March Madness is here, Gatherers and Grand Geeks! Now I know what you’re thinking. March Madness has nothing to do with indie comics, right?! Well in a way it does, but not for the reason you might think. In my opinion, March is the demarcation between the waning days of winter and the impending spring when all sorts of good titles bound for conventions and stores are set to print, and this year it is no different! Alas as always, I digress. How about we just see some good indie madness this very day folks, yeah?!
The XII #1 (of 5)
Writer(s): Patrick Trahey
Artist(s): Luis Suarez
Cover Artist(s): Luis Suarez
Synopsis: “The Sacred City holds the promise of a better life for Caleb and his family. Unfortunately, they’ll have to travel the “Dead Roads” to get there. As winter falls upon them, they traverse the barren wasteland and quickly realize that their safety comes at a price – perhaps the ultimate one.”
Everyone loves a good ‘end of the world and after it all’ tale. In this one it seems there is nothing but death and decay all around, yet there is the promise of some kind of sanctuary in the midst of all this terrible darkness. So best to go to where greatness still exists, right? Well problem is, one has to travel the wastelands to do it, and that’s only accomplished through these “Dead Roads”. Just what they are, and why one mustn’t cross them, is revealed to us in a five part story where a family must make a decision that will either prove their salvation or undoing.
Sonitus #1 (of 3)
Writer(s): Cody Sousa, Dan Sheppard
Artist(s): Cecillia Lo Valvo
Cover Artist(s): Cecillia Lo Valvo
Synopsis: “Mysterious voices lure a man back to his hometown to visit an abandoned house that he used to frequent as a child. But as he journeys through his old hangout, he encounters a supernatural presence that forces him to face his past and his darkest fears.”
Wow, not often do you find stories within the realm of indie comics that pander to audiences who enjoy horror or even psychological thriller. Sonitus seems to do just that. Strange voices luring a man back to his home of upbringing only to find that doing so compels strong spirits to force him to face some of what he fears most? This is Amityville Horror meets Stephen King’s universe on a total methamphetamine high and then some! One also must wonder if this supernatural presence and the voice that compels him back to his childhood home are one and the same. Maybe!
And with that, March is off and rolling, folks! It begins with supernatural voices calling to homes of one’s past as well as post-apocalyptic warnings to not go on the dead roads. These gems and more are what await you at the mere click of a button on your phone, tablet, or computer. But I will challenge you to go that extra mile and head down to your local comic book shop and show your support for them by buying the hardcopy issues themselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly Gatherers, remember…GGG!