Arriving in stores this week is The Ride: Southern Gothic #1 from 12 Gauge Comics, containing a crime story by me, Rick Leonardi and Dexter Vines, presented in glorious black and white. It’s actually the first half of a story involving meth runners, the Dixie Mafia and the familiar car of the title. Part two of the story, drawn by Tom Raney, will appear in the concluding issue #2. Other creators in issue #1 include Nathan Edmondson, Jody LeHeup, Paul Azaceta and David Lapham, with a cover by Andrew Robinson.

I like crime stories, I like writing short stories, I like black and white, and I love working with Rick Leonardi, whom I consider one of the best storytellers in comics. My previous story for The Ride appeared in the Foreign Parts one-shot, with phenomenal art by Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi. It’s one of my favorite stories, and got a nice notice in Entertainment Weekly back when the print version actually paid some attention to comics.

Hope you seek out The Ride: Southern Gothic #1 this week. Independent books like this need your support.

Also, last week slipped by without a mention of Prophecy #3, which arrived in stores Aug. 29, continuing the Dynamite Comics crossover. The story brings together disparate characters including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dracula, Herbert West, Pantha and Athena, among others, gathered to oppose the sorcerer Kulan Gath’s attempt to end the world. Issue #3 includes a return appearance by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, who opened the series.

The Unleash the Fanboy review called Prophecy #3 “…a continuation of an already stellar event…”  [read more…]

If you haven’t picked up the issue yet, a preview of the first eight pages can be seen here: