Hello to all you fine independent comic readers out there, Gatherer or not. Regardless of whether you are a casual or hardcore reader, we are currently living in both a golden as well as an arguably chaotic age for independent comics. So many creators are out there now. A virtual plethora of publishers and artists and writers willing to put out content that is owned by them and are not at the behest of overarching editors. We are living in great times people. A time of indie comics and those who appreciate them. Just what is out there this week that could satisfy your cravings and needs? Read on!
Let’s be honest. There is always going to be that part of us that still feels comics should be what they were intended to be at their heart to begin with, fun books with great stories. As kids we were enamored of that notion, and it is books like this that reinforce that timeless renaissance of getting back to the basics with comic books. So sit back and enjoy this simple tale of animals banding together to stop the machinations of an untold monster lurking about. Oh yeah and you can totally color in this book as well!
Title: The Unlikely Trio
Writer: Callie West
Artist: Scott West
Cover Artist(s): Scott West
Synopsis: “Kids can color this comic! A monster lurks in the shadows and it’s up to Lil’Bit, Mrs. Butters, and Abby to investigate. Will they live to tell the tale? Printed on paper that is perfect for coloring; there’s also fun activities in the back of the book!” -PREVIEWSworld
Who out there loves a good Western with a bit of a twist? Well Dark Horse sure managed to create such a character in a world to satisfy those two cravings! Welcome back our favorite monk who serves out in the Wild West with a new adventure set down by his creators. Of course, one thought that all was well in his world but nope, his nemeses are back and are out for vengeance. Not surprising, but one has to wonder just what kinda rough road ahead our favorite David Carradine parody will pave in this new tale for readers?
Title: Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign?
Writer: Geof Darrow
Artist: Geof Darrow
Cover Artist(s): Geof Darrow, Frank Miller
Publisher: Dark Horse
Synopsis: “Who doesn’t like Surf and Turf? Well, what do you do when Surf and Turf doesn’t like YOU??? The Eisner Award-losing and -winning drawing room talkfest, The Shaolin Cowboy, returns and will try to answer those questions as the titular hero of the series finds that his road to hell is paved not with good intentions but old nemeses hell bent on bloody revenge… AGAIN!!!” -PREVIEWSworld
What a fun selection I give to you this week, Gatherers! Pets banding together to fight the forces of evil and monks of the Far East making their presence known in the Wild West. I have appealed to both the adult and the kid in all of us readers by picking these for you. But these two are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the available indie comics you can find. Search them out and read to your heart’s content from the convenience of your own computer or tablet. But I would also implore you to support your local comic shop and get these volumes for yourself. Read them and share them with your friends. Start up a conversation and leave a comment or two. But more importantly, remember…GGG!