Welcome to another Good e-Reader New Feature! Every month we will give our readers a taste of the most essential new digital comics! We will pay close attention to what distribution methods they are available on and what the writing team brings to the table!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #0.1 by Brian Michael Bendis
I was never a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy with the Dog and Raccoon as central characters. It was very hard to get past that. Since the movie is coming out this summer, the series is getting a reboot. This issue features Star-Lord, Peter Quill’s origin story. It is actually very good and full of drama, a worthy read.
Age of Ultron by Brian Michael Bendis
For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth. That day has arrived. This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch.
Helheim by Cullen Bunn and Joelle Jones
Helheim, a new comics series written by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), illustrated by Joelle Jones—this is a stellar team. It’s published by Oni Press and will be available on comiXology.
“Once the threshold of Helheim is crossed, not even gods can escape.” During the age of the Vikings, savage wild men and dark creatures beset a small settlement. A brave war party stands as guardians of the helpless villagers, but they are no match for the horrors rising up around them. One of the warriors, a young hero named Rikard, will pay the ultimate price in battle… but his fight is far from over. A gothic horror story of witchcraft, night creatures, and the undead.
Theremin by Curt Pires
Pires’ new collaboration with artist Dalton Rose is focused on the inventor of the instrument, Léon Theremin. The series is slated to launch digitally from Monkeybrain Comics in March. The story is less about the instrument and more about the man behind the instrument. Leon Theremin is a man whose history, besides being steeped in scientific innovation, is steeped in intrigue and an almost inexplicable series of events.
The Big Skinny by Carol Lay
Here’s the skinny: After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting with pills, hypnosis, and ill-informed half-measures, Carol Lay finally shed her excess pounds and kept them off. Now this California cartoonist shares her experiences in a funny, genuine, and eye-popping graphic memoir that tells Carol’s story and shows you how you can do it, too. This is available on Amazon for the Kindle.
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
What if you can leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with your bare hands, but you buy your capes at secondhand stores and have a weakness for kittens? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks brings charming humor to the trials and tribulations of a young, female superhero, battling monsters both supernatural and mundane in an all-too-ordinary world. This comic is basically a lighthearted twist on the superhero genre! Available late March on the Kindle.
The Drifting Classroom by Kazuo Umezu
In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers find themselves somewhere far away…somewhere cold and dark… a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland in which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, as the rules start to fall apart, a sixth-grade boy named Sho and his friends must fight to survive in an alien world… This is only available for the Nook.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.