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The October Faction, Vol. 1

(The October Faction #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  154 reviews
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
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
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 addit
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
Maxine Marsh

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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
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.
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
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 & tryi ...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
Maria (Big City Bookworm)
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
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
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to come, but already posted @
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
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.
Kelley O'Brien
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yup I'm in love with this!
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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 monsters
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd not heard of this comic before, and given my as of late dismal experience with the majority of comics I've been picking up, I didn't really have high hopes.

Color me pleasantly surprised.

Too often, *spooky* comics take themselves super-seriously and it just falls flat. A few writers can pull it off--check out Scott Snyder's American Vampire series, for instance. Oooh. Yum.

October Faction reminded me a bit of The Addams Family meets Courtney Crumrin. Good ol' dad Fredrick Allan is a monster hu
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
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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
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.*
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.
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
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
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.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The art <3 visually, this book is stunning!
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhat slow start. Good premise. Ethereal, muted art. Interesting characters. Looking forward to continuing the journey.
3.5 stars! // I absolutely loved the art in this one! Perfect for October, Halloween or just a rainy night. It was dark and atmospheric, and I just really liked it! I also enjoyed the story itself, but I don't know if I enjoyed it enough to continue on with the series.
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Final Verdict: Great new comic that will appeal to fans of darker comics with dashes of humor and family that reminds you what really love is!

The October Faction: Volume 1, is the collection of the first 6 issues of the comic. The story follows the Allan family and the strange situations they find themselves in. The head of the family is Fred, currently a professor who teaches about monsters, before that though, he was a monster hunter, one that collected many enemies over the years. His marriag
Jessika Griffin
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good premise and amazing art, but the writing was clunky and the characters didn't really feel developed. The illustrations and coloring are stunning, however, and make this worth reading.
C.J. Cummings
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
(Received from Netgalley & Publishers for honest review)

October Faction appealed to me because I enjoy horror and dark fantasy, and the tale of a retired monster-hunter and his family sounded to be up my street. I’d heard some good things about this title before reading it, so I was eager once the book was sent to us for review.

We follow Frederick Allan, the hunter in question, and the various members of his household. This volume is more of an introduction to the world, the characters and t
I was pleasantly surprised by this title. It's very much a first arc, establishing the characters and the setting, so I'll have to see where it goes, but I actually want to see where it goes, which is a compliment.

Niles's script is well-written, especially insofar as characterization, despite dealing with a large cast, and managing reader interest. Niles jumps in at the middle of the story, and remains pretty mysterious throughout the book, but provides enough breadcrumbs about the supernatural
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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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