By Strider92 21 Comments
Recently there been a surge of awesome alternative series kicking around out there. Here is a list of the ones I think have been consistently awesome.
This series is without a doubt my favorite ongoing at the moment regardless of publisher. It is just awesome. Theres nothing else to describe it.
The premise is pretty simple a military interrogator (Nicolas Finch) is brought to a town called Buckaroo when his friend pieces together that sixteen of the worst serial skills of recent years have been born there. Teaming up with a local police officer they attempt to find out why so many people from this town become serial killers.
They are soon forced to team up with Edward Warren known as the serial killer Nailbiter. A man who got away with over 42 murders and is now living back in his hometown of Buckaroo.
The reason I love this series is mainly due to character portrayals. Warren is one of the most entertaining comic characters i've seen for a while his modus operandi of chewing off his victims fingers then killing them not withstanding. Finch is also in his own right a very believable and sympathetic character.
This series isn't really like anything else out at the moment. The only comparison I can draw is the Hannibal TV series.
And yet the thing that made me love this series was Nailbiter meeting Brian Bendis and accusing him of being a bigger a murderer than him for killing Peter Parker and a ton of other Marvel characters (had me smiling for ages).
This is one of those series that makes me think "How is it not more popular?". When I read the first issue I was certain this would be a very popular indie title but it doesn't seem to have taken off.
Day Men revolves around David Reid a Day Man. Day Men are humans trained since birth to serve Vampires (and kill them!). They are basically the people who keep their Vampire Patriarch or Matriarch safe during the day as Vampires are constantly at war with each other.
If your familiar with the series Lazarus (and if not i'll be talking about that one later) its a similar concept except with Vampire.
Although they are generally short this series has some of the best fight scenes out there at the moment. Honestly surprised this hasn't appeared in the best battles section yet.
Day Men is a very solid series and deserving of more recognition than its getting whether your a fan of action or story this series has something for you.
This one of the more popular titles. Mainly due to writer Justin Jordan's success with the Luther Strode franchise (if you haven't heard of it go check it out).
Spread takes place in a world were human are holed up in random little community's trying to stay alive but it isn't Zombie's stalking the apocalyptic wastelands its the Spread a sort of organic lifeform that infects other beings and turns them into walking nightmares. The story revolves around a man called No, a baby called Hope and later a woman called Molly. I can't really go into details without giving out spoilers.
The story itself while nothing particularly special is still engaging. Its one of those series that I look forward to every new issue of because its fun and a refreshing change from the whole Zombie apocalypse scenario thats been kicking around a lot of late.
I will however point out that this like Luther Strode is explicit, Gorey and extremely violent. You have been warned! Although I guess the warning is more likely to entice than dissuade..
Suicide Risk is one of those series where you think you know whats going on and its completely flips it on you. When I first started reading it I thought it was a cool concept and the more you read the more this series changes suffice to say no characters in this series are the same as they were when it first started!
Superheroes and supervillains are in a constant battle for supremacy but as a drug appears on the streets that turns regular people into supers the heroes and cops begin falling like flies due to the sudden boom in villains. Suicide Risk follows a run of the mill cop Leo Winters who has to deal with super-villain activity on a daily basis. When his friends are murdered in a super-villain heist on a bank it causes Leo to crack. No longer content with being a cop and motivated be revenge he tracks down the power-dealers and empowers himself in order to hunt down the super-villains that killed his friends. The dealers however cannot guarantee what power Leo will get if he undergoes the procedure.
You can guess how this goes.
I can't really say much else due to spoilers. Suffice to say everything you thought you knew is quickly turned around. I'm not normally a fan of comics with characters who have immense power being more of a street level fan but this series really grips me for some reason.
C'mon did you really expect this not to be here? Ever since it started this series has been awesome and one of my all time favorite indie series only beaten recently by Nailbiter.
After an apocalyptic event the world is thrown into turmoil with different families ruling different areas. None of the families seem to like each other and at best they tolerate each other and at worst out-right slaughter each other! Each family has a member known as the Lazarus. the Lazarus is the single-member of the family that is dedicated to protecting them. Undergoing genetic enhancements, high-tech upgrades and other such bad-assery. The series follows the Lazarus of the Carlyle family Foreveras she tries to protect and keep her family from unraveling.
To give you a simpler explanation its kinda like Game Of Thrones crossed with Fallout.