There are some great new titles coming your way from Alterna comics in March, and we were lucky enough to have a sneak peak at them.
Those of you that read the reviews regularly, will know I really enjoyed Go West issue 1 by Garrett Gunn and Saint Yak. Well the second issue continues to impress, with solid writing, art and letters from the creative team. Slade is out for revenge and there is nothing anyone can do to stop him. The tension is building towards a gruesome and violent finale, and I’m expecting some real Garth Ennis dispatching when we get to the 3rd and final issue. Go West looks and feels like a classic Western Noir, and it’s easy to forget that this is set in the future, however there are just enough nods to a world we don’t recognize to keep us involved in the world building that is going on.
Meanwhile over in the Twilight Zone corner of Alterna Doppleganger 3 continues to up the stakes as Dennis finds his situation growing ever more dangerous. His doppleganger is continuing to run his life better than he ever could, and pretty soon time will be up for everyone involved. Written by Jordan Hart, this supernatural story often has it’s tongue firmly in it’s cheek. Dennis is the everyman trying to deal with a situation extraordinarily out of his comfort zone, and failing at almost every turn.
With everything that he cares for now in danger, this fun and gripping story is building to an explosive climax, and the question is who will be left standing at the end?
There’s a new 5 issue series from David Lucarelli and Henry Ponciano set in the golden age of Hollywood. It’s 1915 and Abigail Moore wants to be a cop, just like her father. When her chance to fulfill her dream arrives at Utopia studios in Hollywood, she jumps at the chance, before realizing that in Hollywood, things are never really what they seem. The first issue of Tinseltown introduces us to Abigail, and we follow her into the heart of Utopia Studios. This is a classic fish out of water story, and Abigail seems likeable and a good protagonist. Ponciano’s art has a good clear line, but sometimes a little more work may have been needed in the backgrounds and detailing, but overall this is an engaging read and an original idea. Overall it’s another good title for Alterna.
I must admit I am more of fan of their horror, action comics, but if I had invested a dollar fifty in this book, and it wasn’t what i was looking for, it’s no big deal. Alterna provides comics for everyone, so I will continue to support any titles they release, and if it’s not my cup of tea I will move on to the next one.
Look out for the Alterna line of comics in your local comic shop, they are great reads at a price point that continues to surprise everyone and the more we can do to support them, the better. In the UK I have found plenty of Alterna titles in Forbidden Planet, so check them out if you have one close by, and don’t be scared to ask your local shop to order their titles in.