Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for 22nd November 2017

Due to a hectic work schedule and a slight lack of motivation my articles have taken quite the decline. To counter this am trying a new tactic of creating a weekly task list to keep me motivated. Therefore the only reasons for me to miss an article in the future is either work, family or lack of #1 issues.

Just to add, we have a new episode of Geeks n’Booze tonight. This week we will discuss upcoming movies to end 2017 and releases in 2018. So head on over to http://twitch.tv/comicblackbook from 9pm GMT / 1pm PT / 4pm ET and hit that chatroom. Get interactive and let us know what movies you’re looking forward to in the not too distant future.

Onwards to comics.

This week’s picks

Void Trip (Image Comics)

Story: Ryan O’Sullivan

Art: Plaid Klaus

Not to disrespect any other publisher but Image Comics are unquestionably the go-to publisher when it comes to creator-owned material. Each week seems to deliver a new pivotal comic, with incredible creative teams at there helm.

This week see’s another comic published by Image, Void Trip, with the creative team of Ryan O’Sullivan (writer) and Plaid Klaus (artist). Ryan is a London based writer who is also part of the comic book writers studio known as White Noise. Writers from White Noise have all had success with books published on Titan, namely, Warhammer, Doctor Who and The Evil Within. Ryan will be the second writer from that collective to feature on Image, Dan Watters Limbo being the first. Rumours are also circulating that further writers from White Noise will feature on Image in the coming months. So great success for that collective as a whole.

Have to hold my hand up and state that Plaid Klaus’s art is new to me. I haven’t seen his work in any other comic previously but from the below art am really intrigued to see more.

Synopsis

From writer RYAN O’SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.

From previews online, Void Trip seemingly takes elements from Star Wars, Cheech and Chong and UK comedy Spaced to create one incredibly funny and entertaining comic. This isn’t a Saga, this is seemingly more of a sci-fi Breaking Bad on acid.

Am going to make Void Trip my number one pick of the week. Due to us all needing to stop taking life a little too seriously and sit back and have some good ole fashion fun.

 

Gung Ho (Self Published)

Story: Mike Loniewski

Art: The Mico

Letterer: Marco Della Vera

Numerous of us at ComicBlackBook passionately support creator-owned comics. Yes, we like ourselves some of the Big 2 but when it comes to creator-owned there is nothing else quite like it. Taking that to the extreme is the self-published side of the market. Our very own Noah has been on this current journey with his self-published comic “I Never Forget” and I personally respect anyone who takes on that monumental challenge.

My first introduction to self-published work was from my good friend (and fellow Brit) Ricardo Mo and his comic Propeller back in 2014. Ricardo has to now also take credit for me finding out about Gung Ho.

Last night as I was putting this article together I was struggling to choose another comic for this week’s picks. No other #1 comic was grabbing my attention, Slayer was playing loudly in my ears and then a Twitter notification popped up on my laptop.

Previous picks have let readers know that I love comics featuring anthropomorphic characters (see Spy Seal, Monstress, Mouse Guard). Gung Ho’s cover peaked my interest instantly and why wouldn’t it?! A pissed off looking Gorilla with grenades and a banana strapped to his chest.

Using the power of the Twitterverse I was able to quickly get in contact with writer Mike Loniewski who was kind enough to send over a synopsis. As well a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous, bold looking art by The Mico, that has a slight Genndy TartaKovsky vibe to it.

Synopsis

A fugitive ape, fighting to redeem his militant past, must battle vengeful superheroes and bigoted humans as he races to stop his radicalized mentor fused with dangerous powers.

If you read that tweet you will notice that Gung Ho is only $0.99 / £0.69. That’s a minuscule price to pay for 55 pages, plus you will be supporting a group of people who have put a lot of hard work into a single comic. So why not take the gamble and give Gung Ho your support, I know I will. Yes, it’s digital but come on… PRINT COSTS!

Gung Ho is available here: COMIXOLOGY UK and COMIXOLOGY USA

That’s it for this week, I hope you enjoyed that rather large read and I also hope you show some support for creator-owned/self-published comics. That being said, let me know in the comments below what you picked up.