New Comics - my pick of the bunch

I've had a lot of spare time on my hands the last few months, so have been able to read a lot of new comic books.

There's so much good stuff being published at the moment, especially if you look further afield than the superhero staple of Marvel and DC.  Here's a quick look at some of what I'm enjoying beyond the big 2 publishers:

Pick of the bunch for me has been Alex and Ada - 4 issues in at the time of writing.  It's by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn.  I don't know of Vaughn, but Jonathan is one of those talented Luna brothers that brought us Girls and The Sword.  If you know Luna's previous work you can guess how sleek the art is, and it really suits this futuristic tale.

Androids are commonplace in society and Alex gets one of these as a gift.  The story is slowly unfolding as we explore Alex's feelings about androids, and the androids' feelings about their place in the world.  If you're looking for a new read I'd really recommend you track down the first few issues and jump on board.

Letter 44 by Oni Press written by Charles Soule.  I first came across  Soule when I read "27" a wonderful story about the shamanistic power of music, before he made it big at Marvel and DC where he's writing a pile of books now.  Letter 44 is a million miles away from that.  It's a political thriller and space adventure.  The newly inaugurated president of the USA reads the letter from his predecessor informing him that a huge alien presence has been detected and that secretly the previous administration has sent a spaceship to intercept the aliens, while also preparing for war with aliens back on Earth.

Twilight Zone by Babylon 5's J. Michael Straczynski has started enjoyably.  A failed businessman changes his identity to escape jail, and discovers someone has taken over his old identity.  It is nicely reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone TV show.

Other ones to watch: Rocket Girl(time travel futuristic romp), A Voice In The Dark(emotional drama) , City The Mind In The Machine (Techno-thriller), Saviours(pulpy alien invasion), Rat Queens (fantasy comedy adventure)

Some of the ones that failed to grab me: Umbral, Undertow, Egos, The Mercenary Sea, Dead Body Road, Velvet.

Still to read and have high hopes pile: Fuse, Tales of Honor, Revenge, Trish Out of Water, Evil Empire, Auteur, Pariah


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