Indie Edge: Chester Brown, Grant Morrison, & More

by Andrea Purcell

If you've ever browsed through a PREVIEWS catalog, you know how packed full each issue can be. It's so packed, that you might have overlooked a choice comic tucked away on one of its many pages. There are so many sections to look through each month, it can be almost impossible to search out all of the awesome comic books that you want to pre-order at your local comic shop. The Indie Edge column is made to help by taking a look at just some (and trust us, there's a lot) of the amazing small press, alternative, and indie titles currently available in this month's catalog!

The "indie" umbrella can be wide, and these comics cover a lot of different story types and styles, but you can find just about any comic you've ever wanted and maybe a few you never knew you needed. Take a look at the books highlighted below and if anything is begging to be read, wander over to your local comic shop to pre-order these comics and anything else from this month's PREVIEWS catalog!

If your one true love is comic books, you're in luck with February's Indie Edge column! Featuring the new Chester Brown graphic novel, a trippy journey through the Louvre, Black Mask Comics newest crime caper, and a new direction for Heavy Metal, this month's selections will warm your heart.

Luke 7:38

Writer and artist Chester Brown is no stranger to the controversial world of prostitution, and in his next graphic novel he’s taking it back to a biblical beginning. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus (FEB161442) is a collection of nine tales from the bible dealing with women and the representations of prostitution within. This is the second graphic novel Brown has released with Drawn & Quarterly on the subject, the first being the bestselling Paying for It. Containing the stories of biblical heroines Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mary, Brown interweaves and connects these women through their mutual tales. A reassessment of Christian morals, this examination of how the bible represents sex work and the women implicated in it will help deepen the understanding of religion as a whole.

Mona Lisa Smile

The latest entry in NBM Comics’s Louvre collection of graphic novels looks at the French museum through an Eastern artist’s lens, as award-winning manga creator Jiro Taniguchi takes readers on a journey through art in Guardians of the Louvre (FEB161651). When a Japanese designer stops in Paris to visit the museums of the capital, things don’t go as planned when he becomes bedridden with fever. Alone in a foreign country, once the fever lifts slightly he sets out to complete his quest only to be waylaid and lost inside the labyrinth like halls of the Louvre.  Fluctuating between reality and feverish hallucination, he interacts with the great masters of art and their artwork and discovers unanticipated facets to the worlds contained inside the museum. 

Putting the Band Back Together

New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins is giving his fan favorite character Nick Travers an all new dimension in the upcoming 12 Gauge Comics graphic novel adaptation of Last Fair Deal Gone Down (FEB161858). The New Orleans music historian and detective is on the case again to solve a Christmas-time mystery. The death of his musician friend, Fats, looks like a suicide until Nick discovers a saxophone is missing from Fats’ apartment. There may be more to this case then just a suicide and Nick must dig for answers to solve his friend’s alleged murder. What was the strange woman Fats paid for company doing when he died; and could the killer be closer then Nick suspects? 

This is a Holdup!

Black Mask Comics is following up its huge hit series We Can Never Go Home with a crime caper story of a different kind in 4 Kids Walk into a Bank (FEB161207). It’s Stand by Me meets Inside Man as eleven year-old Paige must help her idiot father pull off a bank heist. Will she be able to keep her dad out of jail and make sure the adults pull off the heist without a hitch? This darkly humorous series throws the worlds of Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino into a blender and creates an amazing comic series out of it.

For Those About to Rock

It’s time to hail to the chief in Heavy Metal Magazine’s latest issue, as legendary comic creator Grant Morrison takes the reigns starting with Heavy Metal #280 (FEB161583). The long-running independant magazine — which has been home to such creators as H.R. Giger, Richard Corben, Harlan Ellison, and Moebius — is setting up all-new surprises for readers, and is sure to showcase the latest generation of science fiction prodigies. Morrison is the master of mind-melting and consciousness-expanding stories that take reading into unknown corners of the mind, and now with the power of Heavy Metal behind him, comics will never be the same. 

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