents is an added bonus. Surprise! Some families are actually civil and friendly towards one another. I have to say, I do love the juxtaposition of a loving and caring family that also just happen to be paranormal monster hunters, witches and warlocks.

Damien Worm has created some amazing artwork within this graphic novel. It’s perfectly dark and gritty and fits the storyline perfectly. I love the detail and line work. It’s art like this that really makes me want to get back into my artistic roots and start drawing again.

I highly recommend giving The October Faction a read if you’re into all things dark and gloomy, but also if you love a story with fantastic family values. I will definitely be picking up a hard copy of this graphic novel once it is released and I’m excited to see what Volume 2 has in store!


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