All-new stories and classic reprints offer a heady mix from Rebellion in the next few months

2000AD was back to its “normal” format this week after the latest Regened edition, and the first episode of the new “Thistlebone” story in Prog 2221 proved a definite page turner (no spoilers!). I’m looking forward to the collection of the first story of this cracking folk horror series, out in April – and a lot more great collections are on the way, too, including a long-awaited third collection of British strips drawn by Hugo Pratt.

2000AD Prog 2221

Overall, it’s been a busy week for Rebellion, with the release of the Major Eazy collection (reviewed here by Paul Trimble), and a smashing Roy of the Rovers collection, too. But it’s next month that things really start to ramp up, especially in terms of classic collections. I think it’s fair to say there’s a lot of anticipation for both The Spider’s Syndicate of Crime , which is followed up by the release of Adam Eterno  in May.

War Picture Library: Battler Britton

The new Battler Briton – War Picture Library hardcover collection, out in June, a title that was rescheduled after the disruption caused to the publishing industry by the pandemic last year. While things aren’t exactly back to normal, you definitely should not miss these “forgotten” stories, drawn by Hugo Pratt, who went on to create the world famous adventurer Corto Maltese. “Battler Britton” was one of the most popular post-war characters in British comics, and it’s smashing to see some of his stories collected.

Battle Britton - Sample Art

Hugo Pratt’s influence on comic art can still be felt today, one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. In 1967 he created the internationally popular comic book character, Corto Maltese, but he had already been working in comics for 20 years before then. In 1959 he moved to London, where he worked for Fleetway on their War Picture Library line of comics. He won countless awards for his work before he died in 1995.

Comic artist Keith Page kindly provided a feature on Hugo Pratt’s work a while back, which you can read here, which includes a listing of his War Picture Library work.

REBELLION RELEASES – A RAPID CHECKLIST

• 2000AD is available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond |Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10

Check out our full guide to 2021 Rebellion releases – both 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics – here

Out This Week

Major Eazy: The Italian Campaign

Major Eazy: The Italian Campaign – Out Now, released 2nd March

Read a review by Paul Trimble

2000AD Prog 2221 – Out Now, released 3rd March

Cover by PJ Holden

• Judge Dredd: Who Killed Captain Cookies by Kenneth Niemand (Writer) PJ Holden (Artist) Quinton Winter (c) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
• Sláine: Dragontamer by Pat Mills (Writer) Leonardo Manco (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
• Thistlebone: Poisoned Roots by TC Eglington (Writer) Simon Davies (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
• Proteus Vex: The Shadow Chancellor by Mike Carroll (Writer) Jake Lynch (Artist) Jim Boswell (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
• Durham Red: Served Cold by Alec Worley (Writer) Ben Willsher (Artist) Jim Campbell (Letterer)

The Mean Arena Volume One – All To Slay For (digital) – Out Now, released 3rd March
Tom Tully (Writer) John Richardson, Steve Dillon, Johnny Johnstone (Artists) Peter Knight, Bill Nuttall, Tony Jacob, Steve Potter (Letterers)

The Mean Arena is set in a dystopian vision of Britain where deadly games of street football are played in evacuated towns. Matt Talon plays for the Slater’s Slayers, and he isn’t just in the Mean Arena for the love of the game – he’s here for revenge! This classic 2000AD story by Tom Tully and John Richardson – two legends of British comics – is collected in a digital-only graphic novel for the first time.

Available in digital from: 2000AD webshop & apps for iPad, Android and Windows 10

Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1970s – The Roy of the Rovers Years – Out Now, released 4d March

Coming Soon…

Judge Dredd: End of Days – Out 16th March

April 2021 Releases

The Spider’s Syndicate of Crime - Standard Cover

Flesh: Midnight Cowboys (Digital Only) – 7th April 2021

• The Spider’s Syndicate of Crime – 15 April

• The Vigilant TPB – 15 April

Thistlebone – 29 April 2021

Check out our full guide to 2021 Rebellion releases – both 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics – here

May 2021 Releases

Time Flies (Digital Only) – 5th May 2021

• Devlin Waugh: Blood Debt – 13 May 2021

• Fill Tilt Boogie – 13 May

• Adam Eterno – 27 May

Check out our full guide to 2021 Rebellion releases – both 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics – here

June 2021 Releases

Judge Dredd: Guatemala

Slaughter Bowl (Digital Only) – 2 June

• Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1980s – Who Shot Roy Race? – 10 June

Tammy & Jinty Remixed – 10 June

• Judge Dredd: Guatemala – 22 June

Battler Britton – War Picture Library by Hugo Pratt – 24 June

Check out our full guide to 2021 Rebellion releases – both 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics – here

July 2021 Releases

2000AD Regened Vol. 2 – 06 July

Aquila Vol. 2 (Digital Only) – 7th July 2021

The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Volume III – 20 July

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 37 – 22 July

August 2021 Releases

Bad City Blue (Digital Only) – Release Date: 4th August 2021

Ken Reid’s Football Funnies

Ken Reid’s Football Funnies: The First Half – 5 August

Lawless Volume 3: Ashes to Ashes – 5 August

Hershey: Disease – 17 August

The Stainless Steel Rat – 19 August

Essential Judge Dredd: Origins – 31 August

September 2021 Releases

Sláine: Dragontamer

Firekind (Digital Only)

Sláine: Dragontamer – 2 September

Dark Judges: The Fall of Deadworld Vol. 3 – 14 September

The Thirteenth Floor Volume 3 – 16 September

October 2021 Releases

Black Max Volume 2 – 14 October

• Fiends of the Eastern Front – 14 October

Megatropolis – 14 October

Roy of the Rovers: New Digs – 28th October 2021

November 2021 Releases

Tales from the Black Museum Volume 1 (Digital Only) – 3rd November 2021

Judge Dredd: Dreadnoughts – 9 November

Misty Presents: The Jaume Rumeu Collection – 11 November

Brink Volume 4 – 23 November

The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection – 25 November

December 2021 Releases

Durham Red – Born Bad (Digital Only) – 1st December 2021

Hellman of Hammer Force – 9 December

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 38 – 9 December

Scarlet Traces Vol. 3 – 9 December

• 2000AD is available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond |Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10

Check out our full guide to 2021 Rebellion releases – both 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics – here

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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.



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