For all the big, loud and epic events which are portrayed within their pages, comics continue to be a good way to ‘peek behind the curtain’ and see other aspects of real life. However, one aspect which is rarely shown convincingly, no matter how much the noble intentions, is issues concerning mental health. This week, we get a chance to view a book which may actually do just that in The War for Kaleb, which attempts to give an insight in anxiety disorder.

Thanks to indie hits like Chunks, Cordelia Swift and Transfer, writer Matt Garvey has become one of Small Press’ most prolific talents. This week, Garvey and new artist collaborator Dizevez have released the first issue of Ether, a dark crime thriller about a dangerous new costumed vigilante out to seek justice. Could this be yet another great feather in Garvey’s ever growing cap or will this be one book which should be lost in…. well,…. the ether?

Is the hero a time traveller flitting between the 1940s and a medieval world, or just a disturbed mental patient in an asylum hallucinating it all? This is the unsettling premise of Kevin Chilcoat’s new comic, Knight in the Snake Pit, about a man who believes he can live in the past just a little too literally. Could this comic be a dragon-slaying success, or is it a title better off left in the past?

Don’t be fooled by the fact that the hero of The Sorrowful Putto of Prague is a cherubic angel, he’s anything but a cuddly representation of all things good. Instead, our hero Xavier, attempts to look after the mythical creatures of Prague which gets him into all sort of scrapes and gets himself out in some far from angelic ways! James Stafford’s webcomic mixes fantastical characters with a violent and a dark sense of humour to create a a legendary mix of stories.

From the opening blood soaked page which sees hit woman Lon getting life advice from her most recent victim (who has a particularly large bullet hole in his head), then you know you are in for a bloody, violent and gritty crime tale with Beautiful Canvas, courtesy of the team behind Deer Editor and Chum and it definitely doesn’t disappoint!.

This new offering from Avery Hill is a collection of three stories from American illustrator and artist, George Wylesole and is one of those books which is hard to sum up and eloquently describe, as the constituent elements are so weird and bizarre that describing them in isolation doesn’t really do them justice. However when they’re combined into this 90+ page volume, Ghosts Etc. becomes another tour de force from one of the UK scene’s most exciting publishers.

Joining the ranks of kick-ass female assassins in books like Lazarus, Bitch Planet and Ladykillers comics Popova a female centric tale of a hitman (or should that be hit woman) looking to escape her former employers. But can this comic make the headshot or is it simply painting itself a target for criticism?

With Leamington Comic Con fast approaching us, we take a look at 4 books which are making their debut at this weekend’s event, featuring: Darrell Thorpe’s Sub Diablo: Great Titans; King Legacy #1, Rozi Hathaway’s Cosmo and Other Stories; and Paul Rainey’s Thunber Brother Special.

In this day and age, new is always better (to quote Barney Stinson). However, we often forget about the classic comics which were released in the years gone by. One such example, that we picked up at the recent True Believers event, is Wolfmen and Fall of the Wolfmen from Accent UK which follows one man’s attempt to join a criminal gang who possess a very supernatural secret. But has time hurt this comic quality or is it a story which has become ageless?