From the guy who told you to read that comic about that thing written by that person comes ANOTHER TEN NEW(ish) COMICS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT.
I don’t bother with DC or Marvel as they get enough press as it is (“blah blah vertigo blah blah Icon” SHOOSH)
Wytches (recommending again cos i do what i want)
Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived. This October, superstar creators SCOTT SNYDER (SEVERED, Batman) and JOCK (SNAPSHOT, Batman) unveil WYTCHES, and introduce you to a world of unimaginable horror.
Legendary Comics proudly presents Annihilator, an original graphic novel odyssey from the extraordinary mind of Grant Morrison, brought to life with stunning artwork from Frazer Irving. Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he’s one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he’s about to write the story of his life. As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a reality-bending race to stop the entire universe from imploding - without blowing his own mind in the process.
DRACULA AT DOWNTON ABBEY! In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. It was really bad timing. His beard was just coming in nicely. New York Times bestselling author ALEX GRECIAN and fan favorite artist RILEY ROSSMO reunite for the first time since their critically acclaimed series PROOF!
God Hates Astronauts
RYAN BROWNE’s (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, BEDLAM) farcical cult-sensation returns with a new story perfect for new readers!
A NASA funded group of arrogant “super people” must stop a rash of farmers that have been using rocket-powered silos to launch themselves into outer space! As these Astro-Farmers fire themselves all over the galaxy, NASA must utilize their every resource (a guy with a ghost-cow head, a bunch of magic bears, and a Chicago cop with robot arms) to avoid an intergalactic incident!
The Ghost Fleet
For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service … You call THE GHOST FLEET. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life forever! A new series of badass action on the open road begins here! From the guy that gave you the excellent Buzzkill.
Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out
Grindhouse is back from the dead, and it’s meaner, badder, and dirtier than ever! In the first of four new exploitation opuses, Scalped’s R. M. Guéra joins series writer Alex de Campi for “Slay Ride,” a brutal holiday tale of revenge and supernatural terror in the driven snow!
• We’re back, just in time to celebrate the holidays in bloody style!
• From the perverted mind of Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes, Lady Zorro)!
• World-renowned artist R. M. Guéra (Django Unchained, Scalped)!
New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. The city teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while blackouts can strike at any moment. This is the world of THE KITCHEN.
The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they’re all put in prison, their wives - Kath, Raven and Angie - decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop.
THE KITCHEN takes one of the most popular genres in entertainment and, like The Sopranos, reimagines it for a new generation to present a classic gangster story told from a fresh point of view.
Written by talented newcomer Ollie Masters with stunning art by Ming Doyle (Mara) and killer covers by Becky Cloonan (GOTHAM ACADEMY, Killjoys, DEMO), THE KITCHEN is not to be missed.
Q2: The Return Of Quantum and Woody
The most demanded return in comics is finally here! The original Quantum and Woody are back! Legendary creators Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright return to one of the most acclaimed series of the modern era for an all-new mini-series event!
Whatever happened to the world’s worst superhero team? Twenty years past their prime, the unlikely crime-fighting duo known as Quantum and Woody (not a couple) have long since parted ways…until a middle-aged Quantum suddenly reappears with a brand-new teenage partner. Now Woody is out to break up the all-new, all-different Quantum and Woody and put an end to Quantum’s recklessness…just as Quantum takes on a life-or-death personal mission for national security. Can these former friends set aside their differences…and their age…and their numerous health difficulties…to join forces one last time without driving each other crazy?
Men of Wrath
Ever since Great Grandfather Isom killed a man over some sheep, a black cloud has hung over the Rath family. Now, over a century later, Ira Rath, the coldest hitman ever to walk on Alabama soil, has taken a job that will decide the fate of his cursed family once and for all. Writer Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Scalped) and artist Ron Garney (Weapon X, Thor: God of Thunder) team up once again, to bring you the story of a Southern family, whose only heirloom is violence.
A Meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then spreads throughout multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host. But history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. MEMETIC shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything.
the bigger bang
It’s official: Valiant is hitting the silver screen
valiantentertainment has partnered up with DMG Entertainment, the latter investing a cool chunk of change (reports estimate up to nine figures!) to develop the publisher’s properties into TV, movies and more for the American and Chinese markets. Events and merchandise also aren’t out of the question. DMG co-produced Iron Man 3, so the company already has some experience with the superhero game.
This is great news for us as fans, since it means Valiant’s colorful cast of characters will soon be appreciated by a much wider audience. Bloodshoot for everybody!
Support a Great Indy Comic Book Company! Read Valiant for 99 cent/FREE
There are a lot of great independent comic book companies out there, and I see so many people talking about Image and even Boom, both of which are great, but some of my favorite Indy books have come from one company over the past two years.
And right now Comixology, the iTunes of comic books, is having a great sale on Valiant books. For the next few days you can get the first issue of any Valiant book for FREE! I repeat, for FREE! You have nothing to lose with this, you get to support a great company and you’re the one who gets all the rewards, for FREE!
Plus, if you want to go beyond the first issue, they’re having one of their famous 99 Cent sales on one of my favorite series, Archer and Armstrong!
But where should you start? What kind of books can you get from Valiant? Here’s a quick breakdown of their titles.
Archer and Armstrong
Obediah Archer was raised in a creationist theme park where his parents told him he would one day have to kill a great evil being. So he trained himself to be the greatest fighter in the world. However when he finally finds this great evil, not only is he just some drunk immortal philosopher named Armstrong, but he reveals to Obediah that his parents are the actual evil ones and they belong to a cult trying to take over the world. This hilarious book is like the X-Files meets the Odd Couple as it features these two unlikely friends having to take on every weird conspiracy theory you can think of.
Not in the mood for a comedy? Want something a little more bad ass? How about Bloodshot? A man with a past he can’t remember and his only company the voices from the nanobots in his head that are keeping him alive, Bloodshot was the government’s top soldier/assassin/whatever they needed him to be, up until he realized the family, home, and life they had created for him were all a lie. Now he’s out for answers, and considering that he’s one part Punisher one part Wolverine, he’ll probably get them.
Imagine you’re a mutant and Professor X, who also happens to be the world’s biggest mogul and owns everything from news networks to countless charitable organizations, asks you to join the X-Men. However soon after you get there you realize “Oh, you’re actually the bad guy here and you’re trying to take over the world.” This is basically the story of Peter Stanchek, whose powers allow him to activate the hidden powers in others, so now he must go around the world recruiting the losers, the people who weren’t good enough to join this band of megolomaniacle mutants. This book has an amazing cast of characters, each heavily flawed but growing as people by being with each other. Warning though, as I said these are very flawed characters and in the first issue the main character does something so horrible that it’ll be hard to forgive him for that, but the cast is still so wonderful beyond that. For example, Zephyr, one of the only plus sized female characters in comics, is one of my favorite upbeat and positive heroes out there.
Quantum and Woody
My personal favorite comedy series out there, Quantum and Woody is the story of two brothers, one of whom grew up to be a straight A respectable soldier, the other grew up to be a drop out con artist. But when their father dies they have to come together to start investigating what he was researching that got him killed. They find themselves exposed to his experiment and now the two of them have super powers, but it comes at a cost, because from now on if they ever go more than twenty four hours without banging arm bands then they’ll explode. So can they solve their father’s murder and fight off hoards of crazed scientist from the 80’s, hillbillies, and super powered goats? Probably not.
When a Alric, a barbarian from medieval times (not the restaurant), and his entire clan are kidnapped by a race of aliens, they’re forced to work and toil as their slaves for years. But when that barbarian steals their ancient and godly suit of armor, he stages a prison break. So now they’re free, but when they return to Earth they discover that time passes differently in space and thousands of years have now passed, and this new advanced Earth is now infested with alien spies. Think of this series as Conan meets Iron Man.
So there you go, there’s your quick and easy guide to Valiant Comics.