Welcome back to our weekly comics feature where we look at the best new issue #1s, graphic novels and entry points in ongoing series’. Typically the focus is indie comics that don’t get a lot of attention despite thoroughly deserving it, but we also throw in some mainstream content if it’s worth a mention. NOTE: You can find the digital only comics on Comixology.
There is a promising slew of great indie comics hitting the stores and Comixology this week. Black Mask Studios unleash No Angel #1 that tells the story of Iraq War veteran Hannah Gregory who finds herself in the crosshairs of a dangerous cult convinced that she’s a descendant of a dangerous creature from the heavens who mated with a human. No Angel is written by actor Adrianne Palicki, best known for her roles in Agents of Shield and John Wick.
The Gates of Dawn is a 63 page digital only graphic novel about a nomadic veteran and a young girl with special powers who flee across a barren stretch of Utah, pursued by a dark terror. It’s not long until they have nowhere to run and are forced to make a final stand. From the Deep #1 is an anthology series that adapts Scottish folk tales and legends through the lens of classic genres from Kaiju monster movies to romantic comedies. The first story is titled The Stoor Worm who is an ancient being living under the sea waiting for the perfect moment to reign destruction on humanity. From the Deep is digital only.
Valiant Comics lost the rights to the Turok franchise a while ago, but they haven’t let that stop them from telling an enjoyable prehistoric romp with a modern twist. Savage #1 begins fifteen years ago, as the world’s most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife –pregnant with their unborn child crash-land on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by prehistoric creatures. Years after the TV series was cancelled, Stargate Atlantis: Gateways #1 picks up exactly where the program left off. This series has been a long time coming with the necessary funds acquired through Kickstarter back in 2015.
This is the week that DC’s annuals start rolling out. Superman Annual #1 is easily the highlight as the Man of Steel goes head to head with Swamp Thing. Marvel Now finally catches up with Robbie Reyes as the spirit of vengeance makes his triumphant return. It’s hell on wheels in Ghost Rider #1. A mysterious object has fallen from space drawing an onslaught of villains to Robbie’s back yard. Plus Ghost Rider #1 features the debut of an all-new enemy.
Who is Moon Knight? Good question, the man’s not entirely sure himself. Moon Knight Vol. 1: Lunatic collects the first five issues of Jeff Lemire’s amusing tongue in cheek reboot of the titular character. When Marc wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime’s worth of medical records, all of his identities are called into question. Also, what does it mean when he comes face-to-face with Moon Knight?
Indie publisher Kaidyn Comics has just launched its new graphic novel The Crystal Key on Comixology. While exploring her grandfather’s house, Sera Paisley stumbles upon a tree growing in an upstairs bedroom. In that tree is a door to another world! Now stranded there, Sera makes a deal with Raven, a famous thief, to find a way back home, and gets caught up in a plot to overthrow a kingdom. Trey Miller was once part of a nation-wide manhunt when he and his girlfriend, Allison, went on a cross-country crime spree together. Now, in his mid-thirties, Trey’s mundane life as a struggling cartoonist leaves him feeling lost, so he decides to hit the road in search of Allison. That’s the premise behind Wrong Way: An American Punk Story #1.
To finish off, my pick of the top three graphic novels released this week. Johnny Red Vol.1: The Hurricane sees the return of the legendary British comic’s character who leads Falcon squadron against the Nazi’s and uncovers a secret that makes him a target of his own army. Ten years after CJ’s daughter and husband were murdered off a desert highway near California. CJ receives a letter that suggests her daughter is still alive. CJ has a reason to live and will stop at nothing to get her daughter back. You can find Sunflower: The Complete Graphic Novel on Comixology.
After the devastating earthquake, two new cities grew out of the rubble of Los Angeles. New Angeles is now an island of wealth in a sea of poverty and the rich get their kicks from watching biomechanically enhanced gladiators fight to the death in high tech arenas. The Complete Suiciders: The Big Shake follows two new fighters who try and claw their way to the top until everything comes crashing down.
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