Jeff's Picks logo BannerFebruary proceeds on, and so must I, faithful and loving Gatherers!  Ever closer we are to Valentine’s Day, the great and wondrous occasion in which we pronounce our love to our most cherished ones.  Of course I have mine, but then again I never need a single day in a winter month to profess my love of comics!  Now why don’t we get your love for such fine pieces of literature underway with more picks of the indie comics circuit to dazzle your senses.  Let us ride the veritable love arrow through some sweet gems to find. Huzzah!

Simply put, the first pick of this week needs no grand introduction or appeal to one’s vanities.  Michael Turner’s vision created one of comics’ greatest heroines of the deep and even to date, Aspen Matthews continues to be one of the most iconic characters ever to grace the comic page.  Anyone and everyone who has read comics in at least the last nineteen or twenty years then will be rolling out the Benjamins to read a new tale involving her.  Seriously though, just hush up and take my cash already, Aspen!

STL033382Title: All New Michael Turner’s Fathom #1
Writer: Blake Northcott
Artist: Marco Renna
Cover Artist(s): Marco Renna (Cover A), Alex Konat (Cover B), Jordan Gunderson (Cover C)
Publisher: Aspen MLT

Synopsis: “Dive back into the world of MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM in this great jumping-on point for new readers! ASPEN MATTHEW’S role in the brand new ASPEN UNIVERSE, spawning out of last summer’s mega-event, Aspen Universe: Revelations, is larger than ever! Now, the preeminent heroine must navigate the treacherous divide between the humans and her ancestral people of The Blue-as well as the surprises in store for both races in this all-new FATHOM landscape where anything is possible! Nearly two decades of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this all-new FATHOM adventure by Aspen’s newest up-and-coming talents! Please join newcomers, writer Blake Northcott and artist Marco Renna, as they bring readers back under the surface into the world of The Blue, and everything you loved about FATHOM!”           -PREVIEWSworld

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This next pick is just plain ole fun to me. Sure, there’s a nice story that just seems to flow to me in it but at the same time, it is the sum total of what comics were to me growing up and how fun they could be.  Anytime there is fantasy mixed with a little reality all in a grand city overrun with crime, you are going to find this writer to be one happy camper.  And it certainly does speak to a female crowd as well that wants to see stronger characters come to the forefront!

STL031942Title: Empowered Soldier of Love #1
Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Karla Diaz
Cover Artist: Karla Diaz
Publisher: Dark Horse

Synopsis: “Love is tearing apart costumed crimefighter Empowered’s city, as the unearthly powers of an embittered ‘International Magical Girl of Mystery’ covertly inflame the superheroic community’s burning passions. But even if a befuddled Emp can puzzle out her shadowy foe’s schemes, can she hope to prevail against the Soldier of Love?”

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It really was about the females this week, my loving and faithful Gatherers!  Some indie books do a great job in providing strong female characters, and this week one is definitely not to be denied or ignored in such a request.  But truthfully, if you enjoy these books, please go out to your local comic book store and support that business.  Buy the books and read them.  Show them to your friends and spark their interest.  Begin a conversation and, why not for good measure, leave a comment or two?!  More importantly, always remember…GGG!