Indie Comics: World Of Tomorrow

I’ve scoured 100’s of pages in the latest Previews magazine to find the books I’m most excited for in August.

Redlands #1 (Image Comics) - Writers/Artists: Jordie Bellaire, Vanesa Del Rey

Jordie Bellaire (you know, she pretty much single-handedly colored every comic book we’ve read over the past few years) joins with artist Vanesa Del Rey on Redlands. They are both sharing the writing and art credits on this one which is reason enough to be excited. I was introduced to Del Rey’s art in the noir book Hit and Cullen Bunn’s horror story The Empty Man and I feel it works really well with crime and horror which is great since Redlands is about a coven of killer witches looking to take over the town of Redlands, Florida. Yay! Another new quality horror entry to the comic book scene.

Rocket Girl #8 (Image Comics) - Writer: Brandon Montclare | Artist: Amy Reeder

Rocket Girl is back! After a pretty long hiatus DaYoung Johansson’s adventures as a teen-cop from the future caught in an alternative 1980's continues (if that's not enough to get you reading I don't know what will). Amy Reeder’s art is gorgeous and was one of the reasons I fell in love with this title in the first place. If you haven’t read this, I recommend seeking out the trade so you can catch up on this time-altering adventure.

Mech Cadet Yu #1 (BOOM! Studios) - Writer: Greg Pak | Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa

Five words: Giant. Robots. From. Outer. Space. This one seems like it will be a lot of fun. One year, giant robots came from space to look for worthy cadets on Earth, except this time one robot bonded with the wrong kid. Takeshi Miyazawa’s art looks perfect for this adventure and he and Greg Pak have worked together before and created someone you may know in Marvel lore - Amadeus Cho.

Larks Killer #1 (Devil’s Due/1First Comics) - Writer: Bill Willingham | Artist: Mark Dos Santos

The writer for the long-running Fables comics is back with this new title for Devil’s Due comics. Splicing fantasy with a bit of reality, a runaway on the streets of L.A. is transported to a even more dangerous world of dragons and magic.

Dead Of Winter #1 (Oni Press) - Writer: Kyle Starks | Artist: Gabo

I’m not going to pretend I know anything about the tabletop game that this book is based on, but I do really like Gabo’s art (from the crazy book The Life After) and I'm a sucker for stories that have dogs as main characters. This dog, Sparky, is a zombie killing machine protecting survivors in the frigid apocalyptic wasteland, so how could I not look forward to this?

Elsewhere #1 (Image Comics) - Writer: Jay Faerber | Artist: Sumeyye Kesgin, Ron Riley

Ever wonder what happened to Amelia Earhart? According to Jay Faerber (writer of the excellent Copperhead) she was transported to an alien land and becomes a freedom fighter! It could’ve happened. Anyway I’m interested to see where this creative team takes Ms. Earhart as she tries to get back to our world.

That's just some of the books I'm looking forward to in August. If I missed any that you think should be included here, please comment below and I'll see you next month... In The World Of Tomorrow!