Something For the Weekend: Christmas Dredd, but Hook Jaw Delayed! New Comics On Sale (w/c 12th December 2016)

2000AD Prog 2011

How can we not lead our regular British creator and publisher-skewed new comics line-up without a heads up, once again, for the 2000AD Christmas Special? Colin Noble has already sang the Prog’s praises, but you’d have to be totally thrill-sucked crazy not to want the mazing “Judge Dredd” tale, written by Rob Williams and drawn by Chris Weston, because it is simply, stunning (and because quite apart from the crazy storyline pitching Dredd against, well, accountants, the one liner about computer Barney will make 2000AD fans in the know smile).

New thrill “Kingmaker” by Ian Edginton and Leigh Gallagher also has the look of a great new thrill, pitting science against magic. It starts with a fast info-dump setting the scene and some great action throughout. Well worth the price of admission, as is another favourite of mine this Prog, “Ace Trucking Co.” by Eddie Robson, drawn by Nigel Dobbyn. I’m not quite sure if younger readers will have a clue about all the tax gags, but the art is great and the inventive creation of multi-headed blob that is the board of major galactic company is inspired.

Some bad news: due to unforeseen circumstances, some Titan Comics which were scheduled to hit stores on 14th December have now moved one week on – to 21st December 2016, including the eagerly-awaited Hook Jaw #1. Full list below.

There is good news for Londoners is that the planned Hook Jaw signing at Orbital Comics, London on Thursday 15th December will go ahead – they have stock in store. Here’s the event poster. Writer Si Spurrier and artist Conor Boyle are among the guests.

Hook Jaw Signing - Orbital Comics 15th December 2016

UK Newsagents Releases

Commando 4975 – Flying BlindThere 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), EPIC! (recently revamped), 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.

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 Novel series.

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.

Digital Comic Picks

Aces Weekly Volume 25 is out now! Coming at you in seven weekly parts every Monday night – for just £1, in any currency, per week! There is no better deal on the planet for discerning comics readers!

In Volume 25… Part 3 of “The Flight”, from Jeffrey Vaughn and The Art of Brendon and Brian Fraim ; the tragi-comic, and inimitable, “Why Don’t You Love Me?” from Paul Rainey; “Mercy Killing” from Marcello Bondi and Giuseppe Latanza ; the radical, “Goons Of The Galaxy”, from the spaced-out, Marc Jackson ; feverish fantasy from Jok LP and Rodolfo Santullo in “The Big Hit” ; a beautifully told tale of a drowned world of the future, in, “BOOM! Nowhere”, from Katie Cunningham and Heather Fisher; and, later in the volume, in the tradition of “Blacksad” and Elephantmen, the AW team bring you “Chief Inspector Gator” from Anthony Zicari and Oscar Capristo… up to 200 pages, including Extras. £1 per week. That’s it – that’s all!

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British Comic Publishers

2000AD/Rebellion

Prog 2011 Judge Dredd - Boxing Day
Prog 2011 Judge Dredd – Boxing Day
2000AD Prog 2011

Read Colin Noble’s Review

2000AD Prog 2011 sees the return of Chris Weston (The Invisibles) to “Judge Dredd” and a brand new cover by veteran artist Cliff Robinson, plus everything from everyone behaving themselves in Mega-City One (briefly) to giant trans-dimensional worms and the continued rise of the Dark Judges!

This bumper 100-page issue is a veritable festive selection box of Thrill-powered treats, including traditional staples like “Judge Dredd’ and “Ace Trucking Co.” alongside new favourites such as “Aquila”, “Kingdom”, “The Order” and “The Fall of Deadworld”.

Prog 2011 Kingmaker
Prog 2011 Kingmaker
Plus, two brand new series debut this issue – in “Kingmaker”, writer Ian Edginton (Hinterkind), artist Leigh Gallagher (Defoe) and letterer Ellie De Ville (ABC Warriors) take the long-worn tropes of JRR Tolkien and smash them into Star Wars for a cross-genre tale about rebellion and ancient evil.

In noir magical thriller “Hope” by writer Guy Adams (Goldtiger), artist Jimmy Broxton (Knight and Squire) and letterer Simon Bowland (James Bond), it’s a 1940s Hollywood where victory in World War Two was achieved by occult means. Magic is now a part of daily life, but the costs can be high – especially for Mallory Hope, a magician and private investigator who only wants to find his wife and son.

And, last but not least, there’s a history of the 1980s’ ‘horror comic for girls’, Misty, as well as a special preview of “Read Em and Weep”, the new serial killer novel by Pat Mills set in the world of British comics, with illustrations by Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)!

The full line-up of Prog 2011 is:

· “Judge Dredd: Boxing Day” by Rob Williams (Writer) Chris Weston (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
· “The Fall of Deadworld: Winter Break” by Kek-W (Writer) Dave Kendall (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
· “Kingmaker” by Ian Edginton (Writer) Leigh Gallagher (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
· “Aquila: Mors Venetiae” by Gordon Rennie (Writer) Paul Davidson (Artist) Gary Caldwell (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
· “Ace Trucking Co.: The Festive Flipflop” by Eddie Robson (Writer) Nigel Dobbyn (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
· “Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven” by Dan Abnett (Writer) Richard Elson (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
· “The Order: Wyrm War” by Kek-W (Writer) John Burns (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
· Hope: … For The Future” by Guy Adams (Writer) Jimmy Broxton (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)

2000AD Prog 2011 is priced at £4.99/$9.99 and is available from all good newsagents and comic book stores in the UK and Ireland on 14th December 2016

Titan Comics

Web: http://titan-comics.com

Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor, Volume 1: A Matter of Life and Death

Doctor Who: The Eight Doctor – A Matter of Life and Death
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Emma Vieceli

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! And what is the surprising secret Josie has carried with her all along? Collects Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1-5.

Rivers of London: Night Witch Graphic Novel

Rivers of London: Night Witch Graphic Novel
Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colors: Luis Guerrero

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London’s only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature, and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems! An all-new story that takes place before the new Rivers of London novel, The Hanging Tree!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, some Titan Comics which were scheduled to hit stores (and digital outlets) on 14th December have now moved one week on – to 21st December 2016, as follows:

  • Hook Jaw #1
  • Samurai Brothers in Arms #4
  • Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.15
  • Mycroft Holmes #4
  • Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #3
  • Assassin’s Creed: Awakening #2

The planned Hook Jaw signing at Orbital Comics, London on Thursday 15th December will go ahead – they have stock in store

Small Press Spotlight

No specific comic this week, but check out Tony Esmond’s feature on top independent publisher NoBrow‘s plans for 2017!

New US Comics On Sale in UK Comic Shops

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Dark Horse Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 Trade Paperback Volume 6 Own It
Chimichanga Sorrow Of Worlds Worst Face #3 (Of 4)
New Lone Wolf And Cub Trade Paperback Volume 11 (Mature Readers)
Resident Alien #4 (Of 4) Man With No Name
Shadows On The Grave #1
Strain Mr Quinlan Vampire Hunter #4 (Of 5) (Mature Readers)

DC Comics

Action Comics #969
Action Comics #969 Var Ed
Art Ops Trade Paperback Volume 2 Popism (Mature Readers)
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #5 (Variant Covers)
Batman And Robin Adventures Trade Paperback Volume 1
Batman Hard Cover Volume 10 Epilogue
Batman Trade Paperback Volume 9 Bloom
Clean Room #14 (Mature Readers)
Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade Deluxe Ed Hard Cover
Darkseid And Grail Action Figure 2 Pack
Dc Rebirth Holiday Special #1
Deathstroke #8 (Variant Covers)
Deathstroke Trade Paperback Volume 4 Family Business
Detective Comics #946 (Variant Covers)
Earth 2 Society #19
Flash #12 (Variant Covers)
Gotham Academy Second Semester #4
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #10 (Variant Covers)
Harley Quinn Red White & Black Arkham Asylum Statue
Justice League Of America The Silver Age Trade Paperback Volume 2
Lost Boys #3 (Of 6) (Mature Readers)
Martian Manhunter Trade Paperback Volume 2 The Red Rising
New Super Man #6
New Super Man #6 Var Ed
Raven #2 (Of 6) 2nd Ptg
Red Hood And The Outlaws #5
Red Hood And The Outlaws #5 Var Ed
Red Thorn #13 (Mature Readers)
Scooby Apocalypse #8 (Variant Covers)
Scooby Doo Where Are You #76
Suicide Squad #8 (Jl SS) (Variant Covers)
Supergirl #4 (Variant Covers)
Superman #10 2nd Ptg
Superman The Golden Age Omnibus Hard Cover Volume 3
Superwoman #5 (Variant Covers)
Unwritten Deluxe Hard Cover Book 1 (Mature Readers)
Wonder Woman #12 (Variant Covers)

IDW Publishing

Aleister Arcane Trade Paperback
Batman Tmnt Adventures #2 (Of 6) (Variant Covers)
Comic Book History Of Comics #2 (Of 6) (Variant Covers)
Insufferable Home Field Advantage #3 (Variant Covers)
Jim Thompson Killer Inside Me #4 (Of 5) (Variant Covers)
Mickey & Donald Christmas Parade #2 (Variant Covers)
Micronauts Trade Paperback Volume 1 Entropy
My Little Pony Friends Forever #35 (Variant Covers)
Optimus Prime #1 (Variant Covers)
Popeye Classics Hard Cover Volume 9
Princess Bride A Storybook To Colour Trade Paperback
Return Of The Zombies Hard Cover
Star Trek Boldly Go #3 (Variant Covers)
Tmnt New Animated Adv Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 2
Tmnt Ongoing #65
Tmnt Ongoing #65 Subscription Var
Transformers Lost Light #1 (Variant Covers)
Transformers Till All Are One Trade Paperback Volume 1
Uncle Scrooge #21 (Variant Covers)

Image Comics

3 Floyds Alpha King #3 (Of 5) (Mature Readers)
Birthright Trade Paperback Volume 4 Family History
Descender #17
Descender Trade Paperback Volume 3 Singularities
Drifter #15 Cvr A Klein (Mature Readers)
Drifter #15 Cvr B Rubin (Mature Readers)
Fuse #24 (Mature Readers)
Green Valley #2 (Of 9) 2nd Ptg
Green Valley #3 (Of 9) (Mature Readers)
Hadrians Wall #4 (Of 8) (Mature Readers)
Mayday #2 (Of 5) (Mature Readers)
Midnight Of The Soul Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Moonshine #2 2nd Ptg
Moonshine #3 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
No Mercy #12 (Mature Readers)
Postal Trade Paperback Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
Reborn #1 3rd Ptg
Reborn #2 2nd Ptg
Reborn #3 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Rockstars #1 (Mature Readers)
Rumble Trade Paperback Volume 3 Immortal Coil (Mature Readers)
Spawn #268 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)

Marvel Comics

Agents Of Shield Trade Paperback Volume 2 Under New Management
All New X-Men #16
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #2
Daredevil #14
Dark Tower Drawing Of Three Sailor #3 (Of 5) (Mature Readers)
Deadpool Back In Black #5 (Of 5) (Variant Covers)
Doctor Strange Punisher Magic Bullets #1 (Of 4) (Variant Covers)
Foolkiller #2
Gamora By Ribic Poster
Guardians Of Galaxy #15 (Variant Covers)Guardians Of Galaxy New Guard Trade Paperback Volume 1 Emperor Quill
Gwenpool Holiday Special Merry Mix Up (Variant Covers)
Hawkeye #1 Now
Hawkeye By Tedesco Poster
IVX #1 (Of 6) (Variant Covers)
Jessica Jones #3 (Variant Covers)
Marvel 2017 Calendars (Bundle Of 25) (Net)
Marvel Universe Avengers Ultron Revolution #6
Mmw Amazing Spider-Man Hard Cover Volume 18 (Variant Covers)
Mosaic #3
Ms Marvel Trade Paperback Volume 6 Civil War Ii
Old Man Logan #15
Power Man And Iron Fist #11
Punisher Max Trade Paperback Complete Collection Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
Silk #15 CC
Spider-Man #10
Star Wars Poe Dameron #9
Totally Awesome Hulk #13
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #15
Uncanny Avengers #17
Uncanny Inhumans Trade Paperback Volume 3 Civil War Ii
Us Avengers By Medina Poster
Web Warriors Of Spider-Verse Trade Paperback Volume 2 Spiders Vs
X-Men Inferno Crossovers Trade Paperback
X-Men X-Cutioners Song Trade Paperback New Ptg

Other Publishers Books And Graphic Novels

Adventure Time Ice King Trade Paperback
Angel City #3 (Of 6) (Mature Readers)
Aod Xena Forever And A Day #3 (Of 6) Cvr A Bradshaw
Art & Beauty #3 (Mature Readers)
Attack Graphic Novel
Attack On Titan Before The Fall Graphic Novel Volume 9
B & V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #252
Battlestar Galactica Volume 3 #5 (Of 5) Cvr A Sanchez
Battlestar Galactica Volume 3 #5 (Of 5) Cvr B Action Figure
Bee And Puppycat Trade Paperback Volume 3
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #249
Betty Boop #3 (Variant Covers)
Black #3 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Black Eyed Kids #9 (Mature Readers)
Blade Bunny Volume 2 #3 (Of 3)
Brigands #2 (Of 5) (Mature Readers)
Brighter Than You Think 10 Short Works By Alan Moore Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Britannia #4 (Of 4) (Variant Covers)
Bruce Lee Dragon Rises Trade Paperback
Captain Kid #3 (Mature Readers)
Cavewoman Ankhas Revenge #2 (Of 3) (Variant Covers)
Cbldf Defender #8 (Bundle Of 50)
Chimichanga #1 (Of 3) S Graphic Novel & Resketched Ed
Cinderella Serial Killer Princess #1 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Devils Line Graphic Novel Volume 4
Df Champions #1 Df Exc Cassaday B&W
Die Kitty Die #3 Cvr A Ruiz
Die Kitty Die #3 Cvr B Parent
Disney Star Darlings Cinestory Volume 1 Becoming Star Darlings
Dominion Last Sacrifice #3 (Of 4)
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons Of Sabertooth Graphic Novel
George Perez Sirens #6 (Of 6) Main Cvr
Georgie Story Of Man His Dog & Pin Hard Cover
Gft Van Helsing Vs Frankenstein #4 (Of 5) (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Gold Digger #238
Gold Key Alliance Trade Paperback
Hillbilly #4
Holy Corpse Rising Graphic Novel Volume 1
Homies #3 (Of 4) Cvr A Huerta
Irwin Allen Lost In Space #6 (Variant Covers)
Itsuwaribito Graphic Novel Volume 19

James Bond Hammerhead #3 (Of 6)

James Bond Hammerhead #3 (Of 6)
Writer: Andy Diggle Artist: Luca Casalanguida Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla

After a massacre in Dubai, 007 closes in on the mysterious Kraken. But while investigating a mercenary safehouse in Yemen, Bond discovers the most advanced Q-Branch technology can sometimes prove less an asset than a liability. And a weapon is only as lethal as the man who wields it…

Johnny Canuck Compendium 1941-1946
Knights Of The Dinner Table #238
Kong Of Skull Island #1 (Of 6) Bcc Exclusive
Lantern City Hard Cover Volume 3
Lord Marksman & Vanadis Graphic Novel Volume 2
Lords Of The Jungle Trade Paperback
Love Stage Graphic Novel Volume 6 (Mature Readers)
Magatsuki Graphic Novel Volume 6 (Mature Readers)
Magi Graphic Novel Volume 21
Mega Princess #2
Men Of Mystery #102
Mermin Graphic Novel Book 2
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 Eccc Exc
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 Bcc Exc
Miraculous #1 Sdcc 2016 (Variant Covers)
Miraculous #2 Sdcc Cvr
Miraculous #8 (Variant Covers)
Monster Hunter Flash Hunter Graphic Novel Volume 5
Motor Girl #2
Motro #2 (Of 10) (Mature Readers)
Namesake #2
Night Of Living Dead Hard Cover Graphic Novel Volume 1 Sins Of Father
One Hundred Nights Of Hero Graphic Novel
Pitiful Human Lizard #11 Cvr A Loo
Power Rangers Pink #5
Pre Code Classic Amazing Adventures Hard Cover Volume 1
Pre Code Classic Amazing Adventures Slipcase Ed Volume 1
Pre Code Classic Weird Terror Hard Cover Volume 1
Pre Code Classic Weird Terror Slipcase Ed Volume 1
Red Sonja #0 Cvr A Bradshaw
Servamp Graphic Novel Volume 8
Seven Princes Of Thousand Year Labyrinth Graphic Novel Volume 1
Showman Killer Volume 3 (Of 3) (Mature Readers)
Simpsons Comics Explosion #3
Simpsons Comics Knockout Graphic Novel
Sonic Boom Trade Paperback Volume 2 Boom Shaka Laka (Res)
Sonic Universe #93 (Variant Covers)
Sons Of Anarchy Redwood Original #5 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Spire Trade Paperback
Spongebob Comics #63
Spoof On Titan (Attack On Titan) Graphic Novel
Steven Universe 2016 Special #1
Street Fighter Unlimited Annual #1 (Variant Covers)
Sun Bakery #4 (Mature Readers)
Tales From The Suicide Forest (Mature Readers)
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #101 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
The Castoffs #3
Three Stooges Merry Stoogemas (Variant Covers)
Ultimo Graphic Novel Volume 12
Vampblade #6 Sdcc Var (Mature Readers)
War Stories #21 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Wet Moon Graphic Novel Volume 2 Unseen Feet New Ed
World Of Warcraft Adult Coloring Book Sc
Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #14 (Variant Covers)
Young Terrorists #2 (Mature Readers)
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #25 Sdcc Photo Var (Mature Readers)
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #30 (Variant Covers) (Mature Readers)
Zombie Tramp Trade Paperback Volume 9 Skanks Shanks And Shackles (Mature Readers)

Magazines

Doctor Who Adventures Magazine #19
Doctor Who Essential Guide #9 Invasion Of Earth
Doctor Who Magazine #506
Judge Dredd Megazine #378
Juxtapoz #192
Megami Sep 2016
Newtype Sep 2016
Scream Magazine #39 (Mature Readers)
Screem #32 Newsstand Ed
Screem #32 Px Ed
Star Trek Magazine #59 Newsstand Ed
Star Trek Magazine #59 Px Ed

Books

Assassins Creed Heresy Prose Novel
Assassins Creed Into The Animus Hard Cover
Doctor Who Comp Hist Hard Cover Volume 24 3rd Doctor Stories 51-53
Doctor Who Comp Hist Hard Cover Volume 25 4th Doctor Stories 81- 84
Final Fantasy Xv Complete Official Guide Coll Ed Hard Cover
George Lucas A Life Hard Cover
Goliath Hard Cover Storybook
Incredibuilds Assassins Creed Deluxe Model W Book
Marvel Vault Hard Cover (Titan Books Ed)
No Game No Life Light Novel Volume 5
Shadow Double Novel Volume 112 Death Token & 3 Stamps Of Death
Star Wars Builders Millennium Falcon
Star Wars Builders Starfighters
We Told You So Hard Cover Comics As Art

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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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