As you’d expect from a character with the title of Queen of Hell, John Allison’s new book Mordawwa #666 is quite a departure from the student world of Giant Days or the high school sleuthing of Bad Machinery. However, fear not! it isn’t the start of a descent into maudlin goth-ness for Allison, as his distinctive sense of humour and great eye for character still shines through the fires of hell to give his fans something new but wonderfully devilish at the same time.
We review the newest and best digital comics, from big name titles on platforms like ComiXology to essential indie titles and the latest app-based publishers.
Our indie comics round-up has a decidedly super heroic feel this week as we look at 4 unconventional cape books including: all ages British web comic Manchester Nova; explosive muscled up action in Moon Streak; spectacular secret agent adventures in Super Sikh; and the trials of a temp in a super powered office in Action Lab’s Super Human Resources.
The world’s of science fiction and comedy make awkward bedfellows. For every Red Dwarf or Hitchhikers Guide, there are a dozen Hyperdrives (and Red Dwarf Season 7!). But in the world of comics, there seems to be more synergy, and in the world of the UK small press scene in particular, there are few are funnier sci-fi books than the adventures of space rogue Lou Scannon and the crew of the Raging Hormone!
Heroes can be found in all shapes and sizes and they aren’t all human. From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Howard the Duck, anthropomorphic characters are now common place. Now, Andy W. Clift adds his own creation to that stable in Bertie Bear And The Dagger Of A Thousand Souls, which sees his teddy bear hero embarking on a very pulp adventure. But will this comic be a fun read, or is this a character who should have remained in the toy box?
In exchange for Image Comics releasing a print edition of the Eisner Award winning digital comic The Private Eye, Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin have been let loose in Robert Kirkman’s zombie-filled sandbox to create The Walking Dead: The Alien a unique stand-alone story available exclusively from Panel Syndicate that links to the main Walking Dead timeline in a quite unexpected way.
Our latest round-up of indie digital comics picks a selection of surreal slice of life books that may look they’re based in the real world, but are actually anything but! They include: monstrous bedtime story Good Night; anti-bullying and trolling story Hiddenfolk; Bath based magical fantasy Knockout; and the second volume of free digital anthology Sliced Quarterly.
For those of us, like us, who may have drifted away from the thrill powered weekly that is 2000AD, watching Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD is a great way to get back in touch with a comic that meant so much to many of our formative years back in the day.
This week’s indie comics round-up features 4 of the very best arthouse indie anthologies from the UK including: the latest instalment of Dirty Rotten Comics; Throwaway Press’ debut collection of eclectic short stories from Matt Dooley Meanderings; Avery Hill’s eclectic think piece Reads; and Sunday supplement meets art school review Save Our Souls.
Joe Glass’ LGBTQ+ superhero collective The Pride are back for a whole new set of antics in Pride Adventures. But unlike the main series which suffered from having a revolving door of artists, Pride Adventures makes the most of an eclectic roster of creators to produce a companion series that further develops the world of The Pride in distinctly diverse ways!
For his latest superstar team-up, Mark Millar has joined forces with All Star X-Men/Star Wars artist Stuart Immonen to bring you the action sci-fi space opera Empress – a book which will inevitably be described as ‘Saga meets Star Wars’. But will this be another upper class Millar tale or is it just a lowly commoner?