From Irish school girls and intergalactic pirates to psychic super spies and mystical tree witches, we continue to look at the best digital indie comics of 2015 as we rundown our choices of the very best from ComiXology Submit 2015 with numbers 11-20.
11. Lord (Misrule Comics)
Set in 1970s Ireland, Leonie O’Moore’s exquisitely realised tale of a troubled young girl sent off to a remote island to be educated by strict nuns is as beautiful as it is unsettling. The isolated setting gives the story a claustrophobic feel, while the underlying themes of rigid Catholic dogma and a Wicker Man style pagan undercurrent makes it both compelling and un-nerving in equal measures. Beautifully rendered with water-colour washes, O’Moore’s artwork gives the book an innocence that juxtaposes brilliantly with dark and mature story she is telling.
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12. Pirates of Mars (Robo Picto Books)
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13.Big Punch Magazine (Big Punch STudios)
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14. Elena Anchova: Divinity Rising (Alien Apple Studios)
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15. Template: Binary Code (QAM Comics)
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16. Captain Canuck (Chapter House comics)
Bringing back a classic hero from the 1970s Captain Canuck tells the tale of Tom Evans – a man born of the true north bestowed with great power who fights for the fate of the world as part of the global crisis intervention agency Equilibrium. This 21st century hero is equal parts Captain America and Tony Stark with a dash of Reed Richards thrown in for good measure and with a tone that is reminiscent of Ed Brubaker’s Secret Avengers it’s a smart re-imagining of an old school hero.
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17. Wart (Wart Comic)
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18. Deep Soul (Doppelgänger Publishing)
This tale of a scientist trying to rescue his wife from a coma, via past life regression is a rip-roaring read from start to finish that soon makes you forget it’s overly-complicated beginnings. Genius scientist Jake Penn has discovered a way to make wealthy patients regress back into past lives but when his clients begin attacking people, while channelling ancient warlords, he is brought into contact with a mysterious government agency who want to weaponise his discovery and meets a mysterious woman who may be able to help bring back his wife.
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19. Dash (Northwest Press)
Crime comic fans are familiar with the private eye stereotype of the booze addled womaniser with the complex past. However in Dash, writer Dave Ebersole and artist Delia Gable have brilliantly subverted this well worn cliche by adding a new dimension – making him openly gay! However this isn’t some overly PC re-imagining of classic detectives, or a gritty indictment of the 1940s attitudes towards homosexuality, rather it’s a smart and intelligently written piece of classic crime noir where our flatfoot likes dudes not dames!
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20. Sylvania (Comicker digital)
The forest setting of Kristin Kemper’s Sylvania is so lush and ardent you expect it to smell of pine needles and feel like tree bark in your hand as you read it. The tale of tree witch Willow, her dysfunctional siblings and the mysterious bird witch Kite, who she meets by knocking him out of a tree, is a sublime mix of anime-style visuals, rendered in lush woodland colours and textures, with some gorgeous fairytale flourishes that suggest that this is a series that will grow from a tiny acorn into a mighty oak.
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