For this new book from Nobrow Press, writer Jamie Rhodes spent a year at Scotney Castle in Kent, researching the family history and soaking in the legacy of this unique building. But rather than turn it into a dry prose book that would languish on a gift shop shelf, he chose to tell the stories he found as comics. Recruiting 5 artists and getting each to create a truly unique look for the stories about this ancient building and its residents, this fresh approach to historical comics, combined with Nobrow’s exceptional production values, gives you a really unique read that is sure to liven up any National Trust gift shop!

For their follow up to the critically acclaimed Propeller, writer Ricardo Mo and artist Albert Muriel have teamed up with the guys at Vault Comics (a new publisher who we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on) for Colossi. A glorious slice of retro futuristic sci-fi about (literal) small people in very big world and see if it will make a big impact or will just shrink into the background.

For her first article on the site, our new US correspondent Rebecca Hail takes a look at four of the best Web Comics that she recommends as a quick way to get a laugh in your day. From Tumblr to Twitter, you’ll be sure to find one to brighten your day and make you chuckle so we pick four of our favourites that you have got to know about.

They’ve been off saving the world (or something perhaps coping with the fall out from Secret Empire), but we’re pleased to announce that the Paradox Comics Group are back from their brief hiatus with their latest round-up of the best mainstream digital comics on ComiXology featuring: Secret Empire, Britannia, A.D., Weapon X and Black Monday Murders,.

With only a few weeks until the UK general election, we thought we’d get into the political spirit. Well, with that in mind, what better way than by reading Queen #1, a political crime drama about corruption and hacktivism within the British Government, currently running a Kickstarter for issues 1 and 2. But is this a comic which can really pick up the votes?

It’s a big old world when there’s no one else to share it with. From I am Legend to Wall-E and The Last Man on Earth, the lone figure of the last survivor in a world devoid of other people is a fascinating one, and The Incredible Plight of Tony Featherneck by Owen Sherwood offers a quirky spin on the premise.

Despite the variety that comes along in small press comics, traditional fantasy stories involving elves and fairies seem to be something of a rarity. That’s why, when one hits our (metaphorical) desk, we at take note. This week, James Blundell does just that with the first issue of Plague, which sees these fantastical beings surviving in the midst of a very human ailment.

One of the most eagerly anticipated indie books of recent years is PJ Montgomery and Gavin Mitchell’s adaption of Steve Jackson’s The Trolltooth Wars in graphic novel form. Two years in since it was first funded on Kickstarter,  it has achieved near mythic status on the small press scene, as speculation about when it would finally see the light of day has grown with every pasing month. But as we discovered in our recent interview, it’s finally here and we’ve been given a fantastic first look – so does it live up to the wait?