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Here we are again, faithful and loving Gatherers, as March continues to tread onward.  Wow, it certainly seems like this month has dragged on, hasn’t it?  Not that it matters, because that just means there are more wonderful indie books to be suggested.  Who ever said that one can have too many indie books to read anyway?  I can never get my fill, and I’m pretty hopeful that you cannot either!  So let’s sate our hunger for such things and bring on the Picks!  What kind of independent reading adventure shall we embark on today?  Well here are some suggestions!

This first pick is simply just a given for me, since I was raised on this particular character far back in the wee ole days of the Nineties.  I mean who doesn’t go for a warrior who fights on behalf of the Catholic Church to stamp out dark entities and frights of the night?! And more so, the very comic speaks to those who enjoy a strong female character at the forefront of the narrative.  So I repeat myself but, what’s not to like?  Not to mention, the Magdalena does share the same universe as the Witchblade and the Darkness so, there’s plenty of epic storytelling to be had.

s-l1600Title: The Magdalena #1

Writer: Ryan Cady, Tini Howard

Artist: Christian Dibari

Cover Artist(s): Christian Dibari

Publisher: Image

Synopsis: “SERIES PREMIERE! The Magdalena has always defended the world from demonic evil, empowered by the blood of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene in her veins. But when a brush with death leaves her gravely wounded, Patience decides to seek out the next in the bloodline and train her replacement. The replacement, meanwhile, is having enough trouble with finding her purpose even without the whole holy-warrior gig.”                    -PREVIEWSworld

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

This second pick is a simple must for anyone who enjoys any story involving a mere mortal who takes on the mantle of being the possessor of a strange suit of armor that can do great things.  And no, I definitely am not talking about Tony Stark here. No sir, I am talking about Aric of Dacia from old Roman times who takes the Manowar suit and becomes Earth’s protector.  But in this new ongoing, that story is long in the past now, and Aric is in the midst of another tale that will test his resolve.  Can he truly leave behind the armor and just live a normal life?  Read on and find out!

XO2017_001_COVER-A_LAROSA1Title: X-O Manowar #1

Writer: Matt Kindt

Artist: Tomas Giorello

Cover Artist(s): Lewis LaRosa, Kenneth Rocafort, Tomas Giorello

Publisher: Valiant

Synopsis: “Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day. But that was a lifetime ago. Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life.”                                      -PREVIEWSworld

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

There’s your Picks of the Week, folks!  Roman Catholic warriors and ancient Dacian warriors become intergalactic heroes.  These are the stories that are reminiscent of the indie comics world and are out there for the taking. You have but to find your closest computer or tablet and within a click of a button you’re off to these fictional realms. But I would encourage you to take the next step and go out to your local comic shop and buy the issues themselves. Support your local business and see that such books like this continue to thrive as well as the shop itself.  Then I would also encourage you to read these books and share them with your friends.  Spark up a conversation.  Be sure to leave a comment or two and remember always Gatherers…GGG!