When it comes to a new book from the guys at Madius Comics, we’re used to it being in a slice of twisted horror (often with a vein of dark humour running through the middle) not a story about a giant bunny trying to find his way in the world! But this new offering sees Mike Sambrook go solo and create a sweet all ages tale, that still has a touch of mixed up Madius magic to it.

After storming it’s way into our indie comic of the year list for 2016, we couldn’t wait for the second issue of Fraser Campbell and James Corcoran’s super spy thriller Alex Automatic to return to the field. And so Alex Automatic Bokeh’s Machine continues to baffle and entertain in equal measure, but will it be another unforgettable read for the amnesia super-spy?

While best known for their anthology Papercuts and Inkstains, the guys at Madius Comics are bringing out more and more character-centric comics; from creepy horror Corsair to new All-Ages comic Bun (which our interview about here). However, perhaps the new star of the Madius show is salty sea dog Griff Gristle, who returns for more high-seas, monster hunting hijinks in his second issue, The Siren’s Song.

We’ve dubbed Mike Garley’s new book Samurai Slasher: Late Fees the first ever ‘slash of life’ tale as it mixes poignant and personal story telling with head slashing 80s infused action. Teaming up with Polish small press superstar Lukasz Kowalczuk, Garley has created a totally unique mix of horror and slice of life, but is worth renting again or should you return it early?

With our reviews list creaking under the weight of so many titles pre-Thought Bubble, we thought we would collect together an eclectic group of essential reads that include: a collection of Tom Gauld’s wonderful strips from the Guardian in Baking With Kafka; the complete Deadline strips of Shaky Kane in Good News Bible from Breakdown Press; and the latest chapter in David Lumsden’s bleak post-event world Boat.

After the successful release of his breakout series, Cognition, with artistic partner Sam Bentley, writer Ken Reynolds has now opted for a different tack in the interim as he focuses on a more personal story. His new book, In Trouble follows a young lady discovering she’s pregnant… just as she learns the World will end. Is In Trouble a comic that can breathe new life into slice of life comics or will it be obliterated upon release?

‘The world’s first ‘slash of life’ comic’ – that’s the best way we could think to describe Samurai Slasher: Late Fees, the new book from The Kill Screen’s Mike Garley and Knock Off Wars’ Lukasz Kowalczuk. A mix of personal and poignant story-telling, head-chopping Samurai action and 80s video shop nostalgia all rendered in Lukasz’s crazy technicolour style. Ahead of a launch event at Orbital Comic on September 8th we caught up with Mike to find out more about this truly unique collaboration!

After a three year hiatus, Jon Lock returns to the comic series which started him down the road of becoming a comic creator with the fourth volume of his heaven sent series, Afterlife Inc. But can this fourth instalment, Man Made God, continue to offer a story of fun, action and hijinks in an afterlife which is run like a company or has the series fallen into purgatory?

Collecting together chapters 6-9 of his webcomic, Vanguard Volume 2 is where Dan Butcher’s Brit superhero comic really begins to mature and evolve and become more than just another wannabe Big Two book – instead it becomes a compelling mix of gritty action and smart social satire with a really strong sense of where it’s heading.