Kit’s Top 5 Indie Comics of 2015

Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to be sharing our top 5s of 2015, from everyone who writes here at The Lost Lighthouse. Here is Kit’s Top 5 of Indie Comics of 2015 (Adam picked the featured image for no reason other than it amused him)

My turn to hop on the top 5 bandwagon! My articles in 2015 have mostly been either comics or short stories, to decide what to go back to I figured that actually I’ve read some amazing Indie Comics this year and it would be great to go back and give my favourites some more publicity. Also, it frees up the mainstream comics for Adam if he feels like procrastinating from his thesis some more! (if it had been me by the way it would be: Batman, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Saga, Wicked and Divine and Barracuda!)

Anyway, the top 5 Indie Comics I’ve read in 2015 are:

5 – Reapers – written by JoJo King, art by Adrian9, published by Insane Comics

Available here


Reapers, the story of a young woman who dies, only to be recruited by ‘Victor’ aka the Grim Reaper to do his dirty work and collect souls of the dead and battle demons! What does she get in exchange? Sweet oblivion.

I like the art in this comic, a lot of detail is packed into each of the panels and the imagery in the early pages showing the afterlife is unique and captures the mood. The non-human characters appear full of personality and look very cool.

The concept for the story is interesting and a lot could be done with it. Violet’s death and subsequent exploration of the afterlife are really cool and give pivotal insight into her character.

The only thing that didn’t quite work for me in this comic was The Reaper, Victor, much as the Grim Reaper aspect works the way he spoke kinda bugged me, which is why this comic makes my top 5 but not higher.


4 – The Revival – written and drawn by Tom Kyzivat, published by Hound Comics

Available here


A post-apocalyptic wasteland after a global war and the survivors just scraping to get by? No, this isn’t Mad Max, but sign me up!

The world is ruled by the mysterious figure Patriarch. However, Patriarch has died, and the world has been a worse place for it. Those with magic battle those with technology and our heroes are doing their best to scrape by. And my favourite part? You pick up so much of it naturally, there isn’t the often made mistake of beating you over the head with exposition. Also, one of the characters is a bear.

The art is good, if not the highest quality on this list, however I do love the use of barcodes when the Cabbage Heads speak.

If you like Mad Max, Fallout, Firefly or anything at all like them then this is the perfect comic for you!


From here it’s on to my top 3, where picking the order gets really hard…

3 – Sineater – written by JoJo King and Chase Dunham

Award: Best Concept

Available here


Right, Sineater is third. Am I sure about this? Umm… maybe, my top three are all fantastic comics and all very different to each other, I spent way too long trying to work out the order for them and even changed it twice writing this article. To make things a little easier I’ve decided to cheat and award them their own titles for what each of them are best at as well.

Sineater gets Best Concept. This is a really cool idea for a story, a young girl named Cassandra works as a Sineater, and she goes around and literally eats people’s sins. It’s a thankless job and she is hated for her strange powers. The whole idea is communicated brilliantly at the beginning in a conversation between a mother and daughter while Cassandra gets ready to do her job.

The art feels a little like a manga, which isn’t a bad thing and it helps Sineater feel unique.

Speaking of manga, if you like manga or anime like Soul Eater or D-Gray Man this would be a very good comic to pick up as it feels a lot like them in tone.

Some minor dialogue issues put it slightly lower than the next two comics for me, but that was being REALLY picky.


2 – Young, Talented… Exploited! – written by Yatuu, Translated by Fnic and published by Sloth Comics

Award: The Best Non-Traditional Comic

Available here


This was perhaps the biggest surprise for me as a comic. It’s not a traditional comic book at all, the story isn’t fantastical, the characters are based on real people and it even has a choose-your-own-adventure element to it.

The story follows a young girl and her attempts to make a career for herself in the gaming industry and the challenges she faces. This really hit home to me as someone who, although in a very different industry, is trying to build a career for himself in our post-recession economy. It isn’t easy at all, and this comic sums it all up perfectly, the long hours, give it your all but only be left feeling unappreciated and completely disposable to businesses.

The art is minimalist and used to illustrate the words more than tell the story itself.

There’s the choose-your-own-adventure bit to it as well, which again hits the nail on the head for what it’s like trying to work these days whatever path you choose.

This really is something I wish employers, and students should read. Students to manage their expectations that things are not as easy as some people will lead you to believe and employers to give them a little perspective for their interns and graduates. I’ve put this as second as it isn’t a traditional comic as such, but it is really worth the read.


1 – Kings of the Wastelands – written, pencilled and inked by Delbert Hewitt Jr

Award: Best Artwork and Characters

Available here


Here we are, my number 1 Indie comic I’ve read in 2015! There’s a lot of good stuff out there, but for me this one just edged it over the competition!

To start with this comic looks fantastic, very professional and the characters are full of colour and life. The characters are all animals and each has so much personality packed into them.

The story itself is very cool as well, it’s (another) post-apocalyptic wasteland, where Jacob is out for revenge against Hunter the Tiger and forms a loose band with Gib the driving Turtle and a Cat with a catapult. The plot itself is fairly simple, but that’s a good thing, it allows for fantastic character inter play, they all bounce off each other to create a fun, vibrant comic. The combat looks great and I love the touch of having the ‘Dragon’ be a Hippo.

This is a fun start to a promising series, if you want an action comic with fantastic fight scenes or if you like Mad Max, but kinda wished they were all talking animals then this is for you. The art is also fantastic and the author and colourists should feel proud of what they’ve made here.

This is why this comics (just) makes it to my number 1 spot.



Indie Comic Review – Reapers #1 (Insane Comics)

Our pal Kit  reviews comics for us sometimes! This is one of those times.

“Well… You did it… You killed yourself. Not what I was expecting. On the bright side there aren’t any people around” – Reapers

Time for another Indie Comic review. This time I’m looking at Reapers from Insane Comics. This was written by JoJo King, the art by Adrian9 and the lettering by John Palmer IV.

The story begins with our protagonist, Violet, being rushed to hospital, where she dies, having cut herself with a razor. As she passes away she finds herself in a different afterlife than what she was expecting. Here she runs into a stranger, another recently deceased girl. They are met by someone who clearly knows the score around the afterlife, The Reaper, although he apparently prefers ‘Victor’. The Reaper then proceeds to offer the two girls a deal: they work for him as Reapers and he’ll give them what they each desire. A new life for our protagonist’s companion and nothingness for our protagonist herself.

They agree and head out on their first collection, they find a rotting corpse where they’d been expecting a regular guy for them to kill. It seems somebody got there before them, with their assistant ‘Michah’. Turns out Michah is a demon and they battle it out.

I like the art in this comic, a lot of detail is packed into each of the panels and the imagery in the early pages showing the afterlife is unique and captures the mood. As the issue progresses and we get to take a look at the characters. The non-human characters appear full of personality and look very cool.

The concept for the story is interesting and a lot could be done with it. However there’s a lot more to be explored the first issue doesn’t manage to touch on, although this is largely due to a large portion of the comic being given to Violet’s origin story. This is fairly necessary for the start of this story though, Violet’s death and subsequent exploration of the afterlife is pivotal to giving an insight into her character.

One of the elements that didn’t fit so well with me was The Reaper, Victor, much as the Grim Reaper aspect works the language he uses feels disjointed and a little out of place. However this could just be a first impression, a little more characterisation over further issues could easily rectify this and flash out his character a lot more.

Final Verdict

I’d say this comic is off to a solid start. It’s an origin story so a lot of the issue has to be dedicated to explaining what’s going on. In this case it’s a good place to start and give us a chance to see the key players on Team Reaper. The art fits the setting very well, particularly when showing the afterlife Violet finds herself in.

If you want to check Reapers out, you buy it here and check it out digitally or in print!

Score: 7 Newly Recruited Reapers out of 10.

Indie Comic Review – SinEater (Insane Comics)

Our pal Kit sometimes write for the site! This is one of those times.

“She has evil inside her”

This week I’m taking a look at another indie comic, Jojo King and Chase Dunham’s SinEater.

To kick things off before I even read the first line of dialogue the artwork stood out to me a lot, in a good way. Its black and white drawings feel like much more of a manga style than a western comic book; though you do still read from left to right across the page. I very much liked seeing this, and it immediately made the comic feel unique and stand out a little from the some of the other indie comics I’ve read.

Getting into the story itself though, our hero is Cassandra, a young girl who holds the less than prestigious title of Sineater within a village. Sineater’s do exactly as their job title implies, they literally eat people’s sins. This purifies the patient’s soul so they’re able to go to heaven. People’s sins are drawn out of them as demons which the Sineater then devours, because they then have a literal demon inside of them and are clearly putting themselves through hell to help others you’d think a Sineater would be received well out and about town, right? Wrong, of course not. They are both thanked and then shunned for their service to others and it’s getting to Cassandra.

A lot of the exposition in the first issue I felt was done very well. A conversation between a mother and child about Cassandra’s treatment of the father provides a decent enough basis and then we’re shown what happens as opposed to each little detail being printed out for us to read first. For the most part the dialogue is handled very well.

If I’m being picky I’d have two complaints about the dialogue though:

  1. There’s a few expletives throughout the comic, nothing wrong with that in general, and some fit the conversation perfectly, but a couple of them felt a little unnecessary.
  2. When Cassandra is by herself, talking to herself it felt a little forced. It wouldn’t need much to improve this, either have her summarise this in a later conversation or change it from her talking to herself to her inner thought process.

But these are largely very picky complaints and don’t take away from the fact I certainly enjoyed this read.

I enjoyed the other characters in the book too and it feels like a very solid basis for a series. The plot of this issue feels like a good start as such and this book could certainly go places.

If you want to check SinEater out, you buy it here and check it out digitally or in print!

Score: 8.5 Sins out of a Patient