space-captain-1Space Captain is one of those rare things in indie comics – a title that seems to appear perfectly realized from the very beginning and gets better and better with every issue. There’s no muddled debut full of extraneous exposition or awkward character development as the writer and artist attempts to find their voice. Instead, like its hero, it appears from the ice fully rounded, ready for action and sporting an excellent moustache!

npc_teaA popular mainstay on the small press circuit for the last couple of years, Sarah Millman is known for the colourful, upbeat and fun comic A Heart of Time. Now, ‘Milmo’ has released her new book, NPC Tea, which focuses on a modern day take of Men, Elves and Orcs as one girl seeks out some powerful spirits. Will this comic become as popular as Millman’s previous title or will it not be everyone’s cup of tea?

battle-badgers-2Back in the 80s you couldn’t move for comics about talking animals! Now, after a decade or two break, we seem to be getting a renaissance of anthropomorphic animals with great titles like MULP and Scurry leading the way. Proving that it doesn’t just have to be mice getting in on the action, Steve Sims returns with a second issue of Beast Hunting Battle Badgers, but can this title measure up to the classic animal comics from the good old days!

EIR coverWhen you read a comic, more often than not it leads to an escape from the humdrum life of the reader. Well with his new comic, EIR, writer Ryan K Lindsay attempts to turn reality into fiction (or is it fiction into reality?) with a story of a young girl taken on an out of this world adventure by a talking helmet. Is this a comic which will shoot for the stars or is it a little too fantasy to catch on?

british-showcase-anthologyIt’s a bumper time for British indie comics anthologies as we have another you to get your teeth into! The British Showcase Anthology Volume 2 is packed full of indie comic greatness contained in a well put together product that gained attention from all corners of the scene. But how will this patriotic collection fare against anthology big hitters like Dark Matter and Comichaus?

comichaus3It’s an exciting time to be a part of the indie comic scene at the moment and one of the main reasons is anthologies and monthly serials. Along with Dark Matter, which we reviewed earlier in the week, one of the most exciting has to be Comichaus – The British Independent Monthly, which collects serials and one off’s from a batch of very talented creators and presenting them in a well polished, high end product.

dark-matter-ii-coverIt’s a great time for fans of indie comics anthologies right now with the likes of Comichaus and Papercuts and Inkstains setting a very high standard. The latest to throw their hat in the ring is Close 2 Immortality’s Chris Sides and Chris Travell whose Dark Matter volume 2, which is set to debut at MCM Birmingham. With the stories all written by Sides and featuring artwork from a roster of some of the small press scene’s finest, how will this new collection match up to the other anthologies on the block?

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that Santa Claus vs. The Nazis was just a one note joke pitting the ultimate evil against the good. However thanks to a well rounded script and some excellent artwork, it is so much more than than high concept title might suggest, becoming a mix of throwback World War 2 action but with a genuine heart-warming core.

thoughtbubble-logo2016-200This weekend saw the great and the good of the UK comic scene descend on Leeds for the annual Thought Bubble Comics Arts Festival. As well as featuring big names from the mainstream it was also one of the most important weekend’s for the indie and small press scene with dozens of new books being released and showcased. We take a look at some of our favourites – and we’ll keep updating it as we gradually work our way through our pile of books to read from the weekend!

cops-vs-sharkwolvesWhat do you get if you combine 18 small press creators and get them to put together a free comic for Halloween? Why, Cops vs. Sharkwolves of course! The brainchild of And Then Emily Was Gone’s Iain Laurie and featuring some of the small press scene’s most interesting names, will this book’s exciting concept match it’s creator input or is it a book best left sleeping with the fishes?