Something For the Weekend: Tank Girl Back, Debbie Drake of the SAS Debuts! (New Comics w/c 16/5/16)

Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank #1 - Cover A
Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank #1 – Cover A

Fresh off the back of their latest calamitous chapter comes a shiny new Tank Girl tale from Titan Comics this week, the work of series creator Alan Martin and artist extraordinaire, Brett Parson. Expect a healthy dose of delirium and plenty of ball-crunching action in this high-octane cross country skirmish that asks the question: is this world really big enough for two Tank Girls?!

But that’s not the only action girl in the ring – because digital anthology Aces Weekly has its very own bad girl, too – the bonkers 10-year-old secret agent Debbie Drake of the SAS! Debuting in Volume 22 this week, this all-new story, based on a character originally proposed for a Marvel UK anthology that never got off the starting blocks, “Debbie Drake” is penned by Garth and Doctor Who? writer Tim Quinn (who, coincidentally, also has his new biography, Argh!, out now), drawn by Paul Collicutt. Daft doesn’t begin to describe it! Subscription details below.

Commando No 4915 – Nemesis Of The NorthUK Newsagents Releases

As usual, don’t forget that despite some British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour, there are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including The Beano, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini’s superhero titles, Titan Comics superhero titles and VIZ, with great strips also featuring in titles such as Doctor Who MagazineDoctor Who Adventures, Titan’s Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (collecting their strips from the US format titles) MegaTOXIC and many others.

Plus, the wonderful Phoenix Comic is now on sale in many (but not all) Waitrose supermarkets and – at last, selected high street WH Smiths stores – and some comic shops (stockist list here) as well as available on subscription.

Hachette Partworks, whose partwork titles include Doctor Who: The Complete History and Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection, continue their How To Draw The Marvel Way, along with their re-release of their hugely successful part work, Marvel’s Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novel series.

Some of you in certain areas of the country may also be able to pick up a copy of the new Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, which is currently being road tested by Eaglemoss.

Note that you may now have to subscribe if you want to continue buying Part Works some are not distributed in newsagents after their first few issues.

"Debbie Drake of the SAS" makes her debut in Aces Weekly, from Tim Quinn and Paul Collicutt
“Debbie Drake of the SAS” makes her debut in Aces Weekly, from Tim Quinn and Paul Collicutt

New Digital Comic Picks

Aces Weekly Volume 22, is now off and running, featuring a tale of betrayal and vengeance in Tales Of The Black Root from Koh Hong Teng and Don Bosco; Batton Lash returning with the stylish, First Gentleman Of The Apocalypse; there’s a wilder, Wild, Wild, West, in W.E.S.T.E.R.N. Inc, from John A. Short and Alex Paterson; and a dark drama, Deophonic, comes from Martin Hayes and the pen of the extraordinary, Brian Corcoran; plus Jok LP and Rodolfo Santullo continue the fantastic, Dungeons and Burglars; and a very special member of the special forces makes her debut in, Debbie Drake Of The SAS, from Tim Quinn and Paul Collicutt – the ongoing debut at last of a strip first created by Aces Weekly publisher David Lloyd many years ago!

All this – a seven-week extravaganza of great comic art and storytelling – is exclusive to all Aces Weekly subscribers for just £1 per week! Grab it now via www.acesweekly.co.uk/shop. Don’t miss out on all the Previous Volumes, either, which have up to 200 pages of comics including Extras, and in full form feature in an exclusive Week-to-Week facility, which transforms any volume’s serialised stories into continuous comic book-sized narratives.

British Publishers

2000AD/ Rebellion

2000AD Prog 1981

2000AD Prog 1981

Featuring: Judge Dredd: The Lion’s Den by Michael Carroll, PJ Holden, Adam Brown, and Annie Parkhouse; Survival Geeks: Lord of the Ringers by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Neil Googe, Gary Caldwell, and Ellie De Ville; Tainted: The Fall of Deadworld by Kek-W, Dave Kendall, and Annie Parkhouse; Brink by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, and Simon Bowland; Sláine: Psychopomp by Pat Mills, Simon Davis, and Ellie De Ville.

Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 372

Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 372

Featuring: Judge Dredd: Dust to Dust by Michael Carroll, Henry Flint, and Annie Parkhouse; Realm of the Damned by Alec Worley, Pye Parr, and Luke Preece; Lawless: Of Munce & Men by Dan Abnett, Phil Winslade, and Ellie De Ville; Blunt by TC Eglinton, Boo Cook, and Simon Bowland.

Features: James Robinson interview, Fiction: Apartment 1027c by Stuart Orford
Bagged graphic novel: Second City Blues by Kek-W and Warren Pleece

Titan Comics

Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank #1 - Sample Art

Tank Girl: Two Girls One Tank #1
Writer: Alan Martin
Artist: Brett Parson

Fresh off the back of their latest calamitous chapter comes this shiny new Tank Girl tale from series creator, Alan Martin and artist extraordinaire, Brett Parson! Expect a healthy dose of delirium and plenty of ball-crunching action in this high-octane cross country skirmish that asks the question: is this world really big enough for two Tank Girls?! Strap yourself in, folks; It’s gonna be one helluva ride! FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

Cover A: Black Frog
Cover B: Brett Parson
Cover C: Shaky Kane
Cover D: Blank Sketch
Diamond UK variant: Brett Parson
Forbidden Planet variant: Brett Parson
Hastings variant: Brett Parson
Rick’s Comic City variant: Brett Parson
Ghost Variant Group variant: Brett Parson

Doctor Who: The Elventh Doctor Year Two #9 - Cover A

Doctor Who: The Elventh Doctor Year Two #9
Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft

The attacks on the TARDIS reach fever pitch. The Doctor’s only hope for survival is to track down the mysterious ‘Cabal’ who have been haunting his steps. Were they active in the Time War? Do they still exist? Meanwhile, Alice is forced to make a decision that could wipe her from the timeline forever!

Cover A: Mark Wheatley
Cover B: Photo Subscription – Will Brooks
Cover C: Eleonora Carlini

Independence Day #3 - Cover B
Independence Day #3 – Cover B

 

Independence Day #3
Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Steve Scott

Tensions arise aboard the sub as specimens are shipped back for study. Meanwhile, Adams and co. get to grips with their extraterrestrial armaments and discover the real motivation behind the alien crash…

Cover A: Staz Johnson
Cover B: Edgar Salazar

Puss in Boost #2

Puss in Boost #2
Writer: Christopher Cooper,
Artists: Egle Bartolini, Dave Alvarez

The Furball of Fortune Returns! In “Damage Control” after a drag-out brawl with local bandit El Moco, Puss is tasked with cleaning up San Lorenzo, but something smells fishy and it’s not just the knocked-over trash cans. Could El Moco still be at large? In a bonus story, Kid Pickles buys some magic beans and things begin to get weird… very weird indeed! If you enjoy your fairy tales with a twist and a pickle on the side… these are for you!

Cover A: Film Art Cover
Cover B: Dave Alvarez

Rivers of London: Night Witch #3 - Cover A
Rivers of London: Night Witch #3 – Cover A

Rivers of London: Night Witch #3
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colours: Luis Guerrero

With a Russian Night Witch in custody, Peter and Nightingale should be having a lot more luck chasing down a rogue Leshy – a murderous spirit of the forest. But when the Russian Mafia are involved, nothing goes smoothly! Even worse, Lesley is back in London – and it’s anyone’s guess as to her agenda!

Cover A: Lee Sullivan
Cover B: Mariano Laclaustra

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Omnibus Volume 2

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Omnibus Volume 2
Writers: Tony Lee, Leah Moore, John Reppion, John Ostrander, Richard Starkings, Gary Russell, Rich Johnston, Charlie Kirchoff
Artists: Al Davison, Matthew Dow Smith, Ben Templesmith, Paul Grist, Kelly Yates, Eric J, Tom Mandrake
Colourists: Lovern Kindzierski, Charlie Kirchoff, Phil Elliott
Letterers: Neil Uyetake & Robbie Robbins

The second stunning volume of the Tenth Doctor Archives collects six thrilling one-shots (‘Through Time and Space’), and the first arc of the Tenth Doctor’s debut ongoing series (‘Fugitive’). Travel with the Doctor’s beloved companions Martha, Donna and a whole new gang in a bumper collection of transtemporal adventure!

Collects: Doctor Who: Through Time and Space; Doctor Who: Fugitive

Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Volume One

Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Volume One
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Emma Vieceli
Colorist: Hi-FI
Letterer: Comicraft

From a sleepy Welsh village under attack from living art, to symbiotic shards on a crystalline planet, from a theater haunted by the Silvered, to a stately home overrun by the ancient woods, and on to the great Resurrection Barges of the Bakti – the Eighth Doctor and new companion Josie Day are on course for a grand adventure like no other!

Cover: Alice X. Zhang

Independence Day Classic Collection

Independence Day Classic Collection
Writers: PHIL CRAIN, RALPH MACCHIO (BASED ON IDEAS & CONCEPTS BY DEAN DEVLIN & ROLAND EMMERICH
Artists: TERRY PALLOT, STEVE ERWIN, ROD WIGHAM, GABRIEL GECKO, LEONARD KIRK, SCOTT REED, STEVE MONCUSE, PHIL MOY, LARRY WELCH

Collecting the original comics adaptation by Marvel, this essential compendium perfectly captures the high-octane approach of Devlin/Emmerich’s 1996 blockbuster and comes bursting with brand new content, artwork and much more!

Other Comics On Sale in UK Comic Shops

On Sale in all good UK comic shops from Wednesday 18th May 2016. Info via First Age Comics Lancaster

Adventure Time Ice King #5
All New Wolverine #8
All New X-Men #6
Aquaman #52
Archangel #1
Astonishing Ant-Man #8
Avatar Last Airbender TP Volume 7 Rift Part One
Black Road #2
BPRD Hell On Earth #141
Buffy TVS Season 10 #27
Civil War II #0
Contest of Champions #5
Contest of Champions #6
Crossed Plus 100 Trade Paperback Volume One
Crossed Plus 100 Trade Paperback Volume Two
Deadpool Last Days of Magic #1
Deadpool Mercs for Money #4
Doctor Fate #12
Drifter #11
Futurama Comics #79
Future Quest #1
Goldie Vance #2
Harley Quinn #28
Haunted Mansion #3
Heartthrob #1
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five #10
Invincible #128

Judge Dredd #5

Judge Dredd #5
Writer: Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas Artist: Dan McDaid Cover Artist: Ulises Farinas

Mega-City Zero, Part 5! Dredd and the girls begin a quest in light last issue’s revelation in this chapter, entitled “This User Does Not Exist.”

Jughead #6
Karnak #4
Legend of Wonder Woman #6
Lumberjanes #26
Lumberjanes Special Makin Ghost 2016 #1
Mae #1
Mars Attacks Occupation #3
Martian Manhunter #12
Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Vol 63 Generation X HC
Micronauts #2
Mighty Zodiac #2
Mirror #4
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic TP Vol 1
Old Man Logan #6
Paknadel & Trakhanov – Turncoat #3
Penny Dreadful #1
Poison Ivy Cycle of Life & Death #5
Power Man & Iron Fist #4
Rai #13
Red Sonja Volume 3 #5
Red Thorn #7
Robin Son of Batman #12
Sabrina #5
Scarlet #9
Silver Surfer #4
Simpsons Comics #229
Sinestro #23
Snowfall #4
Spider-Man #4
Spider-Woman #7
Spidey #6
Squadron Supreme #7
Star Trek Manifest Destiny #3
Star-Lord #7
Strawberry Shortcake #2
Sunstone Volume 4
Superman America Alien #7
Superman Wonder Woman #29
Tank Girl 2 – Girls 1 Tank 1 #1/4
Titans Hunt #8
Tomb Raider 2016 #4
Uncanny Avengers #9
Walking Dead TP Volume One: Days Gone Bye
Wonder Woman #52
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #7
X-O Manowar Annual 2016 #1
Xena Warrior Princess #2

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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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