Think of Hollywood and you’ll most likely imagine a wonderland of film stars and high rollers, basking in big city lights. Of course, all of the bright lights, make the shadows seem all the darker. It’s into this seedy underbelly of LA’s Tinsel Town that we venture in Lady Hollywood from Cult Empire Comics.

Thanks to his mastery of Kickstarter, Ryan K Lindsay has become one of Small Press’ most prominent stars, with titles such as EIR, Deer Editor, Chum and more. Creating deep, meaningful and beautiful comics with a cavalcade of great artists, for his new book Eternal, Lindsay reunites with his Headspace cohorts Eric Zawadzki and Dee Cunniffe to bring us a tale of a Shieldmaiden locked in a vicious battle with an evil ghost.

Wolverton – Thief of Impossible Objects is a loving throwback to the days of pithy one liners and plucky adventurers overcoming adversity through quick wits, and occasionally quicker fists. The titular gentleman thief falling afoul of a variety of secret sects and scoundrels in the pursuit of a number of impossible objects, beginning with a shrivelled Monkey’s Paw.

Hellbound Media’s all action, monster hunting heroine returns for a new adventure, this time reducing missing children from a mysterious villain known only as the Spindly Man. But will this latest adventure for Mandy The Monster Hunter be another heroic outing, or will The Legend of The Spindly Man simply be too monstrous?

The thing about positive gender representation, is that it’s about more than just creating a bunch of cookie cutter characters in order to fulfil a quota. To get true equality the characters also have to be meaningful and engaging – and that means making them unlikeable as well as likeable. And that is definitely what Ryan Heshka has done with his new book The Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn, which features a bunch of hell raising, ass kicking women who make the residents of Bitch Planet look like the Downton Abbey Women’s Institute!

To paraphrase the line that opens the comic itself, small towns can often hide big secrets. While, in many real life small communities, this is limited to infrequent scandal over doping at the local pumpkin growing contest or the occasional local vicar syphoning off bake sale funds to fund the construction of a monument to his dark lord Cthulhu. In White Ash by Charlie Stickney however, the titular small town is hiding something far bigger.

The Silver Age of comics, while not the beginning of comics, will always be the foundation of we all now take for granted. Without the likes of Lee, Kirby, Ditko and beyond, comics would surely not have reached the heights it has. This week, the silver age returns to modern comics in the guise Andy W. Clift’s love letter to that period; the Adventures of Captain Cosmic. But can this new comic of a galactic superhero and his sidekick capture the magic of that historic time?

Mental Health continues to be an ever-growing concern in society and so it makes sense for fiction to focus more on it. Comics are no exception to this with a number of small press titles, like Worry Wart, Brain Shoodles and Wired Up Wrong, all focused on various mental health issues. This week we look at Roddy McCance and Rolands Kalnins’ Tales of the Fractured Mind, an anthology which offers readers a more varied glimpse into the different forms of mental health.

In late 1979 Atari released Adventure on its 2600 console, a landmark title in the archives of video game history as it featured the first documented “Easter Egg” when Warren Robinett secretly coded his name into a hidden screen of the gam, influencing countless others over the subsequent years. Fast forward 39 years to 2018 and video games have become a huge element of popular culture, a significant proportion of the entertainment industry, the subject of ongoing debate as to what can be considered art and, perhaps most importantly, a core theme in the story of Hex Loader, the third issue of which launched at the recent True Believers Comic Festival.