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The October Faction, Vol. 1

(The October Faction #1)

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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.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by IDW Publishing
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Sam Quixote
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2015
So, that was the best Constantine comic I’ve read in years!

Well, obviously it’s not exactly the same character because he’s older and this is an IDW comic but I think that’s the best way to look at October Faction: the main character, Frederick Allan, was “Constantine” but gave up being an occult detective/monster hunter, got married, had kids, and settled into a nice teaching job at the local university, lecturing about things that go bump in the night. Now in his late ‘40s, his enemies have c
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Chad
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
October Faction is about the Addams Family, I mean Allans family, whose patriarch used to be a monster hunter who settled down to have a family. Now the kids are teenagers and everyone in the family is jonesing to go hunt monsters again. There's not much story here yet. This moves very slowly. It's about introducing you to the characters with allusions to the past which is still mostly unseen. The book has potential if Niles can bring more meat and potatoes to the story.

Damien Worm's art is very
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
The October Faction is a graphic novel about the adventures of the retired monsters hunter Frederick Allan and his family.  

Initially was I a bit put off by the art in this volume, I thought it was too dark, too gritty, too weird looking, not at all that kind of art that I like when it comes to graphic novel, but in a strangely weird way I came to really like the art as the story progressed, it just suited the story perfectly.



It's a dark story so the art short be dark and a bit weird. And, what
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Estelle
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this!
A mix of the Addams Family and Locke & Key but with its own dark uniqueness.



The October Faction follows Fredrick Allan, retired monster hunter now turned teacher, his mysterious wife Deloris, as well as their two grown up children Vivian and Geoff, both trying to follow in their father's footsteps.
They're an odd bunch, and each of them has his/her own little side story but they really shine as a unit.

This first volume does a great job introducing the family as well as some additiona
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Kate
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Frederick Allen is a retired monster hunter who now devotes his time to teaching, his two grown children want to follow in their fathers footsteps which he is against until secrets from his past come back to haunt him. His wife is also involved in something that will ensure his past catches up to him. His ex partner has also come back into his life with news that upsets him however not all is as it seem
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Gianfranco Mancini
Story: 3,5
Art: 5


A real funny october-halloween comic book and the artwork was really great.
It was like reading Addams family gone monster hunters, Buffy the vampire slayer style... with a pinch of Green Hornet.







The class blackboard monster list in first issue reminded me the one in the awesome "Cabin in the woods" movie. :D





Not a bad read at all, but it could be a far better one.
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Maxine Marsh

Courtesy of Netgalley.

This is how a graphic novel should be written. The perfect amount of dialogue, the rest of what needs to be said is on each character's face, or in the artwork, or in the silence between characters. The lives of the Allan family and company are illustrated through emotional interactions, flashbacks, violence and action, mystery. It unfolds at the right pace, not too much and not too little revealed at any one point.

There is a delicate balance walked throughout the volume, b
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Ashley
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it


I really enjoyed the vibe of this comic. I love a spooky family, mysteries, and some macabre fun. This had some flavors of The Addams Family and The Munsters. My favorite part was probably the art style. It's very dark and murky, but nicely detailed. It was fun to read, and not exactly what I was expecting.
I watched the Netflix adaptation before reading the source material, and I don't really know what the show was doing. I do not understand why big changes happen when things get adapted, or why
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Steve
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not sure what I expected from this one, as I hadn't heard of this title before. But I'm familiar with Steve Niles' work on 30 Days of Night, and knew it should probably be pretty good.

It was VERY good! The story follows retired monster hunter (now teacher) Frederick Allen who's being forced back into this job because of a threat on his (very strange) family. This volume collects the first six issues, and basically sets up the story
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Anna Kay
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I was sucked into requesting this one from NetGalley, because the description intrigued me and the cover screams Addams Family like no other (a good thing for me personally). It was kind of like that, but with a little bit more Van Helsing thrown in for good measure. Which makes sense when you consider that it's about a retired monster hunter/occult professor and his family of weirdos -- his wife, the over-zealous hunting partner, and his kids, who are summoning/trapping stray spirits & trying t ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I have accidentally found a new horror graphic novel to love on and the timing couldn't be better. I had to run into my library to pick up a hold the other day and an usual, caught myself in the "new" section. I saw the first three volumes of "The October Faction" and all I needed was to look at one of the covers and I knew all three were headed home with me! "The October Faction" tells the story of a family of misfit/orphan monster hunters. The books provides with witches, warlocks, werewolves ...more
Skye Kilaen
LOVE this creepy family of monster-hunters. The first volume of this graphic novel series begins with a young man taking revenge on a former classmate who bullied him for possibly being gay (non-spoiler: he is). The young man's revenge is to trap the bully in hallucinations and nightmares. He comes by such dark magic honestly, as his father has retired from his famed monster-hunting career to be a college professor. Unfortunately for Dad, he's the only one in the family who wants the quiet life! ...more
Zedsdead
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Zedsdead by: ?
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Allans, a family of supernatural monster hunters, are pulled out of retirement by a werewolf friend with cancer, a blue-blood with a grudge and an evil plan, and a hybrid machine-boy who blames the patriarch for the death of his creator.

Disappointingly stupid. October Faction is neither as clever nor as witty as it thinks it is. A lot of the attempts at humor made me cringe. The characterizations are inconsistent: the protagonist family veers wildly between coldly aristocratic and cheerful c
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Brendan
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The artwork here was incredible and I liked the colouring changes that occur throughout. I was going to give this a five which was a 4.5 but the overall story was a bit of a mess. Having the new addition to the family was very quick, carried no weight, no real explanation and just didn't make a lot of sense. I'm interested yo see where this series goes but I'm finding Niles is very hit and miss within the same book. I'm unable to get my hands on the 30 Days of Night volumes and I've heard these ...more
Tiara
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to come, but already posted @ Bibliosanctum.com ...more
Daniel
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

Is this an Addams Family for the new millennium?

The October Faction is a graphic novel about Frederick Allan, a monster hunter who is now retired. His children want to follow in his footsteps ... an idea that Frederick doesn't care for. The daughter, Vivian, proves herself more than capable, though I'm still sure why the son/brother has any interest in hunting monsters.

In a story that centers around a family of monster hu
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Maria
4.5 stars

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.

One thing tha
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Wayne McCoy
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'The October Faction Volume 1' by writer Steve Niles and with art by Damien Worm is a creepy atmospheric graphic novel about a family of monster hunters.

Frederick Allan was a monster hunter. He and his ex-partner, Lucas, haven't talked in a long time. That could be because Lucas is a werewolf. Frederick's children Geoff and Vivian seem to have his talents for finding trouble and they want to get into the family business. When their mother is attacked by something strange, they get a chance to he
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Constanza
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to this very peculiar family of monster hunters! Going in to it I was expecting a very dark and gritty story, but I was pleasantly surprise with the humor in it too! The art by Damien Worm is by far the best aspect of the story; I spend a good amount of time just starting at the background, just beautiful! Looking forward to the next one!

Disclaimer: I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cale
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a pretty middle-of-the-road 'Supernatural' style monster-hunting family story. A retired monster hunter finds his family pulling him back in as the next generation chomps at the bit to pick up the mantle. There are werewolves, monsters, zombies, and robot-children (which is admittedly somewhat unique, even if they do look like Edward Scissorhands rejects), and some decent action sequences. The relationships are the heart of the story, and they are admittedly pretty strong. And the art wo ...more
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October Faction Volume 1 was a study of contrasts for me. I both liked and didn't like it; weirdly enough, it wasn't that part was good and part was bad. Rather, that I liked and disliked the same exact thing at the same time. The art was interesting but I didn't love it; the story never had an arc and meandered everywhere but I didn't get annoyed; the characters seemed really distinct and yet they weren't; the monste
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Chris
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mix a little Addams Family, Tim Burton styling (particularly Nightmare Before Christmas), and Van Helsing and you get the darkness that is The October Faction. Headed by a retired monster hunter, with a couple orphaned/adopted kids that are now grown up, a werewolf friend/former-partner and a wife that can kick serious butt this has the workings of something pretty interesting. There isn't a ton going on in this first volume, besides introductions, fairly typical of a V1. The son can see hauntin ...more
Anne
3.5 stars

I didn't know a horror story could be so funny.



The art is very good, but the dynamic between the characters is my favorite part of this book. They say and do highly inappropriate things, but they really care about each other. That "us against the world" vibe will never get old for me.

*ARC provided by Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley.*
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Tommy
Loving this series so far even though it's a bit of a slow starter. It kind of plays like a mixture of the Addams Family and Supernatural - but with a darker tone than either - and it's right up my alley as a horror fan. The artwork is amazing, too; it's delightfully macabre and really enhances the tone of the story. Can't wait to keep reading. ...more
Tera
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not what I was expecting but truthfully I'm not sure what I was expecting to begin with. Although it was darker then I generally prefer it still ended up being a really good story with okay graphics.
arc from NetGalley
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Peter Bradley
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Please give my Amazon review a helpful vote - https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-re...

I am not a big graphic novel reader, so I don't have a strong basis for evaluation. I came to this by way of the Netflix's "October Faction," which I am mostly enjoying. I was looking for some insights into the series, but honestly, it seems that the series is changing and introducing characters. For example, the father in this graphic novel seems to be the grandfather in the series and the Lucas character in t
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Quentin Wallace
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This isn't bad but we get dropped in right in the middle of the story and so far things haven't really been caught up that well. Still the art is great and really fits the creepy tone of the book, and even if some things are still murky what we do know is pretty cool and I think as things move along it will just get better. Steve Niles is a favorite, and this looks like another good work from him.
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Tom Malinowski
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, graphic-novel
I saw the Netflix trailer for this ever so briefly and it looked intriguing. When I found out it's based on a comic book, of course please!

Geoff and Vivian, two siblings who want to follow into their father's footsteps of being a monster hunter. Both their parents are keeping secrets from the kids, and from each other. Art is frenetic and creepy, it goes well with the writing that just got me hooked.

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Deanna Siegel
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love, love, love. A family of monster hunters? Real family drama? Strong characters? I'm in. The October Faction centers on Frederick Allen's family. Frederick was a monster hunter years ago but stopped to focus on his family. Now, his children want to follow in his footsteps, leaving him wondering if he can really leave his past in the past. There was action, there was drama, there were some creepy monsters, and there was a sweet ending. Looking forward to Vol. 2. ...more
Hilary
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The art <3 visually, this book is stunning!
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STEVE NILES is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence, and was recently named by Fangoria magazine as one of it's "13 rising talents who promise to keep us terrified for the next 25 years."

Niles is currently working for the four top American comic publishers - Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. He got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing
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