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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Domu: A Child’s Dream

A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I’ll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!

Reader Jamie T. suggested Domu: A Child’s Dream by legendary writer/artist Katsuhiro Otomo, a classic tale of a man tormenting his apartment complex with his telekinetic and telepathic powers.


The story opens with the police investigating a mysterious suicide (a man throws himself from a roof that he could not have possibly had access to). Upon looking into things, they learned that the complex has had many similarly mysterious deaths in the complex.

One of the inspectors discovered the killer – it was a seemingly senile old man that has powerful mental powers. He can telepathically possess people or telekinetically throw them from rooftops. He keeps a memento of all of his kills that he wears when he kills (it is super spooky looking). He kills the inspector, so his identity is known to the readers but not to the people of the apartment complex.

Anyhow, a young girl moves into the complex who also has powers and she eventually becomes his nemesis (you would think that this would be a bizarre coincidence, but according to Otomo’s work, every third person in Japan has mental powers). The old man torments her in a chilling sequence that Jamie specifically cited as wanting me to reference.

Prepare yourself – this is some graphic stuff ahead! Feel free to stop reading now if you don’t like gore!

Stunning work by Otomo.

The rest of the work is just as good. Dark Horse had the rights (which is where the above scans came from), but they let them lapse. I wish someone would reprint this story.


I bought this without really knowing anything about it when Dark Horse reprinted it around the time of their Akira reprints about 10 years ago. What an incredible book. Just as masterful as Akira and contained in a single volume! Had no idea that it was no longer in print, that’s a damn shame.

omg that was totaly creepy and sick. going to have to see if i can not track down the old reprint dark horse did of this story.

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Hands down, one of the top five horror stories I’ve ever read in ANY medium. Toss in the absolutely MIND-BLOWING art and story-telling by Otomo and what you’ve got is the most baffling case of “how-the-hell-is-THIS-still-out-of-print” ever.

Sweet! Thanks for picking one of my ideas! After this scene there’s a 2pg spread with blood all over the place. Awesome stuff…

OMG I remember checking this set from my local library a few year ago and promptly noticing the tie in with Akira , racing through the books…and getting that blank “I can’t f*cking believe it” when I got to the end. AWSOME MANGA!!! Ok, awsome…violent and creepy. You’ve been warned.

What? Out of print? That is truly incredible, one of the masterpieces and nobody there to print it. Such a shame.
For all the fans, do yourself a favour and try to get a copy, seriously, a great story.

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you can read this manga here http://www.mangareader.net/domu/1/2
there’s a lot of horror manga’s on the site too, a lot of ones that have been took down on others can be found on this one

There is no justice in the world. How can such a classic be out of print. It is a must every comic book library. I rember reading this the first time, must have been in the 90s, and it still is one of the best books in existence. Not to mention that it won the honourable writers award in Japan, if memory serves correctly it was the first Manga ever to do so.

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