An interesting subgenre that's popped up in comics over the past decade is that of body horror. It's a genre that internalizes the usual tropes one associates with horror; i.e., of an external, supernatural force that moves with inexorable force against you. Body horror turns that around so that the enemy turns out to be you, frequently in the form of monstrous transformations. It's a genre that's flexible, allowing for political, social and cultural commentary while still delivering truly discomfiting images. There are a number of interesting cartoonists working in this genre, including Josh Simmons, Michael DeForge, Julia Gfrorer and one of the earliest to work in this area, Hans Rickheit. His 2010 comic The Squirrel Machine is perhaps his ultimate statement on the themes he has long explored in his work.
Every one of these artists works a different corner of body horror. Gfrorer's comics frequently focus on the disturbing human and emotional elements surrounding moments of horror, moments that are frequently far more disquieting than the actual horrific content. DeForge doesn't flinch at depicting brutal, shocking images, but there's an almost playful quality to his comics that keeps the reader off-balance. Simmons' comics are visceral and brutal and often tend to focus on backwoods, primitive cultures and families. I see his comics as most similar to Rickheit's in this group, more of a difference of certain aesthetic flourishes than actual subject matter. Both are fascinated by family dynamics and how they can get impossibly warped, but Rickheit's stories tend to take place in a more upscale, reserved and even Victorian setting, which befits his delicate, sensitive line. Simmons is simply more raw than Rickheit, even as both artists delve deeply into taboos, sexual transgression and generally deviant behavior.