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The Best Indie Comic You're Not Reading

Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
I think one of the hallmarks for comics in the last forty years is the growth and development of the independents, and ever since books like Star*Reach I've been stuck on the idea that a lot of the innovation and vitality in the industry has its roots in these smaller comics that develop outside the corporate factory settings of the Big Two, and even outside important second-stringers like Dark Horse, Image, and IDW. If somebody had asked me last year what the best indie books no one was reading was, I'd have pointed to Brandon Graham's Multiple Warheads and James Stokoe's Godzilla: Half-Century War, but if since both those runs are done (and we're waiting for Graham's next series and Stokoe to come back to Orc Stain), my current pick would be Über by Kieron Gillen and perrenial goodness Usagi Yojimbo from Stan Sakai. I'd have included Saga and Prophet, but everybody appears to be reading those, so jolly good and carry on.

But, I'm interested in y'all's opinion. What is the Best Indie Comic that you think not enough people are reading?

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    More Than Meets the Eye.

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    AtomicTofuAtomicTofu She's a straight-up supervillain, yo Registered User regular
    I don't hear a lot of people talking about Nowhere Men (although that may be due to the fact it hasn't had a new issue in a few months...), but it's fantastic.

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    PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    I think one of the hallmarks for comics in the last forty years is the growth and development of the independents, and ever since books like Star*Reach I've been stuck on the idea that a lot of the innovation and vitality in the industry has its roots in these smaller comics that develop outside the corporate factory settings of the Big Two, and even outside important second-stringers like Dark Horse, Image, and IDW. If somebody had asked me last year what the best indie books no one was reading was, I'd have pointed to Brandon Graham's Multiple Warheads and James Stokoe's Godzilla: Half-Century War, but if since both those runs are done (and we're waiting for Graham's next series and Stokoe to come back to Orc Stain), my current pick would be Über by Kieron Gillen and perrenial goodness Usagi Yojimbo from Stan Sakai. I'd have included Saga and Prophet, but everybody appears to be reading those, so jolly good and carry on.

    But, I'm interested in y'all's opinion. What is the Best Indie Comic that you think not enough people are reading?

    Prophet and Orc Stain are a must, but it does seem like they are everyone's favorite comic that no one is reading. I want to like Uber, but I am going to let a few issues build up to see if repetition can build up my tolerance for Avatar's house art style.

    Some others I've liked:

    Rachel Rising - solid horror from the always worthwhile Terry Moore. Girl comes back from being murdered, hijinks ensue.
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    Clive Barker's Next Testament - Barker's not exactly an unknown name, but his brand isn't exactly a sign of surefire quality when it comes to comics. This book, three issues in, is turning into a uniquely creepy large-scale apocalyptic horror. The setup is that a millionaire manages to dig up the god of the Old Testament, much to everyone's regret.
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    Helheim - Brawny Viking is in love with mysterious young woman in his village. He dies protecting her. She turns out to be a witch, and now he's her murder zombie in a war with a neighboring village's witch. Except, he's got free will and doesn't want to follow either woman's plans.
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    jkylefultonjkylefulton Squid...or Kid? NNID - majpellRegistered User regular
    AtomicTofu wrote: »
    I don't hear a lot of people talking about Nowhere Men (although that may be due to the fact it hasn't had a new issue in a few months...), but it's fantastic.

    I'd lump Nowhere Men in with Danger Club - terrific books when they come out, but that's not very often. :(

    Byrne's IDW books (Trio, Cold War, The High Ways, Doomsday.1) have been really fun.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    I'll vote for Solid State Tank Girl and does The Massive count?

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    Man of the WavesMan of the Waves Registered User regular
    Think Tank. More people should definitely be reading this.

    All of Valiant's titles have been great and they definitely have something for everyone.

    I'll also second Hellheim. It's really good.


    Saga is the reigning king of indie comics right now and arguably the best comic period.

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    ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
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    Atomic. Robo.

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    PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
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    Atomic. Robo.

    Yes.
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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    Atomic Robo is Clevinger earning forgiveness for all of his many sins.

    I think Dark Horse and Image titles still count as indies. Granted they're long-established companies, but they still take chances and put out stuff outside of the typical superhero milieu.

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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Seconding Atomic Robo

    also , Locke and Key is the best thing ever

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    algeyaalgeya Registered User regular
    atomic robot agreed, I would put also SAGA on the table.

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    UltimateInfernoUltimateInferno Registered User regular
    EVERYONE reads Saga though

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    algeyaalgeya Registered User regular
    EVERYONE reads Saga though
    I just discoved it , May I use Im from Mexico and no way besides comixology or a 6 hour road trip to capital city to get it at the only american comic book store in the country.

    adventure time and bravest warriors count?


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    PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
    algeya wrote: »
    EVERYONE reads Saga though
    I just discoved it , May I use Im from Mexico and no way besides comixology or a 6 hour road trip to capital city to get it at the only american comic book store in the country.

    adventure time and bravest warriors count?


    Adventure Time is very good. KaBoom does good work. I'm also really fond of HeroBear and the Kid.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    Oh also Ant Comic by DeForge. It's online. You have no excuse!

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    Man of the WavesMan of the Waves Registered User regular
    Mind MGMT is another really good comic.

    Matt Kindt is doing a few somewhat self-contained stories starting with the current issues so now would be a great jumping on point to see if you'd like the book.

    (You will totally like the book.)

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    UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular

    yes yes yes

    DeConnick and Rios work so dang well together. Like, given time they're headed for Fraction/Aja and Gillen/McKelvie levels of creative chemistry.

    and Jordie Bellaire is a fantastic colorer.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    This is now the new Indie Comic thread because I can't find the other one. UBER you are fukig incredible. It's just so god damn epic and brutal.

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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    I was really surprised by the end of Uber 4. It wasn't what I was expecting, and that's a good thing.

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    MunchMunch Registered User regular
    Here's your regular reminder that Prophet is great. Next issue is a spotlight about Diehard, the immortal android, with art by numerous contributors.

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    True story, I'd been thinking about doing a kind of Dark Knight Returns fancomic, with the aged cast of Youngblood.

    Brandon Graham n' Friends just did it in a page, and better than I would have.

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    FakefauxFakefaux Cóiste Bodhar Driving John McCain to meet some Iraqis who'd very much like to make his acquaintanceRegistered User regular
    I'd like to add the Ghostbusters comic IDW is currently putting out. That thing is fantastic.

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    LegbaLegba He did. Registered User regular
    I' really enjoying Lazarus.
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    ShadowhopeShadowhope Baa. Registered User regular
    Lazarus is awesome.

    Since it hasn't been mentioned yet, Bandette is clearly the Indy comic that no one is reading but which should be read.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2013
    Prophet looks so damn amazing
    True story, I'd been thinking about doing a kind of Dark Knight Returns fancomic, with the aged cast of Youngblood.

    Brandon Graham n' Friends just did it in a page, and better than I would have.
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    could you elaborate on this please? I'm not getting something. I think that is a new generation of Youngblood, but I didn't read Image comics back in the day, and Diehard and Badrock are looking for something else to do with their lives.

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    MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    Prophet looks so damn amazing

    could you elaborate on this please? I'm not getting something. I think that is a new generation of Youngblood, but I didn't read Image comics back in the day, and Diehard and Badrock are looking for something else to do with their lives.

    Nope, you've got it. Throughout Prophet, we've seen Diehard and Badrock; the former was in pieces strewn across the galaxy, before being put back together, and the latter continued to grow until he was the size of a small planetoid, sleeping and floating through space. And both fought at Prophet's side, prior to those events.

    This is a flashback to what would seem to be Diehard's last days on Earth, as Shaft (Jeff), longtime leader of Youngblood tries to recapture his past with a new team of superheroes.

    Oh, and the row of panels along the top, shows the deaths of former Youngblood members.

    A big theme throughout the book has been Diehard's journey to reclaim his humanity, and this issue looks to show him at a time, when he wasn't so mechanical.

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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    If you like Prophet, you might also like to check out Old City Blues by Giannis Milonogiannis. It's brilliant and old-school, like Ghost in the Shell transplanted to Athens.

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    MunchMunch Registered User regular
    Yeah, I love Old City Blues. Specifically, the 80's anime vibe I catch off it.

    And the little hardcover Archaia released for it, has an awesome presentation.

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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    Archaia does good work in general. I really like their Secret History.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    I was reading Multiple Warheads and I have to say I really prefer Brandon Graeme when he has to work within the confines of the Prophet universe. Those confines are pretty loose but I enjoy the sci-fi conan thing far more than the MWH world. MWH just felt kind of fright and self indulgent.

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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    He loves his puns. Did you read the first Multiple Warheads, or just the most recent mini-series?

    Both Prophet and Brandon Graham's individual work (Universe So Big, King City, Multiple Warheads, etc.) are a lot about exploring these weird, old universes that have grown so very strange and complicated over untold periods of time, and that can be a bit self-indulgent because these are hip slacker people in sci-fi futures full of magic and whatnot, but I love the little details he puts in to every page. What makes Prophet exciting is that BG has been able to redefine and rework the old Image staples - you're in the middle of a gritty space opera talking about one old man's war against a rebirthed interstellar empire, and then you come across the shattered remains of Supreme powering a post-organic feminine collective. It's brilliant.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    Yeah it's awesome. I absolutely love his reinterpretations of the Liefield characters. I haven't read the older Multiple Warhead books. I understand it started off as porn haha.

    His word plays are usually one things that kinda get on my nerves. That's a good example of why I prefer Prophet. You've got your Long Johns and Iron Johns but they aren't made out of pajamas or strong proponents of men's rights. He gets to go wild with all of the names that people are given due to their achievements; like Greenknife, The Traitor of te Wolf Rayet Star and my favourite The Unkillable Knife. But all of those names just ad a certain richness to the setting.

    Also did anyone pick up on the pun Friend of the Scale. He's come to balance the scales but he was also quite literally a friend of The Scale.

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    MunchMunch Registered User regular
    Did you ever read King City, Amigu?

    I think it's a bit more grounded in emotion and character development, than Alphabet to Infinity. But it also leans into the puns and wordplay, which I admittedly love.

    I will say, I think Alphabet to Infinity benefits from reading the previous Multiple Warheads stories. AtI is pretty light on the character development; Nikolai and Sexica's relationship is mostly taken for granted, and Blue Nura's actions basically speak for her.

    So, seeing Nik and Sex's interactions in the previous Multiple Warhead stories, really makes them feel like much richer characters, in AtI.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    I haven't had a chance to pick up King City. I will eventually o back and read te older MWH stuff eventually too.

    The funny things is despite my whinging, I still thought Alphabet to Infinity was great I'm just obsessed with Prophet righ now!

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    LegbaLegba He did. Registered User regular
    I just started reading Clone, from Image, and guys, it is really good. Someone told me that it has a twist practically in every other page and I figured that was a bunch of hyperbole, but I'm up to issue 5 now and it's absolutely true. Check it out.

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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    Speaking of recent releases, I'm kind of digging Buzzkill (1 of a 4-issue limited series) from Dark Horse and there's a little shop called Amigo Comics that's joined Comixology recently and has something called The Westwood Witches which is clicking a lot of the right buttons in a "Conjure Wife"/reverse-"Stepford Wives"/Stephen King kinda way - and I don't even like SK.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    I finally read the first trade of Prophet. It was amazing. I look forward to reading the second trade as soon I can buy it.

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    Bobby DerieBobby Derie Registered User regular
    I had a good feeling about this one, but it's now official: Rat Queens is awesome.

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    Image's Hoax Hunters is worth checking out if you like horror.

    I like all of Valiant's stuff. Shadowman being a personal fav.

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    AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    I'm reading ollllld Tank Girl right now. It's pretty damn cool. The writing is so infantile but so damn funny. Tank Girl is such a knuckle head too. Every so often it suddenly just breaks through with tese awesome little character moments though and you're like "Wha? Where did that come from?"

    Also Rat Queens didn't ship o my store this week -_-

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