Here’s this week’s run down of new comics on sale in comic shops across the UK, with the emphasis, as ever, on titles that are the work of British creators and published by British publishers.
Along with another page-turning and excellent issue of 2000AD and the latest Doctor Who Magazine, don’t forget that this week has seen the launch of DC Thomson’s new Thunderbirds Are Go magazine in newsagents (TV21, it isn’t, but it should appeal to fans of the new ITV show) and a new Transformers comic from Signature, out today, which features 20 pages of comic strip.
This week, as well as having fun seeing what new independent comics are on sale at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, including Briar from Improper Books, I’ll be grabbing Titan Comics new Assassin’s Creed #1, which features a script from the Kill Shaksepeare team, Anthony Del and Conor McCreery and art by Neil Edwards, who simply blew me away with his work on Doctor Who: Four Doctors recently. I’ve never played the game, but as you can see below, the art alone should grab your attention. Look out for a variant cover by ace Italian artist Marco Turini. His strip work is stunning and I hope I’ll see more of his work in other places soon.
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 many (but not all) 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.
British Comic Publishers
2000AD Prog 1952
Featuring 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.
US Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos Endgame Trade Paperback
Writer: John Wagner Artist: Leigh Gallagher & Various Cover Artist: Henry Flint
Mega-City One is at the mercy of a terrible act of retribution, thirty years in the making. The Chaos Bug has been released and a weakened Justice Department are finding it increasingly difficult to remain in control. As Judge Dredd searches for the perpetrators of this heinous act, another fearsome faction is added to the fray: Fear, Fire, and Mortis – the Dark Judges!
Lucky Luke Trade Paperback Volume 54; Rodeo
Writer/Artist/ Cover Artist: Morris
Lucky Luke has ran afoul of a desperado. Fortunately, this ain’t his first rodeo! Lucky Luke arrives at Navajo City just in time to sign up for the town’s big rodeo. But the prize money promised to the winner is attracting some unsavoury types, and among the participating cowboys is one Cactus Kid, an unrepentant bully and outlaw. The clash is inevitable, both in and outside the arena, and Luke will have to fight with his customary aplomb and humor before riding off to new adventures!
Balkans Arena Hard Cover
Writer: Philippe Thirault Artist/ Cover Artist: Jorge Miguel
Ex-soldier, and widower, Frank Sokol must face the ghosts of the past when he returns to his native Croatia with his Canadian-born 11-year-old son, Ben. But when Ben is kidnapped, Frank will be forced to mend deep-seated familial wounds, and resort to his military training to get him back. Nothing will prepare him for what his search for his boy will uncover. This original, fast-paced, and visceral tale, written by Philippe Thirault (Miss: Better Living Through Crime) and drawn by Jorge Miguel (The Z Word), catapults us deep into the seedy underworld of a country whose violent past still echoes into a fractured present.
Assassin’s Creed #1 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Anthony Del, Conor McCreery Artist/ Cover Artist: Neil Edwards
Charlotte de la Cruz is overeducated and underemployed, wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet. When a real-life conspiracy crashes into her life, she’s pulled into the orbit of the Assassins, a mysterious organisation of principled killers with roots stretching back thousands of years – and users of the stolen Animus technology, which allows them to experience the memories of their ancestors as if they were there! Charlotte has a secret in her blood… the genetic memory of an ancestor who was in Salem at the time of the infamous witch trails: Tom Stoddard, an Assassin who witnessed a dark act with repercussions for the present day! As Charlotte is trained in the Assassins’ art, and as she begins to investigate the life of her ancestor… the forces of the Templar Order move against her. Will Charlotte learn the skills she needs to survive, and the truth she needs to prove her worth – before the Templars silence her forever?!
Dragons: Riders Of Berk Collection Hard Cover Volume 1
Writer: Simon Furman Artist: Iwan Nazif
A giant-sized collection of Dragons Riders of Berk digests 1 and 2 with extra art and bonus features! In Dragons Down, Snotlout’s dragon, Hookfang, flies off and disappears, so the gang set up a search party. Unfortunately, Alvin the Treacherous is also on the hunt for Hookfang. In Dangers Of The Deep, Hiccup is left in charge when Stoick and the grown-ups head off on a mission. But something huge and deadly is waiting for Stoick in the Veil of Mists.
Penguins Of Madagascar Collection Trade Paperback
Writer: Andy Lanning & Various Artist: Alex Matthews & Various
This collection packs together Titan’s complete Penguins of Madagascar comic series, presenting hilarious and dangerous hijinks with everyone’s favourite flippered friends from the Madagascar movies. It’s penguins vs. rats in “The Great Drain Robbery,” the fellas face a cunning new circus performer in “When In Rome,” have an adventure on the red carpet in “Big Night Out,” engage in some clowning around with ferrets in “Big Top” and finally travel to London to visit the Crown Jewels – with hilarious consequences – in “Operation: Heist.”
Samurai Omnibus Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Takeo has finally achieved his dream; he has left behind the darkness of his past and become a Samurai. Yet Imperial Japan is in turmoil; General Akuma, one of the Empire’s most powerful men has turned his back on the Emperor. The two men are linked by a dark secret – the 13th prophet. It is into this mysterious feud that Takeo will stray on his quest to find out who he really is and answer the questions that have followed him his whole life. Why was he left to grow up in a monastery? And where is the brother that abandoned him ten years earlier?
US Comic Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
Abe Sapien #27
Angel & Faith Season 10 Trade Paperback Volume 3 United
Big Guy & Rusty Boy Robot Hard Cover Second Edition
Crime Does Not Pay Archives Hard Cover Volume 10
Eve Valkyrie #1
Goon In Theatre Bizarre #1
Grimmiss Island Trade Paperback
Harrow County #6
King Tiger #3
Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 10
Mike Nortons Battlepug Hard Cover Volume 4 Devils Biscuit
Mirror’s Edge Exordium #2
Rat God Hard Cover
Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Matthew Woodson Cover Artist: Tula Lotay
A standalone one-shot story featuring the lush artwork of Matthew Woodson (Northlanders, Meathaus), this issue takes the American folktale of Molly Pitcher and brings to it fresh relevance as a poignant commentary on the subjects of veterans’ rights and women in combat. Not to be missed.
Two Brothers Hard Cover
Bat Mite #5
Batman And Robin Eternal #2
Batman Superman #25
Batman Year 100 Deluxe Edition Hard Cover
Coffin Hill Trade Paperback Volume 3 (Mature Readers)
Constantine The Hellblazer #5
Convergence Crisis Trade Paperback Book 1
Convergence Crisis Trade Paperback Book 2
Writer: Dan Abnett & Various Artist: Joshua Middleton & Various Cover Artist: Nicola Scott
This CONVERGENCE collection stars The Flash, Wonder Woman, the JLA and many more, and includes the miniseries THE FLASH #1-2, WONDER WOMAN #1-2, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1-2, SWAMP THING #1-2 and THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1-2.
DC Comics Bombshells #3
Earth 2 Society #5
Fables The Wolf Among Us #10 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus Artist: Shawn McManus & Various Cover Artist: Chrissie Zullo
A pigtailed girl, a white doe, and old-world magic collide in a New York City apartment! Bigby ties up loose ends from Salem and rips into clues about the dark corners of Fabletown. Plus: The origin story of Bloody Mary takes a shattering turn! First comes love, then comes marriage…and after what comes next, will Mary ever be able to look herself in the mirror again?
Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art Of Darwyn Cooke Hard Cover
Green Lantern: A Celebration Of 75 Years Hard Cover
Harley Quinn #21
Justice League Of America #4
Writer: Bryan Hitch Artist: Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques Cover Artist: Bryan Hitch
As The Flash struggles to get back to the present, the rest of the team regroups for a rematch against the overwhelming forces of the Church of Rao. And, as foreshadowed in issue #1, they must also consider how to prevent the seemingly inevitable death of Superman!
Justice League United #14
Mad Magazine #536
Mortal Kombat X Trade Paperback Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
Red Hood Arsenal #5
Scooby Doo Team Up #12 2nd Printing
Scooby Doo Where Are You #62
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Trade Paperback Volume 2
Superman Lois And Clark #1
Twilight Children #1 (Mature Readers)
Angel Season 6 Trade Paperback Volume 1
GI Joe Cobra World Order Prelude (Variant Covers)
Haunted Horror Hard Cover Volume 3 Pre Code Comics So Good They’re Scar
Jem & The Holograms #8
Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist/ Cover Artist: Emma Vieceli
Meet Jerrica Benton-a girl with a secret. She and her sisters team up with to become… JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!
Jem And The Holograms Trade Paperback Volume 1 Showtime
Maxx Maxximized #24
Mickey Mouse #5
Star Trek Green Lantern #4 (Variant Covers)
Uncle Scrooge #7
Astronauts In Trouble #5 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Larry Young Artist: Matt Smith Cover Artist: Charlie Adlard
It’s just the fifth issue of an eleven issue series. Yeah, and Neil Armstrong had just one small step for a man.
Covenant #4 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Death Vigil Trade Paperback Volume 1
East Of West #21
Faster Than Light #2 (Mature Readers)
Fuse #15 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Antony Johnston Artist/ Cover Artist: Justin Greenwood
“PERIHELION,” Part Three
The Fuse’s annual day of chaos continues! Terror strikes at the hospital, strangeness abounds at the hydroponics…and a good old-fashioned murder turns up at the Sungazing rally!
I Hate Fairyland #1 (Mature Readers)
Low #10 (Mature Readers)
Phonogram The Immaterial Girl #3 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/ Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Turn around, bright eyes, every now and then we do a comic. Monthly. After years of delays and not doing it, but monthly now, honest.
Roche Limit Clandestiny #5
Satellite Sam Omnibus Deluxe Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Secret Identities Trade Paperback Volume 1
Sex Criminals #13 (Mature Readers)
Skullkickers Treasure Trove Hard Cover Volume 3
Switch #1 Cover A Sejic
Walking Dead #147 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard & Various Cover Artist: Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
Out in the open.
Wayward Hard Cover Book 1
Wicked & Divine #15 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Stephanie Hans Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie
STEPHANIE HANS’s Amaterasu alternate cover was so stunning we figured doing a whole issue of that would be a good idea. Plus JAMIE and MATT on a back-up, obv.
A-Force #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Hard Cover
Captain America Sam Wilson #1
Captain America Sam Wilson #1 By Acuna Poster
Captain America White #3
Civil War #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Contest Of Champions #1 By Medina Poster
Damage Control Trade Paperback Complete Collection
Deadpool Vs Thanos #3
Figment 2 #2
Guardians Of Galaxy #1
Guardians Of Galaxy By Adams Poster
Howling Commandos Of Shield #1 By Schoonover Poster
Infinity War Aftermath Trade Paperback
Journey Star Wars Fase #3
Magneto Trade Paperback Volume 4 Last Days
Man Thing By Steve Gerber Complete Collection Trade Paperback Volume 1
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #12
Marvel Zombies #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Kev Walker Cover Artist: Ken Lashley
• Out of bullets and out of hope, Elsa Bloodstone desperately struggles across the zombie ridden Deadlands to bring the child she swore to protect to salvation.
• But with the zombie horde and a merciless stalker hot on her trail, survival will take every ounce of mettle she can muster.
• Can Elsa survive? And even if she makes it out of the Deadlands, what world awaits her on the other side?
Marvel Masterworks: Defenders Hard Cover Volume 5
Mockingbird Shield 50th Anniversary #1 Renaud 2nd Printing Variant
Ms Marvel #19 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
New Avengers #1
Writer: Al Ewing Artist/ Cover Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
EVERYTHING IS NEW. In the wake of SECRET WARS, the old order changeth – and Bobby DaCosta, Sunspot, is just the man to changeth it. Welcome to AVENGERS IDEA MECHANICS – a super-scientific global rescue squad of tomorrow’s heroes… today! America doesn’t want them! S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t know what to do with them! But Earth might not survive without… the NEW AVENGERS!
Rocket Raccoon Trade Paperback Volume 1 A Chasing Tale
Spider-Man 2099 #1
Writer: Peter David Artist: Will Sliney Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina
2099 IN YOUR CALENDARS, #1 IN YOUR HEARTS.
With a job at PARKER INDUSTRIES, a stable relationship, and uncertain of what impact his actions will have on the future, Miguel O’Hara has decided that it’s time to hang up the webs and retire from being Spider-Man. But when a dangerous new threat appears and puts his new life in jeopardy, he’s got no choice but to don some new threads and tackle the problem the only way he knows how: head on! By the webslinging wonders Peter David and Will Sliney (you know ’em, you love ’em.) this is one EXPLOSIVE Spider-Title you won’t want to miss.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 By Henderson Poster
Uncanny Avengers #1
What If Infinity X-Men #1
X-Men Age Of Apocalypse Trade Paperback Volume 2 Reign
Other Publishers Comics and Graphic Novels
Abbadon Graphic Novel
Adventure Time #45
Adventure Time Mathematical Edition Hard Cover Volume 6 (Note Price)
Alice Cooper Vs Chaos #2 Cover A Chin
Anna & Froga Fore Hard Cover
Bad Moon Rising #1
Balkans Arena Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Battling Boy Fall Of House Of West Graphic Novel
Best Of Archie Comics 75 Years 75 Stories Trade Paperback
Blood Feud #1
Bloodshot Deluxe Edition Hard Cover Volume 2
Bouncer Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Broken Moon #2
Cavewoman Shorts #1
Clandestino #1 (Mature Readers)
Critter #4 Variant Covers)
Crossed Badlands #87 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Crossed Plus 100 #10 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Rafa Ortiz Cover Artist: Gabriel Andrade
Wish You Were Here scribe Simon Spurrier takes Alan Moore’s incredible reimagining of Crossed in the future into a breathtaking ongoing monthly series! Future Taylor beings to discover what Beau Salt’s actual seeds of destruction are, and finds out that Crossed settlements aren’t what they seem to be . Several special themed covers continue to enrich the series:
Crossed Psychopath Complete Series Collector Box Set (Mature Readers)
Now you can get every incredibly rare cover and edition of this amazing series, all 56 comics from the seven issues, in one monumental collector’s set! Included are: #1 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, Chase, Emerald City, Emerald City VIP, C2E2, C2E2 VIP, Wondercon, Phoenix, Phoenix VIP, and Retailer Bonus covers. #2 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, Calgary, Philly, and Philly VIP covers. #3 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, and San Diego covers. #4 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, Chicago, Chicago VIP, Fan Expo and Fan Expo VIP covers. #5 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, Retailer Bonus, and Shark Attack covers. #6 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, and Retailer Bonus covers. #7 – Regular, Wraparound, Torture, Red Crossed, Auxiliary, and the Retailer Bonus covers. Every twisted cover and evil edition from even the scarcest printing is all in one place for you. Limited to just 100 sets!
Cursed Pirate Girl Special Annual 2015 #1
Day Men #8
Day Men Hard Cover Volume 1 ECCC Exclusive
Dead Drop Trade Paperback
Dean Koontz Frankenstein Storm Surge #1
Empire Of Blood #1 (Mature Readers)
Frickin Butt Kickin Zombie Ants Graphic Novel Volume 1
Fubar By The Sword Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Grimm Fairy Tales #115 Sword Stone (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Realm War #12 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Ongoing #15 (Variant Covers)
God Is Dead #43 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Gold Digger #225
Gravedigger #3 (Mature Readers)
Hellbreak #7 (Mature Readers)
Hero Cats Midnight Over Stellar City #1 Main Cover
Holy F*Cked #2 (Mature Readers)
House Of Ax (One Shot)
Infinite Adventures Of Jonas Quantum #2
Iscariot Hard Cover
Jughead & Archie Comics Double Digest #16
Kamisama Kiss Graphic Novel Volume 19
Kids Of The Round Table Trade Paperback
Killing & Dying Hard Cover
Kiss Him Not Me Graphic Novel Volume 01
Lantern City #2 SDCC Exclusive
Lantern City #6
Lumberjanes #14 SDCC Exclusive Cover
Lumberjanes Beyond Bayleaf #1
Night Of The Living Dead #1 Grave Collector Box Set (Mature Readers)
Ninjak #8 (Variant Covers)
Noragami Stray God Graphic Novel Volume 7
Peanuts: A Tribute To Charles M Schulz Hard Cover
Pippi Longstocking Strongest In The World Graphic Novel
Pokemon Pocket Comics Legendary Pokemon Graphic Novel
Red Sonja Conan #3 (Variant Covers)
Rick & Morty #1 4th Printing
Rogues #1 Odd Parenthood (Mature Readers)
Rrh #1 (Mature Readers)
Sadhu Birth Of The Warrior #4 (Mature Readers)
Shadow Volume 2 #3
Sidekicked Trade Paperback
Sleepy Hollow Providence #3
Spongebob Comics #49
Straitjacket #1 (Mature Readers)
Strange Fruit #2
Swords Of Sorrow #6 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Sergio Fernandez Davila Cover Artist: Tula Lotay
IT ALL ENDS NOW. The planet-crushing finale to this epic crossover ends here! With a key player down for the count, can the remaining warriors (and their Swords of Sorrow) hold the tide against Purgatori and the other CHAOS women, AND the Prince of All Dimensions as the universe collapses around them? Featuring the greatest pulp heroines of all time in the adventure no one ever imagined could happen!
Tales From The Creep #2
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #94 Deluxe Edition (Mature Readers)
Tyson Hesse Diesel #2
Unity #23 (Variant Covers, New Arc)
Unity Trade Paperback Volume 1 (New Printing)
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist/ Cover Artist: Doug Braithwaite
An all-new printing of the sold-out volume introducing Valiant’s elite all-star super team from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt
(DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (BOOK OF DEATH, IMPERIUM)!
The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most unforgiving team the world has ever known – UNITY. Their mission: defeat the threat responsible for the destruction of MI-6, the decimation of an alien world, and the occupation of Eastern Europe… Unseat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon… Kill X-O Manowar!
Start reading here to discover the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe with the multiple Harvey Award nominated first arc of the chart-topping series that IGN calls “amazing…a big superhero book done right.”
Collecting UNITY #1-4.
Vampirella Army Of Darkness #4 Variant Covers)
War Stories #13 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist/ Cover Artist: Tomas Aria
How do you join The Tokyo Club? Simple. You climb into your single seat, single engine fighter- loaded with fuel and ammunition- and fly 700 miles across the open Pacific until you reach the mainland of Japan. There you fight off any enemy aircraft attempting to hit the American bombers you’re escorting to their targets. Still alive? Now comes the fun part. You fly another 700 miles back home to your airstrip on Iwo Jima, fuel running lower and lower, nothing but ocean for miles around. Any battle damage you’ve suffered will reduce your chances even further. Make it back and you’re in the club. And more good news: you get to do it all again tomorrow. Part one of three, by Garth Ennis and Tomas Aria. Available with Regular & Wraparound Covers by Tomas Aria, and Good Girl Nose Art & Battle Damage Retailer Incentive Covers by Matt Martin.
Welcome Back #2
Witchcraft Works Graphic Novel Volume 7
X-O Manowar #41 (Variant Covers)
Zombie Tramp Halloween SP One Shot (Mature Readers)
Zoohunters #3 (Variant Covers)
Comic Shop News #1478
Juxtapoz #178 Nov 2015
Star Trek Magazine #55 Newsstand Edition
Star Trek Magazine #55 Px Edition
Adventure Time Enchiridion & Marcys Super Secret Scrapbook
Animators Sketchbook Soct Cover
Black Widow Ya Novel Hard Cover Forever Red
Buffy Slayer Collection Soct Cover Volume 1 Welcome Hellmouth
Game Of Thrones Three Eyed Raven W Booklet
Good Dinosaur Essential Guide Hard Cover
Jack Kirby Collector #50 Kirby Five Oh New Printing
Mad Spy Vs Spy An Explosive Celebration
My Little Pony Art Of Equestria Hard Cover
Pablo & Jane And Hot Air Contraption Hard Cover
Stephen King Joyland Illustrated Edition
Warhammer 40k Grey Knights Sons Of Titan Hard Cover