In the City of Lost Girls, a border town in the desert, girls and women are going missing and turning up dead. Officer Frank Coffey is new in town, a transfer from another police force and arrives to find a building full of corpses and one apparently traumatised little girl, making paper cranes.
Red, a 13 year old girl with a Katana, has one goal in life- to kill the werewolves stalking the women of the town and thereby avenge the death of her mother and sister. Coyotes is written by Sean Lewis, of Saints and The Few and is published by Image Comics. The illustrations, by Caitlin Yarsky, are beautiful, even when they're gory (which they frequently are). Volumes 1-4 have been compiled into a trade paperback. I've only read issue one so far, and can't wait to read more and find out what becomes of Red and her friends, and what the mysterious' Victoria ladies' (who only feature in passing in the first issue) are all about.
A young woman named Uana leaves her mother and her village and the life of a simple bird herder behind to seek adventure. Unfortunately, she sinks quickly into debt, and to pay her rent she takes on the job of stealing a valuable artefact guarded by a legendary beast. The job goes wrong and she finds herself in the afterlife with a giant talking snail who wants to sell her a timeshare house, and things just keep getting stranger from there.
Escargoteric, by Johnny Herber, is a very odd comic, with a strange story and highly detailed psychedelic art. I found myself wanting to colour in some of the black and white line drawings, which I suppose you could do if you bought a paperback copy of it. It's a strange little indie comic that is well worth a read.
3. Wild's End
Written by Dan Abnett, of Guardians of the Galaxy, Wild's End is sort of The Wind in the Willows meets The War of the Worlds. Two rival science fiction authors are summoned by the military to look into strange events in an English village, which has apparently been attacked by aliens who killed most of the villagers. A band of survivors, including a thief, a journalist and a retired naval officer are being held there, and everyone would like to know what the heck is going on. Also, all of these characters are anthropomorphic animals, including dogs, cats, a fox and a squirrel. Illustrator I.N.J. Culbard (H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness) brings these characters to life with a fair degree of realism.
Wild's End is a very English, 19th-century sci-fi adventure, best enjoyed without thinking too hard about how a society made of predators and prey living together in close quarters would actually work.
The first volume collects issues 1-6 of the comic.