BlackBat001-Cov-BenitezDynamite Comics have carved a great niche for themselves as the home of pulp superheroes like The Shadow, The Green Hornet and The Bionic Man.  Black Bat is the newest superhero to join this illustrious line up with his own title released this week. However instead of harking back to the golden age of 50s superheroes, Black Bat instead feels like a throwback to the gritty world of the late 70s and 80s when comics started getting a darker edge and became more than just funny books for kids.

Madefire ComicsAfter a brief sojourn to Mexico City, Dave Gibbons’ incredibly versatile Treatment franchise returns to the streets of Tokyo and onto the Madefire app in another action packed instalment. With stunning art from Kinman Chan and a script from Robbie Morrison, Treatment Tokyo is already one of the slickest and most impressive titles on the Madefire roster and this latest episode continues to raise the bar of what a digital comic can be.

MightyTitan1This Kickstarter funded comic from writer Joe Martino takes the emotive subject of cancer and uses it as one of the central premises for a superhero adventure. This first issue of a 5 issue mini series was successfully funded last year and is now available via Martinos’ website, and may sound like a glib or insensitive way to treat such a serious subject, but Martino uses his own experiences as a way to give his book a smart and emotive central core, without  wallowing in bleak self-analysis. This makes for a title that should appeal to those affected by cancer and those just in need of an entertaining read and as such is well worth checking out.

Masks_and_Mobsters_07-1It’s not often you get genuinely new ideas in the world of comics, but this month has seen two startingly original books hit the shelves. First there was Jamie McKelvie’s brilliant Young Avengers #4 which included an awesome isometically designed spread that blended the worlds of design and comic art to create something truly unique. While in Masks and Mobsters #7 from MonkeyBrain Comics, Josh Williamson and Mike Henderson build their story around an original structure that is so blissfully simple, yet ingeniously clever, that as soon as you reach the pay off at the end you just want to turn back to page 1 and read it all over again to make sure you have fully appreciated what you have just been a part of.

Blind Ferret First Law Blade Itself 1 front coverTransferring an epic fantasy novel into a different medium is no easy task. Just ask Peter Jackson or David Beniloff! Not only do you have to condense 1000s of pages of prose into a more compact form, but you also have to permanently visualize characters that only exist in the heads of a fervent fan base – with the inevitable critical consequences. Fortunately when it came to his epic fantasy series The Blade Itself, writer Joe Abercrombie and publishers  Blind Ferret has chose to call in the experts, in this case legendary writer Chuck Dixon to help convert the adventures of infamous barbarian Loren Ninefinger  to the world of digital comics. 

Mumbai Confidential Book 1Mumbai Confidential is a brilliantly taut and edgy crime noir thriller from the guys at Archaia Comics and the first story arc – Good Cop Bad Cop – is now collected into one volume and available via ComiXology, from this week.

It reads like a sub-continental version of Sin City and has all the best elements of classic crime noir, with twists, turns, violence and corruption, all played out in the grimy, monsoon ridden streets of Mumbai and the glamour of Bollywood instead of downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills.

Madefire ComicsWe always love the arrival of new Madefire titles, and this month we have had not one but two new installments of Dave Gibbon’s brilliant Treatment series. If you’ve not checked it out before, Treatment is a global televisual phenomenon whereupon the guilty are judged live on TV for the pleasure of an increasingly blood-thirsty audience. With franchises in different cities it makes for a brilliantly imaginative franchise and one of the most consistent in the Madefire catalogue.