Looking for a new comic series or an entry point to a long-running franchise? Look no further as we explore the week’s best new indie comics and graphic novels. This week it’s Blaxploitation, WWII, The Cold War and The Revolutionary War (a coincidence I swear).
NOTE several comics featured are digital only. You can find them at either the publisher’s website or Comixology.
Rheizig #1 (Digital Only)
Brian Garriques, J C Grande – Nevo Digital
Rheizig has an impressive pitch: “A mute child soldier must oppose his surrogate military family to rescue his sister.” Separated from his unit and left for dead, Rheizig is captured by a network of ruthless smugglers who coerce him to murder his leader; the problem is the leader is his adoptive mother. Rheizig has some serious themes, but one’s I’ve never seen in comics before. Topped off by J C Grande’s excellent art with white, grey and red tones, it looks to be another winner.
Alex De Campi, Blonde – Image Comics
If you’re a fan of the TV series The Americans then this is the series for you. It’s 1971; the Cold War is in full effect, and two Soviets are sent to California to kill a defector and recover secret intel. Things quickly go wrong as the mission explodes into a mess of sex, drugs, betrayal and violence.
Black Speck #1 (Digital Only)
L W Allen, Claudio Munoz – Dance Panda Comics
A trippy and incredibly colourful space thriller about a dystopian society that no-one seems to realise there is even a problem. People are dying, and a young boy may have found the key to his people’s salvation. The first step is to find some help on his quest…
Motor Girl #1
Terry Moore – Abstract Studio
Motor Girl is a new series by Terry Moore who is behind the excellent Rachel rising among dozens of other projects. “When Samantha’s junkyard is visited by a UFO looking for spare parts, she is only too happy to oblige. But when word gets out she is a reliable source, Sam’s booming alien business catches the attention of an Area 51 investigator determined to shut her down.” Samantha’s workmate also happens to be a gorilla!
Declaration #1 (Digital Only)
Josh Trujillo, Levi Hastings – Lost His keys Man Comics
It’s 1776; the US has just declared its independence and the Revolutionary war has begun. As the colonies step towards rebellion, two friends begin a romance. A prelude to a much bigger story. It’s worth taking a look at for the art alone. Levi does away with the traditional comic panels and uses only red, blue and white to illustrate the scenes. It’s beautiful.
Afrodisiac (Graphic Novel, Digital Only)
Brian Maruca, Jim Rugg – Jim Rugg
I’m positive the success of the Netflix Luke Cage series will lead to a resurgence of Blaxploitation. Afrodisiac was published at exactly the right time to capitalise on this while operating as a tribute to the 70s and trash culture. “Afrodisiac’s all-over-the-place exploits provide a frantic cornucopia overflowing with legions of foxy white ladies driven to states of unabashed lubricity by our hero’s melanin-rich manliness; space aliens and flying saucers; dinosaurs; funny animals; Richard Nixon; kung fu; Hercules; giant monsters; Dracula.”
Aleister & Adolf Hardcover (Graphic Novel)
Douglass Rushkoff, Michael Avon Oeming – Dark Horse Comics
“In Aleister & Adolf, media theorist and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff weaves a mind-bending tale of iconography and mysticism, set against the backdrop of a battle-torn Europe. In a story spanning generations and featuring some of the most notable and notorious idealists of the twentieth century, legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon to defend the world against Adolf Hitler’s own war machine—spawning an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought not with steel but with symbols and ideas. But these intangible arsenals are much more insidious—and perhaps much more dangerous—than their creators could have ever conceived.”
That’s our pick of the week. What are you reading? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane