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Review: Sonitus #1

SONITUS#1_RGBSonitus #1 is the first issue in a three part miniseries published by Alterna Comics as part of their newsprint initiative. Retailing at $1.50 an issue, you’ll be able to pick up the entire series for less than $5 – which is a steal of a price no matter where you look. Sonitus #1 kicks off a story that’s steeped in supernatural creepiness almost right from the get go as the lead wanders around an empty and potentially haunted house. And honestly, that’s really the gist of what physically happens in the issue. However, Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard weave a deep and soul crunching internal monologue as Cecelia Lo Valvo and Dee Cuniff drench the pages in an atmosphere so thick you can taste it.

I’ve read this twice since starting this review, and I can honestly tell you that it gets better with each read through. The layers to the comic are nuanced and reveal themselves to you the more time you spend within the pages of the comic and walls of the decrepit house. Beneath the dark, horror like exterior is a man having a nostalgic moment for times gone by, providing an endearing dichotomy to the sense of foreboding from the comic.

Sonitus #1, being only $1.50, is well worth buying. It’s not often you can get a comic for this price that’s this reasonable, which almost makes the purchase worth it alone, but when the $1.50 comic is as good as Sonitus #1 is then there is absolutely no reason for you not to buy this. A must read regardless of your genre of choice.

Story: Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard
Art: Cecelia Lo Valvo Colourist: Dee Cuniff Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Alterna Comics’ Releases in May 2018

GO WEST #3 of 3

(W) Garrett Gunn
(A) Saint Yak, Sean Forney
(L) HdE
$1.50, 32 pgs, Action/Western, Full Color, Newsprint Interior
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In Shops: May 30, 2018

With the help of old allies, Slade and Lillian lead an all-out assault on Creep and his men. Unfortunately for them, Creep fights dirty.

DOPPELGANGER #4 of 4

(W/L) Jordan Hart
(A) Emmanuel Xerx Javier
$1.50, 32 pgs, Horror, Full Color, Newsprint Interior
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In Shops: May 30, 2018

The end is here and Death is knocking on Dennis’ door. One thing is certain, someone’s going to be dead by the end of this issue. This jaw-dropping conclusion is so shocking that it’ll leave you seeing double!

TINSELTOWN #2 of 5

(W) David Lucarelli
(A) Henry Ponciano
(L) HdE
$1.50, 32 pgs, Action/Drama, Full Color, Newsprint Interior
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In Shops: May 30, 2018

Abigail’s first day proves to be a matter of life and death as she finds out that a movie studio after dark can be filled with real danger! Tinseltown is perfect for fans of crime noir stories filled with action and mystery!

ZERO JUMPER #2 of 4

(W/A/L) Patrick Mulholland
$1.50, 32 pgs, Sci-Fi Thriller, Full Color, Newsprint Interior
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In Shops: May 30, 2018

Juno’s quest for the crystal leads her to an abandoned city, but she is not alone. Word has traveled fast and others are tracking her down in an attempt to end her mission – and her life.

AMAZING AGE

(W) Matthew David Smith
(A/L) Jeremy Massie
(C) Christine Brunson
$9.95, 136 pgs, Superhero, Full Color, Graphic Novel
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In Shops: May 2, 2018

Stuck in a world of super-powered heroes and villains, three friends will have to figure out how to save the day and get back home in one piece. Amazing Age is a poignant coming-of-age story with all the action and drama you’d expect from a larger-than-life superhero tale.

Alex’s Best Of 2017

Now that 2017 is in the history books, it’s time to have a look back at some of the comics, movies and events that really stood out for me. These comics were all released this year, and in the case of a limited series if had at least two issues released this year (if a mini series began late this year but is scheduled to end in 2018, then expect to find it on next years list – if it’s any good). Remember that this is all based on what I’ve read, and if your favourite comic isn’t here, it may be because I may not have read it, not because I didn’t like it.

First up there’ll be your standard Best Of categories of Ongoing Series, Mini/One Shot, Single Issue, Writer, Artist, and Colourist. However, you’ll notice that the word “best” isn’t used, and that’s because I didn’t read everything this year – so I’ve gone with my favourites and subsequently awarded each at least one of either a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.


Favourite Ongoing Series

The reason this is first is because honestly this was the easiest category to decide on as there really wasn’t a choice when it came to my most anticipated comic each month.

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Bloodshot Salvation (Valiant) 
An absolutely gorgeously rendered series by Lewi Larosa and Mico Suayan, Bloodshot Salvation follows on from Jeff Lemire’s excellent Bloodshot Reborn series, with the writer being able to continue the story (after a bit of a time jump) while making the first issue very accessible for new readers looking to jump into one of Valiant’s flagship series.  The reason I picked this series is because of how excited I am to read every issue; the themes may be deeper and more intricate in some of the other series I’ve been reading, but there is no other series I look forward to reading as much as this one when it arrives in my inbox (and then once again when I get to pick up the physical copy).

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Aquaman (DC) Had you asked me last year what would be on this list, I’d never have said that Aquaman would even be in consideration… but here we are. A series about inherited obligation, predetermined destiny and the usurpation of a king and his subsequent realization that he wasn’t the best king for Atlantis. So when Arthur Curry finds himself fighting for those far less fortunate than himself it creates a very interesting situation where Arthur Curry refuses to acknowledge his former identity, and has become the Batman of Atlantis; the Aquaman. The king is dead, long live the Aquaman.

Bronze
Ninja-K (Valiant) 
I wasn’t going to include this here because only two issues came out this year, but those two issues were phenomenal. Had there been more to read in 2017, I have no doubt this would have taken the gold. With no real prior knowledge of the character required to enjoy this, there’s no reason for you not to dive right in to this stylish action thriller starring everybody’s favourite British ninja spy.

 

Favourite Limited Series or One Shot 

There were so many great miniseries released this year, that it hurt me to only choose three. Alterna had some wonderful series, as did Image and Valiant, but in the end I had to settle on just three, and so I went with three shining examples of comics in 2017.

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Secret Weapons (Valiant) 
It’s no secret I enjoy Valiant’s comics, or at least it shouldn’t be. So when they put out a series based around a group of super powered rejects with powers that are effectively useless, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it wouldn’t work. And then you’d read it just to see the train wreck only to discover one of the year’s standout offerings. The second issue alone has a Sikh character, also with minor super powers, noticing people pointing at him and speaking in hushed whispers as he is attending class. Worried that people are mistaking him for a Muslim, and by extension a possible terrorist, he keeps his head down and leaves, only to be confronted by three thugs who don’t care about his appearance, only that he has powers. It’s a tense, and incredibly well written sequence that highlights just how much the creative team have to say. It’s a prime example of comics at their very best.

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Voracious: Feeding Time (Action Lab) 
I could tell you so many reasons why you should read this emotional tale about a time traveling chef who hunts dinosaurs, whether it’s Markisan Naso’s fantastic dialogue or the wonderful artwork by Jason Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabacaru. I could tell you that comics like this are the reason you should pay attention to indie comics publishers, because if you don’t you’ll be missing out on some of the best stories  the year. But I won’t; instead, once again, I’ll tell you tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t  read this:

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God Country (Image) A man suffering from Alzheimer’s becomes a god when he holds Valofax, the god of swords. The first issue of this series deals with the heartbreaking  reality of watching a loved one suffering with this horrible disease, before adding in a dose of space gods. The familial theme never leaves this series, regardless of the setting, grounding this galaxy spanning story remarkably well.

Favourite Single Issue

The top spot was never in question for me here, but the other two issues could have easily have been different if I was in a different mood when I wrote this. There were so many wonderful comics released this year that choosing only three was, once again, painful.

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Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab) 
This issue set the bar very early in the year. The series was continually, and consistently, of a high quality in every aspect every issue, but it’s the third that was the high point with a superb interview sequence interspersed with one of the greatest two page spreads of the year, only to culminate in perhaps the most emotional scene in any comic as one character talks to another about  his fears that due to the altered timeline he may forget his wife ever existed. Without the context of the preceding issues, one would that the emotional impact of the scene would be lost. I assure you, it isn’t.

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Batman #36 (DC) When Tom King is good, he’s really good. This issue sees him at his very best as he explores the friendship between Bruce and Clark and the admiration each feels for the other in an oddly touching way with each man talking to his significant other, who also show just how much they understand their husband or fiance. The action is almost secondary to the characterization – and I’m very okay with that.

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Ninja-K #1 (Valiant)
 What better way to start a new series about the history of MI6’s Ninja Programme than with a brief history taking up half an issue that doesn’t feel like a recapNinja-K #1 immerses you into its world with an effortless grace such as that you’d expect from the title character. As an introduction to the character, this is fantastic. Christos Gage doesn’t try to throw out the previous run, instead he briefly acknowledges that it happened in a way that doesn’t alienate new readers before plunging on with story itself. One of the very best first issues this year.

 

Favourite Writer

Three writers who produced the best comics of 2017, hands down.

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Matt Kindt
Everything that Matt Kindt touched this year was a winner for me. I don’t think he penned anything less than a good issue in 2017, and his output reads like a recommendation list for getting people into comics. If you want to read a good comic, then grab anything by Matt Kindt. He will take you on an incredible journey no matter where you’re going.

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Jeff Lemire
Another writer with a stellar output this year, the only reason Lemire landed in Silver was that I just didn’t click with his run on Moon Knight. But plenty of people did, and the comic was very well received; it just wasn’t for me. That said, the work he did for Valiant this year was second to none, as was Black Hammer for Dark Horse. Honestly, Moon Knight aside, I loved everything Lemire put out this year (that I read).

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Markisan Naso
He may not have been as prolific as other writers in comics this year, but he wrote the best issue I read all year. Pound for pound, he was the best writer in comics in 2017, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us for 2018.

Favourite Artist

Art is always subjective, but the following artists were, in my opinion, three of the very best. Next year, I may move away from the gold/silver/bronze because choosing only three sucks.

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Lewis Larosa
I… look I can’t tell you how amazing Larosa’s work has been this year, so I’ll show you a random page as an example. And when I say random, I took the first result of a “Lewis Larosa 2017” google search that was big enough to highlight what I needed.larosa 2017.jpg

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Raul Allen & Patricia Martin
Their work on Secret Weapons alone earns them a spot on this list with a deliciously classic style and some incredible use of the page layout and the pacing of each issue they draw. This style is best experienced within a full comic, but there’s an example below.SW_002_004.jpg

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Mico Suayan 
Yet another incredible artist to whom words won’t do justice. Another random page, because everything Suayan touches is incredible.

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Publisher Of The Year

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Valiant Entertainment 
In terms of output, there was maybe three comics Valiant VALIANT LOGOpublished this year that I didn’t love; they were still good, but weren’t ever candidates for this list. That’s three issues out of their entire line. On top of giving us the phenomenal Secret WeaponsNinja-K‘s stratospheric debut and two other incredibly solid titles in Bloodshot: Salvation and the relaunched X-O Manowar the publisher also made headlines with their tongue in cheek homage to the mid 90’s with the Quantum & Woody #1 variants, the number of which is mind boggling. Including a single issue second printing that made $1600 or so for the CBLDF. When I asked Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani about that, he said that there were no spares created in case the second printing got damaged – had that happened then Valiant would have incurred costs to print another comic. This is a company run by people who are in it for the comics and the fans (and to make a buck), as is evidenced by the activity of Mr. Shamdasani and the Valiant staff on twitter with fans. Valiant genuinely seems to care about putting out quality over quantity.

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Alterna Comics With a concerted effort to bring comics back to the masses, Alterna launched their newsprint line with prices topping out at $1.50. That’s all well and good, but if the comics aren’t any good, then they’re just selling kindling; fortunately, Alterna’s range of comics and miniseries were some of the most entertaining issues I read all year. You want stuff for an all-ages audience? Check. You want a creepy horror themed story? You’re in luck. Post apocalyptic survival? Yup. If you  committed to Alterna this year then aside from saving your wallet a beating, you would have read some fantastic stories at an amazing price point.

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Self Publishers No matter who you are, if you’ve decided to self publish your comics this year, then I tip my hat to you. I can only imagine the dedication it takes to ensure your story gets out to the public – whether that’s digitally or in print.

Movie Of The Year*

Logan
Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as the Canadian mutant was better than I ever could have imagined. Not only was this movie my favourite of the year, but it’s probably my favourite movie of all time. I’m a huge Wolverine fan, and this was a perfect homage to the character without being bogged down by continuity or an attempt to follow a preexisting comic story to the letter. Everything about this movie was excellent; the acting, the story, the action and the finale. I couldn’t have asked for a better movie.

*for a list of my top five movies, check out an upcoming episode of Those Two Geeks.

 

The Moment That Had Me Grinning Ear To Ear

  • The release of Batman & Bill on Hulu. An incredible look at the crusade of Marc Tyler Nobleman to give Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman, the credit he deserves after Bob Kane screwed him over more than 75 years ago. This heartbreaking documentary is powerful watching, and is a must for any fan of comics.

 


 

Well there we have it; a look back at some of the best comics that I read over the year. Agree, or disagree? Let me know!

Alterna Comics’ Releases in March 2018

GO WEST #2 of 3

(W) Garrett Gunn
(A) Saint Yak, Sean Forney
(L) HdE
$1.50, 32 pgs, Action/Western, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

The Blade is Back…! Slade’s bloody journey of revenge leads him to “Lost Vegas” where he hopes to enlist the unlikely help of the deadliest woman in the Western Territories.

DOPPELGANGER #3 of 4

(W/L) Jordan Hart
(A) Emmanuel Xerx Javier
$1.50, 32 pgs, Horror, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Time’s running out and nothing’s going right for Dennis. For his doppelganger, it’s just business as usual — but for Dennis, the stakes couldn’t be higher. In a moment of panic, Dennis does something extreme — but does he have the courage to follow it through to the end?

TINSELTOWN #1 of 5

(W) David Lucarelli
(A) Henry Ponciano
(L) HdE
$1.50, 32 pgs, Action/Drama, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

In 1915, Abigail Moore became one of the first female police officers in Hollywood. But beneath the glamorous surface of Tinseltown beats a rotten heart full of corruption, greed, and lies, and Abigail’s about to dive head-first into all of it.

ZERO JUMPER #1 of 4

(W/A/L) Patrick Mulholland
$1.50, 32 pgs, Sci-Fi Thriller, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

An ancient power source that can manipulate space and time is buried deep on a barren world and Juno, the last human, must embark on a dangerous journey to find it. Her mission is simple: go back in time and save humanity from extinction. The cost? Her life.

With More People Trade-Waiting More Often, What Can Publishers Do To Encourage A Return To Floppies?

The comics industry isn’t what it was in it’s heyday – but then you knew that. Gone are the days where single issues were the primary way in which we read our comics; indeed as I write this, the next thing I intend to read is a hardcover collection. With a growing number of people forgoing floppies in favour of trades, one has to wonder what a publisher can do to encourage people to return to buying the individual floppies instead of trade waiting. Below you’ll find a few ideas that I think are actually viable (whether they’re good or not, I leave to you).

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  • Reduce the price of the floppies. Yeah, it’s obvious. No it likely won’t happen…. unless publishers follow Alterna’s example and return to newsprint comics. Alterna have proven that a $1.50 price point for newsprint comics is a sustainable price point, and from the buzz I’ve been hearing, it would seem that the price point has done wonders in pulling new customers into the Alterna fold.
  • Don’t collect every possible comic into a trade paperback. If there’s a couple of one-shot stories in the series, then leave them out of the inevitable trade; reward those buying the floppies with a little extra content that you’d be producing anyway.

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  • Include content that won’t be found elsewhere. Whether this is going to be something along the lines of a short interview with the creators, or a few pages that show the progress of a page from pencils to inks to a fully coloured piece of art; adding a few pages to the comic with something simple such as this is going to be appreciated. A great example of this is Valiant’s Pre-Order editions are a prime example of this; a large number of people (I don’t have exact numbers) went the pre-order route which gave them bonus content that wasn’t in the regular comic – and won’t be found elsewhere.

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  • A different digital comic! Not a digital copy of the comic you’ve just brought, because, frankly why do you want a copy of the same comic, but rather a digital version of an earlier trade that’s slightly related to the story at hand. You’re reading Old Man Logan? How about the first two issues of Origin? If done digitally then there’s really no cost to the publisher (assuming the has already adopted a digital distribution model), and it could encourage folks to delve into some stories they might not have read. The downside is that there’s a decent chance the reader has already read the free bonus – but it’s still free.
  • Give away a free digital thing. Rather than a digital comic that some of the audience may have read, how about an exclusive wallpaper for your phone, computer or iPad.
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Absolutely not the kind of coupon I mean.

  • Coupons! Not the physical kind you clip from a comic that are the bane of a collector’s existence, but a single use code that you enter on the publisher’s site in order to unlock a free comic/merch item after you’ve brought a certain number of them. This could be anything from accruing points to redeem against a publisher’s online store, or even unlocking a bonus Annual or Zero issue that will add to the enjoyment of a future series. The hidden benefit of this for publishers is that they’d be able to gather some valuable data on who reads their comics, and depending on if it’s a physical reward, where and by whom their comics are being read.

Obviously some of the benefits of reading trades will never fully be overcome by floppies. The ability to get a full story in one sitting without waiting weeks in between issues is always a benefit, but the way the deluxe hardcovers look on the shelf is also a plus over the stacks of long boxes – and those hardcovers are much easier to reread with the added long box navigation.

Alterna Comics’ Releases in February 2018

SONITUS #1 of 3

(W) Cody Sousa, Dan Sheppard
(A) Cecilia Lo Valvo, Dee Cunniffe
(L) Dezi Sienty

Mysterious voices lure a man back to his hometown to visit an abandoned house that he used to frequent as a child. But as he journeys through his old hangout, he encounters a supernatural presence that forces him to face his past and his darkest fears.

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Black & White

SCRIMSHAW #4

(W) Eric Borden
(A) Dave Mims
(L) Spike O’Laochdha

SCRIMSHAW is back! All is quiet until mercenary cut-throat Danny Yuda finds Hans and his crew. Outmanned, outgunned, and with their backs to the wall, the battle for the Tanto octopus begins…!

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

THE XII #1 of 5

(W) Patrick Trahey
(A) Luis Suarez

The Sacred City holds the promise of a better life for Caleb and his family. Unfortunately, they’ll have to travel the “Dead Roads” to get there. As winter falls upon them, they traverse the barren wasteland and quickly realize that their safety comes at a price – perhaps the ultimate one.

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
40 pages, Full Color

THE WICKED RIGHTEOUS #4 of 6

(W) Terry Mayo
(A) Lucas Romero, Chris Hall
(L) Brandon DeStefano

After narrowly escaping from The Ballpark, Lucas and JC find themselves alone… and vulnerable. As the shadow of death falls across the burnt landscape of San Diego, loyalties begin to erode and a deadly, unexpected alliance emerges.

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

Alterna Comics’ Releases in January 2018

GO WEST #1 of 3

(W) Garrett Gunn
(A) Saint Yak, Sean Forney
$1.50, 32 pgs, Action/Western, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Now seeking a life of peace, “Slade the Blade” used to be one of the deadliest men in the New West. But when his family is brutally murdered, Slade embarks on one of the grimmest, grittiest, and goriest tales of revenge that the world has ever seen.

DOPPELGANGER #2 of 4

(W) Jordan Hart
(A) Emmanuel Xerx Javier
$1.50, 32 pgs, Horror, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Dennis decides he must fight to reclaim his life. He turns to his best friend, Riccardo, to help develop a plan to kill his Doppelgänger. The two conjure up a solid strategy, but it will force Dennis to be brave, confrontational, and forceful… three characteristics he’s never possessed.

MR. CRYPT #3 of 3

(W) Troy Vevasis
(A) Aleksandar Jovic
$1.50, 32 pgs, Humor, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Mr. Crypt and Baron Rat make their triumphant return in the final story of this 3 issue mini! After earning a well-deserved vacation, Mr. Crypt soon discovers that this will be a trip like no other. Also: find out what Baron Rat does when Mr. Crypt isn’t home!

AMAZING AGE #5 of 5

(W) Matthew D. Smith
(A) Jeremy Massie, Christine Brunson
$1.50, 32 pgs, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Heroes and villains collide in this dimension-splitting conclusion! Can Sam finally summon the power of “Mr. Might” to rescue his friends and allies? And even if the battle is won, will our three heroes ever return home?? Find out in the senses-shattering final issue!

New York Comic Con 2017: Alterna Comics Reveals 2018 Newsprint Lineup

As part of their New York Comic Con announcements, Alterna Comics introduced readers to 13 new titles that will be debuting in 2018.  The comics will all be part of their newsprint line, with the vast majority of cover prices set at $1.50.*

*The only title that will be priced at $1.99 will be THE FEAR DIARIES due to the 56 page size of the one-shot.

Go West created by Garrett GunnStan YakSean Forney, and Hde, is coming to comic shops in January 2018. One part Death Wish, one part True Grit, Go West will be a 3 issue mini-series.

 

Sonitus created by Cody SousaDan SheppardCecilia Lo ValvoDee Cunniffe, and Dezi Sienty is coming to comic shops in February 2018. Focusing on supernatural horror elements, Sonitus reunites most of the CROAK creative team and will be a 3 issue mini-series.

The XII created by Patrick TraheyLuis Suárez, and Martín A. Pérez is coming to comic shops in February 2018.  Fans of survival thrillers will enjoy The XII. Mapped out as an initial 6 issue mini-series; there are tentative plans to continue the story with another mini-series in 2019/2020.

Tinseltown created by David Blake LucarelliHenry Ponciano, and Hde is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  Loosely based on the experiences of one of the first female cops in the early days of Hollywood, Tinseltown combines action, drama, and mystery over the course of a 5 issue mini-series.

Zero Jumper created by Patrick Mulholland is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  A time travel story that’s heavy on sci-fi fantasy elements, Zero Jumper will be a 4 issue mini-series.

The Fear Diaries created by Garrett GunnNicolas Touris, and Hde is coming to comic shops in May 2018.  This 56 page all ages one-shot mixes elements of Toy Story and Legend.

Cyko KO! created by Robert Feldman is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This three issue mini-series centers around Cyko KO (pronounced “psycho Kay-OH”) and his insane adventures on Super Earth.  This series combines elements of Scooby Doo, Madman, Venture Bros., and The Tick.

Eden created by Eric Henson is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This four issue mini-series is one part Star Wars and one part Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure… then this one’s for you.

Blood Realm created by Robert Geronimo is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  This 4-part series will feature 3 issues in each mini-series over the course of 2 years.  An epic fantasy adventure story, Blood Realm is perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Binary Gray created by Chris CharltonRowel RoqueAnthonie Nemo Wilson, and Brant Fowler coming to comic shops August 2018.  This six issue mini-series centers around a man that can control all aspects of modern technology.  His newfound powers get him into a world of trouble though when a corporation puts a price on his head.

Exilium created by Benjamin SlabakSalo FariasMarc SintesCarlos Jobani, and Hde is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  The six issue mini-series will see humans joining forces with a race of aliens against a common intergalactic enemy.

Midnight Mystery created by Bernie Gonzalez is coming to comic shops in October 2018.  This twelve issue anthology horror series focuses on the various cases of a paranormal private investigator.

Feast or Famine created by Dave SwartzJoseph Cooper, and Micah Myers is coming to comic shops in November 2018.  Parallel dimension versions of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein team-up to save the universe and end up unlocking a secret that will have repercussions across time and space.

Alterna Comics Expands Newsstand Distribution, Adds Toys”R”Us; Books-A-Million

After introducing their product line to a test market of newsstands back in July, Alterna Comics has expanded distribution to include nearly half of all Barnes & Noble stores, all Books-A-Million stores, and they have secured a deal for their all ages (Adam Wreck, Amazing Age, Lilith Dark) titles to be distributed into the top 200 Toys”R”Us stores over the holiday season.

The company has been shaking up their business and distribution model. Earlier this year they launched a new line of newsprint comics with a cover price of $1 to $2 which has resulted in multiple printings. They also recently launched television ads to air in the New England region.

In the announcement Peter Simeti (the publisher and founder of the eleven-year-old company) had this to say:

I’m thrilled for the creators at Alterna, obviously. They’ll be able to get their comics in more stores, in front of more people. That’s a great thing for comics in general. Comic shops are obviously still the best place to find comic books, but expanded distribution in today’s market is an absolute necessity. Comics should be everywhere and as a publisher, my entire job revolves around getting our comics in as many places as possible. I’m happy to report that we’ve been receiving dozens of messages from readers that are finding our titles on newsstands and then going to comic shops to add them to pull lists or pick up other titles that might have been sold out. This is exactly what we wanted to happen.

Alterna has also expanded newsstand distribution to western Canada and to Germany. Between comic shops and newsstands, Alterna is reporting that over 1000 stores are currently carrying their comics.

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