Last Sheriff #3Reckless Hero’s tale of a lone sheriff hiding from his past while evil gun-toting alien bounty hunters chase him down, has evolved from a trad sci-fi western into an epic space cowboy hybrid with some truly stunning visuals in The Last Sheriff #3. There’s also a new despicable bad guy in town hunting down our hero and a greatly expanded world for the characters to inhabit, but have we been too quick on the draw when it came to criticising Chris Jenkins and Chris Imber’s gun slinging hero?

ARMOR1 01 frontcoverWhen an alien ship crash-lands in front of him in the middle of a wood, high school jock Jason King has no idea of what is about to happen to him as an old man gives him a secret vial containing a top secret alien weapon. But will Armor-I a technicolour space adventure from Evolution Publishing be an invincible force against alien baddies or will we discover the chinks in their armour?

indie-round-upNot all indie comics have to be about angsty superheroes or moody monochrome slice of life tales. Sometimes it’s OK to put together some weird pictures and some surreal characters and call them a story. We take a look at three of these such quirky tales in our latest indie comics round-up featuring: Adam and Gill’s Trivia Game, Mooncop and Mr Unpronouceable and the Sect of The Bleeding Eye.

indie-round-upThe western may not feel like the most modern of genres, but it’s one that is getting a bit of a renaissance on the indie and small press scene thanks to some imaginative ideas and a few slightly more old fashioned ones too. We look at some of the best indie western books including: High Noon Rising by James Mulholland, Reddin from Dead Canary Comics and West: Justice from Angry Candy comics.

battlecatsFantasy action, full spread battles and a host of incredible, heroic chracters, it’s the Battlecats and they’re here to win you over. Set in the fantastical world of Valderia Battlecats invokes nostalgic feelings of Saturday morning cartoons, but will these new creations live up to thire name as fearsome felines or will they just end up as timid tabby cats?

cognition-01Magic is always a source of good stories in comics, with outlandish characters and colorful spells filling every panel on every page. However, the occult is a different type of magic, one seen as a lot darker and something Ken Reynolds now attempts to imbue into his new supernatural comic, Cognition, which follows an unlikely duo seeking out the mystical for the British Government. But can Cognition bewitch readers or will it end up being banished?

HildaAndTheStoneForestThere are few publishers out there who have a better hit rate than Nobrow Press. With an immaculate attention to detail, a huge variety of styles and subjects, as well as production values that are second to none, they put out some of the most exciting and innovative books on the shelves today. We look at two  very different new releases – Wren McDonald’s cyberpunk sci-fi extravaganza SP4RX and a new adventure for Luke Pearson’s Scandi super tyke in Hilda and the Stone Forest.

theatrics-cover-01-cropTreading the boards via TPub (home of Tortured Life, Twisted Dark and Turncoat), writer Neil Gibson is taking a bow with Theatrics webcomic, about an actor who uses his talent to reinvent himself after a life changing attack. But will Theatrics belong on the stage with TPub’s other fantastic titles, or will it be in need of an early curtain close?

DescendingOutlands 3After  bringing vibrancy to other creators’ indie comics, Shaun Dobie, colourist of the the Red Mask from Mars, has returned to his own book Descending Outlands in time for this weekend’s Melksham Comic Con which will see the debut of issue 3 of his interstellar caper. But can Dobie make another out of this world issue, or will it fall back down to Earth with a bump?