Something For The Weekend (w/c 26th September 2016): 2000AD Prog 2000 is here! Party Alert!

2000AD Prog 2000 Newsstand Cover by Cliff Robinson
2000AD Prog 2000 Cover by Glenn Fabry

It’s here! It’s fantastic!

2000AD, Europe’s longest running sci-fi action comic reaches its landmark 2,000th issue this week and some of the most prominent creators ever to grace its pages have returned for a 48-page celebration bonanza.

Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke), Mick McMahon (The Last American), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), and Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) are just some of the incredible talent to return – and this issue features the first sequential comics work by Bolland for 2000AD since 1987, as well as a brand new series by Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Hellblazer) and a poster featuring specially commissioned artwork.

Prog 2000 is available with three variant covers – newsstand customers can choose between covers by Cliff Robinson and Chris Burnham, while a special Glenn Fabry wraparound cover will be exclusively available through comic book stores via Diamond Distribution.

You can read our spoiler-free review of the Prog here. Oh, and be sure to be ready to book your tickets for the 2000AD 40th Birthday Party, taking place in London next February. Alongside signings, programming at the day-long show will also include what publisher Rebellion is calling “one-of-a-kind spectacles befitting the legacy of the finest comic book export the UK has ever produced.”

2000AD: 40 Years of Thrill PowerThe event, titled 2000AD: 40 Years of Thrill Power, will take place at the Novotel London West on 11th February, with tickets going on sale online at the official 2000AD site on 12th October.

Vikings Uprising #1Over at Titan Comics, fresh off the smash, sell-out success of Vikings: Godhead mini-series earlier this year, superstar writer Cavan Scott (The Ninth Doctor) returns to the barbaric, violent world of Vikings for a brand new series, entitled Vikings: Uprising with phenomenal art by Daniel Indro (Doctor Who) and Kevin Enhart.

Titan also release Tank Girl Gold #1. This brand new series is the Empire Strikes Back of the new Tank Girl trilogy – from the mind of the original Tank Girl co-creator, Alan MartinTank Girl: Gold is illustrated by returning series artist, Brett Parson (New Romancer, Two Girls One Tank).

Last Descendants – Locus is Titan’s newest Assassin’s Creed series – written by Ian Edginton (X-Force), the series delves into the sordid underworld of Victorian London and the memories of Tommy Greyling as he hunts for the answers to a mystery that could change the world!

The four part serial spins out of the Last Descendants novel from Scholastic, and features phenomenal art by rising star Caspar Wijngaard (Limbo).

UK Newsagents Releases

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 19 - CoverThere are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including 2000ADThe BeanoDanger Mouse comic, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd MegazinePanini Comics Marvel Collector Editions 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.

Still on sale this week in newsagents is Panini Comics first issue of their new Lion Guard comic, packed with original adventure stories featuring Kion and his group of friends on their journey to protect the Pride Lands and defend the Circle of Life. It comes with two jigsaw puzzles plus a collectable figurine.

Don’t forget the wonderful Phoenix Comic is on sale in many (but not all) Waitrose supermarkets and 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 Novelseries.

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.

"Workplace Henchmen" by Ben Dickson and Jeff Anderson, in Aces Weekly Volume 24
“Workplace Henchmen” by Ben Dickson and Jeff Anderson, in Aces Weekly Volume 24

Digital Comic Picks

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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.

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British Comic Publishers

Are you ready for Prog 2000? Here's some special events to mark it!
Are you ready for Prog 2000? Here’s some special events to mark it!

2000AD/Rebellion

2000AD Prog 2000 Newsstand Cover by Cliff Robinson
2000AD Prog 2000 Newsstand Cover by Cliff Robinson
2000AD Prog 2000 Variant Cover by Chris Burnham
2000AD Prog 2000 Variant Cover by Chris Burnham

2000AD Prog 2000

The incredible line-up for Prog 2000 includes:

· A special one-off Judge Dredd story from creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
· Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill reunite for a special Nemesis the Warlock story
· Psi-Judge Anderson has another psychic case from Alan Grant and David Roach
· Sinister Dexter hit the road, courtesy of Dan Abnett and Mark Sexton
· A mysterious prisoner has a tale to tell in Rogue Trooper: Ghosts of Nu Earth by Gordon Rennie and Richard Elson
· Brand-new identity-theft thriller Counterfeit Girl by Peter Milligan and Rufus Dayglo debuts.
· Plus, interlude pages from Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon, Dave Gibbons, Robin Smith, and more

Read Colin Noble’s spoiler free review (or just go out and buy it!)

 

Judge Dredd Megazine 376

Still On Sale: Judge Dredd Megazine 376

Cover by Jake Lynch

Judge Dredd: Monkey Business by Arthur Wyatt (w) Jake Lynch (a) Richard Elson (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Realm of the Damned by Alec Worley (w) Pye Parr (a/l)
Lawless: Of Munce and Men by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Blunt by TC Eglington (w) Boo Cook (a) and Simon Bowland (l)
Features: Thrill-power Overload 40th Anniversary Update #1 by Karl Stock
Bagged graphic novel: Sinister Dexter: …And Death Shall Have No Dumb Minions by Dan Abnett (w) Simon Davies (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

• Read our news story about “Harry Heston”, the Ape Judge!

Titan Comics

Web: http://titan-comics.com

Assassin's Creed: Locus #1Assassin’s Creed Last Descendants – Locus #1
Writer: Ian Edginton
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard

Brand new story set in the stunning world of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate! Dive into the sordid underworld of Victorian London, and the memories of New Yorker, Tommy Greyling, as he teams up with Evie Frye and Henry Green to search for a Piece of Eden that has the potential to change the world!

COVER A: Caspar Wijngaard
COVER B: Valeria Favoccia
COVER C: Ian Culbard
COVER D: Verity Glass
COVER E: Novel
COVER F: Blank sketch variant

Dishonored #3 Cover ADishonored #3
WRITER: Gordon Rennie
ARTIST: Andrea Olimpieri

Barely surviving his ordeal with Broken Tom, Corvo stalks his childhood for answers about his lost sister’s whereabouts. But is there something untoward about his new companion?

COVER A: Chris Wahl
COVER B: Julia Frost
COVER C: Charles Bea
COVER D: Game Cover

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5 - Cover A
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5 – Cover A

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #5
Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft

The shocking conclusion of ‘GAZE OF THE MEDUSA’! Can the Doctor and Sarah Jane defeat the Medusa and use the Lamp of Chronos to restore those it has turned to stone – or are the victims of Lady Emily Carstairs pertrified forever? Who lives, who dies, who tells their story?!

Cover A: Brian Williamson & Hi-Fi
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Blair Shedd
Cover D: Todd Nauck & Hi-Fi

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.13 Cover A
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.13 Cover A

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.13
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: I. N. J. Culbard, Simon Fraser

The endgame begins, as the architect of the Doctor’s pain stands revealed, and the truth behind the Squire is out in the open at last! With Alice still trapped in the Time War, and Abslom itching to take a chainsword to the enemy, can the Doctor broker peace and balm his guilty soul?!

Cover A: Simon Fraser
Cover B: Will Brooks Photo
Cover C: Mike Collins (Linked Cover)

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.9 - Cover ADoctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.9
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Letterer: Comicraft

Rachael Stott is back on interior art as the Doctor receives a strange summons from an impossible source, and finds himself trapped inside a house of infinite dimensions! What is the Doctor’s connection to the family that brought him there, and what is the stunning secret of the house itself?

Cover A: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover B: Photo – Will Brooks
Cover C: Warren Pleece
Cover D: Stephen Byrne

Penny Dreadful #4 - Cover APenny Dreadful #4
Writers: Krysty Wilson-Cairns & Chris King
Artist: Louie De Martinis
Letterer: Comicraft

In the dark and dank Essex church, Vanessa casts the tarot and reaches out to Mina, who appears on a mission from The Master. In the howling fury that accompanies the descending somnolent women, Mina offers Vanessa a deal; she can save the lives of her friends and companions… if she submits to her darkest nature…

Cover A: Tula Lotay
Cover B: Louie De Martinis
Cover C: Photo

Tank Girl: Gold #1

Tank Girl: Gold #1
WRITER: Alan Martin
ARTIST: Brett Parson

Picking up where the critically acclaimed hit series Two Girls One Tank left off – Tank Girl has lost one of her dearest friends, but inadvertently gained billions of dollars worth of Nazi Gold. What is she going to spend all that money on? Before we find out, her kangaroo boyfriend Booga must pay a penance by going right up THE FURRY ROAD. It’s been swell, and the swelling isn’t going down.

COVER A – Ashley Wood
COVER B – Black Frog
COVER C – Andrey Tkachenko
COVER D – Lora Zombie
COVER E – Brett Parson

Vikings Uprising #1Vikings Uprising #1
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Daniel Indro

Lagertha faces a shock when she returns to the holy place of Uppsala to seek a sign from the gods following the events in Paris, only to find carnage and slaughter. Were escaped slaves responsible? Lagertha and her shield maidens must take up arms to stop this uprising. Ragnar meanwhile is a broken man, but an attempt on his life causes him to take drastic action…

COVER A – Chris Wahl
COVER B – Mark Hammermeister
COVER C – Claudia Caranfa
COVER D – Verity Glass
COVER E – Josh Burns

Titan Comics Collections

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume Three – Hyperion (Soft Cover)
Writers: Robbie Morrison, George Mann
Artists: Daniel Indro, Ronilson Friere, Mariano Laclaustra
Colorists: Slamet Mujiono, Luis Guerrero
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover: Rian Hughes
On sale in comic stores: 28th September 2016
On sale in book stores: 25th October 2016

Collects Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #11-15.

The Doctor and Clara face impossible odds as the Hyperions – a race of sentient suns who scorched the universe until the Time Lords brought their reign of terror to an end – have returned, and, worse, have come to Earth, in an epic, four-part season finale! Plus – in a stately home, the pair face a creeping, multiplying threat – and meet a literary guest star!

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Volume 1 (Soft Cover)
Writer: Cavan Scott
Art/Colors: Blair Shedd, Rachael Stott, Anang Setyawan
Lettering: Comicraft
Cover: Alice X. Zhang
On sale in comic stores: 28th September 2016
On sale in book stores: 25th October 2016

Collects The Ninth Doctor #1-5

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War Two behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market! Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon, with the Doctor and his friends caught between the twin threats of the Unon and the Lect – two species with intertwined histories who are jostling to replace the Time Lords on the universal stage. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

New Graphic Novels on sale in Bookshops

With thanks to Turnaround Distributors

Clear Blue Tomorrows (Cinebook, 9781849182843)
Daredevil Volume 2 (Panini, 9781846537585)
Iznogoud Volume 13: I Want To Be Caliph Instead Of Caliph (Cinebook, 9781849183109)
• a href=”http://amzn.to/2d4Baw9″>Lucky Luke Volume 60: The Ballad Of The Daltons (Cinebook, 9781849183093)
The Metabaron Book 1: The Anti-Baron (Humanoids, 9781594651533)
My Neighbour Seki Volume 8 (Vertical, 9781942993506)
• Namibia Volume 3: Episode 3 (Cinebook, 9781849182836)
Spider-Man / Deadpool Volume 1 (Panini, 9781846537325)
• Valerian Volume 13: On The Frontiers (Cinebook, 9781849183123)

US Comics On Sale This Week

List in part courtesy First Age Comics Lancaster – all the comics below can be ordered through your local comic shop, as can the 2000AD and Titan Comics titles above

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Support Your Local Comic Shop. Art by Nick Miller
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Action Comics #964
Adventure Time Comics #3
Aliens Defiance #5
Astro City #39
Back to the Future Citizen Brown #5
Batgirl #3
Batman Beyond Rebirth #1
Batman Beyond TP vol 2 City of Yesterday
Bloodshot Reborn #17
Blue Beetle #1
Captain America Steve Rogers #5
Captain Marvel #9
Deadpool #19
Deadpool Anual #1
Deathstroke #3
Descender #15
Detective Comics #941
Doctor Fate #16
Doctor Strange Annual #1
Edens Fall #2
Flash #7
Generation Zero #2
Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #5
Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys #6
Hellblazer #2
Hunt #3
Island #11
Josie & The Pussycats #1
Lady Mechanika La Dama De La Muere #1
Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis #6
Lumberjanes #30
Mae #5
Marvel GN Collection vol 125 Avengers World HC
Marvel Previews #15
Mask Revolution #1
Micronauts Revolution #1
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #11
Ms Marvel #11
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #46
New Avengers #16
Nova #11
Outcast #21
Postal #15
Rick & Morty #18
Rocket Raccoon & Groot #10
Saga #38
Scooby Doo Team Up #18
Sixpack & Dogwelder #2
Snotgirl #3
Sombra #3
Spider-Gwen #12
Spider-Man Deadpool#9
Spider-Woman #11
Star Trek Waypoint #1
Star Wars #23
Suicide Squad #3
Surgeon X #1
Tank Girl Gold #1
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #100
Tarzan on The Planet of the Apes #1
Teen Titans Rebirth #1
Thief of Thieves #35
Titans #3
Totally Awesome Hulk #10
Transformers #57
Ultimates #11
Wayward #16
Wonder Woman #7
X-Files Origins #2
X-O Manowar #50

• First Age Comics, 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

 

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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