We’re still catching up on reading from after Christmas and so this week we have mixed bunch that we;ve loosely grouped together in a kind of sci-fi/action collection. They include: dystopian sci-fi Peace of Mind; Ram V’s stunning debut for Image Comics, Paradiso; and a slice of crazy action from the excellent Luzasz Kowalczuk in Strike Team Code Name DIamond Force.

If TV shows like The Vikings and Jamestown have taught us anything, it’s that our history is ripe with ideas with which to fuel a good story. Even comics, once the domain of the superhero, are seeing more and more titles built around our collective past. This week, we take a look at the Owl Tribe, which sees a band of Native Americans attempt to defeat a dangerous, and seemingly unstoppable, monster.

We’ve been inundated with fantastic new indie and small press comics over the Christmas and New year period, so we thought we would share some of our favourites with you: this week we look at a larger than life character in The Eel Man Chronicles; travel through time with Out of Time; and go older than old school with a pair of bickering pensioners in The World of Diedre and Albert

2017 was a busy year for Small Press up and comer Matt Garvey releasing three very different comic series, two of which made it into our 2017 top 50. Well, far from resting on his laurels, Mister Garvey is hitting 2018 running with a new comic straight out of the gate as he and fellow Millarworlder Robert Ahmed bring forth The Devil in Disguise #1. Will this be the comic where Garvey struggles to hit the mark or, like his prior works, will this outing also be devilishly good?

Avery Hill wrap up a year of interesting and eclectic releases with It’s Cold In The River At Night, the first long form book from animator Alex Potts (following the in the foot steps of A Quiet Disaster, also from Avery Hill). It’s billed as ‘a coming of age story about a man who is too old to come of age and doesn’t gain any personal growth’ so how does Potts’ unique brand of anti-storytelling match up to the other Avery Hill books of 2017?

They say comic book characters never die. In the case of (almost) all, this is indeed true, certainly when looking at the big 2. However, while many characters have long, established histories, some do disappear into obscurity. This week, however, we take a look at Titan Comics recent revival of Fighting American, a character created in response to Captain America by his own legendary creators; Joe Simon and Jack ‘King’ Kirby.

Balancing creativity and parenting is no easy task, and Richy K Chandler explores the challenges in When Are You Going To Get A Proper Job?, the new graphic novel from Singing Dragon. Part autobiographical story and part self help book, it’s a fantastic mix of enjoyable and engaging story and genuinely useful advice on making the most of your time if you’re an artist or creative. So take a look and see if it inspires your inner muse!

This debut graphic novel from Gluepot Books is not the kind of book you might expect when you hear that it is about one man and his dog in rural Yorkshire. Mann’s Best Friend is the creation of sisterly duo Sophie and Scarlett Rickard and thanks to it’s charming story telling and relatable characters has the feel of a classic British graphic novel for the ages, rather than a twee man and his mutt adventure.

This week, the British weather took a turn for the chilly as we Pipedreamers were gifted a good bit of snow. As a result, it would be remiss of us to not let this weather influence our next review as we take a look at the first three issues of Nick Goode and Harry Hughes’ Snow: The Dawn, a new superhero book set in a future London setting. Is this a new sleeper hit of a comic or will it be left out in the cold?

Unlikely Heroes may not be a name many are familiar with, but they are a studio with a skilled team producing high quality, enjoyable comics, as our review of the superhero series, Supers, will attest to. This week, hot on the heels of their recent, rousing Kickstarter success, we take a look at issue 1 of the UH team’s newest comic project, The Surgeon. Will this post-apocalyptic, sword-wielding physician be a surgical cut above the rest or will it be Dead upon arrival?