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COMICS! July |OT| - Independents Day

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“Perhaps it's fate that this New Comic Book Day is the Fourth of July, and you will be fighting for creative freedom... Independent comics will not vanish without a fight! They’re going to live on! They're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independents Day! “

Required Reading:

The Comic Book History of Comics



For the first time ever, the inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form! The award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey turn their irreverent-but-accurate eye to the stories of Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Fredric Wertham, Roy Lichtenstein, Art Spiegelman, Hergé, Osamu Tezuka -- and more!

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Superheroes:

The American



He's the ultimate American hero. Since the fifties, he has been a symbol of hope and courage for the entire nation, an indestructible one-man army standing tall for freedom, justice, and the American way--but what about truth? When reporter Dennis Hough is assigned to cover a story about his boyhood hero, he begins to see the cracks in the legend. Does The American have feet of clay? Or is he himself a victim of a larger conspiracy?

Bloodstrike



Extreme's zombie-black op-superheroes return! Cabbot Stone is the last unliving Bloodstrike agent, an unstoppable weapon in America's war on terror! But being dead is a hell of way to make a living, and Cabbot is losing his faith. Will his latest mission be his last?

Brat Pack



The great and notorious grandaddy of twisted superheroes is back in print in a new remastered edition with new cover! Rick Veitch’s fierce and darkly comic dissection of the hoary old ‘kid sidekick’ genre is as harrowing as it is hilarious; subversively subtle and completely over the top. BRAT PACK is an edgy and unforgettable dance macabre that is a must for every graphic novel collection.

Read the first issue for free! http://www.rickveitch.com/?page_id=3306&preview=true

E-Man



Millions of years ago, a distant star went supernova. Out of its destruction, a new life form was born, when a packet of energy spat off during the explosion developed sentience. Gradually it wandered the universe, learning and developing its understanding - and with understanding came a desire to find other intelligent life to communicate with. Travelling from world to world, it finally encountered (non-sentient) life on Sirius IV, and figured out a way to duplicate the appearance of that life with its own form. It encountered humanoid life on the planet Orgee, and learned of evil when it witnessed the ruler of that planet's evil activities. Assuming humanoid form for the first time, it (or he, given the form it assumed) helped free the inhabitants from their despot.

Travelling on, the energy being spotted a spacecraft travelling through Earth's solar system. Entering the vehicle, the being copied the appearance of one of the robots on board, but this slight increase in mass caused the vessel to veer off course and crash on Earth. Departing the downed ship, the energy being got trapped in high tension wires and transported along them, until he arrived inside a light bulb around the dressing room mirror of exotic dancer Nova Kane (a.k.a. Katrinka Colchnzski). She released him from the bulb by smashing it, and he took on human form again. He spent the night in her car battery, and the next morning spotted a poster of Albert Einstein in her apartment. When she explained the meaning of the formula E=mc displayed on under the scientist's picture, the energy being recognised that it described him well (being the relation between energy and matter), and dubbed himself E-Man. Inspired by comics he found, he developed a costume, and became a superhero. He soon added Mike Mauser and a koala named Teddy to his list of allies.

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Glory



After missing for almost a decade, GLORY's whereabouts are uncovered by a lone reporter, but the globe-spanning conspiracy keeping her hidden from humanity could make her return more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated!

Invincible



Mark Grayson is just like most everyone else his age. He's a senior at a normal American high School. He has a crappy part time job after school and on weekends. He likes girls quite a bit... but doesn't quite understand them. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, and sleeping late on Saturdays... at least until the good cartoons come on. The only difference between Mark and everyone else is that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, and as of late, he seems to be inheriting his father's powers. Which sounds okay at first, but how do you follow in your father's footsteps when you know you will never live up to his standards?

Savage Dragon



Following the devastating conclusion of Emperor Dragon Malcolm and Angel Dragon have to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Introducing new villains Cutthroat Kid, Thunder-Head and Warren Terror as well as returning favorites Mr. Glum, the Absorbanoids and Monster Rex! Featuring a new Mighty Man, the Golden Age Daredevil and a cast of thousands!

Supreme



The legendary Supreme returns! ALAN MOORE's final SUPREME tale is the ultimate jumping on point for new readers! The triumphant return of Image Comics' most powerful hero! As Supreme romances Diana Dane he takes her on a tour of the Citadel Supreme and tells all of his innermost secrets just as Supreme's most hated nemesis, Darius Dax, makes a most unfortunate discovery: the key to defeat his abhorred adversary! It's most mind-blowing cliffhanger in the history of comics!

Witchblade



In the wake of Top Cow's REBIRTH, Sara Pezzini has relocated from New York to Chicago and struggles to adapt to being a private detective. Pezzini quickly discovers that a change of scenery and occupation hasn't changed one thing... the Witchblade is still a magnet for the supernatural. Quickly drawn into a conflict between two mystical gangs, she must once again balance her responsibility as bearer of the Witchblade with her personal life.

Adventure:

Amazing Joy Buzzards



The world's greatest rock 'n roll adventure band makes their original graphic novel debut With girl-magnet Biff on guitar and vocals, tough guy Stevo on bass, and four-eyed genius Gabe on drums - not to mention their mythical Mexican wrestler genie, El Campeon - the Amazing Joy Buzzards hop from one fast-paced adventure to the next, living life to the fullest! As their world tour commences, their battle with the nefarious Spider Syndicate gets into full swing with the fate of the world in the balance!

American Flagg



According to the series back-story, in 1996 (13 years after the comic originally appeared), everything collapsed. Nukes were flying not just in the Middle East, but also in Western Europe. Black plague in Asia and food riots in Europe. Banking system melts down, just like many nuclear power plants. Islamic uprisings in places where you wouldn't even think there was Islam. So the U.S. government, along with the executive boards of most major corporations, moves to Mars.

Now, it's 2031. On Earth, things are worse than ever — gang wars every Saturday night, political rivalries settled by shooting matches, everybody doped up on media overload and exotic drugs, economic depression to make its century-past counterpart look like a bad hair day, and the government, still up on Mars, couldn't care less.

Into this steps Reuben Flagg, an out-of-work actor raised on Mars, transforming his screen personality into real life as he takes over the job of representing the government and enforcing its law in 21st-century Chicago. He is assisted by a talking cat named Raul and the fact that he's one of the few characters in sight with anything resembling a conscience.

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The Black Coat



The Black Coat faces off against a brilliant scientist and maniacal killer known as The Butcher who has been murdering helpless women and targeting agents of the Black Coat’s spy network – The Knights of Liberty. As he tries to put a stop to this unstoppable and seemingly unkillable killer, the Black Coat begins to discover that these murders are just the beginning of a much larger plot against the Colonies – and there’s more at stake than the lives of a few innocent women. The future of a new nation may be hanging in the balance!

Bonnie Lass



“Bonnie Lass” spins the yarn of a brash and daring young heroine and her two muscle-headed sidekicks as they set out to build a reputation as swashbuckling pirates to be envied and feared. Bent on overshadowing her father, the infamous Cutlass, Bonnie’s after the one treasure he did not claim — the Eye of the Leviathan. But there are other forces at work seeking to claim it for themselves.

Bonnie’s world blends the familiar cultural motifs of the most legendary sea-faring pirates of the 1700s and 1800s with a the tone of an American western and a dash of modern-day technology like automobiles and GPS. The unique setting lends unexpected and wildly entertaining twists to a traditional pirate tale.

Cavewoman



Meriem Cecilbie Cooper is born in July 1980 to parents Robert Addam Cooper and Gail Nicole Reicher, in the town of Marshville, Oregon. After Robert dies of unknown causes, Gail turns to drugs, which leads her to fall in with an unsavory group of men. Eventually wanting to sever her ties with this group for Meriem's sake, Gail seeks the help of Meriem's scientist-inventor grandfather, Francis Peacock Reicher, affectionately called "Gramp." After first being thwarted, Gramp makes a mysteriously superhuman return, defeating the men easily and taking Meriem away on a hovercycle from the future.

At Gramp's laboratory, Meriem discoveres a time machine and a body-enhancing device that allows a living being to pass through the time stream. It is here that she first meets Klyde, Gramp's 15-foot-tall lab gorilla who has been accidentally altered by the body enhancer. Gramp then enhances Meriem as well, and the trio begins an ongoing adventure through time while on the run from dinosaurs and a secret branch of the government.

Dreadstar



Dreadstar features the adventures of Vanth Dreadstar and his crew! Dreadstar, the last survivor of the destroyed Milky Way Galaxy, found himself transported to the Empirical Galaxy! There, recruited by the sorcerer Syzygy Darklock, Dreadstar helped bring an end to a two-hundred-year-old war between the corrupt Monarchy and the fanatical Instrumentality.

Gold Digger



Gold Digger focuses on the adventures of Gina Babette Diggers, superscientist, archeologist, teacher, adventurer, nerd, and idealist extraordinaire, accompanied by her colourful extended family, friends, students, and acquaintances, as she explores the strange and ancient hidden histories of the world, spanning a wide distinctive variety of characters, stories, environments, worlds, societies, times, species, and universes of magic and science fiction, in a world filled with possibilities.

Grim Leaper



Lou Collins is caught in a cyclical curse of violent, gruesome deaths and new beginnings in the bodies of strangers. With no clue why, Lou desperately searches for a way to break the curse and cross over peacefully to the other side. Then equally doomed Ella comes along. It's a love story to die for.

Monkeyman & O’Brien



What do you get when you mix the beautiful daughter of a brilliant scientist with an extra-dimensional radiation bath? You get Anne O'Brien, half of the dimension-hopping, monster-battling team of Monkeyman & O'Brien! Together, this super-intelligent gorilla and this uber-woman are the only things standing between the people of earth and the menace of living gargoyles, frogs from space, and the Shrewmanoid and his army of monsters! To put it succinctly, they're two rays of hope in a world gone mad!

Orchid



When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves.

Delve into the first chapter of Orchid, the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her.


Rocketeer



The Complete Rocketeer saga is collected into one handsome hardcover volume for the very first time, combining The Rocketeer and The Rocketeer: Cliff’s New York Adventure into great book. Dave Stevens’ classic adventure strip is set in the 1930s and is an homage to the classic pulp novels of the time. Cliff Secord is a stunt pilot who happens upon a top-secret experimental Jet pack and meets adventure head on!

Long considered a classic, the Rocketeer has been out of print for years. Now, with the blessing and full cooperation of the Dave Stevens estate, the Rocketeer will be collected as one book and with ALL-NEW COLORING by Laura Martin (who was Dave Stevens choice to recolor the series).

Rocketeer Adventures



Dave Stevens unveiled the Rocketeer nearly 30 years ago to instant acclaim, and in all the years since that auspicious debut, respect for Dave’s talent and his greatest creation have only continued to grow.

The first star-studded issue of The Rocketeer features a gorgeous cover by Alex Ross, and terrific stories by John Cassaday, Mike Allred, Kurt Busiek, and Michael Kaluta, plus outstanding pin-ups by Mike Mignola and Jim Silke—all paying tribute to the continued legacy of Rocketeer and Dave Stevens!

The Sixth Gun



During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.
The Strange Talent of Luther Strode



Luther Strode is just your average geek until he sends for an exercise course from the back of an old comic book. What he gets is the instruction manual from a murder cult as old as mankind that does everything that it promised and more.

Super Pro K.O.



Joe Somiano is late to his first match in Super Pro K.O.!, and has no clue what awaits him in the rowdy ring! A seasoned sumo wrestler, a jolly luchador, a flambouyant tag team, suspicious executives, and a drunken Heavyweight Champion all stand between him and the superstardom that is his destiny. If the huge egos, clothesline take-downs, and broken chairs across the head don't squash Joe's dreams, he may just come out on top. But if he's going to take home the champion's belt, he'll need to bring his best moves against the likes of S.P.K.O.! stars Tomahawk Slamson, Yoko No-No, Mr. Awesomeness 2, and many more in this grand slamma jamma event of a graphic novel!

Usagi Yojimbo



The close of sixteenth century Japan is regarded as the Age of Civil Wars, as feudal lords fought amongst themselves for land and power. When one leader finally rose above the others and was proclaimed Shogun, a peace came upon Japan and the samurai warriors found themselves suddenly unemployed. Many of these Ronin turned to banditry to survive, others found work with minor lords. And a small number traveled the musha shugyo -- the warrior pilgrimage -- to hone their spiritual and martial skills. But whether they took the honest road or the crooked path, the Ronin all found one common link -- they were generally less than welcome. Such is the tale of Usagi Yojimbo.

Voyages of the She Buccaneer



The voyages begin with the death of her one true love, Captain Calico Jack Rackham. In the depths of despair, she is lured into the tombs of Eden and offered a deal with the devil for the release of Jack’s soul. But before she can become a legend, she must battle the cannibal giants of Atlantis, the dragons of the Eastern Sea and escape sacrifice upon the steps of ancient Aztec temples.

World of Hurt



WORLD OF HURT is a comic strip love letter to the Black action films of the 1970s. I’m not talking about the flicks with signifyin’ Technicolor pimps performing slow-motion karate or anything featuring Ray Milland’s head surgically attached to Rosie Grier’s body. If you want to know where I’m coming from with WORLD OF HURT, check out flicks likeShaft, Superfly, The Mack, Trouble Man, Foxy Brown, or Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. Although none of these movies boasted massive budgets or flawless production values either, there was an undeniable edge and raw energy to them. These were films that spoke to a previously untapped market of urban Black audiences, who finally got to see their own heroes, and a bit of their own turbulent world, refracted through the prism of the silver screen. For instance, in Trouble Man, Robert Hooks’ character “Mr. T.” tracked down stick-up men and hustled pool sharks in a Los Angeles that was every bit as tough, seamy and hardboiled as the one where Humphrey Bogart’s Philip Marlowe hunted for missing dames and slugged it out with blackmailers. The thing is, Mr. T. and the brothers (and sisters) did it with style, baby!

http://worldofhurtonline.com/

Xenozoic



Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange, new creatures. It takes guts, grim determination, ingenuity and a whole lot of old-fashioned luck just to survive, much less thrive, in this alien wilderness—all qualities that ace mechanic Jack Tenrec, lovely scientist Hannah Dundee and their friends possess in abundance.

But even the worthiest of these hardy souls are hard-pressed to surmount the obstacles presented by their new homeland. And when those trials are further compounded by the underhanded and selfish actions of the cutthroat human scavengers they encounter, even the best equipped and bravest among them might not endure.



Horror:

B.P.R.D.



Last spring's sensational miniseries Hollow Earth, by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, Tom Sniegoski, and Ryan Sook, revealed the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense's struggle to save agent Liz Sherman, and their struggle to deal with life without Hellboy. That story is collected here with rare Hellboy related stories...

Reprinted here for the first time are the first solo Abe Sapien comic, Drums of the Dead, by Brian McDonald and Derek Thompson, as well as the short stories "Abe Sapien versus Science" and "Lobster Johnson: Killer Inside My Skull." If these names mean nothing to you, you've been missing out on the greatest adventure saga comics has to offer. If you do know these names, then this is the collection you've been asking for.

The Goon



The Goon is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed romp through the streets of a town infested with zombies. An insane priest is building himself an army of the undead, and there's only one man who can put them in their place: the man they call Goon.

Hack / Slash



A hefty brick of critically acclaimed horror goodness! Cassie & Vlad are launched into a new slasher hunt as they descend into a vast, dark conspiracy and must face old enemies, Victor Crowley (from the HATCHET series), Bomb Queen, Fantomah and teenage pop music fans.

Hellboy



One of many Hellboy stories. . .

Devastated over the loss of his luchador comrade to vampires, Hellboy lingers in Mexican bars until he's invited to participate in the ultimate wrestling match with a vicious Frankenstein monster!

The Marquis



In eighteenth-century Venisalle, faith governs life and death, and the guilty hide their shame behind masks, showing their faces only in the secret rites of the confessional. It is to this stronghold of the Inquisition that the souls of Hell have escaped to possess the living, spreading sin, murder, and chaos. Amid the carnage, one man is blessed with the clarity to recognize the demons that prey on his countrymen -- and the means to return them to the fires of Hell. But as the stakes rise, the lines separating good and evil begin to blur, and the Marquis -- the dark avenger whom even demons fear to cross -- finds himself torn between the blind faith that has defined his life and the bitter truths exposed under his new sight.

Severed



1916. A man haunts the roads; a man with sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh. When 12 year-old Jack Garron runs away from home, he'll see how quickly the American Dream becomes a nightmare. Collecting all 7 issues of the critically acclaimed series, and featuring never-before-seen bonus material, this hardcover deluxe version is sure to be a classic.

The Walking Dead



Rick Grimes, Sheriff of a small town in Kentucky awakes in a hospitall. Comatose after being shot while on duty, Rick finds the world abandoned of all things living and is faced with walking undead, who attack him on sight. He returns home to find his family, son Carl and wife Lori, gone. He meets his new neighbor, who points him towards Atlanta. After retrieving supplies from the abandoned Police Station, Rick sets off to Atlanta to search for his family.
 
Science Fiction:

Atomic Robo



The title follows the larger-than-life exploits of ATOMIC ROBO, an automatic intelligence created by famed inventor Nikola Tesla in 1923. ROBO finds himself entangled in some of the 20th century’s most important events – from the Second World War, space race and civil rights movement, to the defense of Earth against all manner of catastrophes.

Echo



While taking photographs in the desert, Julie Martin witnesses the explosion of a battle suit and its pilot, the end result of a live munitions exercise. The suit, now reduced to small pellets, rains down on Julie and her pick-up truck. The pellets are heavy, landing with significant force and adhere to both Julie and her truck. Julie returns home, still covered in pellets, and listens to a voice mail from her husband who is insisting she sign divorce papers. Julie attempts to remove the pellets that have stuck to her, only to have the pellets spread and bond to a portion of her body.

Julie decides to seek medical attention to have the metallic substance removed from her body. When Julie opens the door to her truck more of the pellets bond to her skin. Julie's shoulders and chest are almost completely covered by the metallic substance at this point, and the substance now bears an unknown symbol. When a doctor touches the substance it reacts by removing his fingernail, whereas Julie feels no more than a tingling and some slight warmth. The doctor believes the situation to be a horrible prank, and refuses to treat Julie. Meanwhile, the developers of the battle suit (HeNRI) have confirmed Julie's presence at the scene of the explosion and dispatch a young woman known as Ivy (despite objections from the military) to locate Julie.


Elephant Men



They were genetically engineered to be supra-human weapons of mass destruction, but now they must walk amongst the people they were created to destroy. Hip Flask and Ebony Hide count amongst their number: Elephantmen. Even when befriended by a small girl, Hide is still haunted by his past and is forced to recognize that suspicion and contempt will always be his constant companions.

Hard Boiled



Carl Seltz is a suburban insurance investigator, a loving husband, and devoted father. Nixon is a berserk, homicidal tax collector racking up mind-boggling body counts in a diseased urban slaughterhouse. Unit Four is the ultimate robot killing machine -- and the last hope of the future's enslaved mechanical servants. And they're all the same psychotic entity.

Manhattan Projects



What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs?

Martha Washington



Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. Her fight will take her far, from the frontlines of the second American Civil War, to the cold, unforgiving reaches of space. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights-liberty-will inspire a movement that will never surrender.

Planetoid



After crash-landing in a vast heap of space junk, wayward space-pirate Silas now journeys on to an area of the planetoid, known as "The Slab". It's rumored that human tribes eke out a living on this endless surface of fabricated metal... BUT, so do gangs of sadistic robots! Silas will have to gather information and find allies in order to make a stand against the larger tyrannical forces that control the planetoid.

Prophet



On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakes from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. News of the Empire's return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.

Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot



Front and center, America! Here comes action! Here comes adventure! Here comes The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot-- a roller-coaster ride through the minds of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller, the tag team that set you reeling with their hard-hitting series, Hard Boiled! Everything you remember about being eight years old and watching monster movies is right here, but with all the magnified detail that you always wanted to see.

All Ages:

Beasts of Burden



Welcome to Burden Hill -- a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it’s up to a heroic gang of dogs -- and one cat -- to protect the town from the evil forces at work. These are the Beasts of Burden Hill -- Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red and the Orphan -- whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches’ coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil. This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery -- events which lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move. Can our heroes overcome these supernatural menaces? Can evil be bested by a paranormal team that doesn’t have hands? And even more importantly, will Pugs ever shut the hell up?

Bone



After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins - Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone - are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Eventually, the cousins are reunited at a farmstead run by tough Gran'Ma Ben and her spirited granddaughter, Thorn. But little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them and their adventures are only just beginning!

Mouse Guard



In Mouse Guard, mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world’s harsh conditions and predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. They are not simply soldiers that fight off intruders; rather, they are guides for commonmice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden mouse village to another. The Guard patrol borders, find safeways and paths through dangerous territories and treacherous terrain, watch weather patterns, and keep the mouse territories free of predatory infestation. They do so with fearless dedication so that they might not just exist, but truly live.

Owly



Owly is a kind-hearted little owl who knows what it means to be human. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions,these animated and heartwarming tales are a perfect read for all ages!

Patrick the Wolf Boy



Patrick looks like your average boy-he goes to school and to the beach, plays with toys, visits Santa, etc. However, he is a werewolf, and while other children give the teacher apples, he prefers to bestow them with more meaty gifts such as a pig or a moose. When his father tries to teach him how to fish, Patrick finds it more efficient to scare a bear and steal its fish. And every time his parents turn around, he takes a chomp out of something totally unexpected, from baseball bats to neighborhood squirrels.

Polly and the Pirates



Polly Pringle reunites with her pirate crew at long last! Honor-bound to rescue Emperor Norton from his unfair imprisonment, Polly escapes her cozy boarding school and returns to the high seas! But Polly and the Emperor have stumbled onto the fiendish plot of a foreign power, which endangers not only their own lives, but everyone in the Americas!

BOOBIE BONUS!

She Hulk by Cavewoman’s Budd Root



Because it was in the directory when I uploaded the covers. HAW!

 
To me the list says "Just because it's independent, doesn't mean it's good"


Any one issue of Journey Into Mystery makes me happier than most of the list.
 
C'mon Krypt, where's your sense of wonder!?!?

Have you at least tried half the stuff on the list?

I love most of the stuff on the list. I was fucking with Bandit.


Martha Washington is one of my fave books, well ever. And my copy of Brat Pack has a sketch in it just for me! :)


Bandit, have you ever got the feeling that The Boys is either a love letter or a lightly veiled ripoff of Brat Pack?
 
At least he can get a solo book. Unlike some other boring ass characters.

Like Doctor Voodoo?

Well the "good news" is Gambshit isn't black, so he'll get at least four more issues to his run than Doctor Voodoo. :p

C'mon Krypt, where's your sense of wonder!?!?

Have you at least tried half the stuff on the list?

He's going through his "blissful ignorance" phase again. I won't bother going metacritic on his clowny ass, that's some gaming side shit. :\

Every week I'll add more titles based on cultural impact, expanding the medium, and that are noteworthy for risk taking.

Here's a fantastic interview with Evan Dorkin. The guy really cares about comics as a medium. Something that contributes to our culture and shouldn't be perpetually ghettoized, viewed as a children's medium that functioning adults ought to grow out of.

You don't grow out of music, fiction, television, or film. Your tastes may change, but you still enjoy these things throughout your life.

Why should you be expected to grow out of comics, other than retarded (verb, not noun) cultural views of the medium?
 
Answer the Brat Pack question, Bandit!

And metacritic? You should already know my opinion of reviews. Gathering them together just multiples my disdain.

I already said I own/love most of the shit worthwhile on the list. I love Indy AND Supers so I'm the winner overall. ;)


And yeah, the view that comics (or LEGO, or videogames) are something to outgrow is idiocy.
 
Your list is missing the amazing Starchild by James A Owens



The story revolves around the small village of Raveloe and its inhabitants, specifically the Higgins family, whose patriarch, Ezekiel Higgins, disappeared for many years, only to return without fanfare, never having aged a day. The graphic novel Awakenings tells the story of the Higginses a few generations down the line; however. Ezekiel's grandson, Anders, and his friend, Siegfried, are on their way to Raveloe to meet up with Anders' uncle, Matthew Higgins, Anders's uncle, who has gone to Raveloe to unravel some of the family's secrets. After his return, Ezekiel Higgins lived the life of a recluse and then disappeared again, leaving behind a journal that Matthew, his son, has been trying to glean secrets from. Unknown to Matthew, however, his half-brothers, Rumer and Rhysling Learmont, have been living in the mill that Ezekiel lived in, hiding some of the family secrets. If this sounds complex, it is only the merest scratching of the surface of a story that, when all is told, will involve nearly every American folkloric character, as well as some traditionally British ones, including Titania, Oberon, Thomas the Rhymer, and the Wild Hunt.
 

Jintor

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So I read Batman Inc, The Long Road Home, and the Return of Bruce Wayne or whatever today and I have to say I didn't really get any of it. It seems conceptually fairly solid but it's hard as fuck to follow and I don't feel all that effective, excepting the Stephanie Brown issues. On that note I also read one of the Steph Brown Batgirl trades and it was pretty damn rad, so, yeah.

The Cass Cain Batgirl Vengeance or Revengeance or whatever the fuck it was called really sucked though. Does she only have Destruction's Daughter, Kicking Assassins and Fists of Fury as trades?
 

ReiGun

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I was just saying to myself, "Hey self. You should look into getting some more indie comics." And lo, here is our new thread! GG, Bandit.
 
Answer the Brat Pack question, Bandit!

My appreciation for Garth Ennis is offset by my jaundiced view of Darick Robertson's art. Especially after reading an interview where Robertson admits to being a massive Brian Bolland fan, and all I can see now is a guy doing a piss poor Brian Bolland impersonation. :\

Brat Pack is the better deal overall from what I recall reading back in the comic shop in 1996.

Good news for los tebeo digitales fans - Atomic Robo is now on Nook!

Since I'm still analogue I just added it to my pull list since the first issue of the new story arc was out today, and I grabbed the Science Adventure issues from Brian Clevinger when I was at Heroes Con. :3

Speaking of Heroes Con - Kickstarter for 30th anniversary documentary. There's a chance I may have been filmed for this during one of the Quickdraws. At some point a camera was pointed at me as I choked on a sketch, but I didn't sign any release form so. . .

In the gristle and nipples department - new Simon Bisley today! Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.



Bisley drew it. I bought it. This is law!

I need to add Heavy Metal to my pull list as well. They're bringing back Alex Horley! In addition to Tom Raney and a bunch of other fantastically talented artists.



FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER! PUNCHING DINOSAURS!

And Mr. Monster will be returning too!

I too still have a sentimental spot in my heart for my old heroes, but I can't agree with the politics of the companies that own them. Nor can the new comics match my fond memories of the old, so I've moved on. Yeah there's 800+ issues of Superman, but how many of those issues can stand toe to toe with Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
 

Jedeye Sniv

Banned
So I read Batman Inc, The Long Road Home, and the Return of Bruce Wayne or whatever today and I have to say I didn't really get any of it. It seems conceptually fairly solid but it's hard as fuck to follow and I don't feel all that effective, excepting the Stephanie Brown issues. On that note I also read one of the Steph Brown Batgirl trades and it was pretty damn rad, so, yeah.

The Cass Cain Batgirl Vengeance or Revengeance or whatever the fuck it was called really sucked though. Does she only have Destruction's Daughter, Kicking Assassins and Fists of Fury as trades?

What's not to get? Bruce was lost in time after being zapped by Darkseid. Then you got suckered into buying a shitty cashgrab filler miniseries that was unconnected to the actual story and muddied the waters. And then Batman Inc was amazing.

Have you read the Batman and Robin arc that ran parallel to the Return of Bruce Wayne? That fills in a few gaps and explains what Barbatos is.

Seems fairly simple to me? I will concede that the big Special for Batman Inc was really confusing, I'm still not entirely sure how the stuff with Otto Netz fits together, although I feel that is the point since it was all trippy and Prisoner-esque.

Remember, if it's Batman and has Grant Morrison's name on it, it's one big 5 year story. Jumping on in the middle is a bit like starting the Song of Fire and Ice Books at A Feast for Crows.
 

Jedeye Sniv

Banned
Also TToB, that is an impressive OP, must have taken you ages.

Looking through that list, it's staggering how much Image have put out in the last year too. I think 2012 may be one of the best years for indie ever.
 

Rootbeer

Banned
I bought that issue of Spawn on release day, thought it was some kind of misprint. Weird how they just have that single block of color.

I remember when I thought Spawn was good. It should have ended long, long ago.

How much ass is DC kicking these days!? I love almost every book in the new 52. Marvel needs to focus less on events and more on compelling stories. Stop handing everything off to Bendis.
 
Wow, a comics thread that isn't a marvel/sc lovefest? Have I died and gone to comic heaven????

That Four Horsemen looks awesome, and has been duely added to my list of new comics to purchase.
 

Jedeye Sniv

Banned
Comics comics comics! Been reading my haul this week on the bus this morning.

Batman Inc was pretty good, although it was a bit of a rehash/catchup issue for those not following along properly at home. Still, it was cool to get an actual Talia story. Have we ever seen her mother before? For some reason I had it in my head that Nyssa from Death and the Maidens was her mother? No biggie though. I really loved that panel where whe looks disarmingly at her kidnapper, that was not only a lovely picture but a hilarious moment, very clever. I think that Talia warring with Bruce because he's spurned her too many times is also a great idea for a story. Your worst enemy is your ex girlfriend baby momma, it's a nice twist on the superhero stuff.

I do wonder how DC are going to go back to 'regular' bat-stories after these defining runs by Morrison and Snyder that are all about family and history though. The reason they're so compelling is because they're layering in all this meaning to a largely overlooked backstory. But at the same time, there's only so much it can take before you're left thinking "oh, ANOTHER spectre from Bruce's past??" (much like the dumb Nobody in Tomasi's B&R. Ducard was fine, you didn't need to add this silliness). We shall see.

FF was quite lovely, I'm still enjoying there one-and-done issues that Hickman is back-loading here. I think that the run will read very oddly in omnibus though, as the book will climax at 2/3rds in and then carry on with these lovely fluffy adventure and relationship stories. Can't complain though, they're all been great so far.

Spider-Men was much more like it too. Still blown away by every page of Pichelli's art, she's a real star in the making. And stuff actually happens this issue, great! I absolutely loved the mysterio reveal (that will mean nothing to new readers since it's picking up a two year old plot thread, but it's rewarding for me). I think Spider-Men will make a good trade, but it's still a little frustrating to read in singles.

Good stuff so far, and loads more to read too. It's a great week!
 

Owzers

Member
Conclusion to Hickman's Ultimates story was awful. I can't believe I've wasted time and money on that crap. I'm dropping the whole Ultimate line.

I've stopped pre-ordering Ult Spidey and Ult X-Men, if Ultimates starts being bad then i'll be done and have one less universe to try to remember continuity.

also, Marvelous Land of Oz on MDCU is enjoyable, i'm liking it more than the first mini Wizard of Oz just because i'm less familiar with the later work so the story plots are fresher to me. I'm also finding the dialog a lot more fun/quirky whereas i thought it was a bit straightforward and bland in Wizard.
 
Just so everyone knows, TToB did NOT stop by my table at Heroes Con, so he either doesn't exist (likely) or does not actually support the spirit of independent comics (unlikely).

I had a sketch all ready for him too.
 

Owzers

Member
So far with the comics that have been released, it's your loss. BANG!

I've seen a lot of dislike towards Night Owl #1, did you read it? Thoughts?

Part of it is just that i didn't really like Watchmen that much to begin with, i enjoyed it overall, but have no desire to read more, ESPECIALLY a bunch of side project prequels when i don't like prequels to anything in general.
 

SephCast

Brotherhood of Shipley's
I was behind on a lot of books and got to reading last night:

Daredevil #3 - #8:
Picked up the Waid run on eBay and (other than the weird Klaw issue) it's amazing so far. I heard it has faltered a bit lately, but these issues so far have been awesome. I especially liked DD and Spidey's banter and chemistry in the ASM crossover about Black Cat. Great stuff.

AVX #6:
Finally some movement. This was a really entertaining book that finally moved the plot more. Issues 1-5 should've been condensed into 3 books. Also, the Infinite comic that came with this was fantastic and arguably better than the standalone book.

Amazing Spider-Man Spider Island:
Meh, this was cluttered and all over the place. Had some cool moments but it was just way too crazy for me. Luckily the issues following it (Daredevil Crossover & Morbius issue) were pretty good. I'm almost caught up on ASM, hope Ends of the Earth is decent.

Spider-Men #2:
Loved it. USM has been consistently my favorite book in the last decade and Bendis is writing this amazingly. First book was a little shallow, but normal for a Bendis start. This book was a lot of fun and gives us a peek at what the PP/MM dynamic is going to be like.

Are there any other Marvel books that are fantastic (like Daredevil) that I'm not reading? I'm reading X-Force but I'm not really reading anything else that's Avengers or X-Men. Is Wolverine and the X-Men really as good as everyone says?
 

Htown

STOP SHITTING ON MY MOTHER'S HEADSTONE
I'm confused by how a bunch of those titles in the OP could possibly be considered "indie".
 

Dan

No longer boycotting the Wolfenstein franchise
Comics comics comics! Been reading my haul this week on the bus this morning.

Batman Inc was pretty good, although it was a bit of a rehash/catchup issue for those not following along properly at home. Still, it was cool to get an actual Talia story. Have we ever seen her mother before? For some reason I had it in my head that Nyssa from Death and the Maidens was her mother? No biggie though. I really loved that panel where whe looks disarmingly at her kidnapper, that was not only a lovely picture but a hilarious moment, very clever. I think that Talia warring with Bruce because he's spurned her too many times is also a great idea for a story. Your worst enemy is your ex girlfriend baby momma, it's a nice twist on the superhero stuff.
You see Talia's mother in flashback in Son of the Demon, although its status in the canon is pretty unclear.
 
I highly recommend buying the B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs hardcovers instead of that 10 year old B.P.R.D. trade. Much nicer edition and a better deal.
 
I edited my original post which sounded dickish in retrospect. I do appreciate all the effort OP put in.

So if I don't have any HB or BPRD, I should just get the Library Editions for HB and this for BPRD? http://www.amazon.com/dp/1595826092/?tag=neogaf0e-20

That would be my recommendation. I went with the trades for Hellboy and I regret it. Such a seminal series that ages like a fine wine, it deserves that beautiful, oversized treatment.
 
That would be my recommendation. I went with the trades for Hellboy and I regret it. Such a seminal series that ages like a fine wine, it deserves that beautiful, oversized treatment.

Yup. And so tightly connected. You'll want to be able to go back again and again as new connections are revealed. (As recently as literally the latest BPRD issue, Exorcism.)
 
Ok thanks, I guess I'll start with HB LE 1. That's a lot of money and shelf space considering how much I'd have to catch up with, but at least I didn't have to double dip on the hcs.

So looks like there are 4 HB LEs and 3 BPRDs to be current. That's not too bad I guess.
 

Jedeye Sniv

Banned
You see Talia's mother in flashback in Son of the Demon, although its status in the canon is pretty unclear.

YEah, that Son of The Demon stuff is funny since Morrison uses it as a lynchpin of his whole run, and yet he contradicts so much of it at the same time. Hypertime yo!
 
Ok thanks, I guess I'll start with HB LE 1. That's a lot of money and shelf space considering how much I'd have to catch up with, but at least I didn't have to double dip on the hcs.

So looks like there are 4 HB LEs and 3 BPRDs to be current. That's not too bad I guess.

The fifth (and IMO best) HB LE is out in a few weeks. Darkness Calls and The Wild Hunt. Fegredo puttin on a clinic.
 
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