After the successful release of his breakout series, Cognition, with artistic partner Sam Bentley, writer Ken Reynolds has now opted for a different tack in the interim as he focuses on a more personal story. His new book, In Trouble follows a young lady discovering she’s pregnant… just as she learns the World will end. Is In Trouble a comic that can breathe new life into slice of life comics or will it be obliterated upon release?

‘The world’s first ‘slash of life’ comic’ – that’s the best way we could think to describe Samurai Slasher: Late Fees, the new book from The Kill Screen’s Mike Garley and Knock Off Wars’ Lukasz Kowalczuk. A mix of personal and poignant story-telling, head-chopping Samurai action and 80s video shop nostalgia all rendered in Lukasz’s crazy technicolour style. Ahead of a launch event at Orbital Comic on September 8th we caught up with Mike to find out more about this truly unique collaboration!

After a three year hiatus, Jon Lock returns to the comic series which started him down the road of becoming a comic creator with the fourth volume of his heaven sent series, Afterlife Inc. But can this fourth instalment, Man Made God, continue to offer a story of fun, action and hijinks in an afterlife which is run like a company or has the series fallen into purgatory?

Collecting together chapters 6-9 of his webcomic, Vanguard Volume 2 is where Dan Butcher’s Brit superhero comic really begins to mature and evolve and become more than just another wannabe Big Two book – instead it becomes a compelling mix of gritty action and smart social satire with a really strong sense of where it’s heading.

While comics are mainly seen as escapist entertainment, they also can also be used to deal with highly personal and troubling events, working as outlets for those who experienced them and support for those who might be going through something similar. The latest book to join the growing roster of highly intimate small press books is Face Down in the Mud, a very personal tale by David B. Cooper regarding a terrible trauma he experienced and the ongoing struggle to recover from it.

Our US correspondent and webcomic guru Rebecca Hail take a look at four more great 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.

Small Press comics have become a really powerful tool for exploring issues of mental health, such as anxiety and depression. Comics tackling this complicated topic range from the funny and quirky like Wired Up Wrong or Brain Shoodles to genre tales like At War With Kaleb. But whatever the format, the common thread is comic creators exploring their own struggles with mental health in an incredibly personal and laudable way. The latest to join this growing sub genre of fascinating books is Chris Browning’s Grey Fug: Discussions With My Cats About Depression.

This week, we go back in time (both in terms of the story and the title’s release itself) with Rum Row, a 1930’s set action adventure by Andrew Maxwell, Michele Bandini and their creative teams which follows an action packed adventure occurring on a blimp high in the sky. Will we toast to this comic’s great quality or will we need a stiff drink to forget about it?