Just here to show you that you can find some great comics outside of the Marvel and DC world (and yes, maybe some crappy ones as well).
These quick reviews will give you an idea of what comics are out there, non-Marvel and non-DC, and which are even going for FREE right now over at comiXology. Check out the comiXology description of each comic, and just so you get my honest opinion, I’ll give you a YES or NO on whether I would continue reading or not… whether they are worth spending money on them or not. Click the titles for links to the comics themselves in the comiXology website.
Moth City #1 (Published by Flying Whities) – NO
“The Nationalist Army of China comes to Moth City to purchase a mysterious new weapon to win 1930s civil war, and instead steps into shadowy intrigues as a daughter tries to escape her father, a scientist tries to avoid his death sentence, and a dictator tries to control a world falling apart.”
IMHO: Digital medium done almost right. A crime/horror tale, with great transitions and movement within the comic app, but the story is lacking in my opinion. It’s too slow, it didn’t draw me in or keep me there, I can easily walk away and not regret it.
Bone #1 (Published by Cartoon Books) – YES 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 mysterious valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. The first chapter in the exciting adventure that became a worldwide graphic novel phenomenon!”
IMHO: Exactly what I would expect out of a publisher like Cartoon Books. With a hint of Peanuts humor, these three bone cousins get into some funny situations and have enough character to make you enjoy their antics. Perfect for Sunday morning, breakfast reading material.
Valentine #1 (Published by Thrillbent) – I DON’T KNOW…
“Valentine, a soldier in Napoleon’s army, is lost in the Russian snow during the retreat from Moscow. When he and his brother officer stumble across a badly injured man, they make a decision that will haunt them to the end of their days.”
IMHO: Quick, short, and interesting. This first issue tells little: some overplayed words about the absurdity of war and leaving us with a confusing cliff-hanger. I feel like I want to find out what the hell is happening, but I kind of don’t care at the same time… we’ll see if I end up spending my money on it or not, hard to tell right now.
Atomic Robo Vol. 1 #1 (Published by Red 5) – YES, SO MUCH YES!
“The action-science adventures of Nikola Tesla’s automated intelligence machine begin in 1938. Atomic Robo is secretly hired by the U.S. Army to infiltrate the hidden Himalayan mountain base of Baron Heinrich Von Helsingard before he perfects a superweapon for the Nazis.”
IMHO: 64 issues, 8 free comics, 10 volumes (and 5 translated in spanish)… there’s so much here! A fun story about a robotic hero, the scientific master Nikola Tesla, and a German villain searching for superpowers and revenge. Yup, I most certainly will continue reading this one.
Complex #1 (Published by Alterna Comics) – YES
“From the outside, Towne appears to be just a normal suburban village, however, that is simply a veneer. In Towne there are two factions, a group of scientists working behind the scenes and another that appear to be the guinea pigs for their experiments. What is their ultimate goal and who’s behind it all? Welcome to the neighborhood, we hope you enjoy your stay.”
IMHO: This first issue is broken up into 8-page vignettes, and I’m intrigued to see what the rest of the series, of full 22-page issues, has to offer. The art is elementary, but it doesn’t take away from the work, the story is so enthralling that I want to know more, I want to see where it goes. If you like psychological mysteries, check it out.
Red Light Properties: The Freebie (Published by MonkeyBrain) – PROBABLY NOT
“Welcome to Red Light Properties, South Florida’s #1 source for previously-haunted homes! A family-owned business operated by Jude and Cecilia Tobin, Red Light Properties cleans houses of all manner of lingering spirits and psychic disturbances, guaranteeing you a green light-certified home at prices way below market value! If you own a home with bad vibes that you’re stuck with, or you’re just looking for a great deal… give us a call today! Hablamos español.”
IMHO: I never like the issues intended to be “freebies,” because they know it will be free and don’t give you enough to base an opinion on. A weird grouping of ghostbuster/realtor types in South Florida, with what seems to be a visionary on the team that can see past life and death. I wasn’t too fond of the style, but the story was somewhat interesting. There are better things to read though, so I probably won’t pick this one up anytime soon.
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1 (Published by IDW) – YES
“The DECEPTICONS have won, the AUTOBOTS are defeated, and the time for conquest is at hand! Or is it? This all-new series written by Shane McCarthy and featuring art by Guido Guidi picks up one year after the Revelations saga, and finds the DECEPTICONS alone and triumphant on Earth, with not an AUTOBOT in sight. With no one to stand in their way, how will the planet survive? And what of the missing AUTOBOTS? The biggest, most epic TRANSFORMERS storyline ever starts here!”
IMHO: Now, I’m usually skeptical of comics/TV/movie crossovers, so I had little hopes for this one, but it was actually quite good. The art is great and the story, although short in this first issue, definitely something I want to read more of. The DECEPTICONS are blowing up NYC and all we have is a glimpse of Megatron in pieces, with a “to be continued…” sign of despair, I can’t wait to see what comes next from this story.
Kill Shakespeare #1 (IDW) – IT SHALL BE DONE
“What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named Shakespeare.”
IMHO: Like it says in the official description, this does to Shakespeare what Fable does for fairy tales, so don’t go expecting any literary greatness out of this comic. I’m content just knowing that the plot revolves around Hamlet searching for Shakespeare, in attempts to kill him. The only way this could be better is if you replace Hamlet with me… if you can’t tell, I’m not a fan of Shakespeare.
Detective Honeybear #1 (Published by Creator Owned) – VEWY CUTE, BUT NO
“Detective Honeybear is an adorable bear detective in a noir, mystery world. Join him and his partner Detective Chance as they try to solve the case of the curious cap!”
IMHO: Cute little comic, could probably stand against the Sunday paper comic strips, but as it’s own issue, I think not. Plus, they need to cut down on the cutesy talk from the bear, I could bawewy wandeswand wat the beaw was swayin. Ugh, it got so annoying, so quick.
The Secret Adventures of Houdini: The Golem of Prague (Published by Alterna Comics) – UMM… NO
“After years of debunking false spiritualists, Harry Houdini is suddenly inducted into a world, which unceasingly challenges his every belief. Escape with Houdini into a world of magic and sorcery as we witness his greatest metamorphosis from stage magician to hero. These are the untold stories of the final years of Harry Houdini’s life.”
IMHO: What did… What was… Just what?! I am so confused as to what I just read, I think whoever put this up should do their best disappearing act, and quick, because that was just… just… no.
Check these out if they seem interesting to you, and if you have any suggestions for some comics I should check out, let me know in the comment section. Enjoy!
– Nahuel F.A.