Hello to all my adoring Grand Geeks and Gatherers out there! Apologies are in order since there was not an article last week and for that I am sorry.  The rigors of home improvement kept me from being able to post last week, and while they are not completely finished yet, I do have some space and time freed up to at least have access to my computer to write for you! So without further adieu, let’s see what looks good this week in a special double-sized edition of Picks!

Laura #1
Writer(s): Guillem March
Artist(s): Guillem March
Cover Artist(s): Guillem March, Gerald Parel
Publisher: Ablaze Publishing

Synopsis: “Before his work on Batman and the hit Joker series, before he created Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of Laura, the book that led to Guillem March to the mainstream comics world! Suffering from the ever-painful experience of unrequited love, twenty-year-old Laura takes a look at her life. Is the fact that the boy she has feelings for is in love with someone else mean there is something wrong with her?…”


This work offers an insight into some of Guillem March’s earliest materials. Enter Laura, a college tween suffering the pain of unrequited love. A deep and thought-provoking tale of a female who just about anyone can relate to!

Available digitally at https://ablazepublishing.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!

My Bad #1
Writer(s): Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
Artist(s): Peter Krause
Cover Artist(s): Peter Krause, Jerry Ordway
Publisher: Ahoy Comics

Synopsis: “A sharp super-hero spoof from a stellar team that includes co-creators of Irredeemable and Second Coming! In Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King has devised not only a sadistic death trap for his arch-enemy, The Accelerator, but also the means to penetrate the top secrets of his other arch-enemy, The Chandelier! Important new comic book universe begins here, we say sarcastically!


It goes without saying that this drips with sarcasm as we find a supervillain finding the means to forever rid himself of one archenemy while penetrating the secrets of another. One can only wonder at what the outcome will be!

Available digitally at https://comicsahoy.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!

Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1 (one-shot)
Writer(s): Eliot Rahal, Amy Chu, Evan Stanley
Artist(s): Vicenzo Federici, Derek Charm, Evan Stanley, Pat & Tim Kennedy
Cover Artist(s): Julius Ohta, Francesco Francavilla
Publisher: Archie Comic Publications

Synopsis: “THE FUTURE OF ARCHIE COMICS STARTS HERE IN AN ALL-NEW ANTHOLOGY-STYLE ONE-SHOT! Madam Satan is our tour guide into this horrific world exploring the underbelly of Riverdale and its surrounding areas!  Madam Satan is trying to escape Hell. She goes through the circles of Hell in reverse. Along the way she meets lost/tortured souls who tell their stories…”


Well now, Madam Satan moves through Hell’s Circles in reverse to find a way out of the Underworld and meets the souls of departed ones to hear their myriad of strange tales, such as this Archie character as well as Jughead. Something tells me she’ll only put up with the angsty stories for so long, however!

Available digitally at https://archiecomics.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!

Tangled River #1
Writer(s): Michael Cohen
Artist(s): Michael Cohen
Cover Artist(s): Michael Cohen, Jenni Gregory
Publisher: It’s Alive! Press

Synopsis: “Michael Cohen, co-creator of STRANGE ATTRACTORS, is launching a new series entitled TANGLED RIVER!  It is a heartfelt coming-of-age tale, set against a science fiction backdrop.  Tanya is an artistic teen, living on a distant Earth colony, where all technology has mysteriously stopped working…”


Coming-of-age tale combined with science fiction? Color me interested! Read on as we find an artistic teen by the name of Tanya living life on an Earthling-inhabited colony of the cosmos. Technology no longer works, and one day Tanya is swept up into an adventure that will change her life forever.

Available digitally at http://www.itsalivepress.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!

And there we have it for the beginning of November, folks! A myriad of tales ranging from adventures set on deep space Earth colonies to personal tales of anguish and feelings of college tweens. These tales and so many more await you at the mere click of a button on your keyboards or at the touch of a screen on your phones and/or tablets. But since I trust you all enjoy supporting local businesses I encourage you to head down to your comic shops this Wednesday to pick up the hardcopy issues themselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, remember…GGG!