Surface Tension #5

Something for the Weekend: US Comics On Sale 7th October 2015 – Surface Tension bows out on a High!

Surface Tension #5

Here’s this week’s run down of new comics on sale in comic shops across the UK. We’re running a bit behind, which is really annoying because there’s a wealth of great stuff now on sale.

Top of my pull list (besides this week’s 2000AD) is the (bumper sized!) Surface Tension #5 from Titan Comics by Jay Gunn, who we interviewed back when this brilliant eco-thriller launched and now comes to a breath-taking conclusion. Megumi and Ryan, forever changed by their experiences inside the alien coral, battle on behalf of what’s left of humanity. As the island of Breith comes under sustained assault from the sea, as the final day for humanity dawns at last, these two flawed, troubled people must decide whether we are worth saving. Is there hope for a new beginning, or will we be washed beneath the waves?

Surface Tension has been a barnstormer from start to finish, with stunning art and story, and ends as it began, on a high. Expect great things in future from Jay Gunn, because this book really caught readers’ imaginations during its run.

Also recommended from Titan (besides a stonking first issue to Year Two of the Eleventh Doctor’s Doctor Who comic and Kung Fu Panda #1) is the Complete Adventures Of Cholly & Flytrap by Arthur Suydam, a very welcome collection of a terrific and distinctively-drawn comic tale.

Marvel has published a new hard cover collection of its original Star Wars stories from back when it first published tales from a galaxy far, far, away and includes many stories originated for the British Star Wars comic, previously re-published by Dark Horse in the US.

On the US creator side, out this week from Dark Horse is Bill Morrison’s Dead Vengance #1 (read our preview here). The Simpsons and Futurama artist is heading to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival next weekend, so perhaps you’ll want to arm yourselves with copies to sign before you go!

New Wicked+Divine gear is now on sale from Image
New Wicked+Divine gear is now on sale from Image
Over at Image, they’ve released a further tranche of artists “How-Tos” by Brian Haberlin – which look useful stuff for aspiring comic artists. This month’s releases include advanced digital colouring, inking and drawing faces and expressions. Also, if you’re a fan of Kieron Gillen and James McElvie’s Wicked & Divine, they have some merchandise out this week, including t-shirts.

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 many Waitrose supermarkets and some comic shops (stockist list here) 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.

2000AD/Rebellion

2000AD Prog 1951

2000AD Prog 1951

Features Judge Dredd: Serial Serial by John Wagner, Colin MacNeil, Chris Blythe, and Annie Parkhouse; Defoe: The London Hanged by Pat Mills, Leigh Gallagher, and Annie Parkhouse; Brass Sun: Motor Head by Ian Edginton, INJ Culbard, and Ellie De Ville; Sinister Dexter: The Taking of the Michael by Dan Abnett, Patrick Goddard, Eva De La Cruz, and Ellie De Ville; Bad Company: First Casualties by Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo, Jim McCarthy, and Simon Bowland.

Bad Company is a riot! A great return for the strip.

Cinebook

Barracuda Graphic Novel Volume 4: Revolts

Barracuda Graphic Novel Volume 4: Revolts
Writer: Jean Dufaux Artist/ Cover Artist: Jeremy

Resistance to the Spanish invader begins. It’s chaos in Puerto Blanco. Raffy, caught red-handed with Ferrango’s wife Maria, is about to be thrown into a shark tank; the governor is toppled by a coup – and the Spanish occupy the city after bombarding it. Amid the blood and fire, alliances are formed and broken, betrayal follows betrayal, and the flame of resistance is kindled. Will love and friendship prove stronger than fanaticism and the thirst for power?

Orbital Graphic Novel Volume 6: Resistance

Orbital Graphic Novel Volume 6: Resistance
Writer: Sylvain Runberg Artist/ Cover Artist: Serge Pelle

The Confederation is on the brink of civil war! After fleeing Confederate space, Caleb and Mezoke are hiding among a community of exiles disgusted by the corruption and violence infecting the galactic government. Caleb is recovering slowly, just as Angus, the living ship, is doing on a different world. But a powerful, dangerous psychic link seems to exist between them, and all are actively hunted by both the authorities and a terrorist group. When running ceases to be the answer, the only option left is resistance!

SelfMadeHero

Ruins

Ruins
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Peter Kuper

Samantha and George are about to launch into a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, the trip is a reconnection to her past and an opportunity to complete her novel; for George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown. As the couple depart for Oaxaca, a monarch butterfly begins its annual migration south from Canada to Mexico. The story of its remarkable journey, woven into the fabric of Ruins, draws striking parallels with the challenges faced by Samantha and George as they adapt to their new surroundings.

Titan Comics

Complete Adventures Of Cholly & Flytrap Hard Cover

Complete Adventures Of Cholly & Flytrap Hard Cover
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Arthur Suydam

SURVIVALISTS, BATTLEFIELD ENTREPRENEURS AND ALL-ROUND ANTI-HEROES!
Spawned by legendary artist and writer Arthur Suydam – blockbuster cover illustrator on Marvel Zombies – Cholly & Flytrap are survivors on a distant planet, barely held together with catgut and scar tissue, Cholly’s always there with a snappy one-liner and quick-draw machine-gun fire. Flytrap is silent as the grave, built like a brick privy and graceful as a charging rhino. Collected for the first time ever, this volume contains all of Cholly & Flytrap’s tales of derring-do, grievous bodily harm and giant bat riding!

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #1 Regular

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #1 Photo

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #1 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Rob Williams Artist: Simon Fraser Cover Artist: Alex Ronald

New series! New writing team! New laser-filled, time-mangling, galaxy-sploding dynamic! Accused of a genocidal crime he (probably) didn’t (possibly) commit (oh hell, he totally did it), the Doctor and Alice – along with a unique new companion! – go on the run. But extreme hyperviolence-for-hire is hot on their tail, tracking them wherever and whenever they go. With chainswords! It’s a race to clear our tricksy Time Lord’s name and spare the lives of his friends, with the only answers burnt in the fiery footsteps of the incarnation he can never acknowledge: the War Doctor. Breathless twists abound as the Eleventh Doctor series jumps into a new gear, for a new year!

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Hard Cover Volume 2

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Hard Cover Volume 2
Writer: Robbie Morrison Artist: Brian Williamson Cover Artist: Blair Shedd

After their adventures in India, the Doctor and Clara return to her present – but danger is slipping through the cracks between universes, and London has no defence against the Fractures! Will the Doctor risk all of reality to reunite a family – or sacrifice a good man to keep the multiverse intact? Then, the Doctor gambles with his life in 1960s Las Vegas, as he and Clara must team up with gangsters in order to defeat an intergalactic crime syndicate, but is this one too many spins on the Doctor’s roulette wheel? Collects Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #6-10.

Heroes: Vengeance #1

Heroes: Vengeance #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Seamus Fahey, Zach Craley Artist: Rubine Cubiles Cover Artist: Paul Pope

Fresh from the brand new Heroes Reborn television series, the Heroes comic will delve into the secrets of the characters. Each five-part story arc will spotlight a different character, exploring secrets behind what makes them tick.

Home #4

Home #4
Writer: Max Davison

What is an alien scared of? Well, the Boov alien Oh gets particularly scared when Tip tells him some ghost stories around a campfire. Oh decides to man up and prove he isn’t a coward! Will he succeed? Get ready for spiders, clowns and more… Eeeek!

Kung Fu Panda #1

Kung Fu Panda #1
Writer: Simon Furman Artist: Lee Robinson

Po has been a busy Kung-Fu Panda! He’s had 2 hit movies, a successful television show, and there’s another exciting movie on the way! And now he’s set to get even busier in his brand new comic! Join Po, The Furious Five, and Shifu – and their enemies, too! – for brand-new adventurews. This issue kicks off a special two-part story, “Wake Me Up Before You Po-Po.”

Mono Hard Cover Volume 1

Mono Hard Cover Volume 1
Writer: Liam Sharp Artist: Ben Wolstenholme

The ape-human hybrid secret agent and Queen’s assassin, possessed of a deadly prehensile tail and “the strength of twelve men,” made his debut in the pulps of the 1930s and enjoyed a brief revival in the late 1960s and 70s. But can it be that the fiction is closer to historic fact than was ever previously guessed? Now a series of tales, told in hand-written journals and reported first-hand by those that knew him, reveal Mono as a dual-natured and conflicted adventurer – savage and noble; civilized, but ultimately untamable.

Surface Tension #5
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Jay Gunn

Jay Gunn’s creator-owned thriller draws to an unforgettable close, as Megumi and Ryan, forever changed by their experiences inside the alien coral, battle on behalf of what’s left of humanity. As the island of Breith comes under sustained assault from the sea, as the final day for humanity dawns at last, these two flawed, troubled people must decide whether we are worth saving. Is there hope for a new beginning, or will we be washed beneath the waves?

US Comic Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Adam.3 #3
Angel And Faith Season 10 #19 Main Cvr
Barb Wire #4
Bob Powell’s Complete Jet Powers Hard Cover
Dead Vengeance #1
Eerie Archives Hard Cover Volume 20
Ei8ht Trade Paperback Volume 1
Ghost Fleet Trade Paperback Volume 2 Over The Top
Goon Once Upon A Hard Time #4
Lara Croft Frozen Omen #1
Oh My Goddess Rtl Trade Paperback Volume 48
Sherlock Holmes And The Necronomicon Hard Cover

This Damned Band #3

This Damned Band #3
Writer: Paul Cornell Artist/ Cover Artist: Tony Parker

Relationships crumbling, groupies gone missing, owing money to drug dealers, meeting the devil himself-you might say the band Motherfather has problems. So what’s the perfect place to record their latest album? A haunted house, of course! More hellish high jinks from Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics) and Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation)!

Tomorrows #3

DC Comics

Action Comics #45
Astro City Private Lives Trade Paperback
Batman And Robin Eternal #1
Batman Arkham Knight #9
Batman Beyond #5
Batman Eternal Trade Paperback Volume 3
Batman The Road To No Mans Land Trade Paperback Volume 1
Convergence Hard Cover
Convergence Zero Hour Trade Paperback Book 01
Convergence Zero Hour Trade Paperback Book 02
Crisis On Infinite Earths Dlx Ed Hard Cover
Cyborg #3
Detective Comics #45
Green Arrow #45
Green Arrow Annual #1
Green Lantern #45

He Man The Eternity War Trade Paperback Volume 1

He Man The Eternity War Trade Paperback Volume 1
Writer: Dan Abnett, Rob David Artist: Pop Mhan, Tom Derenick Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic

Hordak and the Dark Horde have taken over Castle Grayskull and plan to use it to rule the universe. However, a resistance is building, led by She-Ra, the Sorceress Teela and the benevolent warrior He-Man! To what lengths will the Masters of the Universe go to reclaim their kingdom? What sacrifices must He-Man make to salvage his family legacy? Find out in these stories from HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #1-6!

Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #11
Lobo #11
Looney Tunes #227

Midnighter #5

Midnighter #5
Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Stephen Mooney Cover Artist: Aco

Grayson and Midnighter have finally cornered the man selling the tech that was stolen from the God Garden! Unfortunately for them, he’s saved all the best toys for himself! Somebody’s not leaving Russia alive…

Mortal Kombat X #11 (Mature Readers)
Omega Men #5

Sandman Overture #6 Combo Pack (Mature Readers)

Sandman Overture #6 Combo Pack (Mature Readers)
Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist/ Cover Artist: J. H. Williams

The final issue of the Eisner Award-nominated series is a sweep of science fictional beauty and madness. Featuring cameos by some of Morpheus’s favorite siblings, the grand finale of OVERTURE dovetails into the start of The Sandman’s first journey, providing new insight into THE SANDMAN VOL. 1: PRELUDES AND NOCTURNES.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Secret Six Trade Paperback Volume 3 Cats Cradle
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #15
Survivors Club #1 (Mature Readers)
Telos #1

IDW Publishing

Angry Birds Super Angry Birds #2
Atomic Robo & The Ring Of Fire #2
Atomic Robo & The Ring Of Fire #2 Artist Ed Blank Sketch
Beyond Mars Hard Cover
Boy-1 #3
D4ve2 #2
Drive #2
Edward Scissorhands Trade Paperback Volume 2 Whole Again
Fly Outbreak Trade Paperback
Haunted Horror #19
Hcf 2015 Donald Ducks Halloween Scream #1
Mickey Mouse Mysterious Crystal Ball Trade Paperback
My Little Pony Friends Forever #21
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Trade Paperback Volume 8
October Faction #9
Popeye Classics Ongoing #39
Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-Cent Solution #3
Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-Cent Solution #3 Subscription V
Silent Hill Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 2
String Divers #3
Tet #2
TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #10
TMNT Ongoing #50 (Variant Covers)
TMNT Ongoing Trade Paperback Volume 12 Vengeance Pt 1
Transformers Robots In Disguise Animated #3
Transformers Vs Gi Joe #9
X-Files & 30 Days Of Night Hard Cover
X-Files Classics Graphic Novel Ground Zero
X-Files Season 11 #3

Image Comics

8house #4 Yorris Part One (Mature Readers)
Axcend #1 Cvr A (Mature Readers)
Bitch Planet Trade Paperback Volume 1 Extraordinary Machine (Mature Readers)

Codename Baboushka: Conclave Of Death #1

Codename Baboushka: Conclave Of Death #1 (Varaint Covers, Cover B by Tula Lotay)
Writer: Antony Johnston Artist: Shari Chankhamma Cover Artist: Tula Lotay

What if the sexy Russian Bond girl…was actually the hero?

CODENAME BABOUSHKA is an action-packed modern pulp spy thriller full
of high-stakes thrills in exotic locations, with a kick-ass female
hero in the style of James Bond and Modesty Blaise!

Written by ANTONY JOHNSTON (THE FUSE, The Coldest City, Daredevil) and illustrated by SHARI CHANKHAMMA (SHELTERED, The Sisters’ Luck).

The enigmatic Contessa is a wealthy socialite, the last heiress to a noble Russian line-and secretly a deadly assassin! Blackmailed by the US government to carry out dirty jobs even the CIA can’t sanction, she’s got nothing to lose…and everything to fight for!

Copperhead #10
Dark Corridor #3 (Mature Readers)
Deadly Class Trade Paperback Volume 3 The Snake Pit (Mature Readers)
Digital Art Tutorials Adv Digital Coloring Volume 2
Digital Art Tutorials Beginning Inking Cdrom
Digital Art Tutorials Draw Faces And Expressions Cdrom
Humans #8 (Mature Readers)

Injection Trade Paperback Volume 1

Injection Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist/ Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey

Once upon a time, there were five crazy people. And they poisoned the 21st Century. From the creators of MOON KNIGHT: From the Dead, collecting issues 1-5 of INJECTION, the story of five mad geniuses trying to save us all from themselves.

Collects INJECTION #1-5

Jupiter’s Circle Trade Paperback Volume 1

Jupiter’s Circle Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Wilfredo Torres, Davide Gianfelice Cover Artist: Frank Quitely

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $9.99!

In midcentury America, a team of young superheroes faces epic threats in public while battling personal demons behind closed doors.

Collects JUPITER’S CIRCLE #1-6

Minimum Wage So Many Bad Decisions #6 (Mature Readers)
Nailbiter #16 (Mature Readers)
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta Trade Paperback Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
Paper Girls #1
Plutona #2 (Mature Readers)
Postal #4 (Variant Covers)
Saints #1 (Mature Readers)
Southern Bastards #11 (Mature Readers)
Starve #5 (Mature Readers)
Surface #4 (Mature Readers)

Walking Dead Compendium Trade Paperback Volume 3

Walking Dead Compendium Trade Paperback Volume 3
Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard & Various Cover Artist: Charlie Adlard

Just in time for the new season of The Walking Dead on AMC, the fan-favourite, New York Times bestselling series returns with its third massive paperback collection! With over 1,000 pages, this volume contains the next chapter of ROBERT KIRKMAN’s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror. Rick Grimes’s dream of rebuilding civilization is tested as the people of Alexandria come into contact with other communities that have developed their own methods of survival.

Collects THE WALKING DEAD #97-144

We Stand On Guard #1 2nd Ptg (Mature Readers)
We Stand On Guard #4 (Mature Readers)

Marvel Comics

1602 Witch Hunter Angela #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

1602 Witch Hunter Angela #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Writer: Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen Artist: Stephanie Hans, Kody Chamberlain Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

• Spurred by revenge, Angela races to meet Enchantress’s endgame as the gates of Faerie are wrenched open!
• The dead walk and speak (and tell terrible jokes), and Kieron and Kody Chamberlain lead the revels, as Angela embarks on the Wild Hunt for Serah’s soul!
Rated T+

All New All Different Point One #1

All New All Different Point One #1
Writes/Artists: Various Cover Artist: Mike Del Mundo

In the aftermath of SECRET WARS, it’s an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, and this is your one-stop entry point to the changes and mysteries that have developed during the eight months that have passed! Featuring new stories of DAREDEVIL, CARNAGE, CLASSFIED, CLASSIFIED, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS!
One-Shot/Rated T+

Amazing Spider-Man #1
Avengers #0
Avengers No More Bullying Trade Paperback

Colour Your Own Age Of Ultron Trade Paperback

Colour Your Own Age Of Ultron Trade Paperback
Writer/Artist: Various Cover Artist: Bryan Hitch

The Avengers face their darkest hour as the metallic menace Ultron stands over a ravaged Earth in the AGE OF ULTRON COLORING BOOK. Only a few of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are left standing. And it’s up to you to put the color back into their last ditch effort to save mankind! Featuring the line art of Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco and more, this is your chance to color inside the lines, or outside the lines, of this blockbuster Marvel event!

Contest Of Champions #1

Contest Of Champions #1
Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Paco Medina & Various Cover Artist: Paco Medina

Welcome to the BATTLEREALM–a broken section of space-time where cosmic beings gamble for the ultimate power while their unwilling pawns fight for their lives and a chance to return back to Earth. Who will survive… THE CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS?

Rated T

Dark Tower Drawing Of Three Lady Of Shadows #2 (Mature Readers)

Darth Vader #10

Darth Vader #10
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/ Cover Artist: Salvador Larroca

• Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire.
• Unfortunately, it’s completely at odds with his own mission.
• What’s a Dark Lord to do?
Rated T

Deadpool By Posehn And Duggan Hard Cover Volume 3
Doctor Strange #1
Doctor Strange Trade Paperback Dont Pay Ferryman

Groot #5

Groot #5
Writer: Jeff Loveness Artist: Brian Kesinger Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey

• You didn’t think we were going to tell the story of one of Groot’s adventures without bringing BABY GROOT into the fray, did you?
• With his goal of reuniting with his best friend (and interpreter) Rocket Raccoon within reach, Groot’s only got a ship full of mercenaries to contend with. Should be a piece of cake, right?
Rated T

Invincible Iron Man #1
Journey Star Wars Fase #2
Marvel Legacy Of Jack Kirby Slipcase Hard Cover
Marvel Super Hero Contest Of Champions Trade Paperback Volume 1
Marvel Super Hero Spectacular #1
Marvel Universe Guardians Of Galaxy #1
Max Ride First Flight Hard Cover

Miracleman By Gaiman And Buckingham #3

Miracleman By Gaiman And Buckingham #3 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist/ Cover Artist: Mark Buckingham

• Miracleman’s creator, Dr. Emil Gargunza, is back! But how does Andy Warhol factor into this return?
• Gaiman and Buckingham explore the nature of identity and art in the Golden Age with “Notes from the Underground.”
• “Retrieval” continues as familiar faces are discovered deep within the Warp Well!
• Including material originally presented in MIRACLEMAN (1985) #19, plus bonus content.
Parental Advisory

Old Man Logan #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Powers #5 (Mature Readers)
Secret Wars #6 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Shield Complete Collection Omnibus Hard Cover Ross Cvr

Siege #4

Siege #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Filipe Andrade & Various Cover Artist: W. Scott Forbes

THE LAST STAND OF THE SHIELD!
• Well, THAT certainly doesn’t sound ominous…
• Hey look, THANOS is here! That’s always a good sign! Just kidding, of course, that’s terrible news and everything is darkness.
• The biggest battle conceivable. Heroes rise. Legends fall. No one lives forever. THIS IS THE SHIELD!
Rated T+

Spider-Island #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Star Wars #10

Star Wars Darth Vader Trade Paperback Volume 1 Vader

Star Wars Darth Vader Trade Paperback Volume 1 Vader
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Cover Artist: Adi Granov

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own solo adventures – showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don’t want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more! Collecting DARTH VADER #1-6.
Rated T

Star Wars Lando #5
Star Wars Marvel Covers Hard Cover Volume 1 Ross Cvr

Star Wars Marvel Yrs Omnibus Hard Cover Volume 3

Star Wars Marvel Yrs Omnibus Hard Cover Volume 3
Writer/Artist: Various Cover Artist: Tom Palmer

The original Star Wars comic-book saga concludes! Savouran all-action adaptation of Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi, and find out what happens after the Battle of Endor! Luke, Leia and their allies seek to establish a new galactic government – but Imperial Forces still stand in the way. When Darth Vader falls, a Dark Lady will rise! Meanwhile, Han Solo and Chewbacca head to Wookiee World! The Ewoks go to war! And tragedy strikes close to C-3PO – could it be that even a droid can cry? Plus: a cornucopia of Star Wars rarities – including exclusive stories only published in the UK! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #79-107 and ANNUAL #3, and RETURN OF THE JEDI #1-4 – plus material from PIZZAZZ #1-16; STAR WARS WEEKLY (UK) #60, #94-99 and #104-115; EMPIRE STRIKES BACK MONTHLY (UK) #149, #151 and #153-157; and STAR WARS MONTHLY (UK) #159.
Rated T

Star Wars Trade Paperback Volume 1 Skywalker Strikes

Star Wars Trade Paperback Volume 1 Skywalker Strikes
Writer: Jason Aaron Artist/ Cover Artist: John Cassaday

The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far – the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fight for freedom against Darth Vader and his evil master, the Emperor! But when a Rebel assault goes wrong, Han and Leia must think fast to make their escape – while Luke comes face-to-face with Darth Vader! In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital – and dangerous – secret mission. But can they succeed without Luke? Plus: the menace of Boba Fett! Collecting STAR WARS (2015) #1-6.
Rated T

Werewolf By Night Omnibus Hard Cover
What If Infinity Inhumans #1
What If Infinity Thanos #1

Other Publishers Comics And Graphic Novels

Aliens Vampirella #2 Cvr A Hardman
Anne Bonnie #6
Baby Sitters Club Colour Edition Graphic Novel Volume 3 Mary Anne Saves The Day
Beef With Tomato Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)

Beyond Quest For Meadan Trade Paperback

Bloodshot Reborn #7 Cover B
Bloodshot Reborn #7 Cover B

Bloodshot Reborn #7 Cover C
Bloodshot Reborn #7 Cover C
Bloodshot Reborn #7 (Variant Covers including Cover B by Glenn Fabry and Cover C by Trevor Hairsine
Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Butch Guice

THE HUNT is on!

As responsible as Ray Garrison feels for the violence unleashed by his old nanites, he fi nds himself with another more familiar and painful responsibility – the life of a woman he loves. How will Ray keep Magic safe, avoid the federal manhunt that’s closing in on him, and stop his impostor before they kill again?!

Bob’s Burgers Ongoing #4 (Variant Covers)
Captain Canuck 2015 Ongoing #4
Carpe Noctem #5 (Mature Readers)
Cemetery Girl Graphic Novel Book 02 Inheritance
Charmed Season 10 #12 (Mature Readers)
Cluster #8
Dance In Vampire Bund Part 2 Scarlet Order Graphic Novel Volume 3 (Mature Readers)
Deep Space Tragedy #1 (Variant Covers)

Drawn Onward (One Shot) (Mature Readers)
EC Jack Kamen Forty Whacks & Other Stories Hard Cover
Fairy Tail Graphic Novel Volume 50

From Hell & From Hell Graphic Novel Slipcase Edition

From Hell & From Hell Graphic Novel Slipcase Edition
Writer: Alan Moore Artist/ Cover Artist: Eddie Campbell

Two of the greatest creators in the history of comics. Eleven unsolved murders. One sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the twentieth century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror. From Hell, often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time, is now available in a handsome slipcase set with its essential behind-the-scenes companion, perfect for any bookshelf.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales Cinderella 10th Anniversary Special #5 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Oz Reign Of Witch Queen #5 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #4

Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #4 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Grant Morrison & Various Artist: Jeevan Kang Cover Artist: Mukesh Singh

Created by Grant Morrison, the epic re-imagination of the great eastern myth, Mahabharata, continues. The two families now stand on the precipice of war ready to annihilate one another. Arjuna’s summons the goddess Durga as rain turns to blood, and war begins.

Grumpy Cat #1 (Variant Covers)
Hip Hop Family Tree #2
Human Body Theater Graphic Novel
Human Body Theater Hard Cover Graphic Novel
Imperium #9 (Variant Covers, New Arc)
Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Hard Cover Volume 3 Creation Myths
John Flood #3
Jughead #1(Variant Covers)
Justice Inc Avenger #5 Cvr A Francavilla
Kane Chronicles Graphic Novel Book 02 Throne Of Fire
Knights Of The Dinner Table #224
Kodt Bundle Of Trouble Trade Paperback Volume 51
Lady Death Apocalypse #2 Century Heavenly Cvr (Mature Readers)
Last Man Graphic Novel Volume 3 Chase
Legend Of Oz Wicked West #1 (Variant Covers)
Lola Xoxo Wasteland Madam #3 (Variant Covers)
Long Red Hair Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Love In Hell Comp Collection Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Lumberjanes Trade Paperback Volume 2
Magical Girl Apocalypse Graphic Novel Volume 5 (Mature Readers)
Masks 2 #7 (Variant Covers)
Merman In My Tub Graphic Novel Volume 1
Monster Trade Paperback Volume 6 Perfect Ed Urasawa

Mutts Winter Diaries Trade Paperback
Oyster War Hard Cover
Project Nemesis #1 Reg Cvr Frank
Public Relations #2 (Mature Readers)
Rachel Rising Trade Paperback Volume 6 Secrets Kept
Regular Show #28
Rick & Morty #4 2nd Ptg
Robotech Voltron Trade Paperback
Rock & Roll Biographies Primus

Rowans Ruin #1

Rowans Ruin #1
Writer: Mike Carey Artist/ Cover Artist: Mike Perkins

What’s to Love: The team of Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, The Unwritten) and Mike Perkins (Deathlok) come together for the first time since 2005’s Spellbinders for a taut horror thriller set in their native England. If you’re a fan of horror films like Insidious and The Conjuring, or comics like Curse and Nailbiter, you’ll love how Rowans Ruin unfolds as it slowly clues you in on the terrifying secret that is at the heart of the story.

What It’s About: Katie has always had things pretty easy, growing up in comfortable circumstances in Florida. But when she finds herself with a long summer break before grad school, she decides to do a house-swap with a British girl, Emily, as a way to vacation relatively cheaply-and to get out from under her parents’ attentiveness. England is great, so different from Florida, and the house, called Rowans Rise, is charming. But soon she starts having nightmares-really, really, strong ones. Curious, Katie researches the owners of the house, and discovers it may have more of a sinister history than she thought…

Secret Coders Graphic Novel Hard Cover
Sky In Stereo Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Space Riders #4 (Mature Readers)
Story Of My Tits Graphic Novel
Swords Of Sorrow Sonja Jungle #3 Rare Anacleto Virgin

Tales Of The Ss Junky Star Graphic Novel Volume 1

The Devilers #7

The Devilers #7
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Matt Triano Cover Artist: Jock

Last issue! The end is nigh, another of the Devilers must fall if the armies of hell are to be stopped. The climactic finale to the critically acclaimed cult hit thriller! “With a thoughtful plot, interesting and well-developed characters, and beautiful artwork, this is rapidly becoming a favorite horror comic because the creative team has succeeded on many levels.” – ComicWow!

Toil & Trouble #2
Tokyo Esp Graphic Novel Volume 1

Train Called Love #1

Train Called Love #1 
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Mark Dos Cover Artist: Russell Braun

Valerie’s getting dirty phone calls, but when she goes to take revenge she meets Myles, the man of her dreams. But Myles is up against Emil and Gustav, mentally unstable guns for hire. And Valerie’s sister Penny’s friend Marcy just wants to play her own songs, but no one in the bar tonight cares- least of all Penny’s loser boyfriend Marv and his buddies Chip and Jev, who want their homeboy Mike to play the race card in a dubious scheme to get rich. But Mike has just fallen foul of a certain organisation with a lot of Ks in its name. And then there’s Mister Fluffy.

“A Train Called Love is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for some time, largely because people keep asking me about doing a romance comic and the idea just wouldn’t go away,” says Garth Ennis. “This is what I came up with: guns, gangsters, mayhem, big white hoods, dubious films with horses, mad Germans, obscene phone calls, crazy ladies, total losers, hot chicks, dishy guys, movie stars, lots of narcotics, terrible bands from Williamsburg, taxidermy, incontinence, unrequited crushes, a big fluffy white rabbit and a rather unpleasant scene involving an escalator. Thus shall I explore the highs and lows of love.”

Transference #1 2nd Ptg (Mature Readers)
Trick R Treat Days Of Dead Graphic Novel

Uber Trade Paperback Volume 5

Uber Trade Paperback Volume 5 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Daniel Gete, Canaan White Cover Artist: Daniel Gete

Kieron Gillen’s groundbreaking alternate war history begins a new terrifying chapter in super human World War II warfare. The Nazi’s have enacted Hitler’s master plan, the Great Burn is now turning all of Europe into a fire-blasted wasteland. City after city, country after country, the very earth itself is being purged by the unparalleled power of the German onslaught. With no answer on the horizon to stopping the Axis from purifying the entire continent, the Allies turn to Stephanie and the monster that is the HMH Churchill for a glimmer of hope. The horrors of super human warfare continue to rage throughout Europe and the destruction mounts to global levels. Uber is an unforgettable vision of the misery of war turned apocalypse. This volume collects issues #23 – 27 of the ongoing Uber comic book series and the Uber 2014 Free Comic Book Day Special.

Upside Down Graphic Novel A Hat Full Of Spells
Usagi Yojimbo Special Edition Sc Box Set
Walt Disney Donald Duck Hard Cover Volume 7 Trick Or Treat

Wasteland Apocalyptic Edition Hard Cover Volume 5

Wasteland Apocalyptic Edition Hard Cover Volume 5
Writer: Antony Johnston Artist/ Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten

The award-nominated sci-fi epic cconcludes in this final deluxe hardcover, as Christopher Mitten retruns to WASTELAND! Michael, Abi, and Thomas have found A-Ree-Yass-I at last. Now its secrets will be exposed and the truth of the Big Wet must be told! Collecting issues #53-60, this beautiful volume brings a close to the epic story and also includes scripts, design sketches, covers and more from creators Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten.

Yo-Kai Watch Graphic Novel Volume 1
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #15 Main Cvr (Mature Readers)
Zombies Vs Cheerleaders Halloween 2015 #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)

Magazines

Cinefex #143
Comic Shop News #1477
Dc Batman Auto Fig Mag #68 Legends Dark Knight #204
Famous Monsters Of Filmland #282
Fangoria #344
Heroes Reborn Official Magazine #1
Judge Dredd Megazine #364
Rue Morgue Magazine #160
Scary Monsters Magazine #99

Books

1001 Tv Shows You Must Watch Before You Die Hard Cover
Assassins Creed Complete Visual History Hard Cover
Bond By Design Art Of James Bond Films Hard Cover
Disney Book Hard Cover
Doctor Who City Of Death Hard Cover
Doctor Who Comp Hist Hard Cover Volume 1 10th Doctor Stories 181-184
Doctor Who Heroes And Monsters Collection Sc
George Rr Martin Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms Hard Cover
Glenn Fabry Sketchbook Sc Volume 3 B&W Remarked Ed
Graphic Thrills Xxx Movie Posters Sc Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
Great Lego Sets Visual History Hard Cover
Harry Potter & Sorcerers Stone Illustrated Ed
James Bond 50 Years Of Movie Posters Sc
Lego I Love That Minifigure Hard Cover
Marvels The Avengers Encyclopedia Hard Cover
Shadow Double Novel Volume 100 Death Triangle & Crimson Death
Star Trek Costumes 5 Decades Of Fashion Hard Cover
Star Wars Rebels Epic Battle Visual Guide Hard Cover
Star Wars Rise Of The Empire Sc
Suite Francaise Storm In June Graphic Novel
Thank You And Good Night Hard Cover
Walking Dead Mmpb Volume 5 Descent
Warhammer 40k Overfiend Trade Paperback
Warped Engaging Guide To Never Aired 8th Season Sc

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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.

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