While Superheroes are by no means a new idea, the notion that these same heroes need retiring and/or controlling in some fashion is one which has only been around since the arrival of Watchmen and one which continues to grow in recent years with comics such as Civil War. This week we take a look at More than Men by Evan Waterman and Butch Mapa, as it focuses on a superhero team in a world full of superpowers and asks ‘are heroes still relevant’?

As convention season begins to pick up, we take a look ahead to Cardiff Indie Comic Expo (CICE) – billed as the return of Cardiff’s original independent comic show, it is taking place on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 in its original venue of the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Newport Rd, Cardiff. Tickets are available from the website, but we take a look at why you should be heading to the heart of Wales for a day of quality indie comics!

We’ve been huge fans of Nick Prolix’s retro cockney webcomic The Sheep And The Wolves since it was a few pages old, but this week sees him bring the third volume of their collected adventures to Kickstarter with his all new Slang Pictorial #3. We catch up with Nick to find out why he is braving Kickstarter all of a sudden as well as discuss the development of his retro style through the plehtora of projects he’s been working on in the past year.

The Silver Age of comics, while not the beginning of comics, will always be the foundation of we all now take for granted. Without the likes of Lee, Kirby, Ditko and beyond, comics would surely not have reached the heights it has. This week, the silver age returns to modern comics in the guise Andy W. Clift’s love letter to that period; the Adventures of Captain Cosmic. But can this new comic of a galactic superhero and his sidekick capture the magic of that historic time?

As the weather begins to warm and comic fans and creators begin to brave stepping outside their front door, convention season begins to spark into life. The next on our calendar is the always excellent Leamington Comic Con on April 14th, which is set to feature a guest appearance from Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, Loki writer Al Ewing as well as a host of great indie and small pressers as well! We take a look at what you can enjoy on the day!

Luke James Halsall and Cuttlefish’s hilarious time-travel comic Out Of Time appeared to us out of nowhere at the tail end of last year, but with it only being available at Thought Bubble we’ve not been able to shout about it – until now that is. With a digital (and upcoming print) release from the fine folk at Markosia bringing the world of Redmond, Lizzie, NC-1000 and co to the wider world, we caught up with Luke and Cuttlefish so we could reorder the time stream, discover more about this terrific time-travel tale, and generally make out like we knew how great it was all along!

The last time we saw Andy W Clift’s work on show was in the blood-soaked pages of Mike Garley’s Samurai Slasher, so were a little bit surprised when we heard his newest book was an all-ages sci-fi adventure about a father and daughter superhero family in space called Captain Cosmic. Released via the Comichaus app, we caught up with Andy to find more about his love of silver age comics and what inspired him to make an all ages family adventure. 

Writer Ryan K Lindsay is never one to rest on his laurels when it comes to story genres. Having brought the world ‘antler noir’ in Deer Editor, surf noir in Chum as well as psychedelic sci-fi and all ages adventure in Stain The Seas Scarlet and Ink Island respectively, he is now embracing the world of swords and sorcery with Eternal – a tale about an ass-kicking viking shield maiden called Vif that sees him team up with his old art buddy Eric Zawadzky from Headspace to create a truly unique and epic fantasy adventure. We catch up with Ryan to find out more about the wintery world of Eternal.

Although we love our indie and small press comics here at Pipedream Comics, every now and again we like to dip our toe back in to the mainstream – although not too far – and so this week we take a look at a couple of books from Image that have been rocking our world (Mark Millar’s new arc of Kick Ass and Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus’ trippy sci-fi road trip Void Trip), as well as a new offering from IDW’s Black Crown imprint that is brining a bit of snarling attitude to the world of comics in Punks Not Dead!

Mental Health continues to be an ever-growing concern in society and so it makes sense for fiction to focus more on it. Comics are no exception to this with a number of small press titles, like Worry Wart, Brain Shoodles and Wired Up Wrong, all focused on various mental health issues. This week we look at Roddy McCance and Rolands Kalnins’ Tales of the Fractured Mind, an anthology which offers readers a more varied glimpse into the different forms of mental health.