Agent Poyo’s Upcoming Indie Outlook

Independent books are the best books where writers and artists can be creative with such work. They can express themselves as artists to bring us great stories and great artwork without the evil corporate overlords in control. Now agentpoyo wants to bring forth what he is looking forward to on the independent and small publisher in the upcoming months. There’s different types of speculating. One side of it consists of determining if a book will have high demand and could lead to easy secondary market flips. The other side I like to focus on is just great potential reads and books.

This outlook will mostly be the latter.. but of course, we can all benefit from future books hitting it big so we can all turn our profits into more comic books because let’s get real, most of us have an addiction when we flip comic books, all the profit just goes back into buying more comics.

So what am I looking forward to, keep on reading….

Space Riders Galaxy of Brutality is on such list. The first installment was awesome, probably my favorite Black Mask title to date. With it’s cosmic psychedelic type artwork with good silly ass kicking sci-fi story telling, you can’t go wrong with this book. I’m not a fan of recent Black Mask tactics and delays of books but hopefully this one stays consistent. Like the first series,

“An ancient evil is gathering power throughout the cosmos, and it falls upon the legendary SPACE RIDERS to kick its a**! Having disbanded, the crew of CAPTAIN PELIGRO, MONO, and YARA must reunite for what may be their final ride! The cult comic that electrified comic readers in the brain RETURNS to blast your fragile human psyche into oblivion!!”

Written by Fabian Rangel and artwork by Alexis Ziritt, this has a scheduled release date of March 29th, 2017.

Hey look, another book by Fabian Rangel. Namwolf is on my list of upcoming books. Brought to us by Eric Powell’s Albatross publishing. I just want to say, first of all, I love ‘Nam stories and even movies. Mix in some werewolves and yeah, you got yourself a fun read. With Hillbilly’s recent success with the backing power of Powell, we can only hope more quality books are in the works for Albatross and this one makes the grade as well.

There will be two covers for this book. The regular cover and then a special “heavy stock format” cover with artwork by Eric Powell, apparently not to be reprinted.


Powell Variant

“When scrawny Marty Spencer is drafted into the Vietnam War, he finds himself smack dab in the middle of the heart of darkness. But Marty has a secret. A secret even from himself. And Vietnam is a hell of a place to find out you’re a werewolf.”

Written by Fabian Rangel and artwork by Logan Faerber, this has a scheduled release date of April 19th, 2017.

With almost a Terminator + Bloodshot type feel to it’s description but without the time traveling involved, Failsafe from Vault Comics is the story about John Ravane who executes the last nanotech super soldier. Fast forward 10 years when they thought none of these soldiers exist, sleeper agents are scattered throughout the country are somehow activated. Now John must face a government that cannot be trusted and the very soldiers he attempted to end 10 years prior.

Written by F. j. Desanto and art by Federico Dallocchio, this has a scheduled release date of April 19th, 2017.

What do you get when you mix a nerdy data entry specialist that is discovering her sexuality along with a thirst for blood? Slasher from Alternative Comics, written and drawn by Charles Forsman. Christine (the nerdy data entry specialist) goes on to meet a wheel bound nerd with similar interests. Perhaps with that type of description, we should call this Slashers but we’ll have to just read to find out.

Written and drawn by Charles Forsman, this has a scheduled release date of April 26th, 2017

Last but not least, one I’m really looking forward to since the Writer and Artist has rarely let me down is Royal City, by Jeff Lemire. This is a new ongoing series by Lemire that covers a troubled family spanned across several decades.

From the description, “ROYAL CITY charts the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades. Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up, is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother, and his brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago. < ROYAL CITY is a return to the literary and thematic territory of LEMIRE’s breakthrough graphic novel Essex County and is his most ambitious, and most personal, project to date.”

Lemire always knocks it out of the ballpark with his creative writing and his unique artwork, a style only he can get away with that he can call his own.

Expect this new series to hit shelves on March 22nd, 2017 by Image Comics.

Have no need to fear.. Underdog is here!!

I end this indie outlook with a book I’m going to buy solely for the cover. I grew up loving this character as a kid so I’ll probably read as well but I just want to point out this classic cover and homage has adorned so many other books but yet, it never gets old. I give you, Underdog #1 Classic Homage Galvan Cover.

Like always, talk by leaving comments. Bash me, bash my comics picks.. it’s all good!

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12 Responses to Agent Poyo’s Upcoming Indie Outlook

  1. Paul Cooke says:

    Namwolf has all the ingredients to be a howling success. Thanks for the advance heads up on these AP 🙂

    • Andrew Cantrell says:

      I agree. Namwolf is my top pic. Kind of reminds me of Dog Soldiers, which is probably one of the best werewolf movies to come out in a while.

  2. Louie says:

    Slasher sounds cool, will pick up first issue just to check it out

  3. David Bitterbaum says:

    I quite liked, “TEOTFW,” by Forsman (Google it for the full swear-filled title), and have loved his, “Revenger,” stuff. Therefore, this, “Slasher,” book is one I most definitely need to pick-up. “Failsafe,” and, “Namwolf,” sound like they are worth a read as well!

    • agentpoyo says:

      Yeah, I never read TEOTFW but was gonna check it out and some of his other work after I was spec’ing on this new book of his.

  4. Barry W says:

    Looking forward to Royal City, since I have been back into collecting I have fallen in love with Lemire’s art, especially on After Death.

  5. JayClue says:

    Slasher and Namwolf look good. The premise for Lemires book looks interesting. I’m not a fan of Lemires art however. These indie early specs is one of my favourite articles here on CHU.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I’m going to try and do this Indie outlook once a month starting with this article, as long as people enjoy them.

      • David Bitterbaum says:

        I’ll put my vote in as someone who enjoys these segments and would like you to keep doing them!

  6. A. King says:

    Namwolf and Space Raiders are definitely going on my list.

  7. D. Bulai says:

    I’m all about the indies and I love Werewolf stories, I will certainly pick up Namwolf! Thanks for the heads up…great article.

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