Comixology, the cloud-based digital comic delivery system, just announced that they're partnering with notorious horror comic publisher Avatar Press. At launch, comic fans can access thirty comics from the publisher on their mobile devices and computers, with another twenty comics dubbed "too extreme for mobile." Those infamous comics will be available to buy and read on your computer only.
So what does this mean for the digital comic fan? We took a look at a bunch of the comics that will be available on Comixology from Avatar Press, and it looks like you're in for a gory, bloody, nasty good time. Here are some of our favorites...
No Hero, by the legendary Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan), is a study in dissection, debilitation, and the debasement of the natural body. Sounds good, right? No Hero is about a group of superheroes who were made that way by drugs. Their bodies almost always heal, they can fly, and they are incredibly strong. In a world without any other superheroes, this small group of druggies, who started in the sixties in San Francisco, are head and shoulders above the competition. Ellis has always been interested in subjects dealing with the modification or enhancement of the human body, and in this comic he lets his fascinations shine.
Extinction Parade is a new comic we're very excited about. Written by modern zombie king Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), it's the author's first foray into the comic genre. The story is based off of a short story he wrote a few years back, and features vampires wandering a world being besieged by zombies. While you may have seen stuff like this before, you've not read anything like Extinction Parade. The vampires, long-lived and amused by humans, are ignored by zombies at the start of the comic. This is a brand new series, and one worth keeping an eye on every month.
Oh Crossed, you truly are a comic I love to hate (and a comic I love). Written by Garth Ennis, it's one of the most low down, nasty, and grimly fun comics ever released. Both Crossed the original series and Crossed: Badlands are available on Comixology now. But you better believe these are in the "too extreme for mobile" category: this vile comic, about a disease that turns people into bloodthirsty maniacs, has shocked and offended since its inception in 2008. These comics are extreme, and certainly not for the faint of heart or conscience.
If there's one series I'm over the moon about, it's Neonomicon. Written by Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and illustrated by Jacen Burrows (Transmetropolitan), this four-issue series brought the gritty, realistic style of FBI/serial killer dramas into the realm of Lovecraftian horror. A team of agents are hunting down what might be a copycat serial killer, but when their suspects speak in tongues, fade into paintings, and generally unleash insanity, they have to react... and fast! It's like Silence of the Lambs meets Call of Cthulhu. Can I give a better endorsement than that?
Add to this list comics like Ferals from David Lapham, Jonathan Hickman's God Is Dead, Warren Ellis's Black Summer and Supergod, and Kieron Gillen's Uber, and you've got quite a bit to munch on. We're excited to see more publishers team up with Comixology and utilize their "guided view technology," which flows through the comic book panel by panel. So if you use the program, but you've been missing wild splashes of blood and gore, this new distribution will be right up your alley.