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And we are officially in 2017 now, Gatherers!  What an amazing holiday season it has been, and no not just because Betty White survived once more.  No, with a new year comes new promise. New goals. New aspirations. And, of course, with a new year comes my favorite…new comics!  So let’s see what your local shop can provide you this week or what you can observe from the sanctity of your own search engine!

This first pick is quite simply due to one reason, and one reason only, and that is Mike Mignola.  Yes sir, in this reader’s opinion, everything he writes and draws is instant gold, and for me that’s more than enough of an explanation for why this book is good.  As for the story itself, well, what’s not to like about adventurers not arriving in time to save the day?

STL029610 Title: Rise of the Black Flame #5 (of 5)

Writer: Mike Mignola

Artist: Christopher Mitten

Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell

Publisher: Dark Horse

Synopsis: “The heroes’ search finally ends at the temple of the Black Flame cult, but they don’t arrive in time to stop
 what they find there.” -PREVIEWSworld

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

This second pick appeals to the side of me that enjoys a nice parody of the realm of comics and the stories it inspires in Alex Robinson’s and Pat N. Lewis’s all time classic graphic novel. Aside from the fact that this book is an all time favorite for any comic lover, it is a work steeped in realism popular for those that love a good laugh at life.

STL031185 Title: Box Office Poison Color Comics #1

Writer: Alex Robinson

Artist: Alex Robinson

Cover Artist: Alex Robinson

Publisher: IDW

Synopsis: “The story of Sherman, Dorothy, Ed, Stephen, Jane, and Mr. Flavor as you’ve never seen it before: IN  FULL COLOR! Alex Robinson’s masterpiece of dreary jobs, comic books, love, sex, messy apartments, girlfriends  (and the lack thereof), undisclosed pasts, and crusty old professionals remains one of the most delightful and  whimsical comic stories-and with colorist Pat N. Lewis’ fantastic color work, BOP is ready to return to comic stands!”

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

There we have it for the start of 2017 my good Gatherers! Old classics coming back to entice new comic audiences and black cultist adventures to entice all your indie reading needs!  These works and others are what await us if we only have the inclination to look that much harder at our own local shops’ shelves or clicking that extra link on our online search engine.  Take these rare gems home.  Read them and share them with your friends.  Start up a conversation and leave a comment or two.  But more importantly for you Gatherers to remember..on top of supporting your local comic shop…GGG!