There are some terrific new releases out from Rebellion Publishing this week and in coming weeks and months, including this week’s 2000 AD, sporting a great cover by Cliff Robinson, coloured by Dylan Teague. Without further ado, let’s get down to dishing out your vital Nerve Centre-supplied briefing on upcoming books, including new Treasury of British Comics titles…
2000 AD Prog 2157
Judge Dredd: Guatemala (Part 8)
by John Wagner (Writer) Colin MacNeil (Artist) Chris Blythe (Colourist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Home to over 130 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, Crime is rampant, and only the Judges – empowered to dispense instant justice – can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD – he is the Law! Now, former Chief Judge Hershey has revealed that she’s dying from a pathogen, and is facing her final days…
Defoe: The Divisor (Part 8)
by Pat Mills (Writer) SK Moore (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
London, 1668. It is two years since the city was devastated by the Great Fire. From the ashes rose the undead, hungry for the flesh of the living. Protecting the populace are zombie hunters like Titus DEFOE, a former Leveller, who now makes it his mission to rid the capital of the ghouls. In this strange, clockpunk alternate past, supernatural entities have been passing info to humanity, enabling them to build rocketships…
Brink: Hate Box (Part 8)
by Dan Abnett (Writer) INJ Culbard (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
The late 21st century, and through environmental catastrophe and industrial overload Earth has been reduced to a wasteland. Mankind finally evacuated the planet in 2072 and millions were housed in a number of deep-space Habitats. But life on these cramped, overcrowded stations is tense, with many spilling over into madness — as HSD cop Bridget Kurtis has discovered in her investigations into violent sect crimes…
Hope… Under fire (Part 8)
by Guy Adams (Writer) Jimmy Broxton (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
An alternate 1940s USA. World War Two is over, victory having been secured by occult means. Now, magic is a part of everyday life, its practitioners commonplace. Mallory HOPE is one such skilled operative, though calling on the dark arts takes its toll on the user. He’s also a private investigator, hired for all manner of down n’ dirty jobs, and now his services have taken him to New York at the behest of an old army colleague…
The Fall of Deadworld: Doomed (Part 8)
by Kek-W (Writer) Dave Kendall (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
The planet that eventually became known as DEADWORLD was once a regular civilisation existing in a dimension parallel to our own. But the end of days is coming, and creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. While the survivors attempt to resist the undead horde, the neighbouring Soviets have seen the chaos as an ideal time to launch an attack on their enemies…
Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond| Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPad, Android, Windows 10
NEW REBELLION/ TREASURY OF BRITISH GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COLLECTIONS
• Operation Overlord
By Michaël Le Galli, Bruno Falba (Writer) David Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia (a)
Out: 14th November 2019, Hardcover, 78 pages, £19.99 (UK) $24.99 (US)
An international bestseller, this stunning graphic novel – translated from French for the first time – tells four extraordinary tales of heroism set during the World War II Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944. 6th June 1944 D-Day, the allies launch a great offensive in Normandy in order to definitively rid Europe of the Nazi terror. The strategic and human scale of the operation, led by General Eisenhower, is unrivalled. No less than 160,000 men will be parachuted and land on five beaches in the northern France. Thus begins Operation Overlord.
• Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 34
By John Wagner, Garth Ennis, Gordon Rennie, Robbie Morrison, Alan Grant (Writers) Carlos Ezquerra, Ian Gibson, Cam Kennedy, Jock, Henry Flint, Colin MacNeil, Frazer Irving, Cliff Robinson (Artists)
Out: 14 November 2019, Paperback, 272 pages, £19.99 (UK) $24.99 (US)
The latest incendiary volume of Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files, collecting the adventures of the iconic British character, presented in chronological order, complete and uncut! Former foes with raw grudges pour out of the woodwork when a dimension jump gets hijacked; an assassin carries out executions under the direct orders of the Chief Judge! Featuring art by comics superstar Jock (The Batman Who Laughs)!
• Roy of the Rovers: Transferred
By Rob Williams (Writer) Lisa Henke (a) John Charles, Guilherme Lindemberg Mendes, James Offredi (Colourist) Jim Campbell (Letterer)
Out: 14 November 2019, Hardcover, 112 pages, £19.99 (UK)
ROY OF THE…TYNECASTER? Thanks to a mighty team effort, Melchester Rovers have reached the dizzy heights of League One. For Roy Race however, the final had a bittersweet taste to it both he and Paco Diaz have been transferred to Melchester Rover’s bitter rivals, Premiership champions, Tynecaster.
REBELLION RELEASES: COMING SOON
• Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 414
Out: 20th November 2019 (UK) | 11th December (North America)
Featuring Judge Dredd, Tales of the Black Museum, Diamond Dogs, The Returners and Psi-Judge Anderson
• The Dark Judges: The Fall of Deadworld Book Two
Kek-W (Writer) Dave Kendall (Artist)
Out: 28 November 2019, Paperback, 96 pages, £19.99 (UK) $24.99 (US)
The terrifying sequel to the best-selling tale of Judge Dredd’s greatest villains, Dark Judges! They are the four horsemen of the horror apocalypse, Dark Judges who declared that life itself is a crime. As they continue to turn their world into a necropolis, young Jess Childs rallies a team of survivors to rescue the one person who can help her prevent the death of the world! High body horror for fans of the iconic horror franchises Saw, Day of The Dead, and The Fly.
• Ken Reid’s World-Wide Weirdies
by Ken Reid
Out: 28 November 2019, Hardcover, 112 pages, £19.99 (UK) $24.99 (US)
Glorious grotesques from around the globe! Beautiful and bizarre illustration collection from the legendary British cartoonist (ir)responsible for Faceache released to coincide with the holidays! World Wide Weirdies collects the almost weekly run of Reid’s beautifully bizarre illustrations from IPC’s Whoopee! and Shiver and Shake. Usually displayed in colour on the back cover, they are among the most striking images to have appeared in British comics!
• Third World War
By Pat Mills (Writer) Carlos Ezquerra, D’Israeli, Angela Kincaid (Artist)
Out: 9 January 2020, Paperback, 208 pages, £19.99 (UK) $24.99 (US)
Using brand new scans of the original artwork supplied by the family of the late Carlos Ezquerra, this definitive collection of Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra’s ground-breaking, highly-political comic book classic of global capitalism, rebellion and exploitation is collected in its entirety for the very first time!
Third World War is suffused with economic, political, and social issues, and deals with ever-more prescient issues around capitalism and global politics. Ezquerra’s painted colour artwork is a highlight of his long and distinguished career. A truly anti-establishment graphic novel from the late 1980s, this is unlike anything else published by the Treasury of British Comics so far.
• Billy’s Boots
By Fred Baker (Writer) Bill Lacey, Colin Page, Mike Western, Tom Kerr (Artists)
Out: 23 January 2020, Hardcover, 110 pages, £14.99 (UK)
Young Billy Dane was one of the most passionate football fans at Bingley Road Junior school…unfortunately, he was also one of the worst players! Then, one afternoon, Billy’s grandmother got him to clean out her attic and Billy finds a pair of old fashioned football boots that belonged to ‘Dead-Shot’ Keen – a famous centre forward who once played for England. Join us at the start of a stunning saga which entertained football fans for over twenty years!
• Kingdom Volume 4: Alpha and Omega
By Dan Abnett (Writer) Richard Elson (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
Out: 6 February 2020, Paperback, 144 pages, £15.99
The latest collection of 2000 AD’s latest breakout success from the mind of bestselling SF and Warhammer author Dan Abnett. After dragging Gene to their faltering cryogenic space station and abandoning his pack to the swarming insect “Them”, the masters are how holding Gene in idyllic V.R. suspension.
Rescued before execution by an old friend, and joined by a terrorist working to undermine the master’s grip on the world below, Gene forms a tenuous alliance. The three must work together to infiltrate the master’s security systems and steal the codes to their massively destructive arsenal. But Gene might not be prepared for what else he finds…
• Battle Stations – War Picture Library
By Donne Avenell (Writer) and Hugo Pratt (Artist)
Out: 20 February 2020
Taking its title from the story “Battle Stations” first published in War at Sea Picture Library No.34 in 1963, the story, by Donne Avenell, illustrated throughout by Pratt, this is, for me, a remarkable and powerful story, far beyond the simplistic “Nazi bashing” of many a British war comic story.
Battle Stations opens with the sinking of an anti sub trawler by a U-Boat and the callous murder of survivors by the submarine’s crew. Just three British crew men survive, eventually reassigned to the HMS Vengeful – a ship’s name that for the angry survivors has more meaning than most would assign.
• Judge Dredd – Mechanismo: Machine Law
By John Wagner (Writer), John McCrea, Colin MacNeil (Artist)
Out: 5th March 2020
A buddy cop tale like no other! Man and mechanismo, on the mean streets of Mega-City One….
With Mega-City one eating Judges faster than they can be replaced, the Justice Department prepares once more to trial a radical solution for their manpower shortage: The Mark-8 RV Mechanismo unit, robotic judges programmed to deal with everything the city can throw at them, with freshly programmed AIs designed to empathise with the citizens they’ll encounter.
Judge Dredd himself has never hid his feelings on granting judicial powers to machines, but the responsive, resilient and ultimately expendable machines may be the answer to the justice department’s problems. Dredd is ordered to put aside his prejudices and conduct an assessment with one of the latest models, nicknamed HARVEY…
• The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Volume 1
By Mike Butterworth (Writer) and Don Lawrence (Artist)
Out: 19th March 2020
• Roy of the Rovers: All to Play For
Out: 17th March 2020
Melchester Rovers are in a dark place. Due to Barry ‘Meat’ Cleaver’s underhand business practises, the team find themselves faced with a thirty-point deduction and have tumbled from the top to the bottom of League One. If that wasn’t bad enough, a fire has decimated Mel Park leaving the team with nowhere to play their home games. Rovers’ captain, Vic Guthrie is increasingly feeling the pressure and is starting to unravel.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel though – star goal scorers Paco Diaz and Roy Race are back from their brief stint in the Premiership to help the Rovers survive the drop. Meanwhile, Melchester’s female team, Sowerby, are going from strength to strength and new coach Johnny Dexter has found a kindred spirit in young defender Rocky Race…
• Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 19 (US)
Out: 3rd March 2020
• Best of 2000 AD Issue One
Out: April 2020
A new 12-issue, 100-page US-format, perfect-bound comic book series for the direct market. Intended as the ultimate 2000 AD mix-tape, the full-colour anthology will feature stories specially chosen to be accessible to new readers – and the ideal title for reviewers! Issue one will launch with a brand new cover by Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked and The Divine), and subsequent issues will include covers by Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), and Annie Wu (Hawkeye), with more to be revealed.
Later next year, in April, Rebellion launch their new Sexton Blake Library collections with Sexton Blake and the Great War – with more titles to follow through the year.
As brilliant as Sherlock Holmes. As daring as James Bond. Sexton Blake, the adventuring detective, is back! This first volume of a new series reinstates one of literatures greatest detectives – back in print for the first time in decades!
For nearly a century, Sexton Blake was the most written about character in British fiction. He starred in approximately 4000 stories by nearly two hundred authors. A cross between Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones, he was a publishing phenomenon, read by young and old alike.
This collection is comprised of three text stories from Union Jack magazine dating from World War One and the lead up to it – let’s hope we get some comic strip too, although that will be a while off… and, of course, the character is surely one Rebellion might be considering for other media…