Unicorns, Critical Role & 90’s Punk – Highlighting Indie Comics

I consider indie comics to be anything other than Marvel or DC. With Image and Dark Horse becoming more prominent comic publishers, are they still considered indie? Despite the lack of conventions I have attended, I have been reading more comics than ever before! It helps to have weekly trips to my local comic book store. I wanted to highlight a couple of indie comics I read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

By The Horns Issue #1 Naso, Muhr, and Tabacaru

By the Horns is published by Scout Comics whom I had never heard of before purchasing this issue. By the Horns follows Elodie, a monster hunter who is fueled by revenge after her husband, Shintaro was murdered by a unicorn. Elodie is so consumed by rage that she’s asked to leave her town after they feel she’s abandoned them. Accompanied by her animal sidekick, Saijen, she adventures through various cities in search of unicorns.

By The Horns was a fully fleshed-out first issue. I liked Elodie as the main character. I felt the way she was designed with her white, rogue jacket and blue face paint gave her a look that was memorable to me. Elodie feels like a character I would play as in a dnd campaign. Saijen is Elodie’s fox companion. Elodie and Saijen have this close bond and I’m interested to see more of their battles together.

By the Horns issue #2 will be released in May while issue #1 is available for purchase. I rated By the Horns issue #1 five stars.

Home Sick Pilots Issue #1 Watters, Wijngaard, Bidikar, and Muller

Home Sick Pilots is published by Image whom I’m a huge fan of. Home Sick Pilots follows the band of the same name. To be competitive with a rival band, Ami suggests to both Buzz and Rip to perform at a haunted house. Both Buzz and Rip are terrified because of the rumors they have heard. Ami ventures in on her own and finds that this is more than a haunted house.

I love anything spooky and Home Sick Pilots gives off this feeling. I liked the art in this issue a lot. The blues/purples of the haunted house along with the ethereal look of Ami as she enters the house. There’s a panel showing both the Home Sick Pilots and rival band Nuclear Bastards as they are both exploring the house at the same time. There was so much to look at that I found myself staring at the page way after reading the panels.

Home Sick Pilots has been releasing weekly issues and should all be available at your local comic book store. I rated Home Sick Pilots issue #1 four stars.

Critical Role Vox Machina Origins Series III #1 Mercer, Houser, Samson, Msassyk, and Maher.

I started Critical Role last month and I’m hooked! This issue follows the group from Critical Role’s first campaign: Grog, Keyleth, Vex, Vax, Trinket, Scanlan, Pike, Percy as they find their next paid mission. They wander through the town, drinking ale, and deciding their next move.

I felt each character was written the way they were roleplayed. I read their voices in my head as I read their lines. Grog has his witty one-liners while Keyleth serves as the humanitarian of the group. It helps with Matthew Mercer, the DM for Critical Role had a hand in writing the script. Since starting Critical Role, I cannot get enough, so I’m happy with the addition of a comic series coinciding with their game.

Critical Role Vox Machina Series III Issue #1 can be found at your local comic book store. I rated this issue five stars.

Reading comics is so much more than superheroes. I find the easiest way to get into reading comics is to take your interests and find a comic equivalent. Let me know what indie comics you’re reading in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Unicorns, Critical Role & 90’s Punk – Highlighting Indie Comics

  1. I find I tend to gravitate towards the comics that aren’t superhero-related. Superhero stories tend to go on for ages with very loose continuity, so if I ever get into them, they tend to be one-shots.

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    • In general, I think you can gauge the strength of a given medium by how good their indie scene is. The 2010s was a rather anemic decade for cinema primarily because the new talent didn’t have much of a vision (or at least not stand-out ones like their predecessors of the 1980s, 1990s, or early 2000s had). Conversely, it seems like the indie comics scene is doing really well because they’re pitching interesting concepts that would get rejected by the more conservative film/television industry.

      Same goes for video games; the 2010s was a great decade for the indie gaming scene – especially once they ditched the indie ego that defined early artists such as Jonathan Blow and Phil Fish. Once they did that, they began putting their nose to the grindstone and made some great stuff (i.e. Shovel Knight, Undertale, OneShot, and Papers, Please among others). The only downside is that indie games are getting less coverage by the press as a likely result of there being so many games that they don’t know where to start and the fact that the creators thereof are more interested in making games than making a fool of themselves on social media.

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      • Definitely agree! There are so many good indie comic publishers out there publishing good content. I also agree with you too how certain mediums like comics and or video games can get away with a lot more than cinema or TV.

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