Hello once again all you faithful and loving Gatherers!  January marches on as does this winter.  And when I’m not either going to the theaters to catch up on my movies I am still on the search for all the best indie comics to recommend to you.  So before all this mindless chatter becomes numbing to the senses, I will just entice all your reading needs and go straight for the jugular!

Strangers in Paradise #1
Writer(s): Terry Moore
Artist(s): Terry Moore
Cover Artist(s): Terry Moore
Publisher: Abstract Studio

Synopsis: “America’s favorite couple is back! To celebrate its 25th-Anniversary, the Eisner Award-winning series is back with an all-new story beginning with this #1 issue! Francine and Katchoo are living the dream until they learn a former Parker Girl is in hiding and writing a tell-all book about the wicked empire Darcy Parker built with Katchoo at her side. Determined to stop her, Katchoo enlists the aid of her mercenary sister Tambi and the hunt is on!


All I have to say is that prior to coming across this book, I had no idea who Francine and Katchoo were.  And now going back to see what all it’s about, I must say with certainty that I consider my indie reading days a much more dreary past without having known of them before.  Luckily for all of you wonderful readers out there I am sparing you the same irredeemable fate by bringing to your attention this new ongoing.  With all that’s at stake, one has to wonder what kind of damaging information this researcher has on the two of them regarding their evil reality they created, and to what lengths the two will go to quash the story.

Digital purchase available at http://abstractstudiocomics.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/.  Hardcopy purchase available at your LCS!

Go West #1 (of 3)
Writer(s): Garrett Gunn
Artist(s): Sean Forney
Cover Artist(s): Saint Yak
Publisher: Alterna

Synopsis: “Now seeking a life of peace, “Slade the Blade” used to be one of the deadliest men in the New West. But when his family is brutally murdered, Slade embarks on one of the grimmest, grittiest, and goriest tales of revenge that the world has ever seen.”


It is my firm opinion that the Wild West is given minute emphasis as a topic for indie comics as well as comics in general.  Alterna successfully brings to light a story that is set in such an era but with a twist that could be described as nothing short of entirely gritty and violent. Slade the Blade just wants peace, yet it seems to be something that evades him as he is thrust into that road of violence once again when his family is slain.  So naturally this becomes almost The Punisher meets the Wild, Wild West with the path of retribution he takes.  Just what sort of route that becomes, what lengths he goes to in order to see vengeance attained, and just what the body count will be, well, that is up to you as the reader to find out!

Digital purchase available at https://www.alternacomics.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/.  Hardcopy purchase available at your LCS!

This week is at a glorious end, dear friends.  Full of tales of Western retribution and modern-day researcher-killing.  Stories that are as strange as they are unique and rich.  These are the jewels that await you at the mere tap of a button on your keyboard or upon the screen of your phone or tablet. But of course I’m going to challenge you to make that extra effort and go down to your local comic book shop itself and buy the actual hardcopies.  Read them and share with your friends. Start up a conversation, and be sure to leave a comment or two.  But most importantly Gatherers, remember…GGG!