Happy November to all you adoring Gatherers!  The October festivities have ended, and now fall is in full swing, with Thanksgiving slowly creeping round the corner.  Now I know, the inclination is to be thinking about that great turkey feast that is soon to come, but lets be honest, that’s still a few weeks away.  In the meantime, lets whet your appetite with some picks to satisfy all your reading needs!

My first pick goes to Sonic Mega Drive: Next Level #1, a one-shot written by Ian Flynn and drawn by Matt Herms.  We finally have come to the sequel to everything adoring readers like us enjoyed in Sonic Mega Drive.  Sonic, Knuckles, Amy Rose, and Tails are hot on Dr. Eggman’s trail again (as usual, right?) but may be facing a problem along the way with Sonic’s distractions.  Of course it won’t help when a certain android courtesy of Eggman will be used to even the odds. Available from http://archiecomics.com/.

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“Welcome to ‘The Next Level.’ The sequel to the hit Sonic: Mega Drive is here! Picking up right where things left off Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose and Knuckles are on the hunt for the Ancient Gears and on the move to stop Dr. Eggman’s latest scheme! But not everything runs like clockwork when Sonic breaks away to do his own thing. And Dr. Eggman has a certain high-speed robot up his sleeve. You can’t miss out on this exciting new installment in the Sonic Mega Drive series!”

Via: Comixology and PREVIEWSworld 

Available in digital format from http://archiecomics.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/ and in print from your LCS! 

My second pick goes to the Laid Waste graphic novel written and illustrated by Julia Gfrorer.  A bitterly dark and Gothic-like story set amidst the background of a medieval city besieged by plague, Laid Waste looks into the story of Agnes, a widow possessed of great strength who must weigh the consequences of helping the dying city at large as opposed to protecting what little she has left.  This story perfectly conveys the ages old philosophy of exhibiting kindness even when such a choice seems ill-advised.  Available from http://www.fantagraphics.com/.

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“In a plague-ravaged medieval city, survival is a harsher fate than death. As corpses accumulate around her, Agnes, a young widow possessed of supernatural strength, must weigh her obligations to the dead and dying against her desire to protect what little remains.Laid Waste is a graphic novella about love and kindness among vermin in the putrid miasma at the end of the world. As with her evocative debut book, Black is the Color, Julia Gfrörer’s delicate, gothic drawing style perfectly complements the period era of the book’s setting, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of her prose to the fore.”

Via: Comixology and PREVIEWSworld 

Available in digital format from http://www.fantagraphics.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/ and in print from your LCS! 

And there we go for the first week of November, folks!  What’s not to love?  We have everyone’s favorite speedster (well, one of them anyway!) fighting another crusade against a psycho doctor’s shenanigans along with a supernaturally strong female weighing the consequences of self-preservation against helping a dying city.  These stories are what await you if you give indie comics a chance.  Pick them up from your local store or buy them online. Read them and begin a conversation.  Leave comments, but more importantly remember…GGG!