Indie Cover Spotlight: Heart of Empire #1

Another Dark Horse Comics in the spotlight today, this time the amazingly talented and under-appreciated cartoonist, Bryan Talbot’s Heart of Empire: The Legacy of Luther Arkwright.

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Published in 1999, this was a sequel to Talbot’s The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, originally published in Englad in 1987 by Valkyrie Press, and later reprinted by Dark Horse in 1990.

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    Indie Cover Spotlight: The Blue Lily #2

    An unknown mini-series from Dark Horse Comics, back in 1993: The Blue Lily.

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    Created, written, and drawn by Angus McKie, featuring the character Rusty Spade, Metaphysical Metal Detective. Each issue was 48 pages, in the “prestige format”. I remember enjoying the heck out of it, but if memory serves me right, it was supposed to be a 4 issue series, but only 2 issues were ever published.

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      Indie Cover Spotlight: Lost Heroes #0

      Wow, hard to believe, but this is the 200th installment of ICS! Be sure to check the archives for all the previously featured covers.

      So I had almost forgotten about this rather strange artifact of the late 90s, which I have in my longboxes somewhere: Lost Heroes.

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      Created, written, and drawn by Rob Prior, and published in 1998 by Davdez Arts (which, surprisingly, are still around, though not, it seems, as an active comic book publisher). It was a modern fantasy-adventure series about…honestly, I don’t remember at all. It ran for 5 issues (including the #0) before publications ceased.

      And yes, that’s Mark Hammill and Julie Strain on the cover. In fact, the book’s whole schtick was that all the characters’ looks were based on the likenesses of actors, used with permission. Who else “starred” in Lost Heroes?

      • Kevin Eastman (TMNT)
      • Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5)
      • Jason Carter (Babylon 5)
      • Walter Koenig (that famous TV sci-fi series, and Babylon 5)
      • Peter Jurasik (Babylon 5)
      • Bill Mumy (that old TV sci-fi series, and Babylon 5)
      • Richard Biggs (Babylon 5)

      …and more.

      Hey, I’m detecting a pattern here…what TV show ended in 1998, leaving a whole bunch of actors with plenty of free time on their hands? Oh, right, Babylon 5.

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      Now I want to dig out my back issues and re-visit the series…

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        Indie Cover Spotlight: Age of Heroes #1

        Another long hiatus for ICS has ended. Let’s just jump into it with our look at covers for various independently published comics. Leading off this return is Age of Heroes #1:

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        This fantasy series was written by James Hudnall and featured the artwork of John Ridgway. Hudnall self-published it through his Halloween Comics imprint in 1996. I think the venture folded by issue #3. There was a one-shot special later through Image, and I think at some point Hudnall finished the initial story arc in a TPB, but I lost track of the details.

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          Indie Cover Spotlight: Owly

          Since I’ll be appearing at the Claire’s Day children’s book festival this Saturday, I’ve decided to make this week’s theme for ICS all-ages comics. let’s kick it off with Andy Runton’s wonderful series of graphic novels, Owly:

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          These silent tales of Owly and his friends are charming, clever, and just plain fun. Highly recommended!

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            Indie Cover Spotlight: Elementals #9 (vol. 1)

            Welcome back to our spotlight on independent comic book covers. This week’s theme will be Bill Willingham’s seminal work, the Elementals:

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            Most of the issues in volume 1 of the series had wrap-around covers, as seen here. Given the team’s status as celebrities, this particular homage to the famous Beatles album cover fit in quite well with the book’s theme.

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              Indie Cover Spotlight: Undertow #1

              Wrapping up a look at some newer comics, here’s Undertow, from Image Comics:

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              “Atlantis is the world superpower, and Redum Anshargal is its worst enemy. If you want to break free of the system, he can offer you a place at his side, exploring the wild surface world in his watertight city barge The Deliverer. He and his hostage-protege Ukinnu Alal hunt the Amphibian, a legend that could be the key to an air-breathing life on land.”

              Cover art by Artyom Trakhanov.

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