Gutter Magic #1- Independent comics is a hit-or-miss affair, but Gutter Magic #1 looks like a winner to me. An exciting, dark fantasy adventure set in a world where magic exists and mages were involved in WW2, it is also an urban fantasy adventure where a no-good rogue by the name of Cinder steal from his betters and tried to live through the consequences. The world is dirty, rough, and very dangerous. If you are looking for something different in the fantasy genre, this one is it.
Injection #6- After a short hiatus, Injection is back and it's as if it never left. Writer Warren Ellis knocked it out of the park again, only this time he did with another character of the CCCU. Vivek Headland is Ellis' love letter to Sherlock Holmes, only darker and more unbalanced. In a way, it makes sense. Imagine if you're a logical man like Headland and then come to know that the "rumors" of the fantastic and bizarre were all true; being unbalance might be the best case scenario for you. One thing I will have to say is that right off the bat, Vivek comes across as more interesting than Maria Kilbride and Robin Morel. It took a few issues before Ellis got me to care for those two characters, but he took me on Vivek in just one. Welcome back!
Spider-Gwen #4- One of the big hooks in Spider-Gwen is that this world's Peter Parker is dead; dead at the hands of Spider-Gwen. Naturally that didn't go down too well with a lot of people, including it seems this world's Harry Osborn! Yes, writer Jason Latour has used the tried and tested method of putting Harry in the Green Goblin's mask, but instead of revenge for his father, it's for his best friend this time. The slight twist actually works and makes this conflict interesting. It's not the same tired routine you usually see between Spiderman and the Green Goblin, but something a little different. And the finish? Very good, very surprising, and got me wanting more!