- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On March 9, 2016
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This week – Alabaster, Escape from New York, Crossed, and X-Files.
Marvel’s got their cinematic universe set to take over our universe. DC’s got some of the most globally-recognizable hero brands in the world. So what about everyone else? Each week, I take a look at a few comics released by smaller publishers. From companies owned by the “big two” to the smallest of the small presses, check in with Indie Comics Watch, and see what else is out there.
Alabaster: The Good, the bad, and the Bird (Dark Horse Comics)
Life. Death. Love. Rebirth. Re-death? In Alabaster guns are often drawn, the lines between heaven and hell are blurred, and love can make or break you. I love the languid art style of this series, and the way the creators keep pushing the limits of traditional “guns on the run” storytelling. This issue sees our heroes Dancy and Maisie reunited… and then quickly yanked apart again.
Escape From New York #15 (Boom! Studios)
You know, for someone who’s job it is to know about all the cool indie comics coming out each week… I sure feel stupid for only now clueing into Boom! Studios’ excellent Escape From New York run of comics! In this issue, Snake’s on the run with a bigass rocket launcher… need I say more? Now excuse me, I’ve got 14 back issues of this comic to binge read.
Crossed + 100 #14 (Avatar Press)
I remember first picking up Crossed #1 and settling down to read… the horror. For the uninitiated, Crossed is one of the nastiest, most brutal, depraved comics ever made. It centers on a world where an infection turns much of the population in bloodthirsty maniacs. They’re not zombies, they’re just bloodlusting pieces of human garbage who want nothing more than to rip people apart. Crossed + 100 takes place in the future, and we see how survivors of the infection deal with generations of psychopaths who are slowly evolving in their madness. Terrifying, and certainly not for everyone, but if you’re a gorehound this is a must read.
*Pick of the Week*
X-Files Deviations (IDW Publishing)
What do you do if you’re IDW Publishing, you own the comic license for X-Files, and the newest batch of X-Files episodes on television weren’t that great? You keep making amazing comics that feel truer to the series than anything since season 6! This special one-shot issue presents a classic “What If?” Premise: What if Fox Mulder was one the abducted as a child, and his sister Samantha Mulder became the “spooky Mulder” of the two?