Hello one and all, faithful and loving Gatherers!  I hope all is well with you as it certainly is with me!  I’ve been able to catch up on more books as of late and with the con season in full swing now with the advent of the coming Spring, I hope to accomplish a whole lot more.  Bored yet at my initial commentary?  Yeah I thought so too. After all, you come for the Picks and not for my weekly rant.  So lets get to it!

Now this first pick is, well, it’s quite simply the sum total of everything I enjoyed as a kid with regard to mystery novels.  I mean who wouldn’t enjoy a good story involving two of literature’s greatest young detectives on the hunt to try and clear their name of murder charges?  If what you seek is a modern day rendition of such classics brought into the twenty-first century, then look no further!

STL037356Title: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1
Writer: Anthony Del Col
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Cover Artist(s): Fay Dalton (Cover A), Emma Vieceli (Cover B), Robert Hack (Cover C)
Publisher: Dynamite

Synopsis: “THE BIG LIE is a Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read… When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with the femme fatale Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete with double-crosses…”                          -PREVIEWSworld

Availability: Digital purchase available on both http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/ and https://www.comixology.com/.  Hardcopy purchase available at your LCS!

This second pick I submit to you because I’ve always been a fan of annual editions of comic series.  Sure, many argue that they seem to do no more than review key moments in an issue’s history over the year but I’ve often found that some of the most profound tales can be found in such issues.  Besides, it’s Transformers.  Who’s going to say no to that?

STL034537Title: Transformers Annual 2017 #1
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Priscilla Tramontano
Cover Artist(s): Priscilla Tramontano
Publisher: IDW

Synopsis: “GHOST STORIES! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron-only to be confronted by his rival for the Matrix, Pyra Magna! As Pyra’s origin-before she was part of Victorion-is finally revealed, Optimus relives his own past-the first time he met Bumblebee!”                                                                                                                      -PREVIEWSworld

Availability: Digital purchase available on both https://www.idwpublishing.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/.  Hardcopy purchase available at your LCS!

This was definitely a week for childhood favorites, Gatherers!  Transformer memories and team-ups of mystery solvers.  These are the wonderful gems that await you when you want a good piece of alternative literature to read in the realm of indie label comics.  What’s amazing is that they are available at the mere click of a button from the convenience of your own computer or tablet.  But I would encourage you also to hit up your local shop and buy them in hardcopy format.  Remember to always support your local store and read these books inside and out. Share them with your friends and spark a conversation.  Remember to leave a comment or two.  Till next time Gatherers…GGG!