Here’s a list of comics – both US and UK releases – on sale in specialist UK comic shops today, Wednesday 3rd December 2014, courtesy of First Age Comics, Lancaster. We’ve picked out the titles published by British publishers in bold below, or titles with a British connection we’re aware of.
As well as a 2000AD wrapped in a gorgeous cover from Glenn Fabry, Pick of the Week has to be the Marshal Law Trade Paperback from Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill, published by DC Comics, a new collection of one of the first major creator-owned characters for a major American publisher, first published under Marvel’s Epic Comics banner in 1987, with other appearances courtesy of publishers such as Dark Horse and Image.
The series is a satire on the superhero genre, characterised by its extreme graphic violence and nudity, and Mills’ skewering of superhero conventions and US government policy and society. Available from comic shops, you can buy Marshal Law from amazon.co.uk and other online retailers such as ForbiddenPlanet.com.
Don’t forget that despite many British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour, there are still comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including The Beano and Commando, with great strips featuring in titles such as Judge Dredd Megazine, Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures, TOXIC, VIZ and more.
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“The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael” comes to its thrilling end this week, with a brand new cover by Glenn Fabry. With great black and white artwork from Mike Dowling, can Rob Williams’ killer cowboy overcome a lifetime of wrongs and finally do good? Also in this issue of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic: “Judge Dredd: Mask of Anarchy” by Alec Worley, Ben Willsher and Chris Blythe, “Stickleback: The Thru’Penny Opera” by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli, “Greysuit” by Pat Mills, John Higgins, and Sally Hurst, and a complete episode of Bob Byrne’s Twisted Tales! 2000AD is available in print worldwide day-and-date DRM-free digital through the 2000AD webshop or the 2000AD iPad app!
Action Comics 37
Adventure Time 34
Alien Vs Predator: Fire And Stone 3
Aliens: Fire And Stone 2
All-New X-Factor 17 AXIS
Angel And Faith Season Ten 9
ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSSIN #1 (Marvel Comics) Writers: Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans
• All her life, Angela — the finest warrior of Heven — was raised to hate Asgard with every fibre of her being.
• And now Angela knows the truth about her identity: She is Thor’s sister. She is an Asgardian.
• Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own!
• But what does Angela have that both Asgard and Heven want? And why are they so eager to get it?
• Visionary writers Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett team with the legendary art team of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans to finally throw the spotlight onto the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous inhabitant!
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ASTERIX AND THE PICTS (Orion)
Writer: Jean-Yves Ferri Artist/ Cover Artist: Didier Conrad
The long-awaited brand new Asterix adventure now in softcover and available through comic shops as well as high street newsagents and some supermarkets. The Picts are people of ancient Scotland; fearsome warriors of multiple clans, whose name, given by the Romans, literally means “painted men.” Asterix and the Picts will be, as in all the best adventures of the most famous Gaul, an epic journey to a land rich in tradition, and an introduction to a people whose cultural differences with the Gaul will translate into lots of fun!
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Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Trade Paperback Volume 1
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: DEATH OF APOLLO #1 (Dynamite)
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Dietrich Smith Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew
The shocking new Battlestar Galactica event starts here! The fleet has been travelling for ten years, and at last the human survivors seem to be leaving the war and the Cylons behind them. But the threats never go away. A voice from the past and a bizarre twist of fate leads Galactica into danger once again, and events will take place that will change everything, forever. A milestone in Battlestar continuity, by Guardians of the Galaxy writer Dan Abnett and cosmic superstar artist Dietrich Smith.
BRASS SUN HARD COVER (Rebellion/2000AD)
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist/Cover Artist: I. N. J. Culbard
The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast Brass Sun via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into eccentric fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren and Eptimus must find the key to restart the sun, but first must escape the world known as The Keep! Collecting the acclaimed mini-series from the artist of New Deadwardians and the writer of Stickleback.
• Join Ian Edginton and I N J Culbard signing Brass Sun at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Thursday 4th December from 6 – 7pm. More details here
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CROSSED 100 #1 (Avatar)
Writer: Alan Moore Artist/Cover Artist: Gabriel Andrade
Alan Moore returns to monthly comics in epic fashion with Crossed +100! Set 100 years in the future, Moore has created a whole new world and history with a stunning attention to detail. Examining how civilizations rebuild and how generations grow, Moore weaves a rich tapestry of humanity evolving under extreme hardship, all of which is lushly rendered by Gabriel (Ferals) Andrade. Archivist Future Taylor leads a salvage team working to rebuild the historical record of the original Crossed outbreak. She’s seen them in videos, but never any live ones, the Crossed are part of the distant past. Until suddenly, a handful appear, and the blood begins to flow. All is not as it seems as a horrific mystery unfolds and once again Alan Moore redefines the medium.This masterwork is a self-contained whole new world, no prior knowledge of the Crossed series is needed.All the covers for the series have been planned out by Alan Moore, with the images enriching and expanding on the series. Clues and glimpses of what came before, and what might be, are found throughout the variant covers.
American History X Wraparound – Each of these will depict a specific time in the past hundred years, showing how things have changed and offering a peek at some key events. Each cover will display the year in which it takes place to help build the full picture.
Crossed Culture – These are all images of how the Crossed have changed the way they live. With few humans left to hunt, and the animal kingdom thriving with predators, even the thrill-driven Crossed have had to make adjustments to their lifestyle.
Future Tense – Each cover is an homage to a famous work of science fiction, and each of those original works ties into themes of this issue.
New World Order Wraparound – These are not for the faint of heart or delicate of constitution. We can’t even picture them in this catalog, they are visions of what an ideal all-Crossed world would be. If the madmen have their dreams come true, what would the everyday life look like? These covers are brutally intense images of true horror and may have scenes of torture, depravity, and nudity. These are clearly for adults only. Each copy of this edition will ship in a sealed polybag with a protective slip cover over the actual image to assure it can be racked in stores. The graphic pictured here is the slip cover only. Due to all these special protective measures this edition is strictly limited to initial orders.
Also available with a rare Black Leather cover, and Retailer Incentive covers of Red Crossed and Design Sketch, showing the original works of series artist Gabriel Andrade. Don’t miss out on the ultra-rare CGC Numbered Edition as well.
Deadpool 38 AXIS
Death Of Wolverine: Weapon X Program 3
Detective Comics 37
DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #5 (Titan Comics)
Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Boo Cook Cover Artist: Verity Glass
Humour Strip by Marc Ellerby
Still trapped aboard the SERVEYOUinc research satellite, Alice and the Doctor must unravel the mystery of the creature codenamed ‘ARC’ – while staying one step ahead of its whisper-quiet rampage through the station!
But there’s something essential the Doctor’s missing – something he’s overlooked.
Can Alice help him see it, in time to save her life… or is the story of the Doctor’s favourite sarcastic library assistant doomed to end in the icy depths of space?
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1 (BOOM! STUDIOS)
Writer: Christopher Sebela Artust: Diego Barreto Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey, Tim Bradstreet
If you already love the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK film, this is a noBut if ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is new to you, writer Christopher Sebela has been garnering high praise for his recent BOOM! Studios original DEAD LETTERS, as well as for his Eisner Awardoriginal, HIGH CRIMES.
The crime rate in the United States has risen 400 percent. After humiliating the President in front of the world and destroying America’s one chance to end World War III, Snake Plissken has become America’s Most Wanted man in a land of criminals and the insane. Everyone wants Snake dead. Luckily, Snake knows the feeling all too well. War hero. Outlaw. Renegade. Snake’s back!
ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #2 (Valiant) Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Cary Nord Cover Artist: Lewis LaRosa
Reborn in blood!The child who will save his people was born in the wilderness, under a blood moon…and now Gilad Anni-Padda, the Earth’s Eternal Warrior, must guard him and train him! An oppressed people begin to rally and fi ght the brutal army that rules them…but their only prize has been death. For thousands of years, the Eternal Warrior has stood under the grindstone of history, and held it back. But with so little hope for the child whose narrow shoulders must bear the weight of his people’s future, will this be the battle that fi nally forces surrender upon the Eternal Warrior?
Evil Empire 8
FAIREST 32 (DC Comics)
Writer: Mark Buckingham Artist: Russell Braun Cover Artist: Adam Hughes
The big day has finally arrived, and the Lottery winners are drawn. Who has the winning tickets? More importantly, will they be passports to liberty and happiness, or five tickets to trouble? And speaking of trouble, will the Fox family make it to the Farm before their pursuers catch up with them? And if they do make it, will anyone there be happy to see Reynard again? It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire in the thrilling conclusion of “The Clamour for Glamour”!
Fairy Quests Outacsts 2 Flash Season Zero 3 Ghost 10 God Hates Astronauts 4 Gotham Academy 3 Grandville Noel HC Grayson 5 Green Arrow 37 Green Lantern 37 GODHEAD
Who are The Stark? What is their aim? Can the Guardians survive a lethal clash with such formidable entities? Action, cosmic wonder and some surprise allies, brought you by the Most Amazing Creators in the World, D and G….”
Hellboy And The BPRD 1
HINTERKIND 13 (DC Comics)
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: Francesco Trifogli Cover Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Step back in time to before the deadly plague that almost wiped out mankind took hold in “A Diary of the Plague Years” part 1. From the streets of New York to the boulevards of Paris and the mountain strongholds of Afghanistan, the beginning of the end starts here as the Sidhe prepare to unleash their long-awaited revenge. War has been declared – and we have already lost!
H.P LOVECRAFT’S THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH (SelfMadeHero)
Writer: H. P. Lovecraft Artist:/Cover Artist: I. N. J. Culbard
Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there – but that won’t stop Randolph Carter from trying.
This is a truly gorgeous adaptation of Lovecraft’s story, beautifully realized by Culbard, drawn in a wonderful, unsettling style that captures the story perfectly . Recommended!
Inhuman 9 AXIS
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three 5
Iron Fist Living Weapon 7
Irreedeemable Trade Paperback Volume 5
Justice League 3000 Issue 12
Legendary Star Lord 6
Looney Tunes 222
MARSHAL LAW TRADE PAPERBACK VOLUME 1 (DC Comics)
Writer: Pat Mills (Artist/Cover Artist: Kevin O’Neill
MARSHAL LAW is back! This futuristic law official is charged with policing super heroes gone rogue by any means necessary, all while fighting his own self-hatred for being the thing he hates most: a super hero. Featuring art by Kevin O’Neill, illustrator of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, the centerpiece of this massive paperback is the six-part tale in which Marshal Law hunts down the Sleepman, a serial killer who is connected to the popular hero known as The Public Spirit. Collects MARSHAL LAW #1-6, MARSHAL LAW: FEAR AND LOATHING, MARSHAL LAW TAKES MANHATTAN, MARSHAL LAW: KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and MARSHAL LAW: THE HATEFUL DEAD, MARSHAL LAW: SUPER BABYLON and MARSHAL LAW: SECRET TRIBUNAL #1-2.
NAMES 4 of 9 (DC Comics)
Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Leandro Fernandez Cover Artist: Celia Calle
Things seemed to be looking up for Katya and her stepson Philip’s quest to discover who killed Katya’s husband – but now the arrival of the Surgeon complicates matters. Katya discovers the truth about the Surgeon’s origins, Philip reveals he’s never seen a woman naked, and the Dark Loops make a move.
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New 52 Futures End Trade Paperback Volume 1
New Vampirella 7
Penny Dora And The Wishing Box 2
Red Lanterns Trade Paperback Volume 5 ATROCITIES
Robocop 2014 Issue 6
Secret Six 1
Shadow: Midnight In Moscow 6
Sinestro 7 GODHEAD
Sonic Boom 2
SOPPY GRAPHIC NOVEL
Creator: Philippa Rice
The wildly popular web comic Soppy, with more than half a million notes on Tumblr, is the illustrated love story of author Philippa Rice and her real-life boyfriend. True love isn’t always about the big romantic gestures. Sometimes it’s about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love.
Soppy is a smashing collection that lovingly captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us.
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THANOS HARDCOVER: GOD’S UP THERE, RESTING (Marvel Comics)
Writers: Rob Williams, Jim Starlin Artists: Various Cover Artist: Dale Keown
In the aftermath of INFINITY, Thane must come to terms with being the son of Thanos. But when he is offered a way to witness his father’s black work firsthand, can he retain his humanity? Thane’s determination to not follow in his father’s diseased footsteps is put to the ultimate test as he flees from killers from across the galaxy – but what is the truth behind Thane’s vision quest, and who has been leading him? Elsewhere, Thanos makes war on Ego the Living Planet, but Ego’s retaliation is more terrible than Thanos bargained for. What, if anything, can torture the Mad Titan? Plus: Jim Starlin returns to the character he made famous as Thanos takes on Mephisto, the Avengers, his own future self and more! Collecting THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING INFINITE COMIC #1-6 and THANOS ANNUAL #1.
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UBER #20 (Avatar)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/Cover Artist: Canaan White
1945. Days before the fall of Berlin, a secret German program for manufacturing enhanced humans turns certain defeat into unlikely victory and starts a whole new chapter in the World War. Most recently, England looses a leader in a terror attack on London, and the latest German technology is used to resume the naval blockade against the Allies. The hope is the Allies’ own technological edge – Heavy Panzermensch – will be enough to turn the land war. And then it’s revealed the Germans have them too… Kieron Gillen has captivated the comics’ community as the misery of super human warfare continues to unfold. Available with Regular, Wraparound, War Crimes, and Blitzkrieg covers by Caanan White and a Propaganda Poster cover by Michael DiPascale.
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WAR STORIES #3 (Avatar)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Keith Burns Cover Artist: Matt Martin
War is horror. And no one knows how to chronicle the bitter and bloody corners of conflict than Garth Ennis. Is this final chapter of the first arc, the brave bomber pilots have to suffer through the worst kind of Hell to carry out their mission. Or die trying. Available with Regular, Wraparound, Good Girl Nose Art, and Battle Damage Retailer Incentive covers by Matt Martin.
WASTELAND TRADE PAPERBACK VOLUME 10: LAST EXIT FOR THE LOST (Oni Press)
Writer: Antony Johnston Artist: Brett Weldele & Various Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten
As the hit sci-fi western epic approaches its end, this penultimate volume collects all the previously uncollected one-shot issues from the series in one trade paperback! With guest art from Eisner award nominee Brett Weldele (SURROGATES), plus exciting newcomers Sandy Jarrell and Omar Olivera! Get the lowdown on all the remaining stories in WASTELAND, before the series’ cataclysmic conclusion!
Wolf Moon 1
The X-Files Season Ten 9
YOUNG AVENGERS HARD COVER OMNIBUS (Marvel Comics)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Various Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed epic is collected in one oversized volume! The Young Avengers are reinvented for the 21st century as Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop unite with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy, Prodigy and Ms. America. Someone has to save the entire multiverse. They’re someone. No pressure, right? As a cosmic horror emerges from the shadows of the past, the Young Avengers race desperately across dimensions – but once they take on the gig to save reality, they may never be able to go home again! Meanwhile, Kid Loki is up to something. Surprise, I know. Fight scenes! Kissing! Fake IDs! Kissing! Drama! Conflict! Plentiful feels! (a.k.a. “meaningful emotional character beats” for people who aren’t on tumblr.) And oh yeah, nightclubs! Read it! Collecting YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #1-15 and material from MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.
ZENITH PHASE TWO HARD COVER (Rebellion/2000AD)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/Cover Artist: Steve Yeowell
Zenith is the only super-human popstar. He’s saved the world, has a number one record – but his only interests are women, drugs, alcohol, and fame. But Peter St. John and the unexpected reappearance of Ruby forces the superbrat to take off and take a nuclear threat to London – from his own creator!
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The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books.
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.