13 Comics to Read in 2013- Indy Edition

So my original 13 comics to read in 2013 was a huge hit! So much so it galvanized both my fans and facebook friends. Now mind you that was created in January 2013 and everyone clearly just discovered it. They then further bitched and moaned about the amount of mainstream comics on said list. Newsflash people, if this were an indy only site we would have pushed up daisies because no one would give a damn. Now I was going to wait until summer to create a mid 2013 list which would have included more Independent brands and dropped quite a few of the mainstream books that didn’t live up to my lofty expectations. Alas I must silence the mob early by shedding some light on 13 indy books that I’ve read and can recommend for you my thousands of loyal fans. Like! Share! Comment!

 

dusu11.   Dusu: Path of the Ancient by Sebastian A. Jones, Christopher Garner, James C. Webster & Derrell May

Synopsis: Hidden from his kin and sheltered from his future, Dusu is raised among the Galemren (Wild Elves) in the secret heart of the Ugoma Jungle, a world in which he does not belong. But Dusu is not entirely human either. He is on the Path to something more… Dusu must focus his rage and become the savior of Ugoma before all he loves is destroyed.!  5/5

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2.      The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury by Brandon Thomas

 Synopsis: Miranda Mercury, the greatest adventurer in this or any other galaxy, is dying, and there’s no possible cure. With only one year left to live, Miranda is forced to wage the greatest fight of her life, and secure the heroic legacy that has defined her since she was a young girl. Her morality will be tested, her values shaken, and the partnership that means everything to her will never be the same. For Miranda, victory is once again impossible – but that’s never stopped her before!  I give this one   5/5

 

Will Power (7)3.      Will Power by Vince White

 Synopsis: Find out How the legend begins! Issue one tells the tale of a young teen named WILLIAM POWER and his epic journey that will cast him at odds with everything he knows! See how this modest teen football captain has the universe turned upside-down and his fate sealed to become the legendary WILL POWER! 4/5

 

Lucius Hammer Promo4.      Lucius Hammer by  Brian Williams

 Synopsis: Lucius Hammer is the explosive tale of a black superhero born from the pages of American Myth and forged in the fires of our country’s civil rights struggle! In a world where black paranormals have longer life expectancies than their Caucasian counterparts, Lucius is a man searching for his place in the world. His amazing powers have enabled him to become America’s most visible and controversial superhero. But just when Lucius thinks he’s found his calling in life, certain “powers that be” join forces in a campaign to smear his good name, changing his status to Public Enemy Number One. This sets the stage for the greatest black superhero story ever told . 4/5

 

shadowlaw5.      Shadowlaw by Brandon Easton

 Synopsis: Rictor Caesaro, a soldier in the New Earth Alliance elite corps, kills his commanding officer during a botched riot control mission. He is sentenced to life in the Sanctuary District – a special prison camp located deep in the swamplands of the South. In this dark domain, Rictor uncovers a secret that not only threatens his life, but the fate of the Earth.  4/5

 

milesaway6.      Miles Away by Anthony Montgomery and Brandon Easton

 Synopsis: Miles Away is an epic action adventure about Maxwell Miles, a shy, teenage orphan with super-photographic reflexes. Max’s already odd life goes beyond Twilight Zone territory when he encounters alien refugees who involve him in an interstellar war connected to his family’s dark past! Aided by remarkable companions, young Max battles evil entities on two worlds: Future Earth and Ro-Twyla! 4/5

 

urbanshogon7.      Urban Shogunz by James “MASE” Mason

 Synopsis: Follow the exciting adventures of students of an inner-city martial arts school and their Kung Fu Style wars on the streets of Atlanta. Specializing in updated forms of Five Animal Kung Fu, Tiger, Crane, Phoenix, Mantis and Cheetah protect the streets from criminals and their dangerous martial arts rivals – the Venom Clan! 3/5

 

Vasion #18.      Vasion by Christian Hall

 Synopsis: An ancient curse from the past is feasting on a special race of people known as the “Enforce Race”.  Why are these people dying and why have they been chosen? Now (present day) with an extreme amount of Enforcers missing the people want answers. They are tired of their forefather’s mythology. The Enforce Council feels they have found the problem and sends out their armed forces to eradicate it. What they discover leads to an “All Out War”!  3/5

 

route39.      Route 3 by Robert Jeffrey II

 Synopsis: Sean Anderson’s greatest concern right now is surviving 10th grade. He has no idea that a series of events which began on a Virginia plantation in 1690, will lead him to gain the absolute power to set a fractured world on the right course. That is, if he can survive 1st period. 3/5

 

dark horse-Bloodhound10.  Dark Horse presents: Bloodhound  
Synopsis: Dan Jolley and Leonard Kirk’s supervillain tracker Clev is back out of prison to help the FBI hunt an invisible killer, Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams II delve into a world of psychic espionage in Brain Boy, and Peter Hogan and Phil Winslade pull you into another magical dimension with King’s Road. 3/5

 

prodigal-egg of first light11.  Prodigal: Egg of First Light by Geoffrey Thorne

 Synopsis: Rough week for Jacinto & Lennox Retrievals. Monday: The Egg of First Light is stolen. Tuesday: J&L are hired to retrieve it. By Thursday alien magic, super assassins, and Armageddon stand between them and their payday. Friday: Ka-Boom?! 3/5

 

DrewMcintosh-dreadandalive412.  Dread & Alive by Nicholas Da Silva

 
Synopsis: Dread & Alive is a multicultural fiction series that’s a mix of action, adventure, fantasy, horror, mystery and thriller all wrapped up in one story. It’s about the never-ending conflict between good and evil while meshing cultural fact with fiction, inspired by the Maroons of Jamaica and the sounds of reggae music. 3/5

 

streetteam13.  Street Team by Stanley Weaver Jr., Joseph Currie, James “MASE” Mason, Shawn Alleyne, Koran Curtis

Synopsis: After a LARGE-SCALE surprise attack has rendered the city of Bridgeport defenseless. GRANDMASTER OGUNN and his newly acquired alliances have moved in for TOTAL DOMINATION of Bridgeport and the other surrounding cities. Standing in their way are 5 street level heroes, from 5 independent comics who have joined forces to put a Stop to Their master plan. Join Aaron, Blackbird, Dodger, Tiger and Stalker as they have united to face an adversary so cunning and so dangerous, that only by working together do they stand a chance of stopping the “REIGN OF THE IRON DRAGON”. 3/5

UPDATE: Some friends and fans suggested I add some honorable mentions so here they are! The essentially “bubbling under the top 13″……

Pilot Season-Seraph #1 1Pilot Season: Seraph #1 by LANCE BRIGGS, PHIL HESTER and JOSE LUIS

Synopsis: The angelic warrior now known only as Seraph was once a sinner. After living a life of selfishness and sin, personal tragedy drove him to kill himself. Plucked on his way to Hell by Heaven, the man was made Heaven’s soldier in an endless battle. Charged with fighting an ancient war, but bound by God’s law, can Seraph triumph over opponents not restricted in the same way and regain his faith in the process?

molly dangerMolly Danger/Princeless By Jamal Igle and Jeremy Whitley

Two complete stories! She’s Strong, She’s smart, and she’s incredibly brave. She’s the protector of Coopersville, the Princess of Finesse, the petite powerhouse known only as Molly Danger! But what secrets threaten everything she holds dear. And in Princeless, on her way to rescue her sisters, Adrienne finds another mysterious princess locked away in a tower, but she’s guarded by one of the knights sent to hunt Adrienne. Who is this princess and will Adrienne and Bedelia survive trying to rescue her?

Halloween Eve1Halloween Eve by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder

Eve has an imagination that’s more than active – it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to life, and Eve must face ghosts, goblins, and gorilla suits made real. 

Midnight Tiger (1)Midnight Tiger by Ray-Anthony Height and DeWayne Feenstra

Synopsis: In the almost lawless city of Apollo Bay, high school student Gavin Shaw takes on the role as it’s sole protector. The acrobatic Midnight Tiger! Gavin wants nothing more than to release the stranglehold the criminal have on his city, but if he keeps getting in to trouble at school his dad is going to kill him before he even has the chance.
    
    Having lost all hope in the heroes of his world, fate steps in and gives young Gavin Shaw the power to do the things they have not. Only as the teenage hero Midnight Tiger does his city have a chance at redemption.

hotshot1Hotshot by Michael Watson

Michael is the superhero called Hotshot and he has just been dumped. While trying to forget about his personal life;downtown Columbus comes under attack from an unknown monstrosity. Wait who is that caught in the middle, yup that would be thee ex girlfriend. Can Mike/Hotshot save the city, his ex and himself?

In the wake of the cataclysmic Zero Event, a young hero has risen in the superhero community. Inspired by the late Justice. He has devoted his life to helping others while trying to juggle his hectic life as a college art student.

dreadlocks urbanstyle comics (3)Dreadlocks by Andre Batts

One man’s quest to become one like the gods through the book of death, finds himself being consumed by the powers that are within its pages as it controls his every thought and his actions. The search for mysterious murders continues. Kaaria (Dreadlocks) comes closer to the one known as Anakis. The one called Anakis lures Dreadlocks to a parallel dimension where the battle of the past and future collide as one.

Genius (1)Pilot Season: Genius by Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman and Afua Richardson

What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born in strife, surrounded by violence and combat since birth? When the gauntlet is dropped, the question isn’t “How did 17-year-old Destiny Ajaye unite the gangs of South Central into a killer army and declare war on the LAPD?” No, the question is, “Can anyone stop her?” — From the minds of writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (The Highwaymen, Monster Attack Network) and innovative illustrator Afua Richardson (Half Dead), Genius is a book that will have readers talking for months to come. (Read the whole issue for free here)

Bayou by Jeremy Love

Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi.

Bayou

Bayou

When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee’s father is accused of kidnapping. Lee’s only hope is to follow Lily’s trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues singing, swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee’s father from being lynched.

OnenationOne Nation by Jason Reeves, Alverne Ball and Luis Guerrero

Featuring the hero Paragon, the first superhuman the world has ever seen, whose idealistic views of being a superhero and doing good for mankind is challenged when the reality of changing the world hits. At first harkening in name, design and deed to the likes of Captain America or Superman, as the series progresses Paragon; along with a rising generation of superhumans called Keramats, find the trappings of being a superhero ill-fitting when it comes to his larger role of saving the world…from itself.

watson and holmes by karl bollersWATSON & HOLMES by Karl Bollersand Rick Leonardi

Re-envisioning Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson as African Americans living in New York City’s famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes is a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson’s emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined

There you have it our Indy list of early 2013,

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About Ryn Fraser

Caribbean born college teacher with a degree in Philosophy, founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Wikipedia, Comicvine, Independent comics, IGN, Gamespot, and Islandstage.net. View all posts by Ryn Fraser

12 responses to “13 Comics to Read in 2013- Indy Edition

  • Chace Thibodeaux

    I’d gotten an issue of Lucius Hammer, and the accompanying Harlem Shadow, but wasn’t overly impressed with them, to be honest.

    I’ve been getting the recent issues of Dark Horse Presents, specifically for it’s inclusion of Geoffrey Thorne and Todd Harris’ JOURNEYMEN series. But I haven’t gotten the most recent issue yet, which has the final chapter, that’s why I didn’t include it on my list.

    I’ll have to get Vasion, Dusu, and Dread & Alive next. Tonight I just ordered Midnight Tiger #1, and Cronus vs. Black Cloud #1, two other Black-owned books that I just heard about, on IndyPlanet. And I head that Michael Oeming’s miniseries The Victories has got a few heroes of Color in it, so I just bought the first issue, to see if it’s good and, if so, I’ll get the rest of the series (it’s 5 issues total).

    I’m surprised you only gave Prodigal 3 out of 5 stars. I thought it was much better than that.

    • worldofblackheroes

      Dusu is simply awesome Chace! and free on Itunes right now. I think you’ll love it!You can get copies of Vasion from Christian Hall on facebook (really cool guy). Man! Hammer is good, the first issue barely wets the appetite but guess the central idea and potential of the series is why I rated it so high.Thanks for the feedback Chace. I also need to interview many of these creators to get the word out!

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  • Michael Watson

    Man totally appreciate the add. Anyone wanting to read Freestyle Komics very own Hotshot check us out at http://www.fskomics.com or email me Purchase issue number 1 and we will email you the digital copies of issues 2-3

  • Steve Broome

    What’s the actual release schedule for Genius? I feel like that won pilot season like 4 years ago.

  • Marc Williams

    Come on bruhs. We seriously need some more independent thought when developing these titles. Midnight Tiger? Dreadlocks? (Black) Watson and Holmes? One Nation (Under a groove).

    • daefox

      What’s wrong with Midnight Tiger? Or an urban interpretation of Holmes and Watson? Midnight Tiger is a really good book. And the level of work being done on that Sherlock Holmes book is mindblowing. They even have Walt Simonson on covers. Its a Sherlock Holmes in a world where the legendary books actually exist. But please go ahead and be dismissive. Black Geek Stockholm Syndrome in effect. Hey u want me to make it easy for you? The guys who write Watson and Holmes are all black but the publisher is WHITE!!! THERE. NOW U CAN ACCEPT IT.

      • Marc

        Daefox or whatever your facade name is. You’re missing the point. I came care less what color the publisher is. What I’m implying is at this day and age black titles do not have to correlate with color. Hence midnight tiger. We should be more creative with the title and not use color to describe an AA character. Dreadlock? That’s not creative. The writing and stories are probably excellent and that was never my point which of course you missed.

      • Steve Broome

        Seems pretty obvious he was referring to the naming being uncreative, a la Black Lighting.

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