Jeff's Picks logo BannerHere we are at the end of February, my lovely Gatherers!  Incredible really, that February.  It goes off without a hitch and before you know it, it’s gone like that.  But don’t worry, if you think that means that the comics have dried for the month you are still in luck.  For with this last week of the month there are still those sweet juicy indie titles you’re just ready and willing to read up on.  Alright lets stop enticing your senses and bring on the picks!

Now, this first pick that I will introduce to you guys and girls may on its surface seem like any run-of-the-mill tale about demons and their shenanigans.  Now while that is partially right, I believe the true appeal of this book lies in its approach to the demon genre with regard to storytelling.  It is a fresh and invigorating look into one of the great “what if’s” people would be considering and illustrates a world that just might be severely forsaken.

STL032254Title: The Darkness Visible #1
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Brendan Cahill
Cover Artist(s): Brendan Cahill (normal cover), Dave Kendall (subscription variant)
Publisher: IDW

Synopsis: “…When the demons came, humanity reluctantly learned to share the world with another sentient race. Eighty years later, this uneasy co-existence has spawned an endless terrorist conflict. Detective Daniel Aston, charged with being the thin blue line between the two sides, is tested to the limit when a demon sets up house inside his soul. But to save his daughter, he’ll pay any price-including genocide.”                                          -PREVIEWSworld

Availability: Digital purchase on both and  Hardcopy purchase available at your LCS!

This second pick appeals to the survivalist instinct in us all but has a bit of a horrific, almost Island of Dr. Moreau fierceness to it.  I mean sure, we like to think that in a situation we walk away from a cataclysmic accident that we will be alright, but in the end, do we really ever leave the sight of the catastrophe?  Well, the creators of this world certainly don’t think so, and considering it’s in one-shot format it’s one of those works that may seem to say more with just a bit less!

The-BelfryTitle: The Belfry (one-shot)
Writer: Gabriel Hardman
Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Cover Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Publisher: Image

Synopsis: “AN ALL-NEW HORROR ONE-SHOT FROM GABRIEL HARDMAN! When an airliner crashes in a remote jungle, everyone walks away unscathed only to find you can’t escape the lush, brutal world of the Belfry. From Hugo Award-nominated writer/artist GABRIEL HARDMAN (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, KINSKI, Star Wars Legacy), THE BELFRY is a self-contained one-shot that may just strip you of your humanity.”                                                 -PREVIEWSworld

Availability: Digital purchase on both and  Hardcopy purchase available at your LCS!

February is at an end folks and it seems the “I’s” are in for the last week!  Stories revolving around human coexistence with demons or survival in midst of an inescapably horrid jungle.  These are the stories that are the backbone of the world of independent label comics and are what I ask you to go out and search for.  Find these rare gems and others either from the convenience of your own search engine on your computer or tablet or even more importantly, support your local comic store and buy them.  Read them and share them with your friends.  Spark up a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two!  But more importantly, remember Gatherers…GGG!