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.

We love shining a spotlght on the world of small press and we’ve decided to shine that spotlight even brighter with a new small press focused column which looks specifically at the DIY publishing end of the comics spectrum. We start with 3 fantastic example in the shape of Good Comics’ The Time I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes, John Tuckers’ Bald and Steven Ingram’s Left.

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?

Although we love our indie and small press comics here at Pipedream Comics, every now and again we like to dip our toe back in to the mainstream – although not too far – and so this week we take a look at a couple of books from Image that have been rocking our world (Mark Millar’s new arc of Kick Ass and Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus’ trippy sci-fi road trip Void Trip), as well as a new offering from IDW’s Black Crown imprint that is brining a bit of snarling attitude to the world of comics in Punks Not Dead!