2000AD‘s collection of Zenith Phase Two by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell is officially the UK’s Number One selling graphic novel, coming top in the Graphic Novels: General and the Graphic Novels: Superheroes section of Nielsen Bookscan for week commencing 1st December 2014.
In October, 2000AD began reprinting the individual books of Morrison and Yeowell’s breakthrough superhero series about the vain, self-obsessed, egotistical pop singer “superbrat” whose only interests are girls, partying, and where he is in the music charts. Yet as the world’s only superhero, he doesn’t realise that he is at the centre of a dark conspiracy that could wipe out the entire universe.
Published simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic in gorgeous hardback editions with brand new covers by Yeowell, Zenith Phase Two has rocketed to the top of the charts after its release.
Clever, snappy, visceral, and witty, Zenith is a satire on the pop music culture of the late 1980s, on politics, and on the superhero genre – themes that Morrison has come back to again and again throughout his career. It is an incredibly important piece of comics history, not just because it began Morrison’s rise to become arguably the biggest name working in comics today, but also because it was 2000AD’s first true superhero series and also represented the beginning of yet another ‘British Invasion’ of the US comics scene.
Zenith Phase One, published back in October, has already seen its first reprint. Last year’s limited edition The Complete Zenith sold out within hours of its release through the 2000AD online shop but this is the first time the whole of Morrison and Yoewell’s breakthrough work will be available to the book trade and comic book stores.
The third and fourth Phases will be published in spring and summer 2015 respectively.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.