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Scarlet Traces returns to 2000AD this week! Plus, Upcoming Titles News from Rebellion…

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2000AD Prog 2126 is on sale now in all good newsagents, UK comic shops and via various digital platforms, with a cracking cover from D’Israeli, marking the return of the alien invaders story “Scarlet Traces” to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic! Read on for a full run down – and a guide to a host of great new books on their way from Rebellion over the coming months!

It’s 1968, decades since Mars waged war on Earth, and the major nations have access to Martian-derived technology. But Britain is still recovering from Martian bombardment in the 1940s, when much of the south of England was destroyed. This was followed by the arrival in the 1950s of two million Venusians, seeking refuge from Martian occupation. Now, the Martians have weaponised the sun, and are on the attack…

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Zip up your haz-suit and dive on in… because that’s not all!

In Mega-City One, there’s always some drokker willing to exploit the vulnerable, and that’s exactly what happens in the Judge Dredd story “The Long Game” by Michael Carroll, Mark Sexton, coloured by John Charles and lettered by Annie Parkhouse

2000AD Prog 2126 - Judge Dredd

The heroes of “Kingmaker” are on their way to the Hall of the Mountain King in the latest episode from Ian Edginton, Leigh Gallagher, lettered by Ellie de Ville

2000AD Prog 2126 - KIngmaker

There’s more “Survival Geeks” action from Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby, with art by Neil Googe, coloured by Gary Caldwell and lettered by Annie Parkhouse. Did someone say boss fight?

2000AD Prog 2126 - Survival Geeks

In “Max Normal” by Guy Adams, with art by Dan Cornwell, coloured by Jim Boswell and lettered by Simon Bowland, Max has bought up old shuggy hall The Golden Pocket, a pivotal place in his childhood… it’s not going well!

2000AD Prog 2126 is out now – more information at 2000ad.com – which includes information on Judge Dredd Megazine #406, also out now!

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ON SALE NEXT WEEK

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Cor!! & Buster Special – On Sale Next Week! – 17th April

The greatest characters from Britain’s golden age of humour comics return for a one-shot celebration of daft and zany fun!

From the world’s naughtiest baby, Sweeny Toddler to Gums, the most incompetent shark in the seven seas, a whole new generation of readers are about to experience comics’ humour at its finest!

Featuring comics top talents including Neil Googe (The Flash), Ned Hartley (Star Wars), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who), Abigail Bulmer (2000AD), and Tanya Roberts (TMNT).

There’s a very complimentary and welcome comment by Comicon’s Rachel Bellwoar here about the “Who’s in Charge” strip I wrote and Lew Stringer drew for this Cor and Buster Special, lettered by Leila O’Millar, featuring “classic comic” editors such as Buster, Sid and lkippy the Snake, Chips, Gus the Gorilla and more.

And there’s plenty of well deserved praise for other strips, too!

M.A.C.H.1 Volume 2 - CoverM.A.C.H.1 Volume 2 – 18th April

When terrorists, super-weapons and other-worldly forces plot destruction, the British Secret Service need John Probe – their number one super-agent. But when Probe begins to question the motives of his superiors and the ruthless logic of his cybernetic brain, he finds the service has dark secrets up its sleeve… including failed prototype, M.A.C.H. Zero!

The agency will find out what happens when they try to control Men Activated by Compu-Puncture Hyperpower!

MAY 2019

2000AD Villains Take Over One Shot Special2000 AD Villains Takeover – 1st May

n time for Free Comic Book Day the bad guys take over the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic with a nefarious new special full of criminal capers and villainous ventures: the 2000AD Villains Takeover!

At the low, low price point of 99p, this is the ideal shelf-stuffer to tempt roguish readers into the world of 2000AD!

In this improper issue, 2000AD offer the very best forbidden felons and outlandish outlaws, the lawman of the future faces a familiar rictus grin in “Judge Death: The Judge Who Laughs” by Rob Williams and Henrik Sahlstrom; there’s fiendish fantasy with “Lord Weird Slough Feg: Lord Of The Hunt” by Pat Mills and Kyle Hotz; there’s chem-wreathed criminality in the world of Rogue Trooper in “Brass and Bland: The Professionals” by Karl Stock and Kael Ngu; there’s the malefactory mutant-bounty hunters-turned-bad-guys, The Stix, from Strontium Dog in “Stix: Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Matt Smith and Chris Weston; and all rounded off by “Terror Tale: Last of the Hellphibians” by that master of the mendacious Henry Flint!

Invasion 1984 - CoverInvasion 1984 – 2nd May

1984. Skeletal-looking alien warriors have invaded the Earth, bringing many large cities like London to the brink of total destruction! Taken by surprise, mankind must now dig deep to survive!

In Britain, the tough-as-boots military outfit known as Storm Squad mount the fightback against the ‘Spooks’ while professor Ed Lomax looks into a way of permanently ridding the plant of this unearthly foe for good!

2000AD Regened (all ages) – 8th May

2000AD Regened proudly presents a riotous all-ages comic featuring original, full-colour strips packed with thrill-power for Earthlets of all inception dates!

Cadet Judge Dredd upholds the law in a blistering crime caper at an Aeroball game by Matt Smith and Neil Googe! Mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha earns his Strontium Dog badge from Alec Worley and Ben Willsher! Tharg’s Futureshocks present the wonderful world of HumanCraft by Ned Hartley and Tanya Roberts! Help Chet Jetstream escape Hell Island by Henry Flint! The teenage alien delinquents return with an eye on causing chaos in ‘D.R. & Quinch Hijack Free Comic Book Day’ from Owen Michael Johnson, Colin Bell and INDIO!

Brink Book ThreeBrink Book Three – 16th May

Inspector Bridget Curtis is drawn deeper into a disturbing plot that runs from the drug-fuelled sects of the Habitats, to the upper echelons of Junot Corp. Strange things are happening, but is the conspiracy real, or is life in space beginning to affect her sanity? The reality of sinister Space Gods aside, the fate of the human race may be at stake!

Operation: Overlord #1 - Direct Sales CoverOperation: Overlord #1 – 29th May

The international best-selling graphic novel series translated into English for the first time. Four extraordinary tales of heroism set during the World War Two Normandy landings on D-Day, 6th June 1944, each 48 page issue is a stand-alone story.

This first issue focuses on the fighting around the French town of Saint-Mere-Eglise. Featuring artwork by DC Comics and Star Wars artist David Fabbri.

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Volume 33Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Volume 33 – 30th May

Mega-City One – a nightmarish enclosure located along the Eastern Seaboard of North America. Only the Judges – powerful law enforcers supporting the despotic Justice Department – can stop total anarchy running rife on the crime-ridden streets. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the law and these are his stories…

Judge Dredd’s single-minded pursuit of law comes into conflict with the more clandestine forces of the Hall of Justice, including an assassin under orders of the Chief Judge!

JUNE 2019

The Leopard from Lime Street Volume TwoLeopard From Lime Street Volume 2 – 12th June

The ‘UK’s answer to Spider-Man’ returns in the second collection of this long lost classic from the hugely popular and long running Buster comic.

After being scratched by a radioactive leopard, Billy Farmer discovered that he had somehow developed the powers of the mighty jungle cat. Life is getting tougher for Selbridge’s premier crime-fighter. The criminals are getting tougher, his the local newspaper editor is out for his blood and now his new leopard skin costume is turning him into a savage beast!

To make matters worse, a girl from his school suspects his true identity! Is this the end for the Leopard from Lime Street…?

Chopper - Wandering Spirit - CoverChopper: Wandering Spirit – 12th June

The Oz Radback, 2140 AD. Legendary Mega-city skysurfer Marlon Shakespeare has retired to Oz, where he has been living a trouble-free life. But when he goes in pursuit of the mutants that kidnapped his friend Wally during a radstorm, the ageing skysurfer gets far more trouble than he bargained for!

This book collects the latest adventure of Mega-City One’s greatest skysurfer as well as several Judge Dredd stories also featuring the vibrant psychedelic art of Brendan McCarthy.

2000AD Sci-Fi Special – 19th June

2000AD pays tribute to Judge Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra, who died in October 2018, with a summer special featuring some of his most popular characters.

Alan Grant and Robin Smith have Dredd tackle perps in a very unique location in ‘Night at the Museum’; Guy Adams and Dave Kendall reveal an untold story of Romanian vampire soldiers the Fiends of the Eastern Front in ‘Strange Meeting’; and Viking Wulf Sternhammer comes to terms with life in the future in ‘Valhalla’ by Michael Carroll and Patrick Goddard.

Plus the first two completed chapters of the project that John Wagner and Ezquerra were working on when he died: android cop Spector, programmed to root out corruption at the highest level. Plus poster by Cliff Robinson, and cover from Mick McMahon.

Operation: Overlord #2Operation: Overlord #2 – 26th June

The second 48 page stand-alone issue in the internationally best-selling series depicting the World War II Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944.

This issue follows famed war photographer Robert Capa as he is attached to Easy Company during their assault on Omaha Beach, capturing sensational pictures during some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire Operation.

Featuring artwork by DC Comics and Star Wars artist David Fabbri.

Counterfeit Girl - CoverCounterfeit Girl – 27th June

A dystopian cyberpunk thriller of identity theft, sentient diseases and fake news, from comics’ best-dressed rebels, Peter Milligan and Rufus Dayglo!

Roy of the Rovers: Going Up – 27th June

The third instalment of the all new  Roy of the Rovers graphic novel series!

Roy and the team have battled through a tough season, but have they got enough left to get promoted? Or will they fall at the final hurdle and see the club sold by its greedy owner?

The new era of Roy of the Rovers continues!

Tammy & Jinty Special 2019
Note: Not Final Cover (logos may change)

Tammy & Jinty Special – 27th June

Tammy and Jinty were two of Britain’s best-loved girls’ comics in the 1970s and ’80s – ground-breaking female-led comics that covered everything from science fiction and fantasy to romance and domestic drama.

This June, these classic titles return in the 48-page Tammy & Jinty Special, retooled for the 21st Century! A host of the finest modern creators pay tribute to this legacy of trail-blazing comics while introducing a new audience to the medium!

None other than Rob Williams (Roy of the Rovers), Rachel Stott (Doctor Who), Rachael Smith, V V Glass (Assassin’s Creed), Emma Beeby (Mata Hari) and many more present daring girl-led tales of roller derby, archaeology, codebreaking, ballet, space adventure and more!

JULY

Roy of the Rovers: Best of the ‘50s – 25th July

Celebrate 65 years of the greatest football comic ever! Celebrating 65 years of goals and glory in 2019, this first in a spectacular new luxury treasury series collects the very best stories from the first decade of Roy of the Rovers comics.

Roy Race is only a schoolboy, but the scouts from the mighty Melchester Rovers have spotted his talent, and now he’s on his way to a career as professional footballer! But how will Roy settle into the ranks at Rovers? Can he deal with the competition, the pressure, and the fan’s expectations? The legend begins here!

An icon of British comics and sporting history is born, with his origin presented in glorious hardback for the first time!

Operation: Overlord #3 – 31st July

AUGUST

The Complete Future Shocks Volume 2The Complete Future Shocks Volume 2 – 7th August

Tharg’s Future Shocks are one-off, twist ending, sci-fi thrills that have introduced many of the biggest names in the comic book industry through the pages of 2000 AD.

The Vigilant: Legacy – 14th August

The Best of Steel CommandoBest of Steel Commando – 22nd August

Roy of the Rovers: Best of the ‘60s – 22nd August

Celebrate 65 years of the greatest football comic ever! They don’t come much more iconic than Roy of the Rovers. The Melchester Rovers striker of legend first appeared in 1954, and went on to become a genuine sporting hero for generations of fans, with his story spanning decades of footballing adventures.

Celebrating 65 years of goals and glory in 2019, this second instalment in a spectacular new luxury series collects the very best Roy of the Rovers stories from that glorious decades of British football, the 1960!

The perfect archive companion to the Roy of the Rovers reboot graphic novels and middle-grade fiction published by Rebellion, tying together and bringing full-circle the nostalgia of the brand with the new generation reimagining.

Operation Overlord #4 – 28th August

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

One thought on “Scarlet Traces returns to 2000AD this week! Plus, Upcoming Titles News from Rebellion…

  1. I applaud the Steel Commando collection but if Rebellion really want to trade off the name ‘Vigilant’ the brand needs to be strengthened with more original material. One one-shot a year really doesn’t feel like enough of a commitment to the concept – and I truly believe it is a great one! I guess what I’m saying is more Vigilant please

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