With Leamington Comic Con fast approaching us, we take a look at 4 books which are making their debut at this weekend’s event, featuring: Darrell Thorpe’s Sub Diablo: Great Titans; King Legacy #1, Rozi Hathaway’s Cosmo and Other Stories; and Paul Rainey’s Thunber Brother Special.
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.
In this day and age, new is always better (to quote Barney Stinson). However, we often forget about the classic comics which were released in the years gone by. One such example, that we picked up at the recent True Believers event, is Wolfmen and Fall of the Wolfmen from Accent UK which follows one man’s attempt to join a criminal gang who possess a very supernatural secret. But has time hurt this comic quality or is it a story which has become ageless?
This week’s indie round-up features a gun-toting child in 18th century Lincoln in Midnight Butterfly, the latest instalment of Reckless Hero’s all action Operation Boom, and the surreal post-event world of Jack Lothian and Garry Mac’s Tomorrow.
‘Leading the way in British graphic novels and comics’. That is the mantra Markosia Comics operates by and it’s a mantra that suits the company perfectly, with many new and emerging British comic talent seeking them out to help bring their ideas to life. A great example of this is Mi Sweethart from writer Sam Head and artist Rachel Nutkins, in which the eponymous lead seemingly faces an assassination attempt. But will this title make a killing with readers?
The first arc of Jack Foster’s Gun managed that rare thing in indie superheroes of being a book that doesn’t feel like a simple copy of a big two title,and instead felt like it actually had something fresh to say with the genre. A mix of crime noir and a heist thriller, but with capes, it was a firm fixture on our last two best of countdowns, so how will this new story arc live up to that first caper?
We ‘ve not reviewed Comichaus since a glowing write-up of their first issue, but in that time this anthology has gone from strength to strength and even secured a nomination as one of our 10 best comics of 2016. So we thought it was about time we looked at the latest issue of this indie anthology and we were immediately taken by just how far this indie anthology has come in a very short amount of time.
We first encountered the team from Good Comics at the Bristol Comics and Zine Fair back in October, and having crossed paths with them again at last month’s True Believers we thought it really was about time we wrote a bit about their unique collection of ‘micro-published’ comics and zines. We pick out three of the best from their recent winter line-up to give you a taster of the lo-fi world of Good Comics.
Bursting forth from the pages of the Phoenix, courtesy of the frenetic imaginations of the Etherington Brothers comes this second collection of tales starring a young boy who accidentally dies eating oxtail soup and must navigate a mysterious afterworld in order to try and get home. But should the Etherington’s unconventional hero remain long gone?
We’ve finally reached the end of our True Believers reading list and there are a couple of crackers on it including: a sampler of a dark folk-horror comic called Heretics; a quirky romance that starts on a late night platform in Last Train Home; some zany all-ages action in the Etherington Brothers Monkey Nuts; and some pyromanic fun in Rachael Smith’s I Am Fire.
A trip to a comic convention always brings a whole treasure trove of new comics. Some by writers and artists already established on the circuit while others by creators who are a little more new to the game. Today we focus on one of the later with Untold, an unnerving horror title by Daniel Farrand, Johannes Vick and the rest of their creative team, Untold Productions. Will this comic be a treat or will it scare the readers away?