What is NTYCBD? Well, since New Comic Book Day is on hold until who knows when, the tag NTYCBD (New To You Comic Book Day) has been floating around online. And I figured that this was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some of the last issues I picked up in stores before working on my To Be Read pile.
If any of these sound interesting, contact your local shops and see if they have them in stock! If so, and if they’re offering it, use the mail or curbside pick up options, and help support shops during all of this. If your shop doesn’t have them, closed temporarily, etc: some of these publishers are offering their books through their websites.
So, let’s do some mini reviews of what I read, today.
Black Stars Above:
The year is 1887 and a storm brews. Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family’s trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she carries. A chilling historical cosmic horror tale of survival from the deranged minds of Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs, Marvelous X-Men) and debut artist Jenna Cha.
Slowly but surely, I’m working on making my way through the great stuff Vault Comics has put out. I managed to find the first two issues of Black Stars Above, and this is some cosmic horror, eerie goodness. I went in blind to the story, solely seeking it out because it was Vault Comics, and horror related, so it was enough with just that to get my attention. I’ll definitely finish this series, and I highly recommend for other fans of weird, rich horror and Vault Comics.
White Ash #3:
Welcome to White Ash, a small smudge of a mining community in Western Pennsylvania, where the secrets are buried even deeper than the coal under the mountain. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, Twin Peaks or Lord of the Rings, you’re going to love getting to know our mysterious town.
You may remember, a little over a month ago I reviewed the first two issues of White Ash, which I loved. And now issue 3 is here! We get more lore and backstory, and more Lillian! This was a great issue and I’m so happy I found an issue before shops around me shut down.
In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage an eternal war for the soul of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.
This is another book I went in blind, buying solely because I love Michael Moreci’s work. But, I do love a good Heaven and Hell story, and this is definitely going to be one. The story is great so far, the art is beautiful. I can’t wait to read more.
Heist (or How to Steal a Planet):
Welcome to planet Heist! It’s the cutthroat capital of the entire Nehring System, home to billions of the worst men and women in the galaxy. The Pan-Galactic government has no idea what to do with the planet, but conman Glane Breld and his band of thieves know exactly what to do with Heist—they’re going to steal it.
Again – I’ve been on a kick to get caught up on all the Vault Comics. This first issue was so much fun, I can’t wait to keep reading. The story is fun, the art is colorful, and it’s definitely going to be a favorite, I’m sure.
You won’t find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 late at night and you’re truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road: The Pierrot Courts Hotel. – where many check in but few check out.
Last, but certainly not least: Hotell. I’ve been super excited for this book, and I wasn’t let down. I think horror fans are going to love Hotell. It gives me similar vibes as the anthology Southbound, which is an excellent movie, so it’s right up my alley.
Anything strike your fancy? Find any new books you want to check out? Let me know, below!