Aski coverCelebrity comics aren’t as common as when I was a child.  Back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Mr. T and his T Force fought evil, John Jacobs and the Power Team helped desperate teens, and Chuck Norris invented material for a million internet jokes.


Aski: The Mayan Warrior is an indie comic created by Ariel Valenzuela and Roberto Mercado, and translated by Hilda Ramirez Duarte.  It is based on a real-life Mexican-American luchador wrestling star who speaks for immigration rights in Texas today.  

 

All Crime ComicsAll Crime Comics is the latest beautiful comic from Art of Fiction. As the stunning cover by Bruce Timm suggests, this is a gritty noir book done in the style of old-school crime comics. The interesting twist to this story is that, instead of following a gritty hero like a cop or detective, this book is all about criminals. The story follows Dodger, his hired muscle Marko, and a ragtag group of criminals as they embark on a major heist to get back something that was stolen from them.

 

Buffy s9 i15The saga of Billy the Vampire Slayer comes to an end this week with writer Drew Z. Greenberg wrapping up the two-parter that writer Jane Espenson kicked off last month. While both Greenberg and Espenson are extremely talented writers and have been paired up with top-notch artist Karl Moline (Fray, Buffy: Season 8), the conclusion to the tale of Buffy’s first male, and non-super powered, vampire slayer has left many in the fan community debating the necessity of this detour from the main storyline.

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Destinys Fate 2Kainoa, a.k.a. Nile, has the ability to control time. He was adopted into the Defenders of the Fourth Dimension, an organization that seeks to preserve time and maintain fate, but as a child he was kidnapped and raised with his “siblings” to believe fate is what you make it and to fight against the Defenders. Now, Kainoa has been tasked with infiltrating the Defenders in order to destroy them from the inside.

 

Troops of DoomWorld of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


Troops of Doom is different than a lot of other webcomics that I’ve read on the Internet—and believe me, I’ve read a lot over the years—in that it uses childhood action figures and vehicles to tell its story.  Okay, so it isn’t as though it is that different, but what really stands out for this comic is that it takes the established backgrounds of G.I. Joe and Star Wars characters and warps them, so they’re interactive with one another, and that is a very different style than I have ever seen before.  It is quite amusing, and absolutely silly in the extreme, but still has a bit of a limited draw compared to several others online.  The comic updates on a random schedule (but at least twice a week) at troopsofdoomcomic.com.

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DevotedI didn't know what to expect going into Devoted. My experience with independently-made comics is very limited (read: nonexistent), so I thought it would be fun to give one a read. While I was only given the first two chapters of the Devoted graphic novel, what I did read definitely had me interested as to what the rest of the story had in store. The main character, Daniel, is a gifted architect who gets canned from his latest job and every night has been having dreams about the terrible rapes that have been happening to women around the city. I dig the story and can relate to Daniel, as the kind of guy that can't stand to sit back and see others getting hurt.

HavocBrigade-CVRRocketing onto the comic book scene with the force of a Tom Clancy-penned Iron Man, the graphic novel Havoc Brigade (written by Neal Marshall Stevens and featuring the art of Jon Bosco) is an intriguing, surprising, and thrilling story brought to us by independent publisher Studio-407. Telling the tale of nearly indestructible mech-suits and the soldiers trained to pilot them in a futuristic, war-torn Europe, Havoc Brigade never lets up, pushing full throttle all the way on this white-knuckle ride that is sure to satisfy any fan of political thrillers, futuristic military epics, and flying, mechanized warriors beating the @#$% out of each other!

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Atomic Robo 4When last we left our nuclear-powered hero, Robo was testing a prototype jet in the South Pacific when he was attacked by a squadron of those bandits the locals refer to as “UFOs.” Our plucky scientist was rescued by none other than those jet-pack wearing beauties, the She-Devils. Welcoming Robo into their home, She-Devil Island, our resourceful heroines looked for a means to return their new robotic companion to the States. The She-Devils were in for a world of a surprise, however, when the UFOs returned at the head of a rogue Japanese navy and sank She-Devil Island! Our mouthless purveyor of bad ideas jumped out of the airship to cover the She-Devils' escape and was captured by the enemy. What unspeakable horrors will the Japanese navy inflict on Robo? Will the She-Devils return in time to save him? Will Robo's plane ever fly again? Tune in to Issue #4 to find out, folks!

 

Tank Girl CariocaWicked and wild, Tank Girl - Carioca by co-creators Alan Martin and Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd) holds nothing sacred as it dissects religion, rebellion, the media, and pop culture.  A glorious, new, pre-distressed hardcover from Titan Books, Carioca follows Tank Girl, her kangaroo boyfriend Booga, and her loyal band of misfits as they struggle against institutionalized biases in an attempt to right the wrongs of the world.  

 

KozmikBe honest.  When you were a kid, did you ever daydream about finding a mysterious superhero suit?  A suit that granted you the powers of flight, speed, strength, and invincibility?  A suit that would lead you on an adventure to save your family, friends, and the whole human race?


I did.  No judgment, please.  My childhood sketchbooks contained page after page of superheroes that I wanted to be, but knew I never could.  That’s exactly why Kozmik was so much fun.  

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