Scheduled for August, Alterna Comics we have four returning bi-monthly series, one new bi-monthly series, and one graphic novel. The comics range between $1.00 to $1.50 which is quite the steal for the stories you receive in return. The graphic novel can be yours for just $11.95 – another steal as long as you like to smile and laugh.
The five titles we have this month, in order of release, are Trespasser, The Wicked Righteous, The Chair, Mother Russia, and Scrimshaw. The graphic novel is Unit 44.
The lingering effects of dealing with the alien visitor are making their presence know. Should you ever feel the need to cook up an alien, you might want to think twice about that, even if you are just trying to provide for your daughter. Chances are, where there is one alien, there are two.
The coloring in this issue helps to build the scenes, reminding you that the world is gone. Shadows loom everywhere in this issue. Pulling at the darkness that has occurred during the past issue.
Story by Justin M. Ryan. Art by Kristian Rossi. Letters by D.C. Hopkins.
Available: August 2, 2017, October 2017, and December 2017
New this month is The Wicked Righteous. I am a sucker for anything apocalyptic, so I was looking forward to diving into this one. Happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.
The world begins to come to an end from a mysterious illness which hasn’t infected a vast majority of the children. Interestingly enough, vast numbers of the military and prisoners are unaffected as well. How this all started is unknown. There is a tiny amount of chatter in the beginning before we are thrust into the future where hints to who is in charge are slowly revealed.
With the majority of the adults dead from the virus that struck the nation, the story focuses on the children survivors. Mainly Johnny, Matt, Lucas, and Mark — all brothers who we are introduced to in the beginning of the story. This issue revolves heavily around Lucas — teenager who is searching for an inhaler for his brother. While he is out in the city, he runs across another child survivor. Things go downhill from there.
The Wicked Righteous is a great read. The artwork depicts a world that has started to fall into ruin while giving hints here and there of how things are at the current time. The story has great bones with plenty of room to expand in a multitude of different ways. Make sure you add this one to your list.
Writing by Terry Mayo. Artwork by Lucas Romero. Coloring by Chris Hall. Lettering by Brandon Destefano.
Available: August 9, 2017, October 2017, and December 2017
Richard Sullivan has spent the last 10 years awaiting the death sentence for a crime he did not commit. Life in a prison where the warden and guards are more psychotic than the prisoners is a hell all on its own. The horrors of the first issue only escalate in issue #2. Prepare yourself and be grateful you are not in the same position as Sullivan.
Peter Simeti – Writer, Inker, Letterer, Cover Colors. Kevin Christensen – Pencils, Cover. Erin Kohut – Editor
Available: August 16, 2017, October 2017, and December 2017
The first issue of Mother Russia wasn’t dialog heavy in the least bit. There isn’t much time to talk when you are running from the undead after all. This issue makes up for all of that while providing the back story, or as much as it can, about how the dead took over Stalingrad.
Being two issues into a three-issue run, this one left me looking forward to the next issue. We do have some unanswered questions that need to be answered. Can’t say enough how black and white makes this series. Ensure that you have this one on your list.
Story and art by Jeff Mccomsey
Available: August 23, 2017, and October 2017
Hans sets sail with the crew of the Runaway Horse, unaware of who is looking for the cargo they carry. Mr. Song is determined to find them, but for that, he needs additional help. Enter the crew of the Camduk. Indonesian cutthroats who are more than willing to kill and sink a ship to be pardoned from the secure docks.
The action in the issue is not as intense as the first, but the story begins to expand. More about the history of the world is revealed to us. Looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.
Story by Eric Borden. Art by Dave Mims. Lettering by Spike O’Laochda.
Available: August 30, 2017, ongoing bi-monthly
We all know about Area 51, but did you ever think of what they do when they run out of room to store items at a secret facility? They rent a storage unit just like the rest of civilization. What is the worst that can happen after all? Nothing major. Just the possibility of annihilation from an extraterrestrial threat.
Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch forgot to pay the rent on the offsite storage unit being used by Area 51. The unit was auctioned off to another bumbling pair looking to make a quick buck. When the planet is threatened by an alien invasion, the agents must recover the items to stop the alien threat.
This story is just wonderfully hilarious, and you will get sucked into it when reading. The humor is perfect for all ages, and this book is seriously fun. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.
Available: August 30, 2017
Story and letters by Wes Locher. Illustration and colors by Eduardo Jimenez