The XII #1 of 5https://buff.ly/2CVEcNj is a 40-page, full color, apocalyptic survival comic created and written by Patrick Trahey with art by Luis Suarez and lettering by Magnus. Published by Alterna Comics.
An extended family struggling to survive face the hard reality that the resources of the land can no longer support them. To make matters worse, they also must contend with armed rivals that threaten to raid their dwindling supplies and possibly do bodily harm to members of the family. The only apparent solution is an uncertain and perilous journey across the Dead Roads!
The creative team on The XII paint a bleak picture of a parallel world where people band together in small groups for survival and compete with one another for the precious resources needed to sustain life. Then, to make things even more direr, they introduce a mysterious, faceless group of marauders known as “The Twelve” that prey on those brave or foolish enough to wander from their compounds.
The Wicked Righteous #4 of 6https://www.alternacomics.com/wickedrighteous is a 32-page, full color, apocalyptic survival comic written by Terry Mayo with art by Lucas Romero and Chris Hall, and lettering by Brandon DeStefano. Published by Alterna Comics.
Lucas and JC break away from the pack and find some alone time while Berg and Cross make their way back to The Ballpark. Meanwhile JC’s father will use any means necessary to find his daughter, and Lucas has a premonition of bad things to come!
The creative crew responsible for The Wicked Righteous continue to take readers on a high energy, action packed ride full of interesting characters and unsettling situations! The writing remains focused and easy to follow while building anticipation and delivering the unexpected. The art, lettering, and page compositions work great at maintaining the pace of the story and bringing the action to life in a colorful and polished style that’s eye-catching and inviting of closer study!
A young man led by voices returns to his hometown. Once there he sets out to explore an old dilapidated house that he and his friends had frequently visited. In the decrepit house a mysterious force takes hold of the young man forcing him to face his past…and his greatest fears!
The writing sets the stage for unexpected twists and unforeseen frights. The art cloaks the house in long shadows and fills the rooms and hallways with foreboding darkness! Together the art and story effectively lay the groundwork for an intriguing and frightening mini-series!
The Wicked Righteous #3 of 6https://www.alternacomics.com/wickedrighteous is a 25-page, standard size, full color comic created and written by Terry Mayo with pencils and ink by Lucas Romero, colors by Christopher Hall, and letters by Brandon DeStefano. Published by Alterna Comics.
Lucas and the others return to the “Ballpark” to make a deal, but the Horsemen appear on the scene and the stranger Cross takes matters into his own hands. Meanwhile a creepy kid that just might be crazy stalks comicLucas and his clan, and someone comes calling for JC!
In this futuristic, apocalyptic, religiously themed survival story a group of kids try to outwit and stay ahead of vicious scavengers and murders. Along the way they befriend some and run from others as they protect themselves and attempt to maintain what’s left of their family. The writing is a real page-turner as the story just keeps getting more and more interesting as it leads into new territory and introduces new characters and perilous situations! The art is clean and polished with plenty of attention given to details, backgrounds, compositions, and colors!
Trespasser #4 of 4https://buff.ly/2CWkge4 is a 24-page, standard size full color comic, written by Justin M. Ryan, illustrated by Kristian Rossi, and lettered by DC HoPkins. Published by Alterna Comics.
In this final installment of Trespasser a father and daughter try to survive in a world turned upside down by an alien invasion. Society has broken down and most have sought refuge elsewhere. A mysterious sickness has spread across the land and now all the dad can do is question his decisions and hope his little girl can be cured by an unlikely helper.
The storytelling and art are both topnotch in this sci-fi tale about choices, regret, and relationships! The story delivers an unexpected ending that’s satisfying in its surprise twist while also consistent with the subtler flow of the drama from the beginning. The creative on Trespasser make great use of clever and indirect storytelling methods in both the writing and rendering that make this overall series a real treat to experience!
The Chair #4 of 4https://www.alternacomics.com/thechair is a 32-page, B&W, crime/horror, mature readers, standard size comic written, inked, and lettered by Peter Simeti, with pencils by Kevin Christensen, and edited by Erin Kohut. Cover by Peter Simeti and Kevin Christensen. Published by Alterna Comics.
It’s the final issue of the jailhouse series and more questions arise as fates unfold! The end has come for the murderous Sullivan, but are things really as they seem? Has Sullivan, the imprisoned psychotic killer, really witnessed the brutal torture and deaths of his fellow prisoners, or has he simply lost touch with reality? And what’s to be made of the relationship between Sullivan and the Warden? Is there more between them than meets the eye?
The creative team behind The Chair bring the house down in this final chapter of the story! It’s all out carnage and confessions as law and chaos collide on Death Row! Peter delivers clever twists that send the story in unanticipated directions, while Kevin drives home the feeling of desolation and despair with his rough edged renderings and washes of gray!
Lilith Dark #4https://buff.ly/2zMO8fx is an all-ages, fantasy adventure, full color, 24-page, four-issue limited series written and illustrated by Charles C. Dowd. Published by Alterna Comics.
The gang is back as Lilith Dark and friends make their last stand against the beasties in this fourth and final issue of this fun filled series! Strange creatures continue their all-out assault on the Dark family members as they struggle to find a safe way out of the underground maze of twisting tunnels and tumultuous terrors! Is it all in Lilith’s overactive imagination, or has she really found a subterranean world of giant spiders, kitties, and other marauding monsters?!
Charles C. Dowd once again brings the action filled fun led by a tough little girl and her fantasy fueled world in Lilith Dark #4!
In this massive anthology a bunch of talented writers, artists, and letters combine their skills to create a polished collection of crime stories. The assortment of writers and artists deliver a range of styles and crime related subjects that are sure to please any fan of the genre! Here’s a brief look at what’s inside…
First off in Bank, by Jed McPherson (words and letters) and Chris Shehan (art), a man robs banks and stashes the money in garbage cans because he claims someone is holding his daughter, a daughter he doesn’t have!
Then in Bump In The Night Zach Bassett checks us into a hotel where a murderer is on the hunt, but his next would be victim has other plans!
In the The Chasedown, with words and art by Tyler Wentland and letters by Wes Locher, violent guys from different cultures all cross paths in a high-speed race through the streets of a big city!
Citizen Scorn, with words, story, and letters by Chas! Pangburn, with Brian Level also on story, and K.R. Whalen and Vasco Sobral on art, holds bad cops accountable in this graphically gory story!
With The Cycle by Paul Axel (words), Deanna Brigman (art), and Justin Birch (letters) a lifetime of limited options and poor decisions leads to unfortunate consequences for a kid named Anthony.
In Destiny, NY: Different This Time by Pat Shand (creator, words), Vincenzo Riccardi (art), Jim Campbell (letters), and Manuel Preitano (creator) a transplant from across the pond finds it difficult to shake a violent way of life that she’s grown accustomed to, but she tries!
Next Hugo Boylan (words), Rapha Lobosco (art), and Kerrie Smith (letters) take us into a man’s dreams in Dreamweaver!
Enforcer: Tough Luck, by Brian Funk (words), Artyom Trakhanov (art), and Thomas Mauer (letters), takes us (along with a bit of Irish luck) into the dark and seedy side of Meridian, a bustling metropolis full of gangs and their mythological gods, ghosts, and demons!
In Everyman, by Andrew M. Jackson (words and art) and Todor Hristov (letters), a wanderer brings trouble wherever his wandering takes him!
A fighter regrets the path he’s taken as the bell sounds in Friday Night Fights by Bob Frantz and Kevin Cuffe (words), Tim Switalski (art), and Shawn Greenleaf (letters and edits)!
Automation improves life for most, but for others it leads to drastic measures to prove their worth in Future (im)Perfect by Andre Mateus (words) and Luis Cavaco (art and letters)!
A fortunate accident leads to life-changing decisions in Game Day by Jon Clark (words and art) and April Brown (letters)!
In Golden Years by Mark Bertolini (words) and Carlos Angeli (art and letters) a man comes to terms with his own mortality and decides to settle a score that’s been haunting him for yours!
Massimo Rosi (words), Eduardo Mello (art), and Francesco Della Santa (letters) bring us Graveyard Ballad, a tale in which three former soldiers must pay the price for their past sins!
The Guilt by Glenn Moane (words), Adrian Bago Gonzalez (art), and Sean Rinehart (letters), eats away at one man, driving him to make things right the only way he knows how!
It’s another “Why did the chicken cross the road?” mystery in Hard-Boiled by Chas! Pangburn (words and letters) and Claire Connelly (art)!
In Helpless, by Terry Mayo (words), Chris Pongpat (art), and Micah Myers (letters), a serial killer addicted to death thinks he’s found easy prey to sink his teeth into…until the prey bites back!
Then, in The House Always Wins by Erik Whalen, a gambler finds a winning streak but pushes his luck a little too far!
Next in Identity Thrift, by Mike Garley (words), Andy W. Clift and Nathan Ashworth (art), and Michael Stock (letters), a guy that struggles to fit in finds the life and friends he’s always wanted…and he’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep it!
Everyone seems to make lists and in Last Thing on the List, by R. Thomas Favino (words and letters) and Ross Radke (art), one senior citizen gets to scratch one thing off their list!
In The Monster, by David Bishop (art and letters) and Ben Rosenthal (words), we travel back to the late 1800’s where two devious doctors are building something with human parts!
A big city detective with time on his hands decides to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances in the small town of Morrow by Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges (words), Phillip Sevy (art), and Toben Racicot (letters)!
A couple of detectives seek to explain why people are killing themselves in The Mountain by Dave Swartz (words, art, and letters), and find something much darker than they expected!
It’s time for performance reviews and there’s been a Murder on the Orient Station, by Glenn Matchett (words), Antonio Brandao (art), and Weston Design Studio (letters)! Now only the space bound sheriff can solve the crime with the aid of his A.I. sidekick, but there’s something not quite right about the sheriff’s conclusions!
No Dawn for a Pawn, by James E. Roche (words), Axur Eneas (art), and Chas! Pangburn (letters), is written and illustrated in a Dr. Seuss poetic style and tells the tale of lost love and deceit in a whimsical way!
An obsessive neighbor takes things too far in Noelle, by Cody Sousa (words), Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard (story), Dylan Andrews (art), Dezi Sienty (letters), and Nicole Airey (edits), and finds himself in the interrogation room of the local police station!
A death row inmate’s last request in The Olive, by Rob Pilkington (words) and Benjamin A. E. Filby (art), pushes one man to his limits!
In The One That Got Away, by Jerry Willoughby (words), Nenad Cvitcanin (art), Nikki Sherman (letters), and Katie Rose (edits), two brothers in crime share a little too much and learn there is no honor among thieves!
Sometimes you really should trust your first instinct and that’s the case in The Other Thoughts Jacoby Salcedo (words and art), Kiefer Hanson (letters), and Dana Lawson-Rivera (edits)!
Things aren’t what they seem in The Priest and the Parishioner, by Luis Roldan Torquemada (words and letters) and Aurelio Moreno Cabanes (art), but as true identities are revealed and bullets fly, all becomes clear!
A detective with a knack for getting confessions re-connects with a childhood acquaintance in Rebirth of the Gangster by CJ Standal (words and letters) and Juan Romera (art)!
In Roadkill, by Hannu Kesola (words) and Antti Kosonen (art and letters), a couple of bikers get their hands dirty doing the right thing!
Order is maintained in The Self-Deceiver, by Par Thorn (words) and Nicolas Krizan (art and letters), as a comics creators’ agent recalls his less than honest life in the business!
It gets hard to tell who Spartacus is in this short tale by Shaun Manning (words and letters) and Francisco Munoz and Allyson Haller (art)!
Crow Ra (words, art, and letters) gives us a flawed character with some understandable regrets in Stained Accessory!
In Stall, by Forrest C. Helvie (words), Joseba Morales (art), and Adam J. Wollet (letters), there’s something strange happening in the bathroom!
An unlucky Thief, by Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson (words), Nick Robles (art), and Taylor Esposito (letters), realizes too late that he’s stolen from the wrong guy!
And lastly in What It Takes, by Daniel Santos (words), Iacopo Calisti (art), and Toben Racicot (letters), a writer explains everything that goes into writing a crime story!
Doppelganger #1 of 4https://buff.ly/2htfXy1 is a 24-page, full color, horror-suspense comic created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart with pencils and inks by Emmanuel Xerx Javier. Published by Alterna Comics.
A middle-aged family man in a monotonous job with an irritating boss is involved in a car accident. He walks away with a mild concussion, but things only get worse. While trying to clear the cobwebs from his head he returns home only to find a much unexpected guest waiting for his return!
This is an original story that can go in so many directions it’s impossible to predict. The build-up unfolds smoothly in a believable way that provides no indication of where the story is going. The dialogue between the characters flows naturally and is just as relatable as the home and work environments are. The artwork does a magnificent job of portraying the story in a realistic setting complete with convincing background details and individual body types for the characters. Combined, the story and art make Doppelganger a uniquely entertaining comic that grabs the reader’s imagination and doesn’t let go!
Amazing Age #4 of 5https://buff.ly/2huHBKJ is a 28-page, full color, all-ages, superhero action, comic written by Matthew D. Smith, with art by Jeremy Massie, and colors by Christine Brunson. Published by Alterna Comics.
The kids find themselves in a tight spot when most of the members of S.A.V.E. are called away to respond to an emergency! With only two seasoned heroes to protect them, can the interdimensional traveling kids remain safe from a group of super villains that want to kill them and take control of their interdimensional jumping machine?! Treachery and traps await in the pages of Amazing Age #4!
The writing continues the dynamic action from previous issues as the villainous plot is revealed and the unlikely group of teenage heroes are forced to act. The characters are fleshed out more and more as the story progresses, building tension between friends and foes alike while scratching away at the façades to reveal what truly motivates each. The art continues to nicely blend realism with cartoonish fun, giving Amazing Age a very appealing Silver Age look!