Welcome to Small Press Sunday, a spotlight on the books, artists, and publishers that make up that “other” section of the comic book world. Whether the work is independently published, self published, amateur, professional, or even distributed through mainstream channels is irrelevant, we’re not here to split hairs over interchangeably used terms, we’re here to talk some comics!
Orang Utan Comics has made it to Small Press Sunday for part three of our mega feature on the company! They released two new books at this year’s London Super Comic Con, and now that they’re officially out, we can take a bit of a closer look.
Hero 9 to 5: Quietus (vol.2)
If Alan Moore’s Watchmen was a hate letter to superheroes, the second volume of Hero 9 to 5: Quietus is a snarky “we love you too” in response. That’s not the sole focus though. Massive muscles, huge hits, skintight costumes, shippers, continuity hounds, fanfic, nothing is sacred and everything is up for a little commentary. Only read this one if you’ve got a thick enough skin for a friendly ribbing, and won’t drop the comic in shock at the site of a vibrator. Also, even at some of its grimmest moments, this is the type of book that will try to put the “fun” in “funeral.” All that being said, it’s pretty easy to get into the narrative once you have a favorite character or two and someone to root for.
The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley
The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley is about a space pirate who pushes his luck just a little too far, and when his ship needs repairs, women with secrets drag him into a conspiracy laden adventure that’s much more than he bargained for! It’s chock full of Star Wars quotes and strongly resembles the sum of its influences, but the book is not without its own lopsided charm.