Big Gems from the Small Press For July 2016

What’s Up CHU? Still shaking the ring rust off tfrom my trip to the beautiful Dominican Republic and playing the darn addictive Pokémon Go, sorry for the delay of this edition. We’ve got some pretty interesting books this month, so without further ado, let’s get it poppin. If you want to preorder these books from your local LCS cutoff date is July 26th.
Red Dog
Manufacturer/Publisher: 451 Media Group (Release Date: 9/21/2016)
(W) Rob Cohen, Andi Ewington (A) Robert Atkins (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Some say there’s no greater love in the universe than the love a boy has for his dog. For Kyle, the only kid living amongst 200 grownups on a distant mining colony light-years away from Earth, that saying is a given. Welcome to Kirawan, a planet that Kyle calls, ‘the worst place you could ever imagine.’ Kyle stumbles through his days doing his chores hoping to live up to the steep demands of his father, the head of the planet’s mining operation. Still, it’s not all bad, there’s Q, Kyle’s robotic K-9, basically the greatest pet in the known universe. However, during an upload of resources bound for earth, the alien natives of Kirawan launch a full scale attack on the human miners. Welcome to the world of Red Dog, the new groundbreaking adventure series from the screenwriter of Fast and the Furious and XXX.
Item #: 1560437 • Diamond code: JUL161640 • UPC: 68545012648900111
Why I like it: Andi Ewington, I loved his work on Six and Sunflower, I think he, as a writer, has a very bright future in this business. I look forward to reading this one
THIN #1 (OF 3)
Manufacturer/Publisher: American Gothic Press (Release Date: 9/7/2016)
(W/A/CA) Jon Clark
Winner of the Famous Monsters Silver Scream Fest Award for Best Graphic Novel! Jon Clark’s Thin is the visceral and utterly disturbing story of a woman mired in obsession and guilt who desperately tries for a miracle cure, only to uncover a deadly horror. The ordinary world of dieting goes to very dark places in this special oversized first issue.
Item #: 1560496 • Diamond code: JUL161194 • UPC: 75420776660200111
Why I like it: As you guys know by now I love a new and different idea. This is one of three fantastic ideas in this month’s edition. I love the concept. Jon Clark not only wrote the book but also did the art. I have seen some preview pages and this one looks dark and gritty. Keep an eye on this one.
Manufacturer/Publisher: After-Shock Comics (Release Date: 9/7/2016)
(W) Paul Jenkins (A) Leila Leiz (CA) Brian Stelfreeze
From a diverse team of creators composed of differing genders, gender identities, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations comes a groundbreaking new series featuring the world’s first transgender superhero! As the world struggles to accept the emergence of a new kind of mutant species known as alterations, or ‘Alters,’ a young woman begins her transition from male to female only to find herself also transitioning into a powerful Alter. Faced with persecution by the multi-powered fascist known only as Matter Man, she will face the world as Chalice–a hero for a new age. But as Chalice navigates the path to becoming her true self, she must juggle the complications of her civilian life and the responsibilities of her newfound power. This groundbreaking series–years in the making–begins the saga of a young woman who can only really be herself…whenever she is not herself.
Item #: 1560141 • Diamond code: JUL161167 • UPC: 66257827207600111
Why I like it : Diversity in comics with an interesting premise. The world’s 1st Transgender superhero. Another “in a world that fears and hates them” story.
Manufacturer/Publisher: Black Mask Comics (Release Date: 9/28/2016)
(W) Kwanza Osajyefo (A) Jamal Igle (CA) Khary Randolph, Ashley A. Woods
IT’S HERE! The comic that blazed through Kickstarter during Black History Month 2016. In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers. After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.
WHY I LIKE IT: I was following this since the kickstarter was 1st announced, I was so glad Black Mask had picked this up. This book will spark debates, some people will love it, some will hate it . The way the world is going right I think this book is right on time. There is also a variant from my homie Ashley Woods to be on the lookout for as well
The Forevers
Manufacturer/Publisher: Black Mask Comics (Release Date: 9/28/2016)
Writer: Curt Pires • Artist: Eric Pfeiffer
(W) Curt Pires (A) Eric Pfeiffer (CA) Eric Pfeiffer, Ramon Villalobos
Live fast. Live forever. Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. Years later though, the ‘glow’ is fading. But when one of them dies, and they feel a surge of magic rise amongst them, they soon realize that they all share in the power of the glow. And when a member of the group decides to kill the rest and claim the glow for their own, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives. As they search for the killer’s identity, each of The Forevers must face the macabre reality of the lengths to which some people will go to be adored, and to make certain that the spotlight never fades…
Item #: 1560495 • Diamond code: JUL161310 • UPC: 045778025374
Why I like it : Murder mystery and a plot that reminds me of that movie the Craft ..I will read.
street fighter swinsuit
Manufacturer/Publisher: UDON Entertainment (Release Date: 9/7/2016)
(W) Udon Studios (A) Various (CA) Ecchi Star
The lovely ladies of Street Fighter take a break from fist fights and tournaments to hit up the world’s hottest beaches, pools and volleyball courts! Everyone from Chun-li to Laura to Juri shows off their favorite swimwear in this one-shot pin-up special!
Item #: 1560482 • Diamond code: JUL162012 • UPC: 85534800106200111
Why I like it :Street Fighter Female Covers do extremely well in the aftermarket, may be worth getting
trump s hilliary
Manufacturer/Publisher: Antarctic Press (Release Date: 9/28/2016)
Writer/Artist: Joe Wight
(W/A) Joe Wight
It’s an all-out assault for this election year! One side vows it can make America great again, but building a wall from toupees to keep out the riffraff may not be the solution. The other claims they fight for America, but seems too busy fighting off scandals for emails and wayward husbands. Now we give you the chance to make what you want from this conflict. Choose your side…and color it in!
Item #: 1560503 • Diamond code: JUL161226 • UPC: 61072120030800111
Why I like it: I seen 2 covers …If it’s the Wolverine 181 cover swipe then yes. If it’s the other cover then meh lol

20 thoughts on “Big Gems from the Small Press For July 2016”

  1. Great list!
    Red Dog has a seriously bad-ass cover also by Tom Velez. Looking forward to it and others. Black will be well received too.

  2. Does any one know if Black Mask is ever going to continue writing books pass issue 5? It’s just frustrating finding a good book from them and they don’t ever go pass issue 5 and then they announce a new series. I am still waiting to see if transference #3 is ever going to be made.

  3. Great list! All books I had ordered except street fighter and trump. Might look into street fighter as a flip book.
    This in my favorite column every month, keep it up!!

  4. Of all the video-game genres I absolutely suck at 99% of fighting games. That said, I’ve enjoyed Street Fighter before. That ALSO said, I can’t recall the games having much of a plot to make comics out of, so I wonder how the comics tell much of story? I suppose that makes a swimsuit issue work well as then it is just ALL visuals and no story to muddy-up everyone looking sexy.
    Oh, and for those wondering, the 1% of fighting games I don’t suck at? Any of the, “Super Smash Brothers,” games. Those are my jam.

        1. Online move lists have always been my friends. I have always stuck with Subzero and Scorpion except with the addition of Baraka. (Love that guy) For MK10 I have also thrown in Jason and Keatherface.
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  5. Mortal Kombat has also been my game. Scorpion on the first 2 games used to be my favorite guy. Then when #4 came out for the N64, Raider was my main guy on that one. When I was younger, I used to throw the control and the T.V every time I lost a match ha ha ha ha ha ha. Now thinking about it makes me laugh but I remember when I was so mad I lost the fight. Good old days lol.

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