Updated on 16 October, 2021
Acme Comics has been around since 1989, and while it has only recently started publishing original comic books again, its influence on the comics industry far outstrips any other creator/ownership. Many of today's comic shops were born out of or were sustained by the comics boom of the late 1990s or arose from the darkness of the ashes left by the previous comics boom. Acme Comics was probably around even before X-Men #1 was ever planned. The comic industry moved away from superheroes during that time and towards more gritty, realistic material. Many fans credit those changes for making their comic book hobby a better one.
One particular reason the comics industry has changed is the growing popularity of creator owned superhero titles. There are so many new and interesting ideas waiting to be expressed, and few publishers are willing to take the risk with unknown talent. But as soon as a creator owns his story and has a great idea for a story, he can go ahead and tell his story to any publisher who is ready to listen. Acme Comics has allowed its creators the chance to be heard, which is not always the case with established comic book companies. This is one reason why I believe that Acme Comics is the first comic shop I ever visited.
My first exposure to Acme Comics was when I saw "Doomed" in a local comic book store. I was blown away by the spectacular photography involved, the striking action, and the detailed backgrounds that gave so much life to this futuristic story. From the first few panels, I was hooked and it was clear from there that this was going to be an amazing comic book. A few issues later, I can say that I have read every single issue of this spectacular series, and every single one has been something I look forward to reading each month.
I love this type of storytelling because it leaves me craving the next issue, and I want there to be a spinoff or a sequel to this fantastic story. I was so impressed with the way that Acme Comics takes the reader into the future of a place that is still unknown to most of us, but as soon as I saw "Doomed" was set up as a spinoff, I got even more in excitement. Now I am looking forward to "Doomed" #2! I plan on joining the cast of "Doomed" and catching up with everyone who wrote and drew this fantastic series. If you are a fan of unique comic books, then you need to check out "Doomed."
Another favorite of mine is "Doomed," written by Eddy Campbell and drawn by Brett Booth. The story line is somewhat similar to the first graphic novel that I read by Eddy Campbell, "Lovekillers," and I have a few things that come from that collection that I really like. Like "Lovekillers," "Doomed" is another amazing story about a young boy who lives with his grandmother and great-grandmother. It was extremely emotional for me while reading it and I loved all of the twists and turns that were told to make it real and gritty. As with "Lovekillers," "Doomed" was a fantastic graphic novel and I look forward to future issues.
One of my favorite upcoming superhero comic book store promotions that Acme is running right now is a "DC Universe: Dark Knightven" special that will feature Batman and the entire Justice League, including Super Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern. I have already seen the covers and I know that they look incredible. The solicitations say that the special will be released in January, and I can't wait to see what happens. If I were going to buy this book in a store right now though, I might want to wait til April as there are some major announcements coming about from DC right now. I wouldn't put it past them to have something huge like the New 52 take place before the new Dark Knight movie comes out, so I'm definitely looking forward to it.
One of my personal favorite things about Acme Comics is that they give their customers a free sketchbook and even let them join in on the drawing. It's always great to see how much effort goes into making a comic book and having people enjoy it. I think that the quality of comics that they produce definitely deserve to be taken seriously. If you buy comics that are produced by other companies, it only shows that they care more about the overall story and the quality of their stories than they do about making their dollars back. When I go to a retailer to buy a comic book, I always ask if they have any coupons or sales, just so I get the best deal possible on that particular title.
If you have never been to Acme Comics, then you have absolutely no idea what you're getting. If you've been keeping up with the comics industry, then you know how little these type of stores give for the materials that they provide. They are truly an amazing find as far as I'm concerned. The fact that you can purchase every single title that David Lloyd has created for Acme Comics makes it all that much better as well. All in all, if you are looking for a great way to relax and enjoy some good independent comics, then this would definitely be worth trying out!