Here below are the geeky weekly picks for my favorite new indie books. I try and read a wide assortment and give you a rundown on a few of the ones I highly recommend and would even buy myself. There are just so many great titles out there right now that if I miss one drop me a line and let me know, and I’ll check it out. Now with out further ado, here are my top 4 picks for this week. There will be some spoilers ahead, you have been warned!
Janey Bell and Xula are hitting the road for issue #30 of Zombie Tramp. Trouble seems to find our violent vixens even on a good old fashion road trip. A trip that just so happens to include some zombie Oompa Loompa action. I kid you not, I couldn’t make this up if I tried. The girls are on a collision course with an angry Werewolf from Janey’s past and he’s not taking no for an answer. Zombie Tramp isn’t in the mood for his furry shenanigans, and you don’t wanna mess with this chick when she is pissed. I’m geeking out because there is a huge surprise guest star at the end that shows up to pull Janey’s ass out of the fire. The artwork is on point as always; beautiful, bold and bloody. I can’t help but give Zombie Tramp #30 a 9/10 this week.
*Army of Darkness/Xena #3* Writer Scott Lobdell* Artist Diego Galindo* Dynamite Comics*
First let me just say that I am a huge fan of this cover! It’s got everything you could ask for including giant sharks. However; the book opens much the same as the first two with Xena and Gabrielle. It is like a bad take on Groundhog’s Day, with the only reprieve being that Xena is finally getting the sense this has all happened before. Again the world is going to hell in a hand basket and Ash is trying to get laid. Again Xena’s summoning spell is the ultimate block against Ash hitting it and quitting it. Ash is gonna die of frustration before this series finishes up. I did find the panel with naked Ash and the strategically placed chainsaw quite amusing. Ash is thrown into Xena’s past yet again, but this time gets to play pirate. He’s actually having quite a go of it, but there is a lesson for him to learn from Xena’s past. The story continues to grow and develop with each issue.The art is top notch and is always a treat for the eyes. This book scores an 7/10 for me this week!
Aftershock comics continues to be a powerhouse of great, raw, new material. Black Eyed Kids is one of those unique titles that will for sure give you the creeps. You don’t want to read this one alone in the dark. This book is constantly off putting and I just don’t feel like anyone is safe, including me! With an over all dark vibe, and artwork to match this book really works well. Gus makes a deal with the leader of the B.E.K. and it’s not a deal he can live with. This isn’t the only deal to be made in this issue in regards to the black eyed kids, who we know are not really kids. You will have to take my word for it and get your hands on this book to find out what went down. I give B.E.K. an 8/10 for being creepy enough to give me the heebie-jeebies.
*Voracious: Feeding Time #1* Written by Markisan Naso* Art by Jason Muhr* Action Labs/Danger Zone*
This particular book actually came out last week and I didn’t get to give it the write up it deserved so I’m including it with this weeks picks. Markisan Naso and Jason Murh are back with their wildly creative prehistoric tale of dine and dash. Voracious Feeding Time picks up right where we last left off, with the introduction of a new character named Gus Horncrasher. This is a very different kind of character from what we are use to with Nate and company. See Gus is a highly anthropomorphized dinosaur; a Triceratops to be more exact. Jason Muhr does a fantastic job giving this whole civilization of dinosaurs human like qualities. In fact Gus is kind of hunky, should I be concerned I’m somewhat attracted to him? They are a highly evolved society of prehistoric reptiles. They drive cars, have homes and jobs just like we do. It seems as though citizens are disappearing at an alarming rate, and it’s up to Gus and his partner Talonburg to figure out what is going on. These disappearances appear have something to do with Nate and his little adventures. How mad are these guys gonna be when they realize their loved ones are disappearing because Nate is serving their ancestors up as burgers? I can’t wait to find out myself in the very next issue. Nate definitely has some explaining to do. The book is cleverly written by Markisan and Jason delivers such a complete visual feast for the eyes. I give Voracious:Feeding Time a 10/10! Please do not miss your chance to catch this amazing book.