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Hot New Series From Image And Boom! Lead The Way In May
Independent comic book publishers release hundreds of new issues into the market every month. Some of the most entertaining stories are found in these independent comics. May is shaping up to be a great month for the independents!
The list is highlighted by The Good Asian, a Chinatown noir set in 1936. The new Image Comics series is from writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Alexandre Tefenkgi. The Good Asian is Pichetshote's follow-up to his critically acclaimed Infidel series.
Here are ten independent comic books to watch for in May 2021.
1. The Good Asian
Writer Pornsak Pichetshote is back with The Good Asian #1. Pichetshote took the world by storm with his critically acclaimed series Infidel, and this is the long-awaited follow-up. The Good Asian follows Edison Hark on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown.
Hark is described as a "haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective." He's part of the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban - the Chinese, as they're besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.
The series is already getting rave reviews from Pichetshote's peers in the comic book industry. Superstar comic writer James Tynion IV says: "Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history."
The Good Asian has "Netflix series" written all over it. This is a definite pull-list add.
2. Eve #1
Eve is a new series from Boom! Studios for fans of Undiscovered Country and Little Bird. It's an adventure series from award-winning writer Victor LaValle and rising-star artist Jo Mi-Gyeong.
Eve is the mysterious girl at the center of the series, which follows her on a dangerous journey across a future dystopian America to save the world. When the ice caps melted, most of humanity was lost to the long-dormant disease that was released.
The adventure series launches with the usual assortment of covers, including a 1:50 ratio variant from superstar artist InHyuk Lee.
Lee is one of the most popular artists working in the comics industry today, and these 1:50 variants have become all the rage. This might be a great pick-up if you can find it at a decent price.
3: Marjorie Finnegan Temporal Criminal #1
Garth Ennis joins forces with AWA for Marjorie Finnegan Temporal Criminal #1. Ennis is a perennial favorite writer famous for creating The Boys - a comic book series that was adapted into one of the most popular TV shows on Amazon Prime.
AWA (Artists Writers & Artisans) is the new comic book company that has quickly established a reputation for attracting the best veterans and newcomers the industry has to offer.
Meet Marjorie Finnegan, a "temporal criminal." All she wants to do is race up and down the time-lanes, stealing "every shiny-gleamy-pretty-sparkly she can lay her hands on." But the Temporal Police Department is on her trail, and her creep of an ex wants to steal her time-tech to change history for his own benefit.
She definitely has her hands full, and her only ally is Tim - and he's just a head.
This one definitely sounds like something Garth Ennis would come up with! It promises to be a twisty, quirky thrill ride of a series.
4: Seis Cuerdas: Defender of Mexico #1
Seis Cuerdas: Defender of Mexico is a three-part mini-series from Source Point Press. The first issue releases in May and promises to be a diverting piece of entertainment.
From writer Anthony Rella and artist Benita Gallego comes this adventure story from south of the border.
When the leader of Mexico's largest drug cartel is captured, civil war erupts among its members. Daniel, leader of one faction, plans to sacrifice 13 kidnapped children to Santa Muerte in return for favors he requests of her.
A young, almost famous mariachi singer, Dantes, is inadvertently embroiled in the crisis. With the clock ticking down before the sacrifice, this "not-so-dark knight will risk anything to find the missing kids." But is he already too late?
5: Rafael Garcia: Henchman #1
What do you get when you cross the workplace comedy of The Office with the slacker absurdity of Stripes?
The answer is Rafael Garcia: Henchman from writers Peter Murrieta and Davis Schrader.
What is life in a super-villain organization was less like a James Bond movie and more like working at Walmart Corporate? This new series, with art by Ben Herrera, introduces us to a new universe of superheroes and the bad guys they fight.
Murrieta won a couple of Emmy Awards for his work on Wizards of Waverly Place so this just might be worth reading!
6: The Blue Flame #1
The Blue Flame is a new comic book series from Vault by writer Christopher Cantwell with art by Adam Gorham and Kurt Michael Russell.
Vault is putting a lot of marketing muscle behind this new series. In addition to the main cover there will be two variant covers, as well as at least four ratio variants. Cover D will be a 1:15 ratio, Cover E a 1:30 ratio, Cover F a 1:50 ratio, and Cover G a 1:75. Don't be surprised if a 1:100 ratio isn't announced before the issue is released.
No artists have been announced for the ratio variants as of this writing.
The Blue Flame is a cosmic hero. He's a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. He's a blue collar HVAC repairman named Sam Brausam.
In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame's identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, he must prove that humanity is worth saving.
In order to do that, Sam Brausam first has to save himself. Can he?
7: The Silver Coin #2
Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky is joined by artist Kelly Thompson to continue the saga of The Silver Coin.
In 1993, classic mean girls bully a misfit teen at an idyllic summer camp. When the teen reclaims her power after a violent encounter with The Silver Coin, what follows is the stuff of horror movie legend.
The Silver Coin is a horror anthology series for mature readers. Each issue will tell a tale of terror revolving around a shared supernatural world and The Silver Coin.
8: Spawn #318
Spawn creator Todd McFarlane recently announced three new series set within the world he has crafted over the past 30 years. It's really hard to believe he didn't do this sooner, given the popularity of his creation.
Spawn #318 sets everything up, and will lead directly into June's Spawn's Universe #1 - a one-shot which sets the stage for King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, and The Scorched.
This is a great jumping-on point for new readers who want to get in on the ground floor of this new chapter in Spawn's story.
9: Something Is Killing The Children #16
The story that has captivated readers continues with, at long last, the origin of Erica Slaughter!
What shocking events brought Erica to the House of Slaughter?
What did Erica have to do in order to join the Order of St. George?
The secrets are all revealed in this highly anticipated chapter in Erica's story.
This issue is brought to you by superstar writer James Tynion IV (The Department of Truth, Batman) and artist Werther Dell'Edera.
Jenny Frison steps up to deliver the cover for the 1:50 ratio variant cover (pictured). Find this one if you can.
10: Vietnam Horror #3
The supernatural horror story continues with Vietnam Horror #3.
After the American soldiers' encampment turns into absolute chaos and anarchy due to an unknown epidemic, a militia arrives to provide support and attempt to aid any survivors.
But the horrors within the camp might prove to be too strong for anyone to outlast.
Written by Massimo Rosi with art by Vito Coppola, this is one of the coolest series on the market right now.