Here’s this week’s list of comics – both US and UK releases – on sale in specialist UK comic shops tomorrow, Wednesday 17th 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, including cover artists.
It’s a busy week for fans of 2000AD, with not only Prog 2015 on sale but Judge Dredd Megazine 354, plus a slew of collections, including Judge Dredd: The Daily Dredds, Age of the Wolf and Stickleback: The Number of the Beast. The folk at Rebellion are clearly hoping for some last minute stocking filler buys!
Titan Comics are busy, too, with the release of numerous Madefire titles as physical editions, including Captain Stone by Liam Sharp and Christina McCormack, which we previewed here.
One title that I missed completely last month was IDW‘s wonderful-looking Shadow Show, in which acclaimed writers come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury, the brilliant who wrote the likes of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and Dandelion Wine. The second issue of this limited series featuring a story by Neil Gaiman is on sale this month.
“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” written by Neil with art by Maria Fröhlich, peers into the mind of a man who sifts through his own memories in an attempt to recover the name of a famous sci-fi author.
Also in the issue is “Backward in Seville,” which brings together the singular talents of Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell to tell a small tale of a woman’s regrets and the new life that awaits her.
I’d thoroughly recommend trying to track down Shadow Show 1 if you missed it, which features “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain” written by Joe Hill and adapted by Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) and Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith).
In this haunting story, Gail and Joel, two young teens, form an unlikely bond over the discovery of a lifetime. But their lives will soon be changed, forever altered by what they found that foggy day by the silver waters of Lake Champlain?
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.
13 Coins 3 (Titan)
Writer: Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson Artist/Cover Artist: Simon Bisley
2000AD Prog 2015 (Rebellion)
- Judge Dredd: Dark Justice by John Wagner & Greg Staples
- Savage: Grinders by Pat Mills & Patrick Goddard
- The Order by Kek-W & John Burns
- Ulysses Sweet, Maniac For Hire: Psycho Therapist by Guy Adams & Paul Marshall
- Max Normal: No Comics For Old Men by Guy Adams & Ben Willsher
- Jaegir: Brothers in Arms by Gordon Rennie & Simon Coleby
- The Visible Man: The Screams in the Walls by Pat Mills & David Hitchcock
- Low Life: The Really Big Christmas Sleep by Rob Williams & D’Israeli
- Judge Dredd: The Ghost of Christmas Presents by Michael Carroll & Karl Richardson
Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy 6
Age of the Wolf GN (Rebellion)
Writer: Alec Worley Artist/Cover Artist: Jon-Davis Hunt
Humanity’s days are numbered. On a quiet day in London, the peace is shattered as ravening werewolves appear from nowhere to rip the city and its populace apart. Rowan Morrigan is one of the few to reach safety and it is with dawning apprehension that it becomes clear she is our only hope, the last witch who, untrained though she is, may be able to hold the wolves back.
Alex + Ada 11
All New Captain America 2
Annihilator 4 (Legendary Comics)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/Cover Artist: Frazer Irving
Ray Spass’ life was a complete mess – a crumbling screenwriting career, a failed love life, an inoperable brain tumor – but that was before his screenplay’s fictional hero, deep-space fugitive Max Nomax, showed up in real life, insisting that his tumor contains a universe of secrets. Now, the only way for Ray to save his own life (and our existence) is to extract the information, one chapter at a time. Partnering with his fictional creation, Ray drags his ex, Luna, into their vortex of chaos. As the group faces an unexpected monster, Nomax makes a shocking revelation that endangers everyone involved.
Another Suburban Romance TP (Avatar)
Writer: Alan Moore Artist/Cover Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Arrow Season 2.5 Issue 4
The Authority Trade Paperback Volume 2 (DC Comics)
Writers: Doselle Young & Various Artists: Frank Quitely & Various Cover Artist: Frank Quitely, Trevor Scott
Avengers and X-Men: Axis 8
Axis: Hobgoblin 3
Axis: Revolutions 4
Batman And Robin Hard Cover Volume 5 THE BIG BURN
Batman Eternal 37
Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #1 (of 6) (Dynamite Entertainment)
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Dietrich Smith Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew
Black Widow 13
Bob’s Burgers 5
BPRD Hell On Earth 126 (Dark Horse)
Writers: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist: James Harren Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell
A monster terrorizes a mountain where Howards finds a connection to his past as a prehistoric warlord. The Russians struggle with their own monsters, and in New York, the Zinco corporation operates under the mysterious directions of the Black Flame.
Captain Marvel 10
Captain Stone 1 (of 6) (Titan Comics)
Writer: Liam Sharp, Christina McCormack Artist/Cover Artist: Liam Sharp
Coffin Hill 14
Criminal Macabre: Third Child 4
Dark Horse Presents 2015 Issue 5 (Dark Horse)
Writers: Joe Casey, Alex de Campi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Tyler Jenkins, Keith Champagne, Ed Brisson Artists:Tyler Jenkins, Jim Rugg, Jerry Ordway, Andy Kuhn, Leonard Kirk, Declan Shalvey Cover Artist: Alex Ross
Why is Odin wielding Thor’s hammer? Find out in Joe Casey and Jim Rugg’s thunderous Odin’s Mighty Return! Ed Brisson’s gritty crime comic Murder Book comes to DHP, featuring a tale illustrated by Moon Knight artist Declan Shalvey!
Plus, new chapters of Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic; Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Andy Kuhn’s Wrestling with Demons; Tyler Jenkins’s The Chaining; and Peter Tomasi and Keith Champagne’s The Mighty, written by Champagne with art by Leonard Kirk.
Death Defying Dr Mirage 4
Deathlok 3 (Marvel)
Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist/Cover Artist: Mike Perkins
• SHIELD agent Andrea Hope has a lead in her investigation into Henry Hayes…
• But she’ll go to AN AVENGER for help!
Doctor Who 10th Doctor 5 (Titan Comics)
Writer: Nick Abadzis Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Verity Glass
Dredd: Uprise 2 (Rebellion)
Writer: Arthur Wyatt Artist: Paul Davidson Cover Artist: Boo Cook
Earth 2 Worlds End 11
Fables 147 (DC Comics)
Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Mark Buckingham & Various Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia
“Happily Ever After,” part seven! Rose Red, still at her magical old home in the woods, learns why she and Snow are so special – and why they have become lodestones for the accumulation of great powers. And much to her surprise, she finds that she is truly happy here for the first time since she can remember. But can she remain there, never go back to the mundy world or Fabletown, and avoid the battle with Snow that seems all but inevitable? Plus: “The Last Story of Jack of Fables” illustrated by Russ Braun.
Fantastic Four 14 (Marvel)
Writer: James Robinson Artist: Leonard Kirk Cover Artist: Greg Land
• Meanwhile the villain who is behind everything reveals his motives to Reed stretch far back into REED AND SUE’S PAST.
• VALERIA comes back to America. But whose side is she on?
George Perez’s Sirens 2
GI Joe 4
Godzilla Cataclysm 5
Green Lantern New Guardians 37 GODHEAD
Guardians Of The Galaxy 22
Harbinger Faith 0
Hellraiser Bestiary 5
Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse 6 (DC Comics)
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Eduardo Francisco, Agustin Padilla Cover Artist: Freddie Williams
Image Firsts: The Fade Out #1 (Image)
Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips
IMAGE FIRSTS editions reprint the first issues of some of our most popular series for only $1. Perfectly priced for new readers interested in trying out a new series or sampling the first chapters of some of our trade paperbacks at little to no risk, IMAGE FIRSTS are available year-round to order upon retailer request.
Itty Bitty Comics The Mask 2
Jim Hensons Storyteller: Witches 4
Judge Dredd: The Daily Dredds Hard Cover
Writer: John Wagner, Alan Grant Artist/ Cover Artist: Ron Smith
Judge Dredd Megazine 355 (Rebellion)
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! Yodie’s a wanted man in “Dead Zone” by John Wagner and Henry Flint; Colonel Marshal Metta Lawson realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew with Badrock in “Lawless” by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade; and the Dredd movie sequel “Uprise” by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson comes to its explosive finale. Plus, in the bagged graphic novel this month, intergalactic thief Rose O’Rion gets into hot water, courtesy of Kek-W and Andy Clarke!
Justice League 37
Knights Of The Dinner Table 215
Lil Depressed Boy@ Supposed To Be There Too 3
Manifest Destiny 12
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two 2
Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Hard Cover Volume 26 NICK FURY
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 8
Mono 1 (Titan Comics)
Writer: Liam Sharp Artist/Cover Artist: Ben Wolstenholme
Moon Knight 10 (Marvel)
Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Greg Smallwood Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
• Can he possibly deal with the consequences of these actions?
Ms Marvel 10
Multiversity Thunderworld 1 (DC Comics)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/Cover Artist: Cameron Stewart
Find out all that and more in this exciting issue that acts as chapter five of THE MULTIVERSITY.
New 52 Futures End 33
Oddly Normal 4
Predator: Fire And Stone 3
Q2 Return Of Quantum And Woody 3
Red Hood And The Outlaws 37
Sandman Overture 4 (DC Comics)
Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist/Cover Artist: J. H. Williams Variant Cover by Dave McKean
In an asylum in the City of the Stars, Morpheus comes face to face with the creature at the center of the war that will destroy the universe. Time is running out…
Scarlet Spiders 2 SPIDERVERSE
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman 5
Shadow Show 2 (of 5) (IDW)
Writers: Neil Gaiman & Audrey Niffenegger Artists: Maria Frohlich, Eddie Campbell Cover Artist: Charles Paul Wilson
In Shadow Show, acclaimed writers and come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury. “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” written by Neil Gaiman with art by Maria Fröhlich, peers into the mind of a man who sifts through his own memories in an attempt to recover the name of a famous sci-fi author. “Backward in Seville,” brings together the singular talents of Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell to tell a small tale of a woman’s regrets and the new life that awaits her.
Simpsons Comics 216
Smallville Season 11 Continuity 1
Spider-Woman 2 SPIDERVERSE
Star Trek New Visions: Made Out Of Mudd
Star Trek Ongoing 39
Stickleback: The Number of the Beast Trade Paperback (Rebellion)
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: D’Israeli, I. N. J. Culbard Cover Artist: D’Israeli
Stumptown Vol 3 Issue 4
Teen Titans 5
Teen Titans Go 7
The Third Testament Book 2: The Angel’s Face (Titan)
Writer: Xavier Dorison, Alex Alice Artist/Cover Artist: Alex Alice
Thief of Thieves Trade Paperback Volume 4: The Hit List (Image)
Writer: Andy Diggle Artist/Cover Artist: Shawn Martinbrough, Adriano Lucas
Collects THIEF OF THIEVES #20-25.
Transformers: Drift – Empire Of Stone 2
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye 36 DAYS OF DECEPTION
Trinity Of Sin 3
Vampirella: Feary Tales 3
Wicked And Divine 6 (Image)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie Variant Cover by David Lafuente
Wonder Woman 37
Writer: Scott Snyder Artist/Cover Artist: Jock
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