Something For The Weekend: British Comic Shop Releases (16th September 2015)

Jem & The Holograms #7

Here’s  this week’s list of comics on sale now in comic shops across the UK. As usual, our list highlights the work of British creators and publishers.

The top spot goes this week to Jem & The Holograms #7 from IDW Publishing, an ongoing series based on the TV show (and there’s a movie on the way, due for release in October) and starring Jerrica Benton – a girl with a secret. She and her sister Kimber team with two friends to become… Jem & The Holograms! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in the most outrageous comic of 2015, with this issue drawn by Emma Vieceli.

Those of you wondering where Issue Five of  Titan Comics Doctor Who: Four Doctors saga is – you’ll have to wait another week. The series by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards concludes with its release on 23rd Seotember… Can the Doctors and their surviving companions put time back on the right track? The Doctor Who event of 2015 concludes!

Kate Beaton’s Step Aaside, Pops

 On the non-British creator side, look out for Kate Beaton’s Step Aaside, Pops... Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of this Hark! A Vagrant collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee. Kate Beaton’s second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips. With a few carefully placed lines, Beaton captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, the disgruntled dismay of Heathcliff, and Wonder Woman’s all-conquering ennui. Kate is a guest at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival. (Other festivals available).

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 MagazineDoctor 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.

• You may also be already thinking about Christmas, so you may also like to check out this year’s crop of annuals, which are invading bookshops at a steady pace right now.

British Publishers

2000AD/ Rebellion

2000AD Prog 1947

2000AD Prog 1948

Featuring: “Judge Dredd: Ghost Town” by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor, and Annie Parkhouse; “The Alienist: The Haunting of Hex House” by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Eoin Coveney, and Simon Bowland; “Grey Area: Contact” by Dan Abnett, Mark Harrison, and Ellie De Ville; “Dreams of Deadworld” by Kek-W, Dave Kendall, and Ellie De Ville.

Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 342

Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 342

Featuring: “Judge Dredd: El Madito” by Gordon Rennie, Carlos Ezquerra, and Annie Parkhouse; “Demon Nic” by Paul Grist; “Storm Warning: The Relic” by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Tom Foster, Kirsty (Secret Wars Tie-In)n, and Simon Bowland; “Lawless: Between Badrock & A Hard Place” by Dan Abnett, Phil Winslade and Ellie De Ville; plus interviews with artists Scott McCloud Dave Kendall.

Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos – Fourth Faction

Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos – Fourth Faction
Writer: John Wagner Artist: Staz Johnson & Various Cover Artist: Henry Flint

Legendary Judge Dredd-co-creator John Wagner has written the longest, most eventful and world-shattering Dredd-epic of his career. Mega-City One has seen nothing like this since the Apocalypse War, and this time things are looking even darker. With the much-loved mayor of Mega-City One presumed dead by the citizens, an election has been scheduled to choose his successor. Cadet Judge Hennessey has predicted that something terrible will happen on the Election Day and she may be right. East-Meg assassin Nadia has arrived in the Big Meg, looking for a scientist who has created a very dangerous virus… This is the first of three volumes chronicling Day of Chaos

Titan Comics

Snoopy Trade Paperback 1955-1958

Snoopy Trade Paperback 1955-1958
Writer/ Artist: Charles M. Schulz

This collection of 248 daily Peanuts newspaper strips that appeared between 1955 and 1958 focuses on perhaps the most famous character in the Peanuts universe, Charlie Brown’s beagle, Snoopy. Whether he’s chasing snow flakes, doing impersonations, battling the Red Baron or just dancing his world famous happy jig, things are always going to be a little sillier when Snoopy’s around. This book is a facsimile edition of the fifth Peanuts collection originally published back in 1958.

You’re Out Of Your Mind Charlie Brown Trade Paperback 1957-1959

You’re Out Of Your Mind Charlie Brown Trade Paperback 1957-1959
Writer/ Artist: Charles M. Schulz

This collection presents 122 Sunday Peanuts newspaper strips that ran from 1957 to 1959 featuring many of your favourite characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Violet, Patty, Shermy, Lucy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, Linus, and the infamous Beethoven bust. This book is a facsimile edition of the sixth Peanuts collection.

Dark Horse Comics

2 Sisters Super Spy Hard Cover
Astro Boy Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 1

BPRD Hell On Earth #135

BPRD Hell On Earth #135
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist/ Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell

The impossible will happen!

The stakes have never been higher going into the final massive story of Hell on Earth as the Black Flame tests the limits of his power

Courageous Princess Hard Cover Volume 3 Dragon Queen
Creepy Comics Trade Paperback Volume 4

Dark Horse Presents 2014 #14

Dark Horse Presents 2014 #14
Writer: Steven Grant & Various Artist: Brendan McCarthy & Various Cover Artist: Paul Gulacy

Steven Grant and Paul Gulacy resurrect the Warren Publishing character the Rook-a time-traveling, gunslinging monster fighter! And the next chapter of Brendan McCarthy’s Dream Gang begins here!

Plus, new chapters of Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic and Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl!

Michael May and Jason Copland’s Kill All Monsters and Anthony Zicari and Oscar Capristo’s Grimm Arcane conclude!

Death Head #3
Frank Frazetta Adventures Of Snow Man Hard Cover
Groo Friends And Foes #9
Heart In A Box Trade Paperback
How To Pass As Human Hard Cover
Midnight Society The Black Lake #3
Paybacks #1
Plants Vs Zombies Ongoing #4 Grown Sweet Home
Usagi Yojimbo #148
X Trade Paperback Volume 6 Marked For Death Enter The Mark (Mature Readers)

DC Comics

100 Bullets Trade Paperback Book 03 (Mature Readers)
Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #2
Batman Hard Cover Volume 7 Endgame
Batman Noir Hush Hard Cover
Bizarro #4
Black Canary #4
Constantine The Hellblazer #4
Doctor Fate #4
Doomed #4
Flash Season Zero Trade Paperback
Green Lantern The Lost Army #4
Harley Quinn #20
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #10

Martian Manhunter #4

Martian Manhunter #4
Writer: Rob Williams Artist/ Cover Artist: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira

What is tying four individuals around the world to the ghost of J’onn J’onzz? And will they find out before they’re torn to pieces by the unstoppable Martian Maneater?!

New Teen Titans Trade Paperback Volume 3
Prez #4
Robin Son Of Batman #4
Secret Six #6
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #14
Superman Wonder Woman #21
Swamp Thing By Scott Snyder Dlx Edition Hard Cover
Wonder Woman #44

IDW Publishing

D4ve2 #1
GI Joe A Real American Hero Trade Paperback Volume 12
Godzilla In Hell #2 2nd Printing
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth Trade Paperback Volume 6

Jem & The Holograms #7
Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist/ Cover Artist: Emma Vieceli

VIRAL PART 1! Jerrica and her sisters face their biggest threat yet-success! Meanwhile, the Misfits aren’t taking these upstarts lying down… as they find themselves under new management…

Mickey Mouse #4
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #34
Star Trek Ongoing #49
String Divers #2
Tmnt Amazing Adventures #2
Trap Nimble Ninjas Card Game
Trap Zany Zombies Card Game
Weird Love #9

Image Comics

68 Last Rights #2 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Beauty #1 2nd Printing
Beauty #2 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Birthright Trade Paperback Volume 2
Death Vigil #8

Fade Out #9

Fade Out #9 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Edition Brubaker Artist/Cover Artist: Sean Phillips

NOMINATED FOR THE EISNER AWARD FOR BEST NEW SERIES!

Act Three begins as the mystery heats up!

Fade Out Trade Paperback Volume 2

Fade Out Trade Paperback Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Edition Brubaker Artist/ Cover Artist: Sean Phillips

Act Two of the acclaimed Hollywood Noir from the best-selling team of Brubaker and Phillips.

Invincible #123
Island #3 (Mature Readers)
Manifest Destiny #17

No Mercy Trade Paperback Volume 1

No Mercy Trade Paperback Volume 1
Writer: Alex De Campi Artist/ Cover Artist: Carla Speed McNeil

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99!

A group of US teenagers on a pre-college service trip are stranded in a remote part of Central America after a horrible accident. Things get worse from there.

Collects NO MERCY #1-4

ODYC #7 (Mature Readers)
Rat Queens #12 (Mature Readers)
Secret Identities #7
Sex Criminals #11 2nd Printing Sketch Cover (Mature Readers)
Sex Criminals #12 (Mature Readers)
Shutter #15 (Mature Readers)
Southern Cross #5 (Mature Readers)
Tokyo Ghost #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Wolf #1 2nd Printing

Marvel Comics

A-Force Presents Trade Paperback Volume 1
Age Of Apocalypse #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Agent Carter Shield 50th Anniversary #1

Agent Carter Shield 50th Anniversary #1
Writer: Kathryn Immonen Artist: Rich Ellis Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey

• Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.!
• When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way?
• Operation S.I.N.’s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!
One-Shot /Rated T+

All New Hawkeye #5
Armor Wars #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #11
Captain America White #1
Guardians Of Knowhere #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
House Of M #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Trade Paperback Ghost Of Past

Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Trade Paperback Ghost Of Past
Writer/ Artist: Various Cover Artist: Gary Frank

As one Leader falls, another rises! An epic clash between the Hulk, the Leader and the U-Foes is going to end very badly for the Gamma-brained villain. Rick Jones’ girlfriend, Marlo, won’t fare any better: She dies! But thankfully, that’s not the end of her story. As for the Hulk, he’s about to get an offer he can’t refuse – one that puts him in charge of the Pantheon! He’ll have his hands full with the Juggernaut, the Avengers and Doc Samson. But when Dumb Magician, Fish-Man and Shiny-Face show up, it can only mean one thing: the return of the Defenders! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #397-406 and ANNUAL #18-19; and material from NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER ANNUAL #2, SILVER SURFER ANNUAL #5, DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME ANNUAL #2 and MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL #2.0.
Rated T

Infinity Gauntlet #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Miracleman By Gaiman And Buckingham #2 - Allred Variant
Miracleman By Gaiman And Buckingham #2
Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist/ Cover Artist: Mark Buckingham – above Mike Allred’s variant cover

• John Gallaway rejected Miracleman’s new world, rejected companionship, rejected love – until the night Miraclewoman visited him…
•  The schoolyard rebels strut their stuff and debate the teenage idol of The Golden Age, Johnny Bates, in “Trends.”
•  Miracleman explores deeper into Infra-Space in “Retrieval.”
•  Including material originally presented in MIRACLEMAN (1985) #18, plus bonus content.
Parental Advisory

Marvel Masterworks Daredevil Hard Cover Volume 9
Secret Wars Journal #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Spider-Island #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Spider-Verse #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Star Wars #9
Star Wars Lando #4
True Believers She-Hulk #1
True Believers Thor #1

Other Comics Publishers Comics And Graphic Novels

Adventure Time Fionna & Cake Card Wars (Variant Covers)
Alice Cooper Vs Chaos #1 Rare Chin Virgin Edition
Aliens Vampirella #1 Rare Hardman Virgin Edition
Angeltown The Nate Hollis Investigations Graphic Novel
Archer & Armstrong Trade Paperback Volume 7 One Percent & Other Tales
Auteur Sister Bambi #4
Awake #1

Battlestar Galactica Death Of Apollo Trade Paperback

Battlestar Galactica Death Of Apollo Trade Paperback
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Dietrich Smith Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

At last, the most shocking event in classic Battlestar Galactica continuity can be told, revealing the fate of the series’ most beloved hero! 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. With the life of Galactica’s favourite son at stake, will Starbuck stifle his need for reckless revenge? Will Adama maintain composure and overthrow all odds? Or will the Cylon menace, stronger and more insidious than ever, wipe out humanity forever? Collects the complete comic book storyline from Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo issues #1-6, plus the complete script to issue #1.

Big Trouble In Little China #16
Bloodshot Reborn #6 (Variant Covers)

Book Of Death Fall Of Bloodshot #1 2nd Printing

Book Of Death Fall Of Bloodshot #1 2nd Printing
Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite Cover Artist: Rafael Sandoval

From Valiant Entertainment. Superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Bloodshot Reborn) and Doug Braithwaite (Imperium) chronicle Bloodshot’s ultimate fate in a visionary tale of present and future torn from the pages of Book of Death! The lovers he’s known, the allies he’s trusted … All will eventually return to dust … But will the nanites that transformed Bloodshot – body, mind and soul – ever let him truly rest? For the very first time, read an essential chapter of the Book of the Geomancer as Project Rising Spirit’s ultimate walking weapon soldiers on from the modern day into the far future of the Valiant Universe … and reveals the truth behind the very last Bloodshot story that will ever come to pass … Don’t miss the never-before-revealed story of Bloodshot’s final adventures as Book of Death foretells the devastating fate of Valiant’s unrelenting soldier … from now to a thousand years hence …

Bozz Chronicles Trade Paperback
Butterfly Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Critter #3 (Variant Covers)
Dedication #1 (Mature Readers)
Double Take Collectors Box Hundy Sep 2015 (Mature Readers)
Double Take Super Pack Sep 2015 (Mature Readers)
Escape From New York #10
Evil Dead 2 #1 Beyond Dead By Dawn Sp Edition
Fiction #4
Fires Above Hyperion Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Flop To The Top Hard Cover
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Van Helsing Vs Dracula #2 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Haganai I Don’t Have Many Friends Graphic Novel Volume 12 (Mature Readers)
Hamster Punk Graphic Novel
Hic Hoc Journal Of Humor Volume 2 United Kingdom (Mature Readers)
Home #1 (Mature Readers)
Honor #1 (Mature Readers)
Infinite Adventures Of Jonas Quantum #1
Intro To Alien Invasion Graphic Novel
Invader Zim #3
Jirni Volume 2 #2 (Variant Covers)
Kimi Ni Todoke Graphic Novel Volume 22 From Me To You
King #2
Kiss Of The Rose Princess Graphic Novel Volume 6
Lady Mechanika Tablet Of Destinies #5 

Lone Ranger Vindicated Trade Paperback

Lone Ranger Vindicated Trade Paperback
Writer: Justin Gray Artist: Rey Villegas & Various Cover Artist: John Cassaday

The Lone Ranger and Tonto are called to the town of Red Mesa to help capture a vicious gang of thieves. However, things are not what they seem as the masked man and his faithful companion find themselves entangled in a mystery and surrounded by killers. Meanwhile, a woman named Fiona Doyle has captured the Lone Ranger’s heart… but his feelings might place him and Tonto at greater risk!

Looking For Group #6 (Variant Covers)
Lumberjanes #18
Master Keaton Graphic Novel Volume 4
Medic #1 (Mature Readers)
Mega Man #53
Mistry Pi #3
Mixtape #1
Moomin And The Martians Graphic Novel
Moomin Complete Lars Jansson Comic Strip Hard Cover Volume 10
Nutmeg #4
Pixies Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Princeless Raven Pirate Princess #3 Main Cvr
Rai #10 (Variant Covers) Red Sonja Conan #2 Rare Benes Virgin Ed
Remote #1 (Mature Readers)
Rise #1 (Mature Readers)
Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror #21
Slab #1 (Mature Readers)
Soul #1 (Mature Readers)
Space Riders #1 3rd Printing (Mature Readers)
Space Riders #2 2nd Printing (Mature Readers)
Space Riders #3 2nd Printing (Mature Readers)
Spring #1 (Mature Readers)
Step Aside Pops Hark A Vagrant Collection Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Stuck On Star Trek Hard Cover
Swords Of Sorrow #5 Rare Lupacchino Virgin Edition
Terra Formars Graphic Novel Volume 8 (Mature Readers)
Ufology #5
Voltron From The Ashes #1
Will Eisner Spirit #3 Cvr A Powell
World Of Archie Comics Double Digest #52
Written And Drawn By Henrietta Hard Cover
Zipper Vs Dominatrix Graphic Novel Volume 1
Z-Men #1 (Mature Readers)

Magazines

Back Issue #84
Comic Shop News #1474
Comic Shop News Fall 2015 Preview
Dc Batman Auto Fig Mag #66 Batman & Robin Movie Robin Bike
Dc Batman Auto Fig Mag #67 Batman #25 Zero Year
Dc Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #91 Blackfire Black Pawn
Dc Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #92 Metallo Black Pawn
Heavy Metal #276 Cvr B Kirby (Mature Readers)
Horrorhound 2015 Spring Annual Special
Juxtapoz #176 Sep 2015
Locus #656
Marvel Chess Fig Coll Mag #41 Daken Black Pawn
Marvel Chess Fig Coll Mag #42 Juggernaut Black Rook
Megami Jul 2015
Newtype Jul 2015
Star Trek Starships Fig Mag #50 Uss Enterprise Ncc-1701 Tos
Star Trek Starships Fig Mag #51 Hirogen Hunter

Books

Art Of Phoenix Wright Dual Destinies Sc
Black Bat Double Novel #1 Brand Of Black Bat
Celebrating Peanuts 65 Years Sc
Comics Of Joss Whedon Critial Essays Sc
Devil May Cry 3142 Graphic Arts Sc
Disney Frozen Enchanted Guide Hard Cover
Duel Art Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh Illus Hard Cover
I Am Helen Keller Yr Hard Cover
Shadow Double Novel Volume 99 Mardi Gras Mystery & City Of Fear
The Marvels Illustrated Novel Hard Cover
Warhammer 40k Hereticus Soft Cover

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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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