Indie Watch 2/29/2012
Looking for a great indie read this week? We’ve got you covered every Monday with Indie Watch! In this column you’ll find quick hit previews of select indie titles due out each week. Stuff that’s worth a buy- or at least a look- when you visit your local comic book store for your weekly fix. From graphic novels to single issues, we’ve got our eye on indie!
Darkness #100 (Top Cow)
This issue concludes Phil Hester’s epic run on the title character, and is the perfect jump-on point for this long-standing Top Cow title! “As Darkness bearer, Jackie Estacado comes face-to-face with the source of his power and misery – the Darkness itself!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series- Donatello #1 (IDW)
These TMNT one-shots spotlighting each Turtle have been excellent so far, and they provide great check-in points for the new TMNT continuity. This time the dude who “does machines” gets the spotlight as Donatello goes incognito to get the digs on the latest tech… only it’s a science fair led by the insidious Baxter Stockman who’s out to discover the latest Turtle killing machines! Click here for a review of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.
Samurai’s Blood vol. 1 TPB (Image)
This one’s for you wandering Ronin out there! “In feudal Japan, an era when lineage defined you, three teenagers must make their way through the world hiding their identities in order to find their destinies. As their village burns behind them, they are headed for a city they’d heard about only in stories. The three young samurai must now struggle to stay alive and take vengeance on the evil usurper who has destroyed the rest of their clan and the only world they’d ever known. Will they rise on the tides of vengeance, or they will they fall on the swords of fate?” Check out reviews of all the issues!
Orc Stain #7 (Image)
‘THE ROAD TO REKANDA TOR,’ Part One Hoping to evade the bulk of the Orc Tzar’s invading mob, One-Eye and his companions decide to make a break for the ancient mountainside stronghold of Rekanda Tor. Only a vicious army of the enigmatic Beard’s poison throwing Shakatuu stand in their way.
Empowered Deluxe Edition vol. 1 HC (Dark Horse)
By Adam Warren- if you’re looking for the funniest and smartest super heroine in comics – this is it! This book will deconstruct any notions you have about the Damsel in Distress. Emp is sometimes awkward and self-conscious, but when it’s time to save the day, she’s strong and more powerful than anything else on the planet. This awesome HC collects the first 3 trades of the series, along with tons of extras.
Scalped #56 (Vertigo)
“The searing final arc starts here in ‘Trail’s End’ part one. Beginning months after last issue’s shocking finale, we pick up with the citizens of the Prairie Rose Rez, some of whom have found a peace they never could have imagined, while others are in more trouble than ever – with at least one person plotting his next move from behind bars.” There’s a reason why this title clocked in at #3 of our Top 11 Indie Comics of 2011 list!
Vescell #6 (Image)
“Story ENRIQUE CARRION art / cover JOHN UPCHURCH ‘WINGS OF THE RIGHTEOUS’ True Love soars once again, as Machi emerges from her rite of passage. And the return of every body’s favorite badass Cyborg… Batan.” Click here for reviews of this series!
Spaceman #4 (Vertigo)
On the run and running out of time, Orson’s life can’t get any worse – until a bounty hunter gets on his tail. Trouble is, this ain’t no ordinary detective. He’s a spaceman, too. Don’t miss the series that H.G. Wells calls ‘the comic I wish I was alive to read!’
Infestation 2 Team Up one-shot (IDW)
“Chris Ryall (w) o Alan Robinson (a) o Eric Powell, Bill Morrison (c) A special Leap Year 5th-week release! Bat Boy meets up at a bar with Groom Lake’s Archibald to drunkenly discuss event comics like Infes2ation! Eric Powell and Bill Morrison provide covers! The Weekly World News creative team of Ryall & Robinson reunite here! What more do we have to say, people?! Celebrate February 29 in pointy-eared style”
Unwritten #34.5 (Vertigo)
“On the battlefields of the First World War, old myths die and new ones are born: The Crucified Soldier. The Comrade in White. The Corpse Factory. The Poison Rain. As the balance between reality and fiction tilts crazily in the crucible of war, a young Wilson Taylor has an experience that will change his life forever.”
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