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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.


(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!


(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.

Alterna Comics’ Releases in December 2017

THE CHAIR #4 of 4

(W/A/L/Cover) Peter Simeti
(A) Kevin Christensen

It’s a murderous fight to the finish as the house of cards comes tumbling down for Sullivan and the Warden. No matter what happens, Death wins. Featuring cover art by creator/writer Peter Simeti. Read the comic before you see the film!

In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $1.00
32 pages, Black & White


(W) Justin M. Ryan
(A) Kristian Rossi
(L) DC Hopkins

While his daughter’s life hangs in the balance, Hector makes a desperate gamble with the beings who threaten their existence. With nothing left to give, Hector makes his last stand. Don’t miss the jaw-dropping conclusion to one of the most acclaimed titles of 2017!

In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color


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

After Lucas and his brothers narrowly escape the ruins of downtown San Diego, they end up in a much worse situation. Thrust into the battle arena formerly known as Petco Park, will everyone make it out with their lives and their limbs?

In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

FUBAR Empire of the Rising Dead 5th Anniversary Edition

(W) Chuck Dixon, Jeff McClelland, Michael McDermott, Fabian, Jr. Rangel, Steve Becker, Shawn Aldridge, Jeff McComsey
(A) Steve Becker, Jeff McComsey, Matt Smith, Michael S. Bracco, Rob Croonenborghs, Chris Peterson, Dominic Vivona
(Cover) Danilo Beyruth

The New York Times-bestseller is back from the dead with a fifth anniversary edition! After a zombie outbreak reaches pandemic proportions during World War II, soldiers must not only contend with each other but with a horrifying and seemingly unbeatable undead menace as well.

In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $14.95
256 pages, Black & White


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

With the planet ravaged by war, ruthless corporations have the world’s governments in their pockets. Faced with impossible odds, Captain Hans Tanaka and the crew of the Runaway Horse have been branded pirates, cutthroats, mercenaries, and the GOOD guys. Collects issues #1-3 and contains exclusive never-before-seen material.

In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $14.95
120 pages, Full Color

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 200 Sellers In August

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for June.

This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher.

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list, but the only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for May’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why tresspasser 2they’re Underrated.

Trespasser #2 (Alterna)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: Unknown
The series about a father and his daughter struggling to survive in a post plague world on a farm, or in the rural countryside, when they’re visited by a harmless injured alien (a little green man type of alien to be specific). After starving for so long, once the alien leaves the family have some food again… The comic is a psychologically chilling tale that explores how far you would be willing to go to provide for your family, and whether sometimes a short term gain is really worth the anguish it will cause eventually.

SexCriminals_20-1.pngSex Criminals #20 (Image)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 297/5,691
When the two lead characters have sex they freeze time; the first time this happens they decide to rob  a bank (because why not?). The series has developed into a cult following, and it’s quality far exceeds the sales numbers on show here.

Unholy Grail #2 (Aftershock)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 254 /7,340
Set around the legend of King Arthur and Merlyn, this series reimagines the old wizard as a demon inhabiting an old man’s flesh. Kinda creepy, but a whole lot of awesome. If you’re a fan of comics without superheroes you could do a lot worse than checking this series out.

DIVINITY_ZERO_COVER-A_RYPDivinity #0 (Valiant)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 229 /8,692
Valiant’s Divinity is a fantastic story that spans three four issue miniseries, and four tie-in comics, which could be a little intimidating if you were to dive into them all at once (but it’s totally worth doing, however) which is where this zero issue comes into play. By giving you an in-story overview of the event Divinity #0 will both prepare you for the next chapter in this exciting series and refresh (or bring you up to date) with the story so far.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Alterna Comics in October 2017


(W/A/L) Jeff McComsey

Mother Russia and her new ally fight their way through a sea of the undead. With impossible odds stacked against them, it’s guaranteed that someone will become zombie food before the sun sets. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of 28 Days Later and Sgt. Rock.

In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Black & White


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

Cornered in a dangerous Chinatown alley, Taipuitea is forced to unleash one of the most brutal beatdowns in all of comics! With assassins at every turn, can the crew of the Runaway Horse get out in one piece? Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of X-Men and Suicide Squad.

In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

THE CHAIR #3 of 4

(W/A/L) Peter Simeti
(A) Kevin Christensen

The lines between good and evil have been blurred and with each passing day, Sullivan loses his grip on reality. The tables have been turned and Sullivan must figure out if he wants forgiveness or vengeance. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of The Punisher and Arkham Asylum.

In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $1.00
32 pages, Black & White


(W) Justin M. Ryan
(A) Kristian Rossi
(L) DC Hopkins

While Hector’s illness escalates, Maria begins to piece together what happened. Stress and anxiety take their toll, driving a wedge between father and daughter. Turns out that both of them have been keeping deadly secrets. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of The Walking Dead and The Road.

In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color


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

Lucas and his group find themselves cornered by the deadly Horsemen and are forced to put their trust in the mysterious Cross if they hope to make it out of the wastelands of San Diego alive. Printed on newsprint. Perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Mad Max.

In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

Alterna Comics Brings Comics Back to the Newsstand in Distribution Deal With PDG

On the heels of successfully bringing back newsprint comics to comic shops across the world, creator-owned comic book and graphic novel publisher Alterna Comics has signed a deal with PDG to distribute their comic books to newsstands as well.

Over 300 stores will be part of the initial test market for titles, which rolls out in full on August 1st but has already begun at larger chain retailers like Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

Alterna is also currently considering expansion into Five Below and Toys “R” Us stores and has begun talks with both retailers.

The Alterna Comics newsprint line features titles priced between $1.00 to $1.50 and includes all ages titles as well as titles for teens and adults.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed Vol. 2 TP (Image) – The fantastic crime thriller with a demon (yeah that’s right) keeps getting better. This is the second collected volume of the second arc that follows Dylan’s path into darkness.

Action Comics #984 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Supergirl! And you get a Super… Lex? This arc has been a blast. Take all of Supes’ big bad and put them against his super friends. It’s going down!

Black Hammer #11 (Dark Horse) – Lemire has been a writing machine as of late, and the quality hasn’t dipped. This is probably his best work, but that’s tough to say since he’s doing great work on a few series now.

Saga #45 (Image) – The best in the business keeps it interesting. Whether you read this book in single issue or trade, you’re always left on the edge of your seat. This is a truly special piece of art we are getting, and it’s going to go down as a classic.

Infamous Iron Man #10 (Marvel) – I was skeptical with this book for awhile, and have gone back and forth, but either way, I’ve still enjoyed almost every issue and loved Maleev’s beautiful art as well as the mystery Bendis is building with momma Doom.



Top Pick: X-O Manowar #5 (Valiant) – Without question the best looking comic right now, these issues never feel long enough – which for me is a good sign. If you’re even remotely curious as to Valiant’s comics, then this is a great place to start. Especially if you’re into what is essentially Conan mixed with Old Man Logan set in Star Wars.

Faith and the Future Force #1 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read this awesome issue. Time travel, a hero that loves comics and a brilliant blend of philosophically aware humour add up to a must (re)read for me on Wednesday.

Adam Wreck #2, Amazing Age #2, Croak #2, Lillith Dark #2 (Alterna) – So four entries in one? Because all four are a part of Alterna’s newsprint line and cost $1.50, and they’re all well worth every penny. Depending on what you’re looking for, there will be something for you among these issues – whether you pick one or all of them up, for the price the’re going for? You honestly can’t go wrong.



Top Pick: Tomboy #12 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The mix of horror, manga, and teenage angst wraps up and if you haven’t read an issue you need to go back to the beginning. One of the best comics that’s under the radar.

All-Star Batman #12 (DC Comics) – This series has been knocking it out of the park and this latest arc which dives deeper into Alfred’s history has been an interesting one showing how you can layer on something new even with a series that has that much history.

Captain Canuck 2017 #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – A reboot of the recently launched character. How it’ll differ? No idea, but I’m intrigued to see.

Heavenly Blues #1 (Scout Comics) – A really interesting concept involving the afterlife that had me entertained with the first issue and looking forward to the second. Basically, it’s a heist comic involving angels and demons.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 (Marvel) – This series has been knocking it out of the park with each issue and the fact that it revolves around a brand new character is even better. A prime example of how to expand the Star Wars universe and deliver something new.

Review: Scrimshaw #1

scrimshaw1Alterna Comics have recently begun printing their comics on newsprint paper, which means they’ve been able to price those comics between $1 and $1.50 per issue. It’s a movement that I am entirely on board with and have been buying  everything that the publisher has been releasing on newsprint – which you’re probably aware of if you follow me on Twitter (shameless plug: @karcossa) over the last few months – so obviously I grabbed Scrimshaw #1 when it came out, even though there was probably a review copy hidden somewhere in my inbox.

Confession time: Once I had finished Scrimshaw #1 I literally couldn’t remember anything about it. Although how much that has to do with the comic verses the circumstances I read it under (it was 1 am and I’d been awake since 5 am) is was unclear to me, so I read it again the next day and enjoyed it a lot more the second time through.

Scrimshaw #1 opens a tale that has so many elements that so many people should enjoy; in a post apocalyptic setting there’s a samurai (a blond haired European one) who may or may not be some kind of pirate… yeah, it’s crazy, but the comic stays on just the right side of crazy to make it worth reading – but be aware you will probably need to read it a couple of times (or really pay attention the first time). The story has promise, although it feels a little familiar if you’ve read or watched a lot of post-apocalyptic stories.

Unfortunately the art doesn’t translate as well to the newsprint paper as some of the other comics Alterna has put out, as the colours are just a touch muddled. It’s not enough to hamper your enjoyment of the comic, and it is still fairly easy to  read.

Honestly, this wasn’t my favourite of Alterna’s newsprint comics. It was good, and I did quite enjoy it, but it didn’t grab me the same way as other comics in the newsprint line – though that should be taken more as a compliment to the overall quality of the newsprint product than a knock on this issue. At the end of the day, this is a solid buy for $1.50, and one that I highly recommend you checking out for at least an issue or two.

Story: Eric Borden Artist: Dave Mims Letterer: Spike O’Laochdha
Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy 

Underrated: Alterna’s Newsprint Comics

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Alterna’s Newsprint Comics

Today I wanted to take another look at Alterna’s newsprint movement. If you’re unaware, and judging by the sales numbers* over the past few months a few of you may not be, so allow me to catch you up (very) quickly. Alterna have been releasing comics on newsprint paper, the stuff that all the old comics were released on up until around the mid to late 90’s. By printing some of their comics(all miniseries, I believe) on newsprint, Alterna have been able to drastically reduce their cover price to between $1 and $2, which means that in some cases you can buy the entire miniseries for the price of a single Marvel comic.

Alterna’s newsprint movement is one I am all for and have purchased each and every one of those comics, without question, as they’ve come out because I love the feel of the newsprint when I’m reading the comics. As some of the comics are reprints, doing this has introduced me to stories that in some cases I missed when they first came out. I don’t know which are reprints because I haven’t sought out too much information about these comics prior to buying them because I just want to enjoy reading them for reading’s sake.


So, in alphabetical order, shall we have a quick chat about these comics – or at least the ones that have been released on newsprint as of this writing?

Adam Wreck Price $1.50 Micheal Bracco’s story about a boy who grew up in the stars is a delight to read. The artwork has a simple colour scheme that’s deceptive in its beauty, and his use of perspective is fantastic. If you can find this innocent gem, then I highly recommend you do so.

Amazing Age Price $1.50 The first of the newsprint titles that I read, Matthew D. Smith and Jeremy Massie’s comic about a teenager pulled into the old comics he used to create is fantastic. The golden age imitation art is wonderful, and almost feels like it came from the Batman: The Animated Series school (but with much less darkness), but the undercurrent throughout the comic – of how life moves on faster than we’d like – is a powerfully simple one. I’d have paid twice the price for this and it would still have been a bargain.

Croak Price $1.50 Confession time: I didn’t know this was a horror comic when I picked it up, not that that would have stopped me from doing so at this price, so when I sat down to read it I felt like a kid again not knowing what was around the corner. Written by Cody Andrew Sousa with art by Francesco Iaquainta and colours by Chris O’Halloran, Croak is a moody, atmospheric tale reminiscent of all the best campfire horror you remember as a kid.

Lilith Dark Price $1.50 Charles C. Dowd has crafted this amazing fantasy story that will transport you places you forgot you ever visited. A fun, charming, and innocent tale about a young girl with an active imagination, Lilith Dark is the kind of comic you want to relax with.

Mother Russia Price $1.50 The WWII/Zombie comic by Jeff McComesy pits a Russian sniper against two million zombies for the sake of a child. It’s a good, fun comic in the vein of a great zombie story, and honestly the one I expected the least from – so it was a pleasant surprise when I realized how much I enjoyed it.

Scrimshaw Price $1.50 A post apocalyptic tale with all the elements from various fantasy and action movies that you probably love, Eric Borden and Dave Mims Scrimshaw is possibly the comic that I enjoyed the least on this list. That’s not to say it’s bad… just that I enjoyed the others more. There is a full review coming this weekend of the comic so you’ll read more about it there. Still, for the price I paid for it, it was well worth it.

The Chair | Price $1 Perhaps one of the comics I was most surprised about. I honestly only picked this up because of the price tag and utterly fell in love with Peter Simeti and Kevin Christensen’s horror story about a man facing death row for a crime he didn’t commit. The harsh artwork on the black paper works so incredibly resonant that you feel dirty just holding the comic that is, apparently, a ten year old story (I found this out after raving about it on Twitter, to which Peter Simeti replied that he was happy a ten year old story still held up).

Tresspaser | Price $1.50 Written by Justin Ryan with art by Kristian Rossi, Tresspasser is a story about a very hungry family who are visited by an alien. It’s an oddly touching, emotionally brutal tale about a man who just wants to protect his family no matter the cost, and the first issue is almost a complete story in and of itself. This comic took me by surprise in many ways, and I loved every second of it.

These comics are all currently on their first issue, and because they’re published bi-monthly then you can still easily check them out – if you can find them. Anything that publishers do to lower the cost of comics is something I will (probably) always be behind.

*even though the comics aren’t selling in huge numbers, they are still selling out of the relatively small print run.

There we have it. Are there other comic book related stuff out there that is, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?


Because of that, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is. In the meantime, though, if you do get a chance check out the characters in thisUnderrated, then you may need to hunt through the back issue bins for some, but others do have some stories collected in trades.

Until next time!

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