East of West by Jonathan Hickman & nickdragotta
Lazarus by ruckawriter & Michael Lark
Nowhere Men by Eric Stephenson & fetorpse
Pretty Deadly by kellysue & steinerfrommars
Rat Queens by kurtiswiebe & johnnyrocwell
Saga by Brian K Vaughan & fionastaples
Sex Criminals by mattfractionblog & zdarsky
The Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman & nickpitarra
Zero by aleskot & jordiecolorsthings
(Plus a whole lot of other people)
A comiXologist Recommends:
Mike Isenberg recommends Dark Engine #1
The story features a female warrior named Sym, created by alchemists to travel back in time and defeat the evil that plagues them in the past like some sort of berzerk lady Terminator. But the source of Sym’s power, the alchemical Dark Engine implanted deep within her, is unpredictable, and the outcome of her mission is far from certain.
Issue #1 plunges us directly into the deep end of the strange world that Burton and Bivens have created. The book introduces the setting and a few characters, but this place is weird, and very little is explained directly to the reader. Instead we are left to piece together the what, when, and why from context and a few snippets of dialogue.
Between those few dialogue scenes are a number of gorgeously rendered action sequences, mostly concerning Sym cutting her way through dinosaurs and monsters, covering herself with blood and viscera along the way. Bivens executes these beautifully, with a rough-yet-purposeful brush style that evokes the work of artists like Paul Pope and Nathan Fox.
The near-impenetrable weirdness of Dark Engine’s setting gives it a plapable sense of alienation and danger. That so little is explained directly to us only serves to make the world feel more real and alive. Fans of Brandon Graham’s (royalboiler) excellent Prophet revival will feel right at home here. Dark Engine #1 leaves us with a lot of questions, but it takes us on a wonderfully trippy ride along the way. Definitely worth checking out!
A comiXologist Recommends:
Harris Smith recommends Spread #1
The end of the world, or rather what happens after the end of the world, is big in the cultural consciousness right now. In the past month, The Leftovers and The Last Ship have debuted on television and Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer has opened in cinemas. Recent comics have presented a diverse array of post-apocalyptic scenarios as diverse as The Wake, Kranburn, Crossed: Badlands and The New 52: Futures End. The latest among these is Spread, which proposes a particularly treacherous landscape replete with disease, roving bands of marauders and deadly tentacled monsters straight out of John Carpenter’s The Thing.
At the center of this chaos is a lone wanderer known only as No. Speaking very little and wielding a pair of hatchets with deadly skill, No recalls the antiheroes of classic Spaghetti westerns or Samurai films. In fact, as No finds himself caring for an infant in this debut story, Spread specifically recalls the classic Manga and film series, Lone Wolf and Cub.
Whatever the reason for this current spate of end-of-days narratives, Spread is a welcome addition. It’s good, gory fun for fans of horror and action. The monsters, bright red and dripping with goo, are some of the best I’ve seen in comics since the X-Men first encountered the Brood. No makes for a compelling central figure. He’s tough but not ostentatious, grim yet compassionate. I’m looking forward to seeing where Spread goes. Issue one is enthralling and shows the potential for an exciting, unpredictable new comic.
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Neagtive Pleasure on Newtown Radio.
Fan-favorite comic creators kierongillen & mckelvie new comic takes the meaning of Rock God to a whole new level. With the release of issue #2 next week, we had to make sure everyone was reading this comic. Here’s why you NEED to be reading The Wicked + The Divine.
- Lucifer is a bad-ass woman with a great haircut.
- In fact, everyone’s hair is pretty much #perfection.
- Amaterasu’s eye makeup game is on point.
- Well she’s pretty much just flawless overall…
- The Wicked + The Divine might be the most mind-blowingly amazing comic this year.
A comiXologist Recommends:
Harris Smith recommends Sheltered #9
If there’s one word you can use to describe Ed Brisson (edbrisson) and Johnnie Christmas’ (jchristmas) criminally underrated Image comic Sheltered, it’s tense. Nine issues ago, the series opened with a grandly terrifying act of violence and the promise of an even more apocalyptic scenario in the horizon. Each issue since has built on this threat, this conflict, this danger, this overall tension, punctuating the growing sense of unease with smaller explosions of violence, the implication being that, as bad as things get, what we’ve seen up to now is just a fraction of the true horror that lies ahead.
Sheltered, about the children of a group of doomsday survivalist who slaughter their parents in anticipation of an oncoming ecological disaster, is a hard comic to classify. Is it a horror comic, an action comic, a drama? The most obvious comparisons one can make are with William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” and Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn,” but there is also the vibe of an 80s teen action movie gone off the rails, a murderous pack of “Goonies,” or “Red Dawn” with the kids as both heroes and villains. Still, exciting as the series is, the main reaction it inspires is dread. As bad as the kids’ situation gets in Sheltered, each issue continues to promise something much, much worse right around the corner.
Sheltered #9 continues this nerve-wracking anticipation as, by the issue’s end, two of the series’ main storylines threaten to bring the attention of the outside world to the kids’ activities in the compound.
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Negative Pleasure on Newtown Radio.
When fugitive oil heir Chas Worthington settles the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch and declares it his own sovereign nation, the reality of the environmental catastrophe is only the beginning of his odyssey.
- Volume 1: Trashed = $4.99
- Volume 2: Nation Building = $5.99
- Issues 1-12 = 99¢ each
Sheltered #8 is out today, and Curt is still a dick.
It’s Lord of the Flies with Doomsday Preppers.
It’s Kid Nation with guns.
Anyone remember Kid Nation???
Quite possibly 2 of my favorite pages from any comic in the last year. aleskot's Zero is seriously an adventure of a comic, jordiecolorsthings continues to be a tour-de-force, hellomuller's design work is groundbreaking, and traddmoore's art in issue #2 is breathtaking. The repeated imagery of Zero as tarot's Hanged Man really drives home everything going on here.
If you’ve never read Zero, today (4/21) is your last chance to get the whole first volume for only $4.99!
Even if you miss the sale, it’s still definitely one worth picking up, and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about it as the story continues to unfold.