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REVIEW: October Faction #1


REVIEW: October Faction #1

Book Title: October Faction #1

Book Description: From Steve Niles, the co-creator of 30 Days of Night, and artist Damien Worm comes a series about retired monster hunter Fredrick, his wife Deloris, and their two children Geoff and Vivian. As Fredrick works to put his monster hunting days behind him, his two kids insist on joining the family business. But ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead and conspiring forces lurk in the shadows all leading to a massive showdown with foes supernatural and natural alike!

Book Author: Steve Niles

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing

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Illustrator: Damien Worm

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


One of my favorite things about online auctions is how they’re like a garage sale. You never know what you’re going to find.  More importantly, depending on the auction how cheaply you can get some books. 

Yes. I brought up the cost of a book. I’m a geek on a budget. I have a finite amount of cash at my disposal for comics. When the new books are running $3.99 and up I’ll be all over auctions that start bidding at $1.00. You’d be surprised how often a bid under $1.75 gets you the book you wanted.

I’d like to clarify that browsing these sales is primarily a quest for reader copies. I don’t dabble in the speculation game or flip books. On the rare occasions that I do sell to some of my friends they’re paying what I paid for the book plus shipping if applicable. I am not expecting to find an Incredible Hulk #181 on these searches. I’m looking for a chance to check out a new title without breaking the bank.

I came across October Faction in one of these online auctions. The first impression I had from the cover was that this reminds me of a darker version of The Umbrella Academy. That’s fitting because you can see on the cover that this book has also been made into a series on Netflix.

October Faction is the tale of the Allen family. We have the father, Frederick, a former monster hunter that is now a college professor. The children, Geoff and Vivian, are in their late teens to early 20’s. They don’t seem to play well with others. The mother, Deloris, is something of a mystery. All we know about her is that her relationship with Frederick is very strained. 

The interior artwork was very well done. It reminds me a lot of Jason Shawn Alexander’s work in Killadelphia… Except that Mr. Worm’s work is more detailed.

The story is a bit rough getting out of the gate. It’s not the first time I’ve seen that with a new title. The writer has to establish a setting, give characters personalities, and give the reader enough of a hook to keep them coming back. It’s not an easy task. I believe Mr. Niles did all of these things. 

We’ll get to know the characters better with more time. The same goes with the story. It has a great foundation. I’m eager to see where the story takes us.

With Frederick the dialogue is very informative. Geoff and Vivian’s interactions left me chuckling. I hope we get to learn more about Deloris.

All said I found this issue to be very interesting. If I stumble across more October Faction books in the future I won’t hesitate to add them to my reading stack.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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