New Graphic Novels, Comic Books for You – 12/30/09

Never read a graphic novel before? Haven’t read a comic book in years?

Here’s some brand new stuff that came out the week of December 30 that I think is worth a look-see for someone with little to no history with comics. That means you should be able to pick any of these up cold without having read anything else. So take a look and see if something doesn’t grab your fancy. If so, follow the publisher links or links to buy yourself a copy. Or, head to your local friendly comic book shop.

Note: For the week of December 30, the primary distributor for comic books took the week off. However, there are a few smaller distributors, so I’ll take a look at a trio of releases from Alterna Comics.

Disclaimer: For the most part, I have not read these yet, so I can’t vouch for their quality. But, from what I’ve heard and seen, odds are good they just might appeal to you.

Adam Wreck and the Kalosian Space Pirates – $9.99
By Michael S. Bracco
88 pages; published by Alterna Comics; available at

Adam Wreck is trapped in the deep cosmos of space…with his parents!!!
For two years Adam has traveled through the universe with his genius parents – on a ship they invented called EARTH 1. This may sound like every kid’s wildest dream, but what fun is being the first kid in space if there’s nothing cool to see like comets, planets, or giant cyborg space aliens? Well, life for Adam is about to take an exciting turn when his family’s ship is attacked and his parents are taken captive! Shipwrecked on a strange planet filled with even stranger alien creatures, Adam must find a way to save his parents from the diabolical and dastardly, Kalosian Space Pirates!
Cool coloring, too. The whole thing is black and white with orange. There’s a 6-page preview at the publisher link above.

Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner – $11.99
By Bret M. Herholz
128 pages; published by Alterna Comics; available at

A young woman named Alice Faulkner is in possession of documents that could cause a devastating royal scandal. Unfortunately, she has fallen into the hands of a pair of unscrupulous people who wish to use her possessions for their own ill benefit. So it is up to England’s most famous consulting detective along with the help of his trusted friend, Doctor Watson, to rescue this unfortunate young woman and avert the impending scandal. But unbeknownst to Holmes and Watson, someone else has also taken an interest in this case. Someone who could be Sherlock Holmes’ most deadly adversary yet.

Great Edward Gorey style art but with his own flare and sensibility. Previews at the publisher link above.

The Unlikely Trio: The Last Barn on the Left – $3.95
By Scott West & Callie West
32 pages; published by Alterna Comics; available at

A story of three unlikely friends, Lil’Bit the mouse, Mrs. Butters the cat, and Abby the Collie dog that join together to brave the last barn on the left in their small town. The only problem is that a scary monster is said to lurk in the shadows of the barn!  Printed in black and white (so kids can be the colorist!) and featuring fun activities in the back of the book, The Unlikely Trio will be sure to entertain even after you’re done reading!

This looks very cute. And I love that they published it in black and white so kids can color it themselves.

Besides that, there was a very cool movement among independent comic creators that turned into Indy Comic Book Week. The week of December 30, a collection of creators self-released their comics direct to comic shops. A whole slew of comics were released that are worth checking out. Check out the recommendation list by the excellent blog Robot 6Carnivale DeRobotique, Ex Occultus: The Badge of Langavat, God of Rock: A Seventy-Two-Hour Comic, Green Monk, Invisible Sam, The Unremarkable Man, Life (With Friends) #1, One Night Stand, Senryu, and So Buttons. It was great to see this mini-movement come together. I hope it becomes an annual event, regardless of a distributor blackout.

And, as they mention, there’s also the newest issue of the online MySpace Dark Horse Presents.

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