One of three books being released by Avery Hill at this year’s Thought Bubble, Kristyna Baczynski’s Retrograde Orbit is a beautiful and poignant tale about about a young girl looking to find a sense of home and identity in a galaxy where she feels like doesn’t quite belong.

Thanks to writer Dave Cook’s epic marketing campaign, the name Killtopia has been at the top of our most anticipated comic of 2018 list from the beginning of the year. But now that it’s finally here and we’ve been whipped into feverish anticipation, will this dystopian science fiction book manage to live up to all that hype?

They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover (and we have certainly seen enough indie books where a beautiful cover conceals a dogs dinner inside), but that is most definitely not the case with The Needle Man, a new book from Soaring Penguin Press. Bringing together the first story of Martin Simpson’s dystopian art deco investigator that were previously published in SPP’s Meanwhile anthology, this is a book which had us hooked from the minute we saw the iconic cover and didn’t disappoint from start to finish.

Our latest small press spotlight looks at some of the best new small press comics available today including: a man and his dragon go off adventuring in all ages adventure Gallant and Amos; Broken Frontier’s annual look at the best of small press in the Broken Frontier Small Press Year Book 2018; and a cool music themed fanzine from the Nice Gang illustration collective, called Support Your Local Zine.

Our latest round-up of fantastic indie comics includes: Submerged, a subterranean adventure story from the team at Vault Comics; The Herebey Dragons an all ages fantasy comic from writer Simon Birks; and Glacier City, the latest from Brian K Vaughan’s Panel Syndicate platform, with a story by Copperhead’s Jay Faerber.

For his follow up to the psychedelic Void Trip, writer Ryan O’Sullivan’s latest creator-owned series for Vault Comics sees a failed writer wrongfully picked to be the saviour of mankind. Packed full of smart dialgue, stunning artwork and an arch deconstruction of comic book conventions, we see whether Fearscape is anything worth being afraid of.

We were drawn into the world of Barry Keegan’s The Bog Road from the minute we saw that iconic cover with it’s title etched in the tangled roots of foreboding tree. But can this Celtic monster story live up to the intricate potential of it’s iconic opener, or will we get bogged down in the journey once we take a trip down the road?

With the first full issue of Mike Sambrook’s Bun proper coming very soon, and the first 11 pages now available for free on Gumroad, we look back at that sampler issue about a giant bunny trying to find his way in the world. But does writer Mike Sambrook manage to create a sweet all ages tale, that still has a touch of the mixed up Madius magic to it?

Our latest spotlight on the world of small press comics features: A Projection, a new slice of interesting avant garde comics from Avery Hill; Samuel London’s quirky and quant debut Milford Green; and 10 page freebie comic The Train Terminates Here that is anything but cheap and cheerful!