Comics R Kewel and our new show will be up later this month, but as I am playing catch up after the holiday season I’d like to say thank you all for being supportive and patient with us. With Bob in the works of returning and our new guy Keith, the support of Kit and Dave and many others it was an awesome year, but now let us take a few now at my top comics of 2017!
5. Spencer and Locke
Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago
Publisher: Action Lab Danger Zone
Synopsis: When his grade-school sweetheart is found dead, there’s only one friend Detective Locke can trust to help solve her murder — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?
Why you should read: Spencer and Locke was a surprise hit for me, Sin City meets Calvin and Hobbs creates a psychological crime noir that gives you a book that you can’t put down. With volume 1 already released, Spencer and Locke is a fun, thrilling and exciting adventure for those looking for a new spin on the crime genre.
4. Baby Teeth
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Publisher: After Shock Comics
Synopsis: Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of her sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough, but with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. OH YEAH, and also her baby is the antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine.
Why you should read: A young girl is pregnant and gives birth to the antichrist…need I say more? Baby Teeth is a prime example on how to take a new approach to demonic apocalyptic horror.
3. Mr. Miracle
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Publisher: D.C. Comics
Synopsis: Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.
Why you should read: Mr. Miracle is the best independent title that D.C. has come out within a long time, it’s a superhero story that needed to be told, a dark, twisted and depressing story of the man who can escape from anything. If you want something fresh and exciting from D.C., then Mr. Miracle is for you.
Writer: John Lees
Artist: Alex Cormack
Publisher: Comix Tribe
Synopsis: Killer clowns in a blue van, shovel-wielding vigilantes, and the last bus you’d ever want to ride… You must be in Sinkhill.
Why you should read: Because, John Lees and Alex Cormack can create a blood thirsty world about serial killers, without even so much as breaking a sweat. Sink offers up an anthology collection that shows just how twist and dark the under belly truly is.
1. No.1 With a Bullet
Writer: Jason Semahn
Artist: Jorge Corona
Synopsis: Her social media, strong. Her variety show segments, a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s life is personally invaded. The latest leap forward in “technological progress,” these contacts not only play video or augment reality…but also record footage. Fighting to keep her life together after a leaked sex tape goes viral, a clingy super-fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind…but that’s exactly when the bodies pile up and the terror begins.
Why you should read: Okay, yes you all saw this coming…no I’m not ashamed. No.1 With a Bullet is a fantastic and heart wrenching story of what happens when a nobody becomes a somebody…for all the wrong reasons. This series is by far my favorite out of every book read this year.