Welcome back to the Inter-Comics Indie Spotlight, this column aims to make you, the readers, aware of cool indie/crowd funded comic book creators and projects! This time around we have British comic writer Stu Perrins. Stu has written many different comics over the years, with titles including Mercury, Harvey Spig, Tales from a Lonely Planet, Imperials and others.
This week we discuss our book of the month Pride Of Baghdad. However the team has lost Dan, so have to survive the best and worst comics of the week with our favourite regular guest host Mathew Wilmeau.
Also we discuss the latest episodes of Arrow and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, so expect a few spoilers.
This week the Freeless defenders team up with comics creator Mario Covone. They discuss everything from the latest news to 52 #16. Mario divulges his writing secrets as the episode heads towards a dramatically tragic end.
Instead of a hero, this time around we want you to design us an Anti-Hero. Everyone loves themselves a bastard, therefore we want you to design the next kickass character in comic bookdom! So, think of your best Bryonic character, a non typical hero and then draw, paint, pencil, digitally ink or even wax crayon your entry and get them to us! We also want you guys to come up with a cool origin story, revealing what makes them tick! You could do the piece as a pin up, an action shot, or a mocked up cover! Let your imagination go wild! This is a creative contest, so the more creative, the better!
This week, Gordon goes on trial, provoking some angry feelings inside of Barbara, also known as the Batgirl. Batman begins to see parts of his earlier self inside her, mainly the anger at the injustice of Gotham. He might have to put investigating Gordon’s trial on hold to make sure that she isn’t about to do something stupid. Meanwhile, Bard struggles to stay afloat amidst the corruption of Gotham, Gordon’s troubles appear to only just be beginning and Stephanie, after finding out her father was the Cluemaster last issue, has no idea just how deep the conspiracy goes, and how much danger she is actually in.
Issue #3 of Tomb Raider starts off poorly, but by the end it wins you back over. The entire issue tackles what happened after the cliffhanger of the last comic. Lara and Reyes are surrounded by Matsu and his gang of Solarii worshipers. A gun is pressed to Reyes’ daughter’s head and the trigger will be pushed, unless Lara can give the location of an artifact she has no memory of taking. She has until the count of five..
Previously on Batman Eternal, we saw Jim Gordon go from hero to villain, when he fired at an unarmed suspect, resulting in a catastrophic accident in the Underground. Batman is hot on the trails of the culprit, seeing as the police aren’t asking too many questions. Last issue ended with Batman realising that Carmine Falcone had one of his men on the scene, and the reader learns that that same Falcone is now getting close to the Mayor, which is bound to cause some trouble for Gotham in the next, few issues.
We have an awesome, pulse pounding, British action/adventure webcomic for you this time around in the shape of Vanguard from writer/artist Dan Butcher! The Vanguard team are a group of meta-humans, working for the British Government in covert ops around the globe, the art is punchy, gritty and realistic and the story is engaging and full of depth! This is for fans of superhero team ups, like JLA, the Avengers or the Unity team! I was lucky enough to speak to Dan about his work!
Join Dan, Free & Jack as they discuss this week’s big news of Amazon buying ComiXology, the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD, 52 #15 and the best & worst comics. #HailHydra
I am going to come right out and say it. I didn’t like this particular episode of Harley Quinn. The irony of the whole situation is that I have been criticizing the comic for the last couple of issues, because they haven’t committed to a particular storyline. Each issue involves Harley showing up, smashing some things with a hammer and then job done. It turns out that Harley Quinn works best without a concrete plan in mind, because the plot-heavy issue #5 is too direct and to the point for the usual Harley comedy to come into play.
The fake French anti-hero returns to exact his revenge on the Freeless Defenders. Together they review a lot of comics in a short and sweet episode.
Frank Barbiere reached out to bloggers via twitter, and that’s an opportunity I can’t pass up. Especially when he tells me I get to have an advanced look at his new Dynamite Entertainment book “Solar Man Of The Atom” #1. Anyone that knows anything about me knows I’m a massive Dynamite fan, and I’m usually a fan of the pulp books, so a hero book is a new style for me to try.
Welcome back to the Inter-Comics Indie Spotlight, this column aims to make you, the readers, aware of cool indie/crowd funded comic book creators and projects! Stepping up to the plate this time around, we have a Graphic Novella, Split from John Rodriguez or JAR and Mira Mortal. What Mira and JAR do is evoke a dark, tense, psychological story which sends a shiver along your spine and leaves a dark mark against your soul.
In the future, mankind is traversing the stars, speeding across the known universe between time and space at warp speeds. We are mining the universe for its resources, sending them back via freight to an earth resembling a “tumour breathing through a smokestack.” The crew of the mining ship Caliban believe this to be just a regular mission, a mind numbingly boring sub-space trip. As with all things apparently mind numbing and boring, something extreme and horrifyingly unexpected happens.
Coming in to this issue I didn’t know what to expect. I have seen the front cover advertised in previous ‘Bat’ comics, and I read the preview from Batman #28, but in all honesty I sort of didn’t know what to expect. I am happy to say that this seems like a welcome blend of suspense, action and mystery. I feel like I’m going to like this comic.