We are unofficially into the summer season now, Grand Geeks and Gatherers galore! With Memorial Day’s celebration and passing comes the time when we shed the last vestiges of spring and enter into the hotness that consumes us for the next three to four months. In some ways this marks the perfect time for you to do something else at your outside picnics and barbecues besides eating and conversing. Yes, you guessed it, to read more indie comics! So let’s see what the end of May brings to you, shall we?!
The Formidables #1
Writer(s): Chris Malgrain
Artist(s): Chris Malgrain
Cover Artist(s): Chris Malgrain, Christopher Lacroix
Publisher: Red Anvil
Synopsis: “In 1959, a supervillain wearing a KKK inspired costume goes on a rampage in Archer City to protest the desegregation of schools. It is time for Pr Frank Foster and his young allies, who have been presumed dead for one year, to come out of hiding and face this menace.”
I personally have always enjoyed a great story where a team is thought to have long been disbanded or its members presumed dead only for them to come out of their situation to fight crime once again, and with this book you get that and a whole lot more, indie readers. Take a time capsule back to the height of the Cold War 1950s when a white supremacist supervillain has a thing or two to say in protesting desegregation, only to find the Formidables are still, even after all this time, still quite a formidable entity. Let’s just see how good these guys are at putting a hold on this villain’s racist crusade and be a beacon of hope in a formative period of United States history.
Writer(s): Gary T. Becks
Artist(s): Gary T. Becks
Cover Artist(s): Gary T. Becks
Publisher: Red Anvil
Synopsis: “After committing suicide, Victoria Starfield is saved by her animal spirit only to be resurrected as code name Mazscara, to protect her fans and any child in Los Angeles targeted by the evil Tung. With every life she saves, she brings herself closer to her own salvation.”
It’s not everyday that one gets the advantage of having their spirit animal save them from eternal damnation. It would seem that Code Name: Mazscara has gotten that and much more. So with every fan she protects and every child she saves she gets that much closer to her redemption. It rings a story that seems both fresh and inviting at the same time yet has just the exact amount of supernatural mystery to give it real flavor. Of course we all have to wonder who this Tung character is and if their existence in some way is tied to Starfield’s new avenging lifestyle. Finally, who else gets a real blood-freeze sensation looking at this very Stephen King-like cover?!
May is at an end folks, and June is just beyond the horizon. We finish off this month strong with two great contributions on behalf of Red Anvil Comics, a shining example of indie publishing if ever I did see one. Social justice warrior teams of 1950s America combined with modern day spirit animal avenging spirits. These are the gleaming jewels that await you at the mere click of a button on your tablet, phone or keyboard. But of course you are better than that and will travel down to your local comic store this week and buy the hardcopies themselves. 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!