British Comic Shop Releases (8th April 2015) – 2000AD’s “Spring Salvo” continues, aliens in BeanoTown?

2000AD Prog 1925

 

Here’s our list of both British and US comics on sale this week in comic shops today (Wednesday 8th April 2015), complementing our monthly list of British graphic novel releases (April 2015 release list here).

The ’Spring Salvo’ surges forward in 2000AD Prog 1925 with “Judge Dredd: Enceladus: New Life”, “Slaine: Brutania Chronicles [BookII] : Primordial” and “Strontium Dog: The Stix Fix”, among other Thrills; and if you’re Rogue Trooper fan, IDW have their collection of classic strips out this week, wrapped in a smashing cover by John McCrea.

 

Beano 3779 Promotional Image

 

If you’re after science fiction of the humorous kind, then this week’s Beano – on sale in newsagents today and some comic shops – sees aliens invade Beanotown (possibly) – and the weekly comic also offers the chance for readers to win an iPad Mini.

Available in the UK for some time (see our preview), this week sees the launch of Meanwhile… Issue 2 from Soaring Penguin Press in US comic shops – let’s hope they know what’s good for them and pick up the anthology, which includes new “Strangehaven” by Gary Spencer Millidge and the fantastic “The Bad Bad Place” by David Hine and Mark Stafford.

It’s a quiet week for Titan Comics: but out tomorrow is a collection of The Evil Within, written by Ian Edginton, spun from the new survival horror game from Bethesda Softworks.

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, Commando, Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini’s superhero titles and VIZ, with great strips also featuring in titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures, Titan’s Doctor Who Comic (collecting their strips from the US format titles) Mega, TOXIC and many others.

The Hachette Judge Dredd Collection is also on sale now, but you may now have to subscribe if you want to continue buying it as Part Works are not distributed in newsagents after their first few issues.

Plus, the wonderful Phoenix Comic is on sale in all Waitrose supermarkets as well as available on subscription and through its dedicated iPad app.

British Publishers

2000AD/Rebellion

2000AD Prog 1925

JUDGE DREDD // ENCELADUS: NEW LIFE By Rob Williams & Henry Flint

Mega-City One, 2137 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant, poverty and homelessness rife, unemployment endemic and boredom universal. Tensions run a constant knife-edge and only the Judges— empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!

GREY AREA // ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB By Dan Abnett & Mark Harrison

North America, 2045. The Global Exo Segregation Zone — aka the GREY AREA — is a huge sector in Arizona given over to housing the large number of extra-terrestrial immigrants that arrive on Earth. A massive shanty town that acts as a holding area, it’s policed by Exo Transfer Control squads, heavily armoured cops that patrol and keep the peace amongst the aliens. But right now, Bulliet and co are somewhere else entirely…

SLÁINE // PRIMORDIAL By Pat Mills & Simon Davis

Albion, in a time of myth and legend. Celtic barbarian warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he travelled through time to fight for the Goddess in other eras before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. He then became a wanderer, serving the Goddess where she directs him, and now he’s battling the Drune Lords…

ORLOK, AGENT OF EAST-MEG ONE // THE RASPUTIN CAPER By Arthur Wyatt & Jake Lynch

East-Meg One, 2100 AD. Four years before he will set in motion the events of Block Mania, and become a notorious enemy of Mega-City One’s Justice Department, ORLOK is a ruthless agent and assassin of the East-Meg Diktatorat. Skilled in stealth, sabotage
and subterfuge, he’s a lethal weapon sent on the most dangerous missions — but can he be truly trusted? Or is he working to his own agenda…?

STRONTIUM DOG // THE STIX FIX By John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent, or STRONTIUM DOG, is Johnny Alpha, who was thought killed. Now, he’s lead an open revolt against the norms after the government planned to sterilise all mutants…

Soaring Penguin Press

Meanwhile Issue 2 - Cover

Meanwhile #2
Creators: Various

“The Bad, Bad Place” by David Hine and Mark Stafford continues in the second issue of Meanwhile, and is featured on a fabulous cover by Mark. “Strangehaven” by Gary Spencer Millidge continues with an all-new sixteen-page episode, and there’s a new installment of Yuko Rabbit’s “10 Minutes”. Also unveiled: original strips by Krent Able, Jenny Robins, Krystian Garstkowiak. And rounding out the issue is “Dead Charlie” by Thierry Labrosse. Note: Previously offered in PREVIEWS Plus #1162.

Titan Comics

 

The Evil Within

The Evil Within
Writer: Ian Edginton Artists: Alex Sanchez, Ed Anderson

Spun from the new survival horror game from Bethesda Softworks, this official series invites readers to experience the terrifying new world created by the godfather of survival horror, Shinji Mikami. Compiling the entire 4-issue series by writer Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Victorian Undead) and artist Alex Sanchez (Katana), along with plenty of exclusive artwork and bonus material, this spine-chilling collection marks the perfect introduction to the horror saga and is guaranteed to fill its readers with a sense of unbridled terror.

US Comic Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Abe Sapien #22
Itty Bitty Comics Grimmiss Island #2
Rebels #1
X #24 (Mature Readers)

DC Comics

Arrow Season 2.5 #7
Astro City #22
Astro City Family Album Trade Paperback New Ed
Batman Arkham Knight #2
Coffin Hill #17 (Mature Readers)
Convergence #1


 

Convergence Atom #1

Convergence Atom #1
Writer: Tom Peyer Artist: Steve Yeowell, Andy Owens Cover Artist: Steve Dillon

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! There’s a mysterious voice in Ray Palmer’s head! Does that mean The Atom is going mad? To find out what’s really going on, he’ll have to go down a road that will pit him against the ever deadly Deathstroke!


Convergence Batgirl #1
Convergence Batman &amp: Robin #1


 

Convergence Harley Quinn #1

 

Convergence Harley Quinn #1
Writer: Steve Pugh Artist: Phil Winslade, John Dell Cover Artist: Steve Pugh

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Life for Harley Quinn has become downright normal over the last year. Will she be ready to go nuts when Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight – Captain Carrot?!


Convergence Justice League #1

Convergence Justice League #1
Writer: Frank Tieri Artist: Vicente Cifuentes Cover Artist: Mark Buckingham

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! The Justice League story you never expected to see begins when Supergirl, Zatanna, Vixen and Jade attend Jesse Quick’s baby shower, which quickly turns into a life-and-death struggle with Flashpoint Aquaman!


Convergence Nightwing Oracle #1
Convergence Question #1
Convergence Speed Force #1
Convergence Superman #1
Convergence Titans #1
Deathstroke The Terminator Trade Paperback Volume 1 Assassins
Fables The Wolf Among Us #4 (Mature Readers)
Harley Quinn Hard Cover Volume 2 Power Outage (N52)
Harley Quinn Trade Paperback Volume 1 Hot In The City (N52)
Mortal Kombat X #1 3rd Ptg (Mature Readers)
Mortal Kombat X #5 (Mature Readers)
Mortal Kombat X Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Orion By Walter Simonson Omnibus Hard Cover
Scooby Doo Where Are You #56
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Trade Paperback Volume 1


 

IDW

TMNT Ongoing #44 (Second Printing)
Cerebus High Society Audio Digital Experience DVD
Dead Squad #5
Deadlands Dead Mans Hand Trade Paperback
Edward Scissorhands #6 Whole Again
Milt Gross New York Hard Cover
My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #2 Tirek


Rogue Trooper Classics Trade Paperback

 

Rogue Trooper Classics Trade Paperback
Writer: Gerry Finley-Day Artist: Dave Gibbons &amp: Various Cover Artist: John McCrea

In this battle-scarred landscape called Nu Earth, the Norts and Southers fight where only the Genetic Infantrymen can survive unaided. Rogue is one such soldier, and these are his tales. Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons, this collection features stories such as “Rogue Trooper,” “Doomsday Valley,” “Ascent to Buzzard,” “The Body Looters,” and more.


Samurai Jack Trade Paperback Volume 3 Quest For The Broken Blade
Star Trek Ongoing Trade Paperback Volume 9 Q Gambit
Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #5
Thunder Agents Classics Trade Paperback Volume 5
TMNT Ghostbusters Trade Paperback
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #39 Return Of Decepticon Justice
Transformers Trade Paperback Volume 7
Transformers versus GI Joe #6


 

Image Comics

Big Man Plans #2 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Birthright #6 (Variant Covers)
Copperhead #6
Danger Club #8
Danger Club #8 Cover B – Alternative Ending
Descender #2 (Mature Readers)


Elephantmen #63
Elephantmen #63 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Richard Starkings Artist: Axel Medellin Cover Artist: Boo Cook

Miki and Farrell meet perhaps the strangest Elephantman of all.


Five Ghosts #16
Imperial Trade Paperback
Ixth Generation Hidden Files #1 (Variant Covers)


 

Jupiter’s Circle #1  - Cover A Jupiter’s Circle #1  - Cover B

Jupiter’s Circle #1 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Wilfredo Torres Cover Artist: Frank Quitely (Two Quitely variant coverss plus others)

The most celebrated superheroes in mid-century America seem to have it all-fame, riches, adoration-but tensions simmer beneath the glossy surface, threatening to crack open the secrets behind their public AND private exploits. Before the family dynasty in JUPITER’S LEGACY began, there was JUPITER’S CIRCLE-a story about a team whose personal dramas collide with super-powered spectacle!


Jupiter’s Legacy Trade Paperback Volume 1

 

Jupiter’s Legacy Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Mark Millar Artist/ Cover Artist: Frank Quitely

The children of the world’s greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents’ shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising and another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family’s super-powered problems explode onto the global stage? Just in time for the launch of the prequel series JUPITER’S CIRCLE comes this collected edition from storytelling masters MILLAR and QUITELY.

Collects JUPITER’S LEGACY #1-5


Legacy Of Luther Strode #1 (Mature Readers)


Nameless #2 (Second Printing)

Nameless #2 (Second Printing) (Mature Readers)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/ Cover Artist: Chris Burnham

An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning.
A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares.
An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission.

And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth.

But nothing is what it seems-a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin.

Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS.


Nameless #3

Nameless #3 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/ Cover Artist: Chris Burnham

As the exploration of vast structures on the surface of the asteroid Xibalba begins, more nightmarish secrets of a prehistoric cosmic war come crawling into the light. What soul-destroying truth lies buried in Xibalba’s immense tunnel network? What malignancies lie dreaming there? What is human? And what is NOT?


ODYC #4 (Mature Readers)
One Hit Wonder #5 (Mature Readers)
Rat Queens #10 (Mature Readers)
Saga #27 (Mature Readers)
Savior #1
Sheltered Trade Paperback Volume 3
Sinergy Trade Paperback
Southern Cross #2
Surface #2 (Mature Readers)
They’re Not Like Us #2 (Second Printing) (Mature Readers)


 

The Walking Dead #140

The Walking Dead #140 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard &amp: Various Cover Artist: Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart

Life and Death.


Marvel

All New Hawkeye #2
All New X-Men #38 Sorrentino (Second Printing)


 

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #5

 

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #5
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

• Superheroic to-do lists are quite the thing. Today, Angela’s read “INVADE MY HOMELAND, WHILST PURSUED BY ASGARDIANS, CARRYING A DEMONIC CHILD WITH ONLY MY SARCASTIC SPACE FRIENDS FOR COMPANY.”
• What will Starlord do when he discovers that Belinda Carlisle has totally lied to him? BECAUSE HEVEN IS A PLACE FULL OF ANGELS OUT TO KILL HIM.
• Angela makes a difficult decision. Also some easier ones, primarily involving stabbing.
Rated T+


Ant-Man #4
Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Hard Cover Volume 1
Avengers Colouring Poster
Avengers Millennium #2
Avengers Ultron Unbound Trade Paperback
Avengers Vibranium Collection Slipcase Hard Cover
Avengers World #19 TRO
Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #7
Captain America Trade Paperback Volume 4 Iron Nail
Captain Marvel #14 BV
Captain Marvel Trade Paperback Volume 2 Stay Fly


 

Darth Vader #4

Darth Vader #4
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Cover Artist: Adi Granov
• Revenge of the Battle Droids???
• Vader returns to Geonosis to build his army!
• The Dark Lord’s ascension continues!

Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. &amp: TM. All rights reserved. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.


Deadpool #45 (250th Issue)


 

Guardians 3000 #7

Guardians 3000 #7
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Nicolas Ignacio Cover Artist: TBD

• Welcome to 21st Century Earth, Guardians. Meet… The Guardians of the Galaxy! The Guardians meet the Guardians…. what could POSSIBLY go wrong? Guest starring Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Drax, Gamora, Star-Lord…and Star-Lord… and… Time-travel craziness!
Rated T+


Howard The Duck #2
Hulk #14
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #6
Max Ride First Flight #1
Max Ride First Flight Poster
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #12


Miracleman Prem Hard Cover Book 3: Olympus

Miracleman Prem Hard Cover Book 3: Olympus (Mature Readers)
Writer: The Original Writer Artist: John Totleben &amp: Various Cover Artist: Arthur Adams

Book Three of the New York Times bestselling series begins! Gods and monsters walk the earth, as the aliens whose technology created Miracleman seek to exterminate Project Zarathustra’s survivors. And even as the future of humankind hangs in the balance on the far side of the galaxy and the month-old baby Winter begins to speak, the price of godhood takes its toll on Johnny Bates. A single word is uttered and hell on Earth is unleashed. Kid Miracleman is loose! Collecting: Miracleman 11-16, Miracleman Annual 1


New Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Hard Cover Volume 1
Shield #4
Skull Slayer Trade Paperback


Spider-Man 2099 #11

Spider-Man 2099 #11
Writer: Peter David Artist: Will Sliney Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina

BIDDING WAR!
Spider-Man 2099 and the Amazing Spider-Man’s worlds collide when Alchemax and Parker Industries are caught in a bidding war for a valuable contract!
Rated T


Spider-Woman #6
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection Trade Paperback Volume 1 Empire
Storm #10
True Believers Civil War #1
True Believers Planet Hulk #1

Other Comic Publishers

Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #4 (Variant Covers)
Ajin Graphic Novel Volume 4
Aquarion Evolution Graphic Novel Volume 1
Battlestar Galactica Six #2 (Variant Covers)
Bee And Puppycat #8
Bill &amp: Ted Most Triumphant Return #2
Bravest Warriors #31
Copra Trade Paperback Round Two (Mature Readers)
Crossed Hard Cover Volume 12 (Mature Readers)
Crossed Trade Paperback Volume 12 (Mature Readers)
Curb Stomp #1 (Second Printing)
Deep State #5
Double Jumpers Trade Paperback – New Printing (Mature Readers)
Escape From New York #5
Evil Empire #12 (Mature Readers)
Evil Ernie #6 Cvr A Seeley Main
Four Points #1  (Variant Covers)
Grimm Fairy Tales #109 Beowulf (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Grimm Fairy Tales White Queen #3 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Help Us Great Warrior #3
Herald History In The Making Trade Paperback


Imperium #3 - Cover B

Imperium #3 (Variant Covers inc. Doug Braithwaite) – Valiant
Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Doug Braithwaite Cover Artist: Raul Allen

A better world. By any means necessary. The devastating new series escalates with an all-new chapter by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters)!

The world-changing event snowballs over the cliff, as the world’s most powerful man – billionaire superhuman Toyo Harada – saves the world at the tip of a sword. Harada is collecting monsters – starting with his pet instrument of death, Mech Major…an unstoppable robot engine of combat and warfare. But there’s more to Mech Major than meets the eye…


Jim Butcher Dresden Files Down Town #3
John Carpenters Asylum #10 (Mature Readers)
Jungle Girl Season 3 #1 (Variant Covers)
Kaijumax #1
Kamisama Kiss Graphic Novel Volume 5
Lady Demon #4
Legenderry Green Hornet #2 Davila Virgin
Legenderry Green Hornet #3
Lola Xoxo Wasteland Madam #1 (Variant Covers)
Looking For Group #1 Rare Dreisdadt Virgin Cvr
Masks 2 #1 (Variant Covers)
Mouse Guard Legends Of Guard Volume 3 #2
Munchkin #2 (Second Printing)
New Vampirella #11
New Zodiax #2
Norman Hard Cover Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Parallel Man #7
Peanuts Trade Paperback Volume 5
PS Blackcross #2 Rare Declan Shalvey Virgin Cvr
Rai #8 (Variant Covers)
Ravenous #1 (Mature Readers)
Reanimator #1 (Variant Covers)
Red Sonja Vultures Circle #4
Robocop 2014 #10 (Mature Readers)
Roman Ritual #3 (Mature Readers)
Rutabaga Adventure Chef Graphic Novel Volume 1
Rutabaga Adventure Chef Hard Cover Graphic Novel Volume 1

Sam J Glanzman’s A Sailors Story Graphic Novel
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Skyward Action Pack Trade Paperback
Sleepy Hollow Origins #1
Sonic Boom #6
Sonic The Hedgehog #271
Spongebob Comics #43
Squarriors #1 (Second Printing) (Mature Readers)
Stray #3
Tailwands Graphic Novel Volume 1
Teen Dog #8
Translucid Trade Paperback
Wasteland #60 (Mature Readers)
Wild Stars Book Of Circles Trade Paperback Volume 1 Recalibrated
Wildstars Book Of Circles Hard Cover
Worlds Greatest First Love Graphic Novel Volume 1 (Mature Readers)

Magazines

Back Issue #79
Comic Book Creator #7
Comic Shop News #1451
DC Batman Auto Figure Magazine #55 Detective #421 Batcopter
DC Superhero Chess Figure Collector Magazine #80 Johnny Quick White Knigh
DC Superhero Chess Figure Collector Magazine #81 Batman Beyond White Knig
Famous Monsters Of Filmland #279
Hobby Japan Feb 2015
Marvel Chess Figure Collector Magazine#30 Ultron Black Rook
Marvel Chess Figure Collector Magazine #31 Klaw Black Pawn
Rue Morgue Magazine #154
Scream Magazine #28 (Mature Readers)

Books

Alex Pardee Doppelgangers Hard Cover
Avengers Beginnings Hard Cover
Before Tomorrowland Hard Cover
Comic Book Film Adaptation Hard Cover
Doctor Who Big Book Of Top 100 Lists Sc
Funky Bollywood Sc
Juanjo Guarnido Freaky Project Making Freak Kitchen Video
Lego Star Wars In 100 Scenes Hard Cover
Meet The Marvel Super Heroes Hard Cover 2nd Ed
Neil Gaiman Chus Day At Beach Hard Cover
Psychedelic Sex Book Slipcase Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Red Girls Sc Novel
Shadow Double Novel Vol 94 Q &amp: Formula For Crime
Vadeboncoeur Collection Of Images #13 Golden Glory Of Art I
Wild Stars Book Of Circles Sc Volume 2 Force Majeure Novel
William Shakespeare Forsooth Phantom Menace Hard Cover


List compiled via Diamond Previews, publishers and with the help of First Age Comics, 3 Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD. Open: Tuesday – Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm, Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm. Find them on Facebook

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The downthetubes map of British Comic Shops

 

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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