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.
Alterna Comics are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, with fantastic digital first comics. The latest to join the likes of CHARGE and Trespasser, is The Creators by Michael S. Bracco, which sees a young girl with extraordinary powers go on the run from a shady government agency.
The fine folk from the PCG have sent us another round-up of the best mainstream digital comics, including A.D..: After Death Book One from Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire, who also supplies us a story for Old Man Logan. Plus Jason Aaron’s Unworthy Thor and Southern Bastards, and Dark Horse’s Ether.
Space 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!
A 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?
Back 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!
When 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?
It’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?
It’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.
It’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?