In space, far beyond the galaxy that we Earthlings know and love, lives the Outer Darkness. John Layman fans have chewed on the new sci-fi series since 2018, and this may be the start of his most fulfilling story yet. The self-proclaimed science fiction geek, best known for the Eisner Award-winning series, Chew, has been working full-time on his new passion project with artist Afu Chan. The new series is imaginative and unique in all the best ways, but still die-hard fans of the Chew series have pondered if we'd see Tony, Colby, and Poyo ever again. Not since issue #60 has the courageous Cibopath and his adventures graced the Image Comics catalog. Until now. Outer Darkness / Chew is the crossover event that comic book fans never knew they wanted but deserve more than ever.
There is a real shortage of Victorian gothic-style comics, so color me thrilled that Image has a brand new one hitting the stands this week. The first issue of Mercy is full of gorgeous art, strong female characters, and is a titillating setup for what feels like a new Image must read.
The following is an interview with comic book creator Mark Russell regarding the upcoming release of the comic book series, Billionaire Island, from AHOY Comics, as well as the upcoming trade paperback release of the Second Coming series. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Russell about the inspiration behind Billionaire Island, his shared creative process with artist Steve Pugh, the impact that the story may have with readers, and more!
I remember when the original paperback edition of ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End of Times came out around six years ago. I was, at the time, in my local comic book shop weekly, always on the hunt for something new and different, when it's bright lime green cover caught my eye. I was so drawn to it that I picked it up immediately.
WYRD is a crime noir-style story of a previous super-soldier who can’t remember his past and heals incredibly fast. Think Captain America and Wolverine but with serious depression. Because Wyrd has a certain set of skills, he is called upon by a mysterious CIA-type organization to clean up and take care of the messes no one else can, often involving other super-powered or strange humans.
What would it be like to step into a hard-boiled Dali painting? That’s the question that King of Nowhere asks. That’s the situation that Denis, our dreamer, finds himself in.
After the explosive finale of BOOM!’s Hellmouth Event, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13 takes a rather surprising pivot, turning back the clock to before Kendra’s Calling. Yep, Buffy #13 is a slice-of-life issue, focusing on Kendra just before she turned up in Sunnydale.
B.A.E. Wulf: The Shadow Over Innsmarch is a new, long-form comic book that will release on March 2 from independent publisher Markosia Publishing. A mashup of an Old English epic poem about the hero Beowulf and H.P. Lovecraft stories, this is a modern-day tale about a disgraced journalist who - while investigating a series of crimes - learns that an island has been the locale for mysterious (occult) deaths. The journalist seeks answers in an old journal of a townsperson from a hundred years prior and finds that the events recorded decades earlier are eerily otherworldly and similar to what she witnesses during her investigation.
Tomorrow deals with a premise I’ve seen tackled a few times recently, where a super virus within a computer begins to affect those in the real world with a weird strain of illness. It’s a potent allegory to take on: how technology and the endless landscapes of social media affect who we are as people. Peter Milligan’s take on the premise differs in two very different ways.
The third and final issue of Moon Maid: Catacombs of the Moon sees Nah-Ee-Lah finally reaching the surface of Vah-nah (the interior of Earth’s Moon) and encountering a friendly tribe of primate-like beings called the Aa-Gas. The Aa-Gas listen to Nah-Ee-Lah’s plight against the nefarious Kalkars, savage human barbarians. The Kalkars continue to torture Nah-Ee-Lah’s protector, Pal-Dan, in the hopes of learning of her whereabouts in order for them to conquer her hidden kingdom of Laythe. The Aa-Gas agree to help Nah-Ee-Lah, and, together, they assault the Kalkars, hoping to vanquish them once and for all.