Small towns and mythology go hand in hand, whether it’s local legend or a reputation built up over time. It sets them apart from big cities because a lot of small towns have a strong sense of community. Mythology plays a big role in White Ash #1 created by Charlie Stickney and Conor Hughes. The comic focuses on the mining town of White Ash and the people living within it. The town has been hiding a secret and a young man named Aleck has his world turned upside down. Stickney sent a copy to The Comic Vault in exchange for a spoiler free review.
The American South has often been associated with intolerance, rednecks and violence. While stereotyping isn’t something to be proud of, it can be interesting to explore in literature. Jason Aaron’s and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards: Here Was A Man takes a look at a small town in Alabama and explores themes of racism, loneliness and family legacy. The creative team’s American South is a place you can love, hate, miss and fear all at once. Nothing is held back in this graphic novel, with Aaron and Latour going full country.
Sometimes, the most poignant graphic novels aren’t the ones that have people in tights punching each other. Sometimes, they take the form of down to earth stories like Luke Henderson’s OUR WAR: The Truth Untold. America is on the brink of complete social collapse, and a political radical called Nestor is joined by an economic refugee called Emma on a journey to get to Canada for the hope of a better life. Henderson sent a copy to The Comic Vault in exchange for an honest review.
The Wild West was a time of uncertainty and chaos, a time where men were forced to find civilisation among the wilderness. When you add a supernatural element to that kind of atmosphere, you have an intriguing story. This is the case with Dave West’s and Gary Crutchley’s WesterNoir series, featuring monster hunter, Josiah Black. Book Two takes Black into the swamps of Louisiana to deal with a cold-blooded threat against humanity.
For a long time Marvel and DC have dominated the comic industry, which is fair enough, given how awesome their characters are. Other publishers like Image and Dark Horse have produced some good stories as well, but Marvel and DC have always been at the top. Mainstream comics are great, yet it’s an exciting time for independent comics. Indie writers are hungry to get their work out there and are willing to take more risks than others who’re established in the industry. Here are my thoughts on the power of independent comics and why indie authors should be supported.
The best kind of stories can creep up on you when you least expect it, which is what I found when I came across Eric Powell’s Hillbilly: Volume 1. Powell is best known for creating The Goon comics and after reading Hillbilly, I can say he’s one hell of a writer. The graphic novel focuses on Rondel, a supernatural wanderer in the Appalachian wilderness who battles monsters, witches and demons. It’s part western, part fantasy and a damn good read.
In my opinion, the essence of a good comic is about appealing to a reader’s inner child. It’s about reigniting a sense of nostalgia and a thirst for adventure. As a kid, I remember getting up early on the weekend and being in awe of Saturday morning cartoons. Any comic that can help me remember that sense of wonder is worth reading, and that’s where SPACE COPZ: CEREAL ZOMBIES comes in. Written by indie author, Mike Speakman, SPACE COPZ was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.