So you’re ready for a new comic series. You came to the right place. Below is our pick of the week’s best indie issue #1s and graphic novels. This week its knitting club private detectives, the Iceman of the Alps, Kentucky Kaijus and some laughs to be had at the expense of reality TV stars. Apologies as the list is shorter than usual due to time constraints.
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Meet Jane Day. Twenty-something temp-by-day, detective-by-night. Under the guise of a knitting club called the Stitch & Bitch, Jane investigates the things that go bump in the night. Specifically, the thing called Brett Wegener, sleepwalker extraordinaire. She also gets acquainted with her very own stalker. That’s P.I. Jane #1.
Trapped in a dead-end customer service job, wife and child recently killed in an accident; Jake decides that he is just going to end it all. The world goes black… Suddenly, he finds himself standing at the very place and time he was before he died. Everything is different, but everything’s the same. This discovery will send him on a quest for the truth about his past and the source of his new found abilities. Alter-Life #1 is the story of a man’s tragic life that is forever changed when he discovers he can enter parallel existences.
Ötzi is a story of the last living days of the famous “Iceman of the Alps”, a mummy discovered by hikers in the Italian Alps in 1991. Ötzi’s quiet way of life is disrupted when the village he lives near is raided by outsiders. While he manages to save an innocent life, he quickly realises he is one against many and flees into the foothills of the Alps with the raiders in pursuit. His last days in solitude give him time to reflect on his life, as he prepares himself for what will be a fateful encounter.
What Lives in the Woods will be uncovered when a young boy goes missing. His mother searches for answers, the people in town talk of an ancient evil and a forgotten tradition of yearly sacrifices. The mother faces the woods alone and uncovers truths about the townsfolk and the so called ‘monster’
Unpleasant things are waking up in Farway Canyon #1. The caretaker crew and a couple of reality-show ingénues set out to inspect The Old Uranium Mill. They find radioactive zombies guided by sentient, thought-controlling Super-Ore that was buried long ago by an alien race. All the controls are failing as they discover they are sealed in the canyon by mysterious government agents.
Chum is a graphic novel surf noir story about betrayal, murder, and a bag full of cash and drugs. Summer Stanwyck desperately wants to leave Kingsford Island to start a new life and might have found her way, but if any of the men around her get in her way, they’ll be chum in the water.
Kentucky Kaiju is what happens when imagination is allowed to run totally amok! it’s the ultimate field guide to the kaiju of the bluegrass state. From 29 foot beavers roaming the forests of Black Gold, KY, to thunderous trees walking Thousandsticks, to a gigantic robot that fell from another galaxy to Future City, KY, this book has it all. Though photographic evidence of kaiju is rare, each one presented in this guide has been artistically rendered with descriptions, locations, and details of the creatures proclivity to violence. Kentucky Kaiju lets you travel deep into the hills of Kentucky and uncover all of its monsters without ever leaving the safety of your home.
That’s our pick of the week. Until next 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