Afterlife with ArchieAfterlife with Archie volume 1 shouldn’t work. The notion of reimagining the wholesome world of the Riverdale gang as a blood soaked zombie horror book should be a one line joke on a sub-reddit about the ultimate ‘what if’ mash up. Yet thanks to the superb creative team of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla it not only works, but it manages to make an Archie comic, one of the best books we’ve read all year

Pipedream Comic logoAccording to market analysts Comichron and ICv2, the comics industry hit a 20 year high for graphic novel and comic book sales in 2014, with digital comics now comprising a whopping 10% of the US and Canadian market.  The report, published by Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp estimate total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in the U.S. and Canada reached $935 million in 2014, a 7% increase over sales in 2013 – and the highest it’s been since the heady days of the mid-1990s!

PhonogramHaving completed their first 12 issues of their creator-owned series The Wicked and The Divine, writer Kieron Gillen and longtime collaborator Jamie McKelvie are returning to the equally esoteric world of their breakout hit in Phonogram: Immaterial Girl. Arriving this August from Image Comics we catch up with writer Kieron to talk about pop stars as gods, phonomancers and mind-bending versions of classic ’80s music videos

Stiffs #3 coverThanks to Robert Kirkman and the shuffling hordes of undead wannabes, the zombie comic has become something of a cliche in recent years, with a real lack of originality and fresh ideas that rarely go beyond “more gore!”. However, Welsh indie comic Stiffs has managed to turn against the flow of more and more bloodshed to create a solid niche for itself in this over-crowded genre thanks to a shambolic charm and a dose of anarchic Welsh attitude.

Thrillbent logoNot content with just producing some of the world’s best cutting edge digital comics, today Mark Waid and John Rogers’ Thrillbent have announced that award-winning writer/artist Terry Moore, will be bringing his long-running masterpiece Strangers In Paradise to the site beginning Friday, July 3.

Super! Volume 12015 is shaping up to be a real ‘Summer of Superheroes’, but what if you’re tired of the same old offerings from the Big Two? Super! Volume 1 tells the rather familiar tale of a superhero team as they attempt to make their mark on the world full of other costumed heroes. But can this indie sensation defeat the heavy hitters of superhero team books or will this be a title which cannot be saved, no matter how many heroes are in it?

Lady Mechanika Tablet of Destinies 1Former Weapon Zero/Darkness artist Joe Benitez’s beautifully rendered steampunk extravaganza returns to ComiXology Submit with a brand new adventure in Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies – a superb slice of Victorian-infused action rendered in Benitez’s trademarks extreme detail!

4971be87b26e807d8e1ce575d9be0293_originalHit digital comic, Holidaze has launched a Kickstarter to help fund a 140 page collected edition of the first 5 issues (currently only available on ComiXology). So if you were a fan of this zany tale of mythical characters on their day off and the bar in which they spend it, then be sure to check out this great project and lend your support.

Dark Horse app iconFor years Dark Horse Comics were the largest major comics publisher not to have teamed up with digital comics giant, comiXology/ But after today that is all set to change as Dark Horse Comics and ComiXology have announced a huge digital distribution agreement for their roster of more than 800 titles including HellboySin CityBuffy the Vampire SlayerAvatar: The Last AirbenderThe Goon, & more!

Modern TestamentAn angel, a demon and horseman of apocalypse – it’s not the opening gambit of a cheesy joke, but the cast list of the new comic from writer Frank Martin that sees these characters thrown into present day scenarios with chilling results in Insane Comics’ Modern Testament – Anthology of The Ethereal. 

Mollie Danger KickstarterAfter a 3 year hiatus, former Digital Comic of the Year runner-up Molly Danger is scheduled to return to our screens, as creator Jamal Igle has launched a new Molly Danger Kickstarter campaign to fund production of a bimonthly Molly Danger series! Igle launched the Molly Danger series in 2012 with a Kickstarter campaign for the first book, raising $50,000 dollars and achieving critical and popular success. Igle is now looking to produce a six issue series and you can help!.

ComiXology Amazon KindleIn news that will shock no-one, the world’s largest comics company (Marvel) and the world’s largest digital comics provider (comiXology) have agreed to continue their relationship together. This means you can continue getting your favourite Marvel comics via the comiXology apps and website. However, if you’re a Kindle user this new deal means an extra 12,000 new titles are now available on the Kindle Store, so there’s no way you’ll miss that all important new issue!

sequential app iconEarlier this year, Sequential and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) gave away free copies of the TCAF 2015 Digital Comics Anthology featuring brand new specially commissioned artwork from a host of great writers and artists. Due to high demand, TCAF and SEQUENTIAL have decided to make the anthology available for download again until the end of June, so be sure to check out this amazing collection for free while you can!