Something For The Weekend (w/c 25th July 2016) – Dredd versus Aliens … versus Rom the Spaceknight?

John McCrea provides this striking ROM versus Dredd variant cover for Dredd #8. part of a wider promotion from IDW to promote their new ROM book
John McCrea provides this striking ROM versus Dredd variant cover for Dredd #8. part of a wider promotion from IDW to promote their new ROM book

Sadly, despite the terrific cover by John McCrea above, Judge Dredd only battles Rom the Spaceknight – back thanks to IDW this week – in this one striking image. But the good news is that Mega City One’s favourite lawman is indeed battling Aliens – and Predator – in a Dark Horse mini series, penned by John Layman, featuring art by Chris Mooneyham, wrapped in a cover from Glenn Fabry.

Talking of Dredd, there’s plenty of thrills in store for 2000AD fans this week, as a new Judge Dredd tale kicks off in Prog 1991 (featuring a cover by Neil Roberts) as he resumes his hunt for serial killer PJ Maybe. John Wagner weaves the words and Carlos Ezquerra delivers the cracking opening salvo of the news story, in a Prog that also sees some an all-action episode of “Black Shuck: Sins of the Father” form Leah Moore, John Reppion and Steve Yeowell; and while the latest “Scarlet Traces” is very much a “for those of you who came in late” type episode, it’s simply so crammed with visual references that British comic and TV fans will recogniseI simply don’t care. Beautiful work from Ian Edginton and D’Israeli. Oh – and a teaser for a new story, “Hope” from Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton? I’ll have that, please.

This week sees the continuation of some of Titan Comics hottest titles, including Templars #4, and the sell-out smash series Dark Souls #3. The Eleventh Doctor continues his adventures, too in Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor year 2 #11 –  a perfect jumping on point for new fans wanting to see what all the fuss is about. This brand new arc features the enigmatic War Doctor (as played on TV by the legendary John Hurt).

Rom #1 - Regular Cover
Rom #1 – Regular Cover

Over on the US comics side, in ROM #1 – the reason for the Dredd #8 cover promotion above (which includes ROM variant covers for GI Joe and Micronauts, among others) we’ve been invaded again and only a space knight can save us. Written by Chris Ryall, with art by Christos Gage and David Messina – plus regular cover by J. H. Williams – the new Rom series follows up on the  epic return in this year’s FCBD #0, the ongoing tale beginning in earnest as Rom’s war with the Dire Wraiths hits close to home in “Earthfall, Part One!” If you remember the original Rom comic (published by Marvel) then I’m sure you’ll be giving this a look out of curiosity.

UK Newsagents Releases

2000AD Summer Special 2016 - CoverThere are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including 2000AD (this year’s Summer Special is also on sale now), The Beano, the new Danger Mouse comic, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine (see below), Panini’s superhero titles, Titan Comics superhero titles and VIZ, with great strips also featuring in titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures, Titan’s Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (collecting their strips from the US format titles), Mega, TOXIC and many others.

Danger Mouse Magazine Issue OnePlus, 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.

So let’s not get too downhearted by some British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour that only those of us over a certain age remember.

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.

Coming soon to Aces Weekly. Art by and © Dylan Teague
Art by and © Dylan Teague

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Art from "Death Duty" (Part 4) written by John Freeman & Dave Hailwood, art by Brett Burbridge, lettered by Ken Reynolds
Art from “Death Duty” (Part 4, from Biodegradable #10) written by John Freeman & Dave Hailwood, art by Brett Burbridge, lettered by Ken Reynolds

100% Biodegradable #13

The latest issue of digital action adventure and SF anthology 100% Biodegradable – Issue 13 – is on sale now, and features some great strips from a 2000AD droid and many other great comic creators. (I’m not counting myself as one of those “greats”, but I’m in the mix, too). Here’s a peek at some of the pages. 

Incidentaly, Drivethru Comics are having an ‘Xmas in July‘ sale, which means all but the latest digital issue of 100% Biodegradable are available for 25% off until 29th July  (including issue 8, which is the title’s best seller, thanks in no small part to Dan Cornwell’s fantastic front cover). The e-comic features “Death Duty”, co-written by myself and Dave Hailwood, art by Brett Burbridge, lettered by Ken Reynolds. You can get them for just $0.74 each here

British Comic Publishers

2000AD/ Rebellion

2000AD Prog 1991
Cover by Neil Roberts

2000AD Prog 1991

Featuring: Judge Dredd: Ladykiller by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, and Annie Parkhouse; Brink by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, and Simon Bowland; Outlier: Survivor Guilt by TC Eglington, Karl Richardson, and Ellie De Ville; Black Shuck: Sins of the Father by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell, Chris Blythe, and Ellie De Ville; Scarlet Traces: Cold War by Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, and Annie Parkhouse.

Still On Sale: Judge Dredd Summer Special 2016 (Check out our Preview/Review here) and Judge Dredd Megazine 374

Panini UK

Doctor Who - Evening's EmpireDoctor Who: Evening’s Empire

A new collection of Doctor Who strips featuring the Seventh Doctor –  all commissioned and edited by me… Over 25 years ago at Marvel UK. Includes new pages for “Evening’s Empire” by Richard Piers Rayner. Strip material by Andrew Cartmel, Richard Piers Rayner, Dan Abnett, Vincent Danks, Brian Williamson, Robin Riggs, Adolfo Buylla, Scott Gray (his first strip for DWM), Marc Platt (his too), John Ridgway and Richard Whitaker. Plus text story by Andrew John Lane, illustrated by Cam Smith. And commentary, too!

Read my “Director’s Cut” commentary on the strips in “Evening’s Empire”

Evening’s Empire available to order from Amazon now – and your local comic shop

Titan Comics

Assassin's Creed: Templars #4 - Cover_A

Assassin’s Creed: Templars #4
Writers: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
Colorist: Dennis Calero
Letterer: Comicraft

The streets of Shanghai have erupted into utter chaos as Black Cross finally evades the henchmen of Big-Eared Du and heads to the International Settlement to establish just how much trouble the Shanghai Rite is in, and he learns that the corruption goes deeper than he ever could have imagined…

COVER A: Matt Taylor
COVER B: Dennis Calero
COVER C: Joe Corroney

Dark Souls #3 - Cover_A

Dark Souls #3
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Alan Quah

Following her costly confrontation with the Everlord, Fira and Aldrich make haste for the fabled Living City, a massive, mechanical construction where her new found transformation leads to dangerous complications among the cautious inhabitants.

Cover A: Alan Quah
Cover B: Aituar Manas
Cover C: Game Cover

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 2 #11 - Cover A
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 2 #11 – Cover A

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 2 #11
Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft

BRAND NEW ARC BEGINS! Alice Obiefune is trapped in the Time War – caged in a time-locked region of space when stars burned, planets died and abominations walked the worlds, wreaking havoc with every unearthly step! She has lost the Doctor she knew, but the WAR DOCTOR has all the answers she seeks – if she can live long enough to reach him!

Cover A: Dan Boultwood
Cover B: Photo Subscription – Will Brooks
Cover C: Steve Dillon
Cover D: Simon Myers

Support Your Local Comic Shop. Art by Nick Miller
Check out our British and Irish Comic Shops Map | Art by Nick Miller. We’ve got a range of merchandise featuring this art on sale via CafePress

US Comics On Sale This Week

List courtesy First Age Comics Lancaster

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4001 AD #3
Action Comics #960
Adventure Time Comics #1
All New All Different Avengers #12
Amazing Spider-Man #1.6
Archie #10
Autumnlands Tooth & Claw #12
Batgirl #1
Batman Detective Comics HC Vol 8 Blood of Heroes
Black Panther #4
Captain America Steve Rogers #3
Captain Marvel #7
Carnage #10
Civil War II #4
Deathstroke #20
Detective Comics #937
Divinity II #4
Doctor Fate #14
Drax #9

Dream Gang Cover by Brendan McCarthyDream Gang
by Brendan McCarthy

To stop a psychic plague-bomb that threatens to render humanity catatonic and the Dreamfields barren, the last Dream Voyager awakens!

When the evil Zeirio commandeers a powerful Dreamship and goes on a rampage throughout the collective mindscape, it’s up to a group of psychic travellers known as the Dream Gang to stop him.

Read our interview with Brendan McCarthy about Dream Gang – and his current projects

East of West #28
Extraordinary X-Men
Flash #3
Future Quest #3
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
Harley Quinn #30
Haunted Mansion #5
Howard the Duck #9
International Iron Man #5

James Bond Volume 1: Vargr – Hardcover
Writer: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Masters

After a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, James Bond returns to London and assumes the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. His new mission takes him to Berlin, presumably to break up an agile drug-trafficking operation. But Bond has no idea of the forces gathered in secret against him, the full scope of an operation that’s much scarier and more lethal than he could possibly imagine. Berlin is about to catch fire… and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents VARGR, the debut storyline in the all-new James Bond comic book series, as crafted by masterful writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy).

Jem & the Holograms #17

Judge Dredd #8 2016 - IDW- - Regular Cover

Judge Dredd #8
Writer: Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas Artist: Dan McDaid Cover Artist: Ulises Farinas

After the tragic events of last issue, Dredd begins to question his motivations and the nature of law just as the Dark Judges rear their ugly heads, in “You Have 4 New Followers”!

Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 #2
Mae #3
Marvel Mightiest Heroes Volume 68 Elecktra Hard Cover
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man VS Sinister Six #1
Micronauts #4
Mighty Thor #9
Miss Fury Vol 2 #4
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #9
Mortal Kombat X Trade Paperback Volume 3 – Blood Island
Ms Marvel #9
My Little Pony Friendshop Is Magic #44
New Avengers #14
Nightwing #1
Old Man Logan #9
Outcast #19
Postal #13
Power Rangers Pink #2

Predator VS Judge Dredd VS Aliens #1

Predator Vs Judge Dredd Vs Aliens #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: John Layman Artist: Chris Mooneyham Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry

The ultimate science-fiction crossover pits the legendary lawman Judge Dredd against the universe’s supreme hunters, the Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Aliens!

Red Hood & the Outlaws REBIRTH #1
Red Thorn #9
Rom #1
Scooby Doo Team Up #17
Spider-Gwen #17
Star Wars Force Awakens Adaptation #2
Strawberry Shortcake #2
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #99
Teen Titans #22
Thief of Thieves #33

Titans #1
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist/ Cover Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund

“REMEMBER THE TITANS” Chapter One

After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?

TMNT Ongoing #60
Tomb Raider 2016 #6
Totally Awesome Hulk #9
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #55
Transformers Titans Return – one-shot
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10
Uncanny Avengers #11
Venom Space Knight #10
Walking Dead Trade Paperback Volume 14 – No Way Out

Wonder Woman #3 - Cover by Liam Sharp

Wonder Woman #3
Wruter: Greg Rucka Artist/ Cover Artist: Liam Sharp (Variant Cover by Frank Cho)

 “THE LIES” Chapter Two: Wonder Woman must team up with one of her greatest enemies to solve a growing mystery about Themyscira as “The Lies” continues!

Check out our “Creator Secrets” preview courtesy of artist Liam Sharp!

The X-Files Annual 2016 #1
X-Men 92 #5
X-O Manowar #48

Thanks to First Age Comics Lancaster for information supplied. First Age Comics is at 3 Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD. Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 5.30pm. First Age Comics also has a shop site on e-Bay:http://stores.ebay.co.uk/First-Age

First Age Promo - 27-07-16

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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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