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.

OUTRE_issue1_1Free Comic Book Day was a fantastic way to help bring people into the world of comics and get them into comic book stores. But for those operating in the digital space it was also a great opportunity to pick up new readers at a time when comics have never been cooler. One of the small publishers looking to make to the most of FCBD are Norwegian publishers Outré Press. The first issue of their anthology of themed comic stories was released this Saturday via their website as a PDF, CBR or CBZ file. Featuring a fantastic mix of diverse and enthralling art and stories this first issue, based around the theme of ‘responsibility’, features work from writers and artists from all over the world – as well as featuring an interview with Saga artist Fiona Staples.  To find out more about the launch of this exciting new project we contacted editor Glenn Møane to get the bottom of just what Outré Press was all about – including that enigmatic name!

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.

MT4.002_promo_coversThis week sees the launch of the second episode of the new series of the brilliant Mice Templar from Image Comics and Bryan J.L Glass, Michael Avon Oeming and Victor Santos. Since we last saw Karic of Cricket’s Glen things have gone well, with him finally accepting his destiny as the chosen one and even finding time for a little romance with Aquila. But things are about to take a turn to the dark as Glass, Oeming and Santos begin the build towards their climactic finale. Who will prosper, who will fall and, knowing their fondness for mice mortality, who will even survive?! So we got in touch with Bryan and Michael to find out. 

Theremin_01.inddPacked full of time-travelling Russians and turn of the century techno wizardry this week sees the launch of the brilliant  Theremin from MonkeyBrain Comics. From the spaced out imagination of writer Curt Pires and Phabula artist Dalton Rose, this gem of a book is available exclusively via ComiXology and centres around the time travelling titular hero as he sets out to use his scientific discoveries for the better of Mother Russia throughout time and space. Looking to discover the secrets of time, space not to mention get some tips on the best in experimental music we turned to Curt and Dalton and asked them to share their time with us.   

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.