British Comic Shop Releases (28th January 2015) – XIII, Lady S and Brutania!

2000AD Prog 1915 - Cover

Here’s this week’s list of comics – both US and UK releases – on sale in specialist UK comic shops today, Wednesday 28th January 2015. We’ve picked out the titles published by British publishers in bold below, or titles with a British connection we’re aware of, including cover artists.

There are a number of Cinebook titles out this week in comic shops, including another cracking-looking XIII volume and the first of a new series, The Survivors.

This week also sees the release of Diamond Previews #317, offering advance information on  items scheduled to ship to comic shops in April 2015 and beyond.

Don’t forget that despite many British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour, there are still comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including The Beano and Commando, with great strips featuring in titles such as Judge Dredd MegazineDoctor Who MagazineDoctor Who AdventuresTOXICVIZ and many more.

The Hatchette Judge Dredd Collection has also just launched in newsagents.

Plus, the wonderful Phoenix Comic is on sale in all Waitrose supermarkets as well as available on subscription.

British Publishers

2000AD/Rebellion

2000AD Prog 1915

Features “Judge Dredd: Dark Justice” by John Wagner & Greg Staples; “Savage: Grinders” by Pat Mills & Patrick Goddard; “The Order” by Kek-W & John Burns;

“Ulysses Sweet Maniac For Hire: Psycho Therapist” by Guy Adams & Paul Marshall; and “Orlok: Eurozoned by Arthur Wyatt & Jake Lynch”

• Read Matt Badham’s interview on “Orlok” with Arthur Wyatt

 

Slaine: The Brutania Chronicles - Cover

 

Slaine Brutania Chronicles Hard Cover
Writer: Pat Mills (A/CA) Simon Davis

Ancient Albion. Celtic barbarian warrior Sláine united the tribes of the Earth Goddess and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he fought for the Goddess in other eras before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. Now, he’s crossed over onto the isle of Monadh in an attempt to rescue Sinead from the evil clutches of the Drune Lords. This brand-new chapter in the life of Sláine is the perfect jumping on point for new readers!

Read Antony Esmond’s Review of Brutania

 

Strontium Dog: Dogs of War: Life and Death of Johnny Alpha 2

Strontium Dog Life & Death Of Johnny Alpha Trade Paperback
Writer: John Wagner Artist/Cover Artist: Carlos Ezquerra

Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These “mutants” became a victimized underclass, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent, or Strontium Dog, is Johnny Alpha, who was thought killed. But he has been resurrected and is now leading mutantkind in a revolution against the Norms!


Cinebook

Lady S Graphic Novel Volume 5 Portuguese Medley

 

Lady S Graphic Novel Volume 5 Portuguese Medley
Writer: Jean Van (A/CA) Philippe Aymond

Shania, back in Europe after being expelled from the United States, has resumed her work with Orion and his shadowy organisation. Undercover as an interpreter at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, she is tasked with getting close to an extremist suspected of preparing a terrorist attack. The whole mission spirals out of control when she rushes to Portugal, after the CIA contacts her to tell her they’ve found a man who calls himself Abel Rivkas, her father!

Read Jeremy Briggs’ reviews of past Lady S releases

• In Review: Lady S – Here’s To Suzie!

• In Review: Lady S – Latitude 59 Degrees North

• In Review: Lady S – Game Of Fools

• In Review: Lady S – A Mole In DC

 

 

The Survivors Graphic Novel Volume 1

 

The Survivors Graphic Novel Volume 1
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: LEO

100 years before Kim Keller’s adventures on Aldebaran, Betelgeuse and Antares, a few humans already faced the dangers of an unknown planet. Another chapter of the Worlds of Aldebaran saga! On their way to Aldebaran, a small group of humans is marooned on a strange planet.During the early days of the colonisation of Aldebaran, the second colony ship is lost in transit with all hands, prompting Earth to abandon the project and strand the first wave of colonists. And yet, not everyone perished with the ship. A small group of survivors find themselves on a shuttle, headed towards an unexplored planet. Faced with the dangers of their new home as well as dissensions within the group, they soon discover they may not be alone…

XIII Volume 19: Day Of Mayflower

 

XIII Volume 19: Day Of Mayflower
Writer: Yves Sente (A/CA) Youri Jigounov

After all his adventures across the American continent, after defeating his many enemies, XIII is trying to live a simple life in the house he inherited, where it all started. It’s not always easy; not everyone is happy to have such an infamous man in the area, and his skills are in high demand with some people of varying integrity. His memories are still locked away, too, and some people want to keep it that way!

More XIII features on downthetubes, including reviews of past volumes by Jeremy Briggs


Humanoids Inc

Lou Cale: Snapping Big Apples Bad Seeds Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Warn’s

1940s’ New York. Flashes go off around the city as bodies pile up and local papers battle to feed the public’s demand for sensationalism. The one and only Lou Cale is one of these notorious shutterbugs, but Lou also keeps his ear to the ground, often picking up on crime scene details that go unseen by the authorities, and which lead him into his own dogged investigations. From mysterious suicides, scalped corpses and stolen Oriental treasures, to racist hangings and mob assassinations, tough nut Lou fights his way through a bevy of beauties and a whole bunch of crooks, to get to the truth.


Titan Comics

The Chimera Brigade Book Two

 

The Chimera Brigade Book Two
Writers: Fabrice Colin & Serge Lehman Artist: Fabrice Gess

In the trenches of World War One, a new kind of superhuman was born. Formed by secret and illegal chemical weapons, this empowered generation is just starting to come of age. Some fight against injustice, others spread terror.

Now, in 1938, on the eve of War, they have risen to take control of the capital cities of Europe. Above the law, above human authority, these strange metahumans capture the imaginations of the public even as they baffle scientists with their impossible powers. The battles between them are titanic, legendary, and larger than life.

But a new, even more powerful threat is looming, one that could yet erase them from existence and shift the balance of power, as Europe becomes a battle-ground for different political and ideological factions. It is a time that tests allegiances and forges new alliances.

This is how the superhumans of Europe were born… and this is how they died.

Penguins of Madagascar #3

Penguins of Madagascar #3
Writer: Jim Alexander Art: Egle Bartolini

The adventures of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private continue in DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar new four-issue comic series. Brought to you by the excellent writer Jim Alexander with eye-popping art from Egle Bartolini, feathers are set to fly in this unique and exciting – and very funny – new series.


T Pub

Twisted Dark Graphic Novel Volume 3

 

Twisted Dark Graphic Novel Volume 3
Writer: Neil Gibson Artist: Various Cover Artist: Leonardo Gonzalez

Story connections become even clearer in what has been described as Neil Gibson’s darkest release to date, the third volume of the Twisted Dark series. This time we’re shown an innovative use for bamboo and are introduced to a sinister little girl who just wants a bit of peace and quiet.


US Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Captain Midnight #19
Captain Midnight Trade Paperback Volume 4 Crash Burn
Colder Bad Seed #4
Conan The Avenger #10
EC Archives Vault Of Horror Hard Cover Volume 4
Eerie Archives Hard Cover Volume 18
Elfquest Final Quest #7
Eye Of Newt Hard Cover
Father’s Day #4
Halo: Escalation #14
Mind Management #30
Predator Fire And Stone #4
Savage Sword Of Conan Trade Paperback Volume 18
Sundowners #6


 

Tomb Raider #12

Tomb Raider #12
Writer: Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett Artist: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon Cover Artist: Brian Horton

As Lara’s journey continues she finds herself in a deadly showdown against a sinister killer. If Lara can’t finish what she started she’ll lose more than her life, as the final chapter of this pulse-pounding arc comes to a close!


DC Comics

Aquaman #38
Arkham Manor #4
Batman #38
Batman Eternal #43


 

Bodies #7

Bodies #7 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Si Spencer Artist: Dean Ormston & Various Cover Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards

Coppers undercover, coppers under lovers, coppers on drugs and genocide uncovered. The penultimate tick of the tock before the courtroom dock, the future shock, the hangman’s drop and the doomsday clock.


Catwoman #38
Deathstroke #4
Earth 2 Worlds End #17
Effigy #1 (Mature Readers)
Flash #38
Flash Hard Cover Volume 5 History Lessons (New 52)
Gotham Academy #4
Gotham By Midnight #3
Green Lantern By Geoff Johns Omnibus Hard Cover Volume 1
Harley Quinn #14


He-Man: The Eternity War #2

He-Man: The Eternity War #2
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Pop Mhan Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic

The battle begins! As He-Man leads his newly acquired army of Snake Men into battle to make a surprise first strike against the Dark Horde, Man-At-Arms reveals his secret plan to overtake the Horde’s defences. How will the Masters take down the Dark Horde’s devastating Orbital Disruptor? Find out as this new MOTU epic continues!


Infinity Man And The Forever People #7
Justice League Dark #38


Multiversity Guidebook #1

Multiversity Guidebook #1
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Nicola Scott & Various Cover Artist: Rian Hughes

The guidebook to the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here! With a detailed concordance featuring each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse, a complete history of DC Comics’ universe-shattering “Crisis” events, a map of all known existence, and an action-packed dual adventure starring Kamandi of Earth-51 alongside the post-apocalyptic Atomic Knight Batman of Earth-17 and chibi Batman of Earth-42, this 80-page mountain of MULTIVERSITY madness cannot be missed.

The Multiversity Guidebook contains everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s parallel worlds and their super-heroic inhabitants. Meet the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R. The Light Brigade, the Super-Americans and the Love Syndicate! Meet the Accelerated Man, Aquaflash, BiOmac and more.

Overflowing with today’s top artists and completely written by Grant Morrison himself, readers of the DC Universe can’t afford to pass up this oversized, sixth chapter of MULTIVERSITY!


New 52 Futures End #39 (Weekly)
Red Lanterns #38


Secret Origins #9

Secret Origins #9
Writer: Charles Soule & Various Artist: Javier Pina & Various Cover Artist: Bryan Hitch

Swamp Thing is in the spotlight in this new set of origin tales in a story written by Charles Soule with art by Javi Pina. Also in this issue: the origins of Power Girl by Paul Levitz and Alisson Borges, and Green Lantern John Stewart by Van Jensen and Pat Broderick.


Showcase Presents Blue Beetle Trade Paperback
Sinestro #9
Star Spangled War Stories: GI Zombie #6


Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #12

Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #12 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Mike Carey Artist: Peter Gross Cover Artist: Yuko Shimizu

FINAL ISSUE

“And I awoke, and found me here…”

Wilson Taylor delivers the apocalypse the only way he knows how: at his son Tom’s expense. It’s the end of the world as we know it. But there’s no need to worry because it’s just a story. Isn’t it? Don’t miss the extra-sized conclusion to the fan-favorite Vertigo series!


Vertigo Quarterly #1 Black (Mature Readers)


IDW Publishing

Angry Birds #8
Angry Birds Transformers #3
Doberman #5
GI Joe A Real American Hero #210
GI Joe IDW Collection Hard Cover Volume 5
Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #20


Judge Dredd #27

Judge Dredd #27
Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Nelson Daniel Cover Artist: Mark Torres

“Mega-City Manhunt, part 3”-A frantic Chief Justice Cal resorts to drastic measures to capture the fugitive Judge Dredd-deputizing every single citizen as a street judge for a 24 hour period! The citizen-judge who takes down Dredd will win cold hard cash, free healthcare for life, and his/her own reality show. But the plan breaks down when too many citizens take the law into their own hands…


 

Judge Dredd Classics Dark Judges #2

Judge Dredd Classics Dark Judges #2
Writer: Alan Grant, John Wagner Artist: Brian Bolland Cover Artist: Darick Robertson

His name is Judge Death and in his eyes all life is crime! Together with his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis, the super-fiend from Deadworld is determined to end all life in Mega-City One once and for all! This compilation features classic Judge Death tales from the pages of 2000AD.


Katabasis I Trade Paperback
Life Eaters Trade Paperback
Machi Koro The Harbor Exp
Maxx Maxximized #16
Maxx Maxximized Hard Cover Volume 3
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #27
October Faction #2 (Second Printing)
Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1


Rot & Ruin #5

Rot & Ruin #5
Writer: Jonathan Maberry Artist: Tony Vargas Cover Artist: Alex Ronald

“Warrior Smart,” conclusion! Benny and Chong are exiled from the farm-without weapons and surrounded by zombies. Nix and Lilah are prisoners, and if Farmer John gets his way, they’ll live their lives in a terrible kind of slavery. How far are four teens willing to go to save those they love? Maberry and Vargas bring the four young samurai to the brink of madness, where every choice is a bad choice and the hungry dead are at the door.


Skylanders #5
Squidder Trade Paperback
TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #2
TMNT Ghostbusters #4
TMNT Ongoing Trade Paperback Volume 10 New Mutant Order
Transformers Drift Empire Of Stone #3
V-Wars #10
Winterworld #7
X-Files Season 10 #20 


Image Comics

68 Trade Paperback Volume 4 Rule Of War
Alex + Ada #12
Aphrodite Ix Cyber Force #1 Cross Over SDCC EXCLUSIVE
Birthright #3 (Second Printing)
Bitch Planet #2 (Mature Readers)
Black Science Trade Paperback Volume 2 Welcome Nowhere
Casanova Acedia #1 (Mature Readers)


Criminal Trade Paperback Volume 1: Coward

Criminal Trade Paperback Volume 1: Coward (Mature Readers)
Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist/Cover Artist: Sean Phillips

The bestselling crime series returns to print in strikingly-designed new editions from Image, starting where it all began: Criminal Trade Paperback Volume 1: Coward – a new take on noir that turned the heist story on its head and created a whole new underworld for Brubaker and Phillips to explore.

Brubaker and Phillips’ recent series Fatale and The Fade Out have brought their work to a wider audience of new readers, and now is the perfect time to show them the work that made the award-winning team’s reputation!


Danger Club #6
Death Vigil #6 (Mature Readers)
Dying And The Dead #1
Graveyard Shift #2
Great Pacific Trade Paperback Volume 3 Big Game Hunters (Mature Readers)
Magdalena Origins Trade Paperback Volume 1 (New Printing)
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta Trade Paperback Volume 1
Punks The Comic #4 (Variant Covers Available)
Rasputin #4 (Mature Readers)
Revival #27 (Mature Readers)
Sex #19 (Mature Readers)
Sex Criminals #10 (Mature Readers)
Super Dinosaur Trade Paperback Volume 4
They’re Not Like Us #2 (Mature Readers)


Umbral #12

Umbral #12 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Antony Johnston Artist/Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten

“IF IT BLEEDS”

Yeah, you read it right. New Year’s Eve, last day of the year. That’s when we decide to publish the last issue of Book Two, probably the most important issue of UMBRAL yet. It’s just how we roll.

(Seriously, you’ll want this one. It’s kind of climactic.)

 


Zero #14 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)


 

Marvel Comics

All New Invaders #14

All New Invaders #14
Writer: James Robinson Artist/Cover Artist: Steve Pugh

  • THOMAS “TORO” RAYMOND emerges from his INHUMAN cocoon with new powers and new enemies. Can JIM HAMMOND, NAMOR and NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON help their colleague through his dangerous rebirth?
  • Will the BRITISH INVADERS UNION JACK and SPITFIRE-along with WINTER SOLDIER-solve the mystery of the MARTIAN INVASION?
  • Guest Starring KILLRAVEN and the INHUMANS.

Rated T+


Amazing X-Men #16
Cataclysm Ultimates Last Stand Trade Paperback
Deadpool #41
Deadpool Trade Paperback Ones With Deadpool
Guardians of the Galaxy/All New X-Men Trade Paperback Trial Of Jean Grey
Inhuman #11
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors #3


 

New Avengers #29

New Avengers #29 (Time Runs Out)
Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Kev Walker Cover Artist: Gabriele Dell’Otto

IN 4 MONTHS…TIME RUNS OUT!

Rated T+


New Warriors Trade Paperback Volume 2 Always And Forever
Nick Fury Classic Trade Paperback Volume 2 Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nova #26
Secret Avengers #12


 

Spider-Man 2099 #8

Spider-Man 2099 #8 (Spider-Verse)
Writer: Peter David Artist: Will Sliney Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina

SPIDER-VERSE TIE-IN!

  • Spider-Man 2099 and Lady Spider must reunite with the rest of the spiders in time for the final battle against the Inheritors!
  • Who will survive the Spider-verse?
  • Will Miguel finally be able to return home? And by “home” do we mean 2099 or 2014?

Rated T


 

Spider-Man And X-Men #2
Spider-Man Big Time Trade Paperback Volume 3 Complete Collection
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man Trade Paperback Volume 3 Game Over
Thor #4
Uncanny Avengers #1
Uncanny X-Men #30
Wolverine And X-Men Trade Paperback Volume 2 Death Of Wolverine
Wolverines #4 


 

Other Publishers

Munchkin #1


 

Abigail And The Snowman #2

Abigail And The Snowman #2 (Boom!)

Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: UK resident Roger Landridge

It didn’t take long for Abigail to warm up to the idea of having a Yeti as a best friend, but no matter how much fun the two friends have together, they can’t avoid the mysterious men in town up to no good in search of the Abominable Snowman.


 

Adventure Time #36
Alice Cooper #5
Amazing World Of Gumball 2014 Special #1
Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Digest #242
Bart Simpson Comics #94
Betty & Veronica Comics Digest #230
Big Trouble In Little China #8
Cisco Kid Jose Luis Salinas & Rod Reed Trade Paperback Volume 1
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #9 (Mature Readers)
Damnation Charlie Wormwood #4
Dark Gods #1 Serpent
Dead Girls Graphic Novel
Eightball Ghost World Trade Paperback
Evil Empire #10 (Mature Readers)
Fairy Tail Graphic Novel Volume 46
Find #1 One Shot


 

Flash Gordon #8

Flash Gordon #8 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: Evan Shaner Cover Artist: UK resident Marc Laming

This is the end. The final issue by super-team Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner, and Jordie Bellaire! Flash, Dale, and Zarkov may have finally figured out a way back to Earth! But will Ming’s forces follow? Are their adventures over? Find out in the astounding final issue of Flash Gordon!


 

From The New World Graphic Novel Volume 6
From The New World Graphic Novel Volume 7
Future Proof #3
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Dark Shaman #4 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jungle Book Fall Wild #2 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers) Grimm’s Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Ongoing #6 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)


 

God Is Dead Book Of Acts Alpha 1 Lucifer

God Is Dead Book Of Acts Alpha 1 Lucifer
Writer: Alan Moore & Various Artist: Facundo Percio & Various Cover Artist: Fernando Heinz

The ultimate jam-book and the ultimate rarity! This ultra-limited edition of just 300 copies features an all-new cover by Fernando Heinz .

 


God Is Dead Book Of Acts Omega
Godchild Graphic Novel Volume 5
Gold Digger #218
Harbinger Trade Paperback Volume 6 Omegas
I Don’t Like You At All Big Brother Graphic Novel Coll Ed Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
Ice Critical Mass #3
John Cullen Murphy Big Ben Bolt Dailies Trade Paperback Volume 1
Justice Inc #6
King Flash Gordon #1
King The Phantom #1
Lady Death (Ongoing) #22   (Mature Readers)
Lady Death (Ongoing) #23 A (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Legend Of The Mantamaji Graphic Novel Book 01
Legend Of The Mantamaji Graphic Novel Book 02
Life After #6 (Mature Readers)
Life After Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Love & Rockets Library Gilbert Graphic Novel Volume 1 Heartbreak Soup
Love & Rockets Library Gilbert Graphic Novel Volume 5 Ofelia
Love & Rockets Library Jaime Graphic Novel Volume 3 Perla La Loca (New Pt)
Magic Wind Graphic Novel Volume 6 Son Of The Snake
Mega Man Trade Paperback Volume 8 Redemption
Olympians Graphic Novel Volume 7 Ares Bringer Of War
Princess Ugg #7
Prison Pit Graphic Novel Volume 2
Prison Pit Graphic Novel Volume 3
Purgatori #5
Quantum & Woody Must Die #1
Revelations Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Saint Cole Graphic Novel
Separators #3
Sleepy Hollow #4
Sonic Boom #4
Sonic The Hedgehog Trade Paperback Volume 2 The Chase
Sonic Universe Trade Paperback Volume 8 Scourge Lockdown
Soul Eater Trade Paperback Volume 24 (Mature Readers)
Street Angel Hard Cover (New Printing, Mature Readers)
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #90


 

Tower Chronicles Dreadstalker #6

Tower Chronicles Dreadstalker #6 (Legendary)
Writer: Matt Wagner (A/CA) Simon Bisley

Supernatural bounty hunter John Tower has long been a man shrouded in mystery. Now, discover what set him on this path of horror as his origins are finally uncovered, revealing just what Tower is risking his life to find! In this thrilling “mid-season finale,” Tower encounters a rampaging mummified creature that unleashes otherworldly agony and anguish on its unsuspecting victims. As Tower and Alicia try to get their hands on a priceless talisman, Tower reveals more his shocking past and a curse that haunts him to this very day!


 

Turok Dinosaur Hunter #11
Unity #14 (Variant Covers)
Vampirella #100 (Variant Covers)
Wisher Graphic Novel Volume 2 Faeriehood
World Trigger Graphic Novel Volume 3
X-O Manowar #32 (Variant Covers)
Zita The Spacegirl Graphic Novel (New Printing)

 


List compiled via Diamond Previews, publishers and with the help of First Age Comics, 3 Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD. Open: Tuesday – Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm, Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm. Find them on Facebook. First Age Comics also has a shop site on e-Bay: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/First-Age

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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