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Chip Zdarsky and The Silver Coin
Every month, independent comic book publishers release hundreds of new issues into the market. Some of the most entertaining stories are found in these independent comics. If you enjoy superheroes, Marvel and DC might be for you. If you're looking for something a little different, independents are for you.
This month's list of most interesting independent titles is highlighted by The Silver Coin, a new horror anthology from Image Comics. The first issue features a story by Chip Zdarsky. He is getting lots of love for his current run on Daredevil and for his independent series Stillwater.
Here are ten independent comic books to watch for in April 2021.
1. The Silver Coin
The Silver Coin is a new horror anthology miniseries from Image. The first issue features a story by Chip Zdarsky, one of the most popular writers in the industry. Zdarsky and artist Michael Walsh weave a tale about a failing rock band in 1978. The band's fortunes change when they find a mysterious silver coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about The Silver Coin. Zdarsky usually hits it out the park. Horror anthologies are all the rage right now. Image is on a tear, regularly releasing books that focus on strong storytelling. This is a definite pull-list add.
2. You Promised Me Darkness
Behemoth Comics is offering six covers for this new series from writer/artist Damian Connelly. Every 75 years Halley's Comet orbits the sun, granting people from around the world special abilities. The Anti-everything chases down these special people and feeds on their aura. Yuko and Sebastian are brothers, and they must escape the clutches of the Anti-everything.
Connelly is a popular creator from Argentina. Behemoth is giving this series a huge marketing push. Covers will feature characters Sebastian, Yuko, Cordelia, Prism and the Anti-everything. At least one ratio variant will also reportedly be available.
3. Project: Patron
Veteran writer Steve Orlando teams with artist Patrick Piazzalunga on Project: Patron #1 from AfterShock Comics. Superhero Patron and his arch-nemesis Woe died 30 years ago in a battle royale.
The United Nations replaced Patron with a Reploid designed to mimic the hero and continue on his mission of protection. Today, the Patron Reploid is secretly piloted by an elite team whose members are prepared for anything, except the death of one of their own.
David Talaksi is handling the main cover art. A ratio cover from Aaron Lopresti will also be available.
4. Lost Angeles
From Bliss On Tap Publishing comes the first issue of Lost Angeles, written by Jordan Lichtman with art by Kelsi Jo Silva and Mile Pyro Bleiweiss. The story chronicles a bouncer as he investigates the "shocking and senseless assault of a privileged suburban teen."
The bouncer's efforts expose a complex real estate scheme tied to the 1984 Olympics and City Hall. Solicitations promise a vivid and authentic portrayal of LA in the 1980s.
Legendary writer Geoff Johns and superstar artist Gary Frank bring their first creator-owned hero to Image Comics with Geiger #1. The story is set in the years after a nuclear holocaust ravages Earth.
Johns is known for his work on Superman, Green Lantern, and Batman: Three Jokers. Frank has worked on Superman, Supergirl and The Incredible Hulk. They worked together on the landmark series Doomsday Clock.
Locust #1 kicks off the story of a fisherman and his elderly mother as they try to escape from New York City after a plague turns most of humanity into locusts.
Released by Scout Comics, the story is by Massimo Rosi with art by Alex Nieto.
Snatched is another high-concept series from Scout Comics. Sheldon Allen scripts this story about human hair trafficking. Solicitations tease a saga that examines how "racism, misogyny, and unchecked capitalism" factor into the human hair trade. Artwork is by Mauricio Campetella.
Human Hair Trafficking Is A Very Real Problem
- The hair trade's dirty secret | Women | The Guardian
If there's one business in Britain that's bouncy, it's hair extensions – sales are up to £60m a year and growing. But underneath all that hair there's a global tale of exploitation
8. Jules Verne's Lighthouse
Image Comics makes this list again with Jules Verne's Lighthouse #1.
This adaptation of Verne's work centers on a giant supercomputer at the edge of the galaxy called the Lighthouse. The story revolves around three humans, one alien, and a nanny bot. Together, they have manned the remote station for years in relative peace.
Enter Captain Kongre and his band of cutthroat pirates.
9: 20 Fists
This title from Source Point Press sounds a lot like West Side Story, in the best way possible. Solicitations keep it simple: "This is a comic about fist fights and bad romance."
Written by Frankee White with art by Kat Baumann, this series is about the 20 Fists Fight League. The No Names and The Big Jackets are rival crews ... and their respective leaders are in love.
10. Vietnam Horror
The second issue of Behemoth's intriguing new series hits stands in April. A unit of American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War runs into serious trouble. This is a must-read for fans of war stories and horror stories.