The Great 8s: BEAUTIFUL CANVAS, LUMBERJANES, ELEVENTH DOCTOR, KID SHERLOCK

Our Rating

Welcome back to The Great 8s – our look at 8/10 rated indie comics you’ll find at your comic shop NOW! This week you’ll find BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #2 from Black Mask, LUMBERANES #40 from BOOM! Box, DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES YEAR THREE #7 from Titan, and KID SHERLOCK #2 from Action Lab! Let’s get started with…

BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #2 (Black Mask) – Ryan K Lindsay continue to deliver some of the most unique premises in comics, with amazing characters and a plot that grabs the reader and won’t let go. Lon is a contract killer who has left a child alive…but why? Is it the baby she and her wife are expecting? Or is there something more? You bet there is something more! This child has amazing powers that have yet to be fully realized. And, there is one of the most cold-blooded, manipulative villains in all of comics on their trail! The artwork by Sami Kivela (with colors by Triona Farrell) is outstanding. 8/10

LUMBERJANES #40 (BOOM! Box) – The parents’ visit comes to a close in this issue, but not before the adventure becomes even more amazing. LUMBERJANES is fun, highly creative, and one of the most outstanding YA books to hit comic store shelves in many years. Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh script the story, with great artwork by Ayme Sotuyo and colors by Maarta Laiho. 8/10

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES YEAR THREE #7 (Titan) – This conclusion of ‘The Memory Feast” was everything one could hope for from a Doctor Who story – but then again, George Mann has an amazing take on the Eleventh Doctor so it’s no surprise. All the threads come together nicely by the end of this brief arc, and I’m looking forward to whatever comes next. The artwork comes from I.N.J. Culbard (with colors by Triona Farrell). 8/10

KID SHERLOCK #2 (Action Lab) – This adorable take on the world’s greatest detective continues as Sherlock and a puppy version of Watson take on yet another mystery in…Elementary…School.  Don’t worry, it’s a cute and fun story – one that truly plays to all ages. Justin Phillips scripts the tale with artwork by Sean Gregory Miller (with colors by Lesley Atlansky). 8/10

That’s it for the Great 8’s – also check out our 10 SPOT and PRESSED TO THE 9’s lists for more of the best in indie comics today!

The Breakdown

Ed is a long-time comics collector, going back to the days when comics were only 12 cents. He reviews DC titles and a variety of Indie publishers here at TMStash.

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