Did you just pick up a new title at the comic shop and want to let people know about it? Here's a thread to tout your new faves.

I picked up two new #1s this week. 

The first, Fairlady, was a book I'd been looking forward to for a while. Written by Brian Schirmer, with art by Claaudia Balboni and Marissa Louise, each issue is a done-in-one mystery set in a fantasy world. The creative team pitches it as "Magnum PI, set after the War of the Rings." It's an accomplished first issue, with Jenner Faulds being  a "Fairlady" -- a private investigator in this postwar fantasy world. I'm looking forward to more. Published by Image. You can read a preview of the first issue here.

The second book, Orphan Age, was one I'd never heard of before it caught my eye in the comics shop. Published by Aftershock, it's written by Ted Anderson, with appealing art from Nuno Plati. It's set 20 years after a mysterious event instantly killed all of the adults on the planet -- the result is a world that the kids made up for themselves out of what remained of the old world. I expected this to be like "Y the Last Man, but with kids," but the 20-year time jump makes it more like The Walking Dead without zombies. Small communities, new customs coming from the old ways, and some communities are more aggressive than others. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes. There are some preview pages here.

Anyone else read these? What did you think? And what indy debuts have you picked up that might be flying under our radar?


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This is something I've been thinking about recently, Rob. I've found myself less interested in new series from Image especially. It seems that they put out lots of great, interesting, or hopeful first issues. But how many of them go anywhere? Most go to a trade at most.

One of the reasons I like finding new titles from smaller companies like Black Mask, Scout Comics, Vault Comics, and even Dynamite, is that most of their comics are four-to-six issue length stories/series. I know I will get an ending. Plus, you get to see some awesome talent that is pretty unfettered.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Well, the two books that inspired this thread -- Fairlady and Orphan Age, have been cancelled. I was on the verge of dropping Orphan Age... it never quite lived up to the promise of the first issue (though things were looking up with the last, I thought)... but I'm really going to miss Fairlady. 

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