Independant comics publishers don’t get a lot of love, so I thought I’d share some good stuff. While I’m not the biggest comics reader these, I do have my list (which is very short) that I cannot go with out. But here are some new stories from a publisher I’m hearing more and more about. Here’s the AfterShock site if you’re curious about their stuff. ONe that has gotten some good press is Alters:

From a diverse team of creators composed of differing genders, gender identities, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations comes a groundbreaking first-ever superhero series with a central transgender protagonist created by a mainstream writer.

And these are a few new comics coming out in April that I’m interested in. Interested? Shit, I’ll be picking these up, fo sho!

ELEANOR & THE EGRET #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color

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writer: John Layman
artist: Sam Kieth
color: Ronda Pattinson
letterer: John Layman
cover: Sam Kieth

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The most daring art thief in Paris has struck again, and the police have assigned their best detective to the case. His only clue? A single white feather left at the scene. Could this feather belong to the thief? To the thief’s accomplice, an oversized talking egret? Or will his investigation lead him to somewhere even stranger? (Answer: all of the above.)

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Presenting a peculiar and unforgettable tale of birds and banditry, paintings and pets, larceny, love and…lamprey-wielding assassins? From the legendary creator of THE MAXX and co-creator of SANDMAN, Sam Kieth, and the considerably less-legendary creator of CHEW, John Layman!

WORLD READER #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color
writer: Jeff Loveness
artist: Juan Doe
color: TBD
letters: Rachel Deering
cover: Juan Doe

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Meet Sarah, an astronaut traveling from dead planet to dead planet, talking to the ghosts of the dead worlds…as she fights to discover the secret that’s killing the universe. But Death doesn’t give up its secrets so easily, and as Death hunts her from planet to planet, Sarah struggles to maintain the trust of her crew and her own sanity in the endless ocean of lives. Every world has a story, and if she can find the secret tying them all together, she can save Earth from being the next world to die.

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From GROOT and THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW writer Jeff Loveness and AMERICAN MONSTER, ANIMOSITY: THE RISE artist Juan Doe, comes the chilling, epic new series that will be sure to appeal to fans of THE ARRIVAL, INTERSTELLAR, and THE EXPANSE.

BLACK-EYED KIDS VOL 2 TP (MR) / $14.99 / 128 pages / Color
writer: Joe Pruett
artist: Szymon Kudranksi
colors: Guy Major
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Francesco Francavilla

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“This should be THE horror story of the year. Nothing else comes close…” – Reading With A Flight Ring

“Joe Pruett’s Black Eyed Kids is just the right kind of creepy. A nice slice of modern horror from an underrated talent.” – Garth Ennis

The urban legend come to life. The Black-Eyed Children have announced their presence with horrific authority, leavings lives shattered and multiple bodies in their wake. Jim Loudin and his family, along with a local police officer and a mysterious stranger, seemingly with past ties to these devil children, fight not only for their own lives, but for potentially mankind’s very existence.

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Collecting issues 6-10 of the critically-acclaimed series, and the original short story from AFTERSHOCK GENESIS one-shot. Written by Eisner winner Joe Pruett and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.

Eleanor & The Egret And World Reader are looking supercool to me. Can’t wait.

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Fpr the record: I have NO affiliation with this comics publisher. I’m only interested in passing the word along for stuff other than the big 2.