[GUEST POST] Jacques Nyemb on 10 Great Comics You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

10 Great Comics You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

by Jacques Nyemb

Let’s face it, when it comes to comic books it has been ingrained in us to believe that quality only comes from big publishing companies. With their massive advertising budgets and box office hits, we rarely notice the lovely gems just beyond our periphery. I myself publish all-ages independent comics (which you can learn more about on our site, or on our Kickstarter page), so this topic is near and dear to my heart. This means that today is your lucky day: I’m going to share with you some comics you might not even know exist, and hopefully get you to look at something you may not be aware of!


by Justin Peterson

The story:

It’s a comic… about a comic book shop.

Colin and Sam run the Splash Page, a pretty nice little comic book store. Everything seems great as they welcome a new employee, Nate, and their old friend Mackenzine comes back into town.

Then all hell breaks loose: a rival shop opens up across the street, and they are out for revenge on Colin and Sam.

What does this rival shop want? Who are they? Will the Splash Page survive? Will Colin stop being a jerk? Can Sam hold it all together?

Why it’s special:

This book is a comic’s comic. It’s filled with humor that will keep avid comic fans in stitches. From well timed jokes about “geek” culture to genuinely humorous characters, this book is perfect for comic fans who aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves. In the same vein, this comic manages to bring something new to the table, the manga-sized, black & white book is chock full of quality art and well written dialog, and of course a ridiculous story that will keep readers turning the pages.


by Vince White

The story:

The Legend of Will Power follows the adventures of a young high school football player named William Power and his journey to becoming one of the greatest heroes of all.

The twist is young William never truly receives powers or gains tremendous strength. The secret to this living legends heroism is that it’s the universe that gets weak. Join Will as he discovers the wonders of his uniqueness and what it means to truly be a hero.

Why it’s special:

With the influx of gritty superheroes It’s rare to find an iconic character in comics that holds on to the classic superhero archetype. Will Power manages to infuse the virtues of Superman in a modern tale of a boy turned hero. The diverse casts within the stories and the nods to the old superhero genre make this a great read for all ages.


by C. Spike Trotman and Diana Nock

The story:

Whether you’re new to independent living, a recent college graduate, or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. It’s time to cut your expenses! Or just make sure they never pile up in the first place.

Why it’s special:

We all need this book. This is by far one of the best educational comic book everyone should own. As we grow up and realize consumption for the sake of consumption isn’t sustainable, we start asking ourselves how do we make the most with what with have? This book shows us ways we can enrich our lives without emptying our bank accounts.


by Robin Child

The story:

Three siblings from a broken family are caught in the conspiracy that claimed their mother’s life. To save their family and nation, they seek out ancient gods for answers — but the gods give nothing for free.

Why it’s special:

Not often do you find a comic that has its own distinct world, complete with languages and cultures. Although the exploration of this world is just a backdrop to the story, it adds an extra dimension to the adventure. By the way, there’s actually a language guide where you can see all the symbols and hear Robin pronouncing each name. As well as extra details on some of the words, such as the impolite to formal ways of saying “please” and “thank you”, which you can find here.


by Jason Brubaker

The story:

Sonja, the lighthouse keeper at a seaside oil drilling town, loses her cat, Victuals. Everyone blames the Lizard Man, the local boogeyman, which Sonja knows is a myth created by her late father to generate interest in the town. But when Victuals unexpectedly returns and has the brain of a strange and intelligent creature; it seems someone is doing experimental transplants.

With the brain of a lizard and the body of a cat, Victuals must now fight to recover his original lizard body and confront what he thought was the all-powerful god.

Why it’s special:

The quality that went into the coffee table book puts this work on part with comics made by companies with larger budgets. Jason spared no expense from his Kickstarter to provide a book worthy of collecting. But moving beyond the books’ production, the art is engaging and the dialog is perfect. Readers will enjoy their underwater adventure as they learn more about mystery surrounding the returned talking cat.


by Jamal Igle

The story:

She’s Strong, she’s smart, and she’s incredibly brave. She’s the protector of Coopersville, the Princess of Finesse, the petite powerhouse known only as Molly Danger!

She’s the hero you’ve been waiting for! Eternally child-like and inhumanly strong, Molly Danger has protected the citizens of the once sleepy town of Coopersville, New York for the past 20 years from the terror of the sinister Supermechs. But what secrets from her past threaten to destroy everything she holds dear when new D.A.R.T. recruit Austin Briggs becomes her pilot?

Why it’s special:

With comic book veteran Jamal Igle at the helm, this comic has all of the action and quality of a DC hero comic. The difference is a story that will empower young girls. No objectifying skimpy outfits, just a girl who is trying to make sense of her world and powers while kicking butt in the process.


by David McAdoo

The story:

Raised in the quiet suburbs of middle America, the unknowing hero of this story is a small dog named Mox. The family that owns him seems different now that he’s not a puppy anymore and Mox is slowly coming to the realization that the world around him is changing quickly. Mox is unhappy in his suburban pen but Daeden, a street-wise stray dog, is there to help. Once freed of his confines Mox begins having horrific visions of a world in destruction; forests of fire, crumbling mountains and sunken cities, all under the ominous stare of a RED MOON. What do the visions mean? Why do they send Mox into an uncontrollable frenzy?

With that Mox and Daeden’s journey begins. And along that journey they will cross dangerous enemies, make powerful allies and come face to face with some of the most fantastic ancient sages of the animal world!

Why it’s special:

There are not enough stories about dogs saving the world. This story fills this gap with a skilfully created animal folklore in a pre-apocalyptic setting. The engaging story and the labor that went into the beautifully inked pages make this yet another fantastic read.


by Victor Dandridge and Harold Edge

The story:

Apex Prime, one of the greatest heroes of Earth, had a wife and a family…and then he fell in love. Now he must explain how truly human he is to the one person who should know it best — his own son.

Why it’s special:

Not many superhero comics tackle the subject of infidelity. We tend to see the heroes’ alter egos shielded from the realities of being powerful attractive beings. But Trouble W/ Love found a way to approach the subject without a preachy message. The story let the characters react with a degree realism to an uncomfortable subject. This adult targeted comic does something that independent comics need to do more of, publish things that mainstream comics won’t touch, for fear of lost revenue.


by Mark Rudolph

The story:

Closing Doors is the story of struggling record store owner Elvin Cherry who is torn between the necessities of living in a stark urban landscape where mom and pop stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past and his love of the store that is not only his life’s work but also the hub of a small eccentric community.

Why it’s special:

This comic feels more like a documentary, than a comic book. The way it skilfully gives us a glimpse into the world of mom and pop shops holding on, while big box chains gobble up their communities, is an eye opener. I’m sure comic shop owner could relate to Elvin’s pain. Although this story is fictional, the reader will feel as though they know the characters and probably will feel a little guilty each time they chose web shopping over going to a community store.


by Chris Dickens and Phil Morgenthaler

The story:

Alvin Gentry is a normal college student with a dark past. When his kid sister is kidnapped and murdered, Alvin trusts the police to find the person responsible. But as the investigation stalls, he uncovers a clue that could help solve the case. Ignored by police and with more and more time passing, Alvin considers finding the assailant himself. With no special training, experience, or resources, this vigilante project would be a huge undertaking. Is Alvin ready for the challenge?

Why it’s special:

The hero in this story has to no cape or cowl. He is affectionately described as a “broke batman” by his creator. Fans of gritty shows like The Wire or Breaking Bad will enjoy this story as we follow Alvin’s journey to avenge his sister’s death. There are a lot of character entwined in this story and plenty of mystery to keep an adult reader turning the pages for more.

You can learn more about Jacques Nyemb‘s independent comic production company Not So Super Comics on their website, or you can follow them on Twitter as @NSSComics, Facebook, or Google+. Be sure to watch their Kickstarter video, too, posted below for your convenience.