The latest offering from Avery Hill Publishing, Steven Tillotson’s Untitled Ape’s Epic Adventure sees a ghostly purple ape creature head off on a globe-trotting journey to try and find his family in the jungle, with the help of a sarcastic cat companion. It’s a book that defies expectations and take you to places you never knew existed, but will it be an adventure of epic proportions or will it be over before it even begins?
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 round-up takes a turn for the horrific this week: with sinister tentacled loch monsters from Wart’s Chris Welsh in Ness; gruesome body hour in Hellhound Media’s The Disease; and an anthology of Ghastly Tales from Margeuriette Bennet and Broken Frontier.
In the last year, creator Matt Garvey has exploded on to the UK small press scene to produce some very eclectic and enjoyable comics, in particular his breakout title Chunks. Now he moves away from prior genres to create sci-fi thriller Transfer with artist Eder Messiah and we’ve been given a fantastic early look. But will this be another Chunks-like success, or will Transfer end up being somewhat null and void?
A lesser known, yet consistent staple of the industry since 2005, UK publisher Markosia have brought out many interesting titles both in print and digitally. Now, they introduce us to the world of Scavenger, a comic about a poor scavenger taking on the might of an empire. But will this comic be a diamond in the rough or will it end up on the scrapheap?
We’re still buzzing after the excellent Bristol Comics and Zines Fair and so thought we would take a look at some of the books we picked up from creators who we encountered for the first time at the show. These include Tim Bird’s Grey Area from Avery Hill, Cristian Ortiz’s military fantasy adventure in Golden Campaign and Hamish Steele’s hilarious retelling of Egyptian Mythology in Pantheon.
Like an amnesiac Inspector Gadget battling a James Bond villain’s henchman, but drawn by Jack Kirby, Fraser Campbell’s Alex Automatic takes those classic spy-fi conventions of the 1960s and mixes in a generous dose of paranoia and PTSD to make a truly unique creation. but will his amnesiac agent be another Winter Soldier wannabe or a hero in his own right?
Alongside his earlier works like Delta and Mack & Mondo SJ McCune’s Cold Colony was successfully backed on kickstarter earlier this year, and has now been released on Comixology, so we take a look at this new one-shot about a murder mystery taking place within the colony of a cold planet. Will this addition to his bibliography be a case worth solving or will it just be another title left out in the cold?
In the run up to Halloween we take a bite out of Stitches, a macabre comedy with a big appetite which sees introduces us to the dark world of Edward Ables, an undead funeral home director with a taste for human flesh. And if that sentence alone isn’t enough to spark a morbid interest in this book then we’re not sure what will!
We’ve seen some successful Kickstarters in our time, but Mac Smith’s recent campaign for a collected edition of his webcomic Scurry seems to have eclipsed all others with over $100,000 pledged – which is not bad for a campaign with an $8k goal! So what’s all the fuss about? With the first volume still available online we check out Mac’s story about a colony of mice as they try to survive in a dark and dangerous world.
Matthew D. Smith and Jeremy Massie have come together to create Bee Sting, a slasher-inspired comic book with all the tropes and cliches you could shake a stick at. But when there are hundreds of slasher-inspired comic books out there, can this creative duo present something fresh and a little different?