Our latest round up of the best small press comics forces us to take a real look at ourselves and our society, with the depravity of humans in The Blame #1, malicious bullies in Skyline #1, and a capitalist society of domesticated animals in The Domesticated Afterlife. Will these thought-provoking comics leave us feeling gloomy? Let’s find out!
The Eighties! For many a time of electro-pop, the miners’ strike, Thatcher and the terrifying spectre of nuclear Armageddon. For others a time of swords, sorcery, wizards and dragons! Cinematic offerings like Excalibur, Krull and Conan the Barbarian were re-watched time and time again on VHS tapes by many, providing a magical escape from reality. One of the most fondly remembered of these fantasy films is Hawk the Slayer, now resurrected by no less a team than Garth Ennis and Henry Flint. Should we crack open the mead to celebrate of is it a bit of a Knightmare?
There are many types of sub-genres in the world of Horror, from the slasher to the monster and beyond, but it can’t be argued that maybe the most effective is the stories where the evil is never seen, instead leaving your imagination to fill in the blanks. Well, Mad Cave Studios look set to offer up a story in that vein as they present Bountiful Garden Vol. 1. Created by Justin Birch and Ivy Noelle Weir, this is the story of a group of teenagers who wake up on their spaceship to find it has stalled around a mysterious planet.
With a name that sounds a bit like a George Romero movie and with a cover by Charlie Adlard, can horror anthology Dead By Dawn from Shane Chebsey and Andrew Richmond breathe new life into the undead genre or will it be another rotting corpse of a read!
Comics and music might seem like strange bedfellows but they’ve been hanging out together for decades, from The Archies in the sixties to more recent fare like Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree. Now David Gedge from indie legends The Wedding Present has joined the fray with the first volume of his autobiography Go Out […]
Perennial Pipedream favourite Ryan K. Lindsay (Eternal, Deer Editor, Beautiful Canvas) is back with a unique new series from a new publisher. Joining his work for Black Mask, Dark Horse and Heavy Metal, Ryan has joined the starting grid over at Mad Cave Studios, along with Emanuele Parascandolo, Michele Monte, Joamette Gill, for the first issue of Speed Republic, a comic about a cross continent race with a difference. But can this new comic find pole position or will it find itself stuck in the pits?
Even though it is a new year we are still discovering some fantastic new indie and small press comics (with some being leftover from 2021 as well!). This time we look at some ambitious fantasy from Scout Comics, a fun monster adventure from Fraser Campbell and an Irish folklore anthology. A Kings Vengeance #1 (Scout […]
We’re taking a deep dive into the belly of the beast this week with a return to *shudder* middle-school (secondary school for us Brits!). As a shy newbie, Maggie’s already feeling a little wrong-footed. But if she rolls the right number on her dice, everything will be fine, won’t it? Find out in Veronica Agarwal & Lee Durfey-Lavoie’s debut graphic novel Just Roll with It!
When it comes to sci-fi, there are usually three things which you can guarantee with space adventures; a military-like organisation, aliens and conflict! Star Trek, Star Wars, Mass Effect, Dune (sort of), John Carter of Mars, all of them contain these things. Well, Doma Comics attempt to do a slightly different spin on that formula with Space Precinct Zero, by Jayson Santos and Chris Chandler about a new recruit thrust straight into battle with a new alien enemy.
Although we can’t claim to be experts on all things Manga here at Pipedream Comics, one common theme that continues to bleed from that medium is the idea of Kaiju (giant monsters). The latest big beast battles appear in We Ride Titans #1, the new Vault Comics’ series from Sebastian Piriz, Dee Cunniffe, Jim Campbell and Tres Dean about a family who run the giant robot defending a city from monsters.