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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. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Omg!! That was such fun!! Ima buy this when I can!! I’m just going to add some pics. A couple could be spoilery, so look out!! 🙄 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾😘 Omg!! That was such fun!! Ima buy this when I can!! I’m just going to add some pics. A couple could be spoilery, so look out!! 🙄 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾😘

  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. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Vote: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 An excellent twisted, brutal, grotesque, hilarious tribute to classic Creepy/Eerie horror magazines 100% Joe Hill.style. Totally loved author's Derry prison reference/easter-egg setting this deliciously wicked tale inside his dad Stephen's universe... no pun intended if it sounds like a popular animated tv show. And now I just have to look out for other Hill House comics. Highly recommended, if you've already read and liked Joe Hill's Locke and Key you are going to love this one t Vote: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2 An excellent twisted, brutal, grotesque, hilarious tribute to classic Creepy/Eerie horror magazines 100% Joe Hill.style. Totally loved author's Derry prison reference/easter-egg setting this deliciously wicked tale inside his dad Stephen's universe... no pun intended if it sounds like a popular animated tv show. And now I just have to look out for other Hill House comics. Highly recommended, if you've already read and liked Joe Hill's Locke and Key you are going to love this one too. 'Nuff said.

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 5 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Whoa this was WAY more fun than I expected. Not to say I expected something bad here. This is Joe Hill, and even at his worst, he still always tells a interesting tale. No, I was expecting a gritty horror book based on the cover but I was glad to be wrong, this was over the top, horror fun, with a 80's vibe, and super interesting colors/art design. Our main character, June, is visiting her boyfriend Liam over the summer. This guy is training to be a police officer of some sort and has been livin Whoa this was WAY more fun than I expected. Not to say I expected something bad here. This is Joe Hill, and even at his worst, he still always tells a interesting tale. No, I was expecting a gritty horror book based on the cover but I was glad to be wrong, this was over the top, horror fun, with a 80's vibe, and super interesting colors/art design. Our main character, June, is visiting her boyfriend Liam over the summer. This guy is training to be a police officer of some sort and has been living with the chief of police at his house for the summer. Soon into the story we learn 4 convicts have escaped and they are coming after Liam! June is on the run and when they come after her too she has no choice but to fight back with her AXE! This is super fun, over the top, and kind of loved it. June is a great protagonist, weird, exciting, and full of life. It's her actual strangeness yet her eagerness to help people that made me love her. Then you have the rest of the cast, who are all pieces of shit, but man oh man are they fun to have around. When June has to fight back you root for her 1000% and it's so much fun. The art is fantastic. a Mix of cartoony 80's style art, but also light and colorful at times mixed with gritty moments. The emotions are clearly displayed and love the way a lot of the characters are design. The ending is fantastic wrap up and well worth the read here. This was one of my favorite horror comics/books I read recently because of its playfulness. A 4.5 out of 5 but I'll bump it to a 5.

  12. 5 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert

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

  15. 5 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tiago

    Pretty disappointing, three quarters of the book is about criminals explaining the crime in excruciating detail, the other quarter is about a girl chopping heads off, I didn't found it creepy at all, it's more of a black comedy than anything else, the art is good though, and it was entertaining, guess I was waiting for more after all that praise.

  17. 4 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

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

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    I loved the premise to this one - an ancient ax that leaves the heads of decapitated victims still alive and yakking . . . but I could have done without the convoluted plot involving . . . well, I kind of lost track. Also, NOT A FAN of the artwork. Characters faces should look pretty much the same from panel to panel, and that seemed to be a problem for this artist. Since this is a Hill joint, I assume it will end up filmed for Netflix or Amazon. I'll watch it, I suppose, if only to "unconvolute I loved the premise to this one - an ancient ax that leaves the heads of decapitated victims still alive and yakking . . . but I could have done without the convoluted plot involving . . . well, I kind of lost track. Also, NOT A FAN of the artwork. Characters faces should look pretty much the same from panel to panel, and that seemed to be a problem for this artist. Since this is a Hill joint, I assume it will end up filmed for Netflix or Amazon. I'll watch it, I suppose, if only to "unconvolute" the plot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    Very very good. A twisty mystery with a perfectly interwoven storyline. Flawed yet intriguing characters rounded off with uncensored (both in words and ideas) dialogue. Beautiful variant cover art and a different yet likeable interior art style. For the most part it was relatively predictable yet I loved how it ended, it had a wonderful sense of finality and a nice surprise that I hadn't guessed was coming. I'd like to see where the axe goes next and follow someone else's story as they use it to f Very very good. A twisty mystery with a perfectly interwoven storyline. Flawed yet intriguing characters rounded off with uncensored (both in words and ideas) dialogue. Beautiful variant cover art and a different yet likeable interior art style. For the most part it was relatively predictable yet I loved how it ended, it had a wonderful sense of finality and a nice surprise that I hadn't guessed was coming. I'd like to see where the axe goes next and follow someone else's story as they use it to fill their own basketful of heads!

  21. 4 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.

  22. 4 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wally Flangers

    “Basketful of Heads”…. Well, you certainly can’t deny the book’s title is intriguing! If the title can’t get your attention, perhaps the figure in the raincoat on the cover, holding an axe in one hand and a basket in the other, will. Although this comic was originally published in 2019 as a single-issue comic series, I read the hardcover book which incorporated all of the issues into one book. The hardcover version that DC Comics released has a very solid construction, but there are some quality “Basketful of Heads”…. Well, you certainly can’t deny the book’s title is intriguing! If the title can’t get your attention, perhaps the figure in the raincoat on the cover, holding an axe in one hand and a basket in the other, will. Although this comic was originally published in 2019 as a single-issue comic series, I read the hardcover book which incorporated all of the issues into one book. The hardcover version that DC Comics released has a very solid construction, but there are some quality issues when compared with the hardcover graphic novels that IDW Publishing has published for Joe Hill in the past. I am specifically referring to the page quality and the cheap transparent dust jacket. I felt like I had to be very careful that I didn’t accidentally tear any of the pages while I was reading this book and completely removed the dust jacket entirely just to be safe. The plot starts off pretty linear but reveals more as the story progresses…. It takes place on Brody Island, a fictional island in Maine. A hot, busty blonde chick named June Branch is being hunted by four men who have stolen her boyfriend to retrieve some information. They believe that the information they are looking for was passed on to June by her boyfriend and they need to manipulate, threaten, or do whatever is necessary to find out what she knows. While dealing with her first obstacle, she stumbles upon an old Viking axe found inside of an armory room within a house where she last saw her boyfriend. The axe holds special abilities in its dull blade. Some would call the axe a miracle…. Others would call it a curse. But, the axe quickly becomes June’s lifeline. Overall, this was a fun story with, what I would call, a happy ending…. It was the perfect length and contained a ton of action sequences. The ending had a slight twist, but it was easy to follow and was fast paced. There wasn’t a hell of a lot time spent on character development, but you learn enough about the lead character to ultimately wind up cheering for her in the end. The biggest flaw that I found in the comic were regarding the illustrations…. Don’t get me wrong, they were good and shined at all the right moments. However, they were also a bit choppy at times and inconsistent at certain stages – almost as if the artist was rushed to meet a deadline. The action sequences complimented Joe Hill’s writing style and did add some surprise elements, but overall, I did not find the artwork as good as what Gabriel Rodriquez produced in the “Locke and Key” series. I would have liked to have seem more detail and time spent on each illustration. FINAL VERDICT: I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Joe Hill’s comic collection…. If you are into horror comics or twisted graphic novels, you will probably really enjoy this. As fun as the cover makes the comics appear, Joe Hill comics are not recommended for children. In my opinion, the appropriate age for “Basketful of Heads” should be 17+…. I know many people will disagree with that, but young teens and children have their entire lives to see pictures of blowjobs and heads being cut off. No need to rush the process.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina Pilkington

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars Locke & Key is one of my favorite graphic novel series of all time, so when I learned that Joe Hill had a new Hill House Comics series out and that he was the writer of the first comic, I jumped into reading it right away. The plot and story unique, although I don't read a ton of horror graphic novels. I also liked the way the novel was structured, especially how the opening and ending scenes tied together. A Basketful of Heads has the typical Joe Hill dark humor that he Actual rating: 3.5 stars Locke & Key is one of my favorite graphic novel series of all time, so when I learned that Joe Hill had a new Hill House Comics series out and that he was the writer of the first comic, I jumped into reading it right away. The plot and story unique, although I don't read a ton of horror graphic novels. I also liked the way the novel was structured, especially how the opening and ending scenes tied together. A Basketful of Heads has the typical Joe Hill dark humor that he's known for which is hit or miss for me. It's very bloody with lots of horror elements. I was not a fan of the artwork, especially the panels where the facial features are blurred out and it's basically just a few dots on the face that represent facial features. I know that's something you see a lot of in graphic novels now (maybe it's always been that way to a certain extent; I'm not a huge graphic novel or comic book reader), and I hated it in the later Miss Marvel volumes, too. Overall, I'm excited to see what Hill will do with this new series and plan to continue reading it. It will be exciting to see which authors will step in to write each comic. I'm especially excited to read the comic that Carmen Maria Machado wrote.

  26. 5 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Joe Hill once gain comes up with a totally "out there" comic series. 1983, small Maine town. A girl, June, comes to help her boyfriend pack as he's just finished his last day as summer volunteer for for local police. Meanwhile, four convicts have escaped a chain gang, later showing up the the sheriff's house, where the main girl and boy are currently holding down the fort. Once she's thrown into the middle of this strange caper, June works her way through solving the real case with the help of a Joe Hill once gain comes up with a totally "out there" comic series. 1983, small Maine town. A girl, June, comes to help her boyfriend pack as he's just finished his last day as summer volunteer for for local police. Meanwhile, four convicts have escaped a chain gang, later showing up the the sheriff's house, where the main girl and boy are currently holding down the fort. Once she's thrown into the middle of this strange caper, June works her way through solving the real case with the help of a magic-infused Nordic axe. And heads begin to roll...right into a basket.

  28. 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Philip Fracassi

    This was a most excellent book, the compilation of the entire run of comics, and in my opinion the best way to read this story. The artwork is perfect for the tone and gore and violence and dark humor, and Joe Hill brings an original, surprisingly twisty crime story to life, while keeping both feet firmly planted in the world of supernatural horror. One of my favorite books of the year.

  30. 5 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.

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