The thing about positive gender representation, is that it’s about more than just creating a bunch of cookie cutter characters in order to fulfil a quota. To get true equality the characters also have to be meaningful and engaging – and that means making them unlikeable as well as likeable. And that is definitely what Ryan Heshka has done with his new book The Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn, which features a bunch of hell raising, ass kicking women who make the residents of Bitch Planet look like the Downton Abbey Women’s Institute!

The first volume of Alexis Deacon’s Geis was a dark fairytale that saw an evil sorceress takeover a kingdom and challenge the residents to compete for the right to be chief. But with new volume Geis Volume 2: A Game Without Rules, the stakes are higher than ever as the sorceress reveals her deadly intentions to two of the competitors, and the games become more complex and dangerous. But will A Game Without Rules be another winner, or could it do with better instructions?

HildaAndTheStoneForestThere are few publishers out there who have a better hit rate than Nobrow Press. With an immaculate attention to detail, a huge variety of styles and subjects, as well as production values that are second to none, they put out some of the most exciting and innovative books on the shelves today. We look at two  very different new releases – Wren McDonald’s cyberpunk sci-fi extravaganza SP4RX and a new adventure for Luke Pearson’s Scandi super tyke in Hilda and the Stone Forest.