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Independent Comic Spotlight: Fall 2016


Welcome back to a brand new installment of everyone’s Indy-inspired column: Independent Comic Spotlight!  Lots of talented folks sent me their work this season, and I have to say, I’m always pleasantly surprised at just how much there is to offer in this wonderful medium that is comics.  Here are the works sent my way over the last couple of months:

Modern Testament by Frank Martin

  • Artists: Adrian Crasmaru, Igor Chakal, Stanislav Leonov, Noreus Teves, Laura Ruggeri, Brett Uren, and Jonathan Rector
  • Brief Synopsis: An anthology comic about Biblical beings: gods and monsters and humans alike, interweaving their way into our world.  This is a fun comic for anyone who likes mythology with a twist, it has some fun stories with some pretty cutting edge artwork.
  • My Rating: 3/5

Abrams Comic Arts Releases

  • Titles for Sale: Becoming Andy Warhol and The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded
  • Writers: Nick Bertozzi and Jim Ottaviani
  • Artists: Pierre Hargan and Leland Purvis
  • Brief Synopsis: Two hardcover graphic novels (one black and white with splashes of occasional color and the other full-color) presenting biographies of two very important pop culture and historical icons.  Great for any historian or comic lover.
  • My Rating: 3/5

Self-Made Hero Releases

  • Titles for Sale: The Return of the Honey Buzzard, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, The Trial of Roger Casement, and Dali
  • Writers: Aimee De Jongh, M. R. James, Leah Moore, John Reppion, Fionnuala Doran, and Baudoin
  • Artists: Aimee De Jongh, Aneke, Kit Buss, Fouad Mezher, Alisdair Wood, Fionnuala Doran, Baudoin
  • Brief Synopsis: One hardcover and three softcover graphic novels (three black and white and one full-color) presenting a biography of Salvador Dali and Roger Casement, a romantic metaphoric thriller, and a horror collection.  Fun reads for mature readers looking for something new to add to their bookshelves.
  • My Rating: 3/5

The Bible (graphic novel adaptation)

  • Adaptation of The Bible.
  • Various writers and artists, ranging from industry professionals to members of the clergy.
  • Brief Synopsis: This three-volume hardcover graphic novel collection adapts the entire Bible, word for word, scene for scene, message for message.  This is a must-own for any student of the religious studies, a faith-based person, or even a family with reluctant readers.
  • My Rating: 3/5

And some book-books that were sent my way that are most certainly worth checking out:

  • Preceded by Chaos: An Illustrated Short Story by M. Wheeler and Brian Bicknell
  • Captain America VS Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology by Travis Langley
  • Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors by Travis Langley
  • Mind Control Empire by Andrew Garvey
  • The Complete Marvel Cosmos by Marc Sumerak
  • Talia and the Capture of Wrath by C. J. Quinn

So there you have it.  See anything you like?  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!  You won’t be disappointed.  And if you yourself are an up-and-coming creator, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Comic Booked (or me directly) and we’ll get you thrown into the review queue.  See you next time!

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