Indie Watch 3/14/2012
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!
SAGA #1 (Image)
“Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. The adventure begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with forty-four pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99! Y: THE LAST MAN writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN returns to comics with red-hot artist FIONA STAPLES for this all-new ongoing series!”
LAST MORTAL HC (Top Cow/Minotaur Press)
“Alec King is a born loser and a career failure. When he and his criminal partner get in over their heads with an attempted assassination of a mayoral candidate, Alec hits rock bottom and takes his own life. Only to discover he cannot die. Collecting the hard-hitting noir tale of revenge from Minotaur Press, this hard cover not only offers the complete series, but a wealth of behind-the-scenes bonus material including a complete cover gallery, character designs, and a look at the development of Last Mortal.”
SAUCER COUNTRY #1 (Vertigo)
“Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was ‘abducted by aliens.’ As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she’s dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She’s about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever. But then a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth – and maybe, to save the world. Arcadia’s quest is at the heart of this new monthly series from writer Paul Cornell (DEMON KNIGHTS, ACTION COMICS, Doctor Who) and artist Ryan Kelly (NEW YORK FIVE, NORTHLANDERS). With the help of her quirky staff, Arcadia will pursue the truth of her abduction into danger, mystery and awe. SAUCER COUNTRY is a dark thriller that blends UFO lore and alien abduction with political intrigue, all set in the hauntingly beautiful Southwest.”
PRIMORDIA HC (Archaia)
“Two human infants are abandoned in an ancient forest and adopted by the strange creatures called Woodfolk. Driniel (Moon) is the night-wanderer, dancing with the spirits of the deep groves, summoning demons for his pleasure. Alleyar (Sun) is the flame of valor, rising in the ranks of the Woodfolk hunters and taming a fierce beast with his sorcery. More than human, less than gods, these misfit brothers will change the worlds of Gods and Mortals forever as they uncover the secrets of their own past and parentage.”
THE STUFF OF LEGEND vol. 3 TPB: JESTER’S TALE (Th3rd World Studios)
“Continuing the saga of the best-selling graphic novel! Following the shocking revelations of The Jungle, Jester embarks on a solo quest that will take him to the farthest corners of the Dark. High seas adventure awaits in The Stuff of Legends: A Jester’s Tale!” Click here for reviews of The Stuff of Legend, plus creator interviews!
QUEEN CRAB HC (Image)
“In the tradition of David Lynch and Stephen King comes the story of a young woman dealing with the insanity of the world around her. Meet Ginger, a twenty-something office girl that lives her life one boring day at a time until on her wedding night, her new husband tries to kill her…and it goes horribly wrong. This is a story of revenge, lust, violence and insanity brought to you by JIMMY PALMIOTTI (Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane) and featuring the art of ARTIZ EIGUREN, as well as a cover by award winning illustrator SAS CHRISTIAN.”
WOMANTHOLOGY: HEROIC HC (IDW)
“Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. There will also be features, such as Professional How-Tos, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more. Profits of this book will go towards the Charities of GlobalGiving.org.”
SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER #1 (Oni Press)
“The most infamous airline hijacker of all time, D.B. Cooper remains on the FBI’s most-wanted list almost 40 years after the crime. For the first time, the secret history of the man and the hijacking will be revealed. During the height of the Cold War, a fringe group within the C.I.A. wages a crusade on the deadliest battlefield of all: the mind. Aided by powerful psychotropic compounds, Cooper assists in a campaign of psychic assassination against the Soviets. But as he mentally and physically deteriorates, the line between two worlds blurs, and he goes rogue on his governmental overlords. MATURE THEMES”
FATHOM: KIANI vol. 2 #0 (Aspen)
“Vince Hernandez – writer / Oliver Nome – art / John Starr – colors The Blue’s fiercest warrior returns as FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 begins! In Volume One, she discovered her true identity. Later, she was labeled a dissident by her own people. Finally, she was killed by Aspen Matthews… Now, Kiani is back-and she’s pissed! This all-new Fathom saga kicks off with the return of one of the Aspen Universe’s favorite heroines, Kiani, as she returns to the awe-inspiring underwater world of the Blue seeking vengeance for her past! The neutral truce between the Humans and the Blue has taken an emotional toll on the inhabitants under the surface-and their future as a unified body remains uncertain. Now, all bets are off as Kiani’s true power and capabilities-as well as shocking secrets from the past– are revealed in this pulse-pounding zero issue! Brought to you by Vince Hernandez, Oliver Nome and John Starr, this debut zero issue features a brand-new 12-page story that sets the stage for next month’s upcoming premiere of FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 #1. Accompanied by an additional sketchbook section and never before seen designs and art, make sure to dive right in and pick up, FATHOM: KIANI!!”
CROSSED: BADLANDS #1 (Avatar)
“The year of the Crossed begins this March 14th on ‘C-Day’, the date the infection spreads and this new ongoing series launches! Since its inception, Garth Ennis’ Crossed has captured the imagination of horror fans. The vicious and merciless world of the Crossed has pushed hardcore horror storytelling to the brink and now with the release of Crossed: Badlands, it goes beyond. Join us as the original Crossed creative team returns! Garth Ennis launches the all-new ongoing BI-WEEKLY series with the fellow horror luminary, artist Jacen Burrows. What is to follow is nothing short of ground breaking survival horror at its best and most frightening. Even better, a new issue will be coming out every 2 weeks! Picture the cruelest affronts to decency. Conjure your darkest nightmares… and then realize it could all be so much worse. When civilization crumbles in one terrifying moment; when people are gleefully breaking into unthinkable acts of violence all around you; when everyone you love has died screaming in agony: What do you do? There is no help. There is no hope. There is no escape. There is only the Crossed.”
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