Rough Cut Comics collects Jim Alexander’s Good Cop, Bad Cop

Good Cop, Bad Cop - story by Jim Alexander, art by Luke Cooper
Good Cop, Bad Cop – story by Jim Alexander, art by Luke Cooper

Rough Cut Comics will collect Jim Alexander’s GoodCopBadCop series into a prestige trade paperback for worldwide release at the end of the year.

The Glasgow-based publisher will re-package the Marvel/DC writer’s off-beat Jekyll and Hyde revision of the Scottish crime drama which has grown into an anthology of stories with artwork from Garry McLaughlin (Year of Fear, Taking flight) Luke Cooper (Wolf Country) and Will Pickering (Burke and Hare, Something Fast).

The new 64-page book GoodCopBadCop: Casebook One will have an introduction by Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner and a cover designed by Alex Ronald (Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht).

The series, created and written by Alexander, follows the violent investigations of Detective Inspector Brian Fisher on Glasgow’s mean streets; a series of dark tales featuring a vile array of murderers and gangsters who, at the mere flick of a hot chip in the throat, can bring out the detective’s monstrous alter-ego, a coal-eyed anti-hero who dispenses his own lethal style of justice.

“It’s a pleasure for Rough Cut Comics to be finally working with Jim, whom I’ve known for more than ten years,” says Publisher Ed Murphy. “I’ve always found his writing to be succinct and it never fails to hit the mark of whatever genre he’s playing in.

“This particular series is a beautifully-crafted concoction that reads like an amalgamation of William McIIvanney and Bill Forsyth… with the visual violence of early Taggart. I think it will be a big attraction for anyone who likes crime and horror.”

Jim’s career has spanned from The Judge Dredd Megazine to stints for DC (Birds of Prey), Marvel (Marvel Milestones) and TokyoPop (Star Trek Manga). He’s also had two strips adapted for TV’s Metal Hurlant Chronicles (The King’s Crown strip he wrote for Richard Corben and the gothic western Whisky in the Jar).

“Eddie, John, Alex, Garry, Luke and Will.  It’s a dream team for the stuff of nightmares,” says Jim. “I’m thrilled to see my delightfully twisted take on Tartan Noir get the format and publisher I think it deserves.  I guarantee you’ll love this book – or if not I’ll send GoodCopBadCop round!”

In 2013, Rough Cut Comics entered its 12 years as an independent comic-book publisher and has just had a monumental success with the release of The Compulsory Freedom Collective: Volume 1, their Top 300 title which re-imagines a style of Silver Age that might have been released if Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were working in the Soviet Union during the 1960s.

• GoodCopBadCop: Casebook One is scheduled to be released December 2013. You can find more information on Rough Cut Comics on their Facebook page at or by following them on twitter @roughcutcomics

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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