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John Seven is a journalist and children's book writer living in North Adams, Massachusetts. His books include 'A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide To Anarchy,' 'Happy Punks 1-2-3,' 'Frankie Liked To Sing,' and others. He reviews comics for the Beat in his regular Indie Beat column. Find out about all his things at johnseven.me.

INDIE VIEW: SIBERIAN HAIKU creates magic from nightmares

Siberian Haiku Written by Jurga Vile Illustrated by Lina Itagaki SelfMadeHero Starting in 1941, Lithuanians endured the first of nearly three dozen mass deportations by order of the...

INDIE VIEW: X-RAY ROBOT #1 is exactly the comic we need...

X-Ray Robot #1 Written and Illustrated by Michael Allred Colored by Laura Allred Lettered by Nate Piekos Dark Horse Comics I had a plan for what I was going...

INDIE VIEW: MISS ENDICOTT is a bright light in dark London

Miss Endicott Part 1 Written by Jean-Christophe Derrien Illustrated by Xavier Fourquemin Translated by Jerome Sincantin Europe Comics In Miss Endicott Part 1, following the death of her mother,...

INDIE VIEW: NICNEVIN AND THE BLOODY QUEEN features folk horror &...

Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen is an enjoyable addition and effective introduction to the folk-horror genre.

INDIE VIEW: THE HARROWING OF HELL brings back that old time...

The Harrowing of Hell By Evan Dahm Iron Circus Comics What you read in the Bible is not the entire story of Jesus. That’s the result of...

INDIE VIEW: THE BOOK OF FORKS runs circles around most world-building

Rob Davis's newest graphic novel is the conclusion of the Motherless Oven Trilogy.

INDIE VIEW: Russell, Pace, & Kirk’s SECOND COMING critiques religion with...

Second Coming Written by Mark Russell Illustrated by Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk Colored by Andy Troy Lettered by Rob Steen Covers illustrated by Amanda Conner Ahoy Comics “I wanted to...

INDIE VIEW: ‘The Ballad of the Salty Sea’ offers solid, reliable...

Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salty Sea By Hugo Pratt Translated by Dean Mullaney and Simone Castaldi IDW/EuroComics Though I had known about Corto Maltese for years,...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Familiar Face’ is a warped kaleidoscopic mirror to our...

Familiar Face By Michael DeForge Drawn and Quarterly “The only constant is change.” Heraclitus of Ephesus said that. I looked it up. Actually, I’m not quite clear that...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Lupus’ is a science fiction epic of the human...

Lupus By Frederik Peeters Translated by Edward Gauvin Top Shelf Productions It’s hard to believe that is was nearly two decades ago that Swiss cartoonist Frederik Peeters made...

INDIE VIEW: ‘River: Stories of Old Anapra’ has an impact bigger...

River: Stories of Old Anapra By Dave Ortega Radiator Comics Dave Ortega has already proven his ability to transform family history into compelling and tender comics with...

INDIE VIEW: ‘Becoming Horses’ is a wander through the creative ether

Becoming Horses By Disa Wallander Drawn and Quarterly Creativity is different for everyone, and what commonalities there are get mixed in with points of departure so that...