Everyone knows the big two comic book companies, Marvel and DC. What a lot of people don’t know are all the independent publishers out there who are putting out some some extremely amazing books. Staffed with talented, top named writers and artists; these books are as good if not better in some cases. I love my DC Rebirth books, and my quintessential Marvel titles, but there is nothing better than falling in love with something entirely new. I’m here to tell you about a few new indie books this week that I have read. Here is what you might have forgotten yesterday at your local comic book store.
- This book is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. It is rated M for mature readers for a very good reason. Zombie Tramp is obviously not for everyone, just those looking for a good time. It’s complete and utter depravity, filled with gratuitous violence, and constant nudity, but I mean that in the best way possible. Who wouldn’t want to escape into a beautifully drawn world filled with all that? In this day and age where everyone is so serious all the time, it’s nice to have a break from all that. I give Zombie Tramp #28 an 8/10 this week because I can’t believe i’m going to say this but the story may have been a little overshadowed by dismembered penises. The artwork is top notch as always and it’s still a blast to read.
- Yea so this happened; a book about the legendary rock band Kiss. Except Kiss isn’t in this first issue, and I’m not sure they ever will be considering the story takes place nearly 500 years in the future. I like the original idea of the book; 4 teenagers in a underground future society questioning the world around them. I think this alone could have made a great comic book without the whole unnecessary Kiss influence. While Gene Simmons and the boys are great for a fun Scooby-Doo movie, I don’t feel the same about this book. I’m hoping something extraordinary happens in the next few issues otherwise I don’t see this making it far, except with the die hard kiss fans. I’m only giving this book a 6/10 this week.
- I may be a bit biased on this book because I’ve been in love with the series from the beginning. Lanzing and Kelly have created this amazing world and along with art by Marcus To, and coloring from Irma Kniivila it’s been a winning formula. Now in issue #6 the dynamics have most definitely shifted. Dewydd has stumbled upon an ancient secret deep within the space ship they reside on. I can’t seem to figure Kolstak out, one minute he is amusing and jovial then he is right back to being mysterious and up to no good. I love seeing Catrin take charge, right along with Uma and her reckless abandon. The girls in this series are a force, and I adore them. Joyride #6 scores a 9/10 for me this week. This is one that I actually buy myself and would recommend you go pick it up.
- Black Hammer is a fun book about former superheros that are now stranded in a strange world and trying to fit in. Well some of them want to fit in and live a normal life while others rebel and want the old ways back. This issue was particularly amusing to me because Abraham brought a woman home for dinner to meet his family, but his family are a bunch of crazy ghost, alien, former superheros. This goes about as well as you can imagine as certain members of the family try to sabotage the night, while unexpectedly others step up. Even though they are a strange mix of characters, you can almost relate and picture this as any other awkward family dinner. Meanwhile we also get to see some of Abraham’s past, and a starting discovery back in Spiral City may lead to an interesting turn of events. I’ll easily give Black Hammer #4 a 9/10 because it keeps surprising me and I keep coming back for more. I love the retro vibe to the artwork as well.
- This is a highly anticipated new Star Trek comic book series that picks up a few months after the events of the motion picture Star Trek Beyond. The once tight crew of the Enterprise have now been reassigned, and are off doing different things. Something tells me the events that are about to unfold will slowly bring them back together one by one. With a tragedy already reuniting Kirk and Bones with Sulu. The art work has a very futuristic feel and the characters are based off the actors in the movies. I am thrilled with Spock looking very much like Zachary Quinto, this makes me a happy girl. Where I can see this book going is anywhere, they really are daring to boldly go. This is an impressive start to a new chapter for Star Trek and I’m giving it an 8/10.
- Now admittedly this is the book I know least about on my list today, so this is something new I’m trying right along with you. The artwork in this comic book looked amazing and creepy, perfect for this time of year. It revolves around a monster fighting family. They themselves have powers or are of the monster persuasion, as a werewolf, warlock and vampire reside in the home. An old enemy from the past is about the come back to haunt them and they are unprepared to face this threat. After my first read, I’m hooked. I would continue to check this out. Like I said the artwork is creepy and sketchy, and i’m into the weird if you couldn’t already tell. The October Faction is a solid 8/10 for me.
If you are looking to read some new books just outside the big two box, then look no further. There are plenty of excellent candidates to choose from right here. Visit your local comic book store and ask for the indie section and take a look around at what is out there. It’s a whole vast new world with endless options from romantic superheros to zombified hookers. It has never been a better time to try something new. Send me a message and let me know what you are reading?
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