Jessica Martin makes her DC Comics debut in Vertigo Quarterly SFX #3 with "The Audition". Photo courtesy Mark Buckingham

Something For The Weekend: Jessica Martin’s DC Comics Debut! (US Comics On Sale 28th October 2015)

Jessica Martin makes her DC Comics debut in Vertigo Quarterly SFX #3  with "The Audition". Photo courtesy Mark Buckingham
Jessica Martin makes her DC Comics debut in Vertigo Quarterly SFX #3 with “The Audition”. Photo courtesy Mark Buckingham

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, and my, aren’t we spoilt for choice this week.

First, there’s the comic shop release of the gorgeous Red Shoes and Other Tales from the talented team Metaphrog (see Jeremy Briggs’ review here), published in the US by Papercutz. I was lucky enough to catch up with the team at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, and they were deservedly enthused by this book’s release, so do check it out.

Then, there’s an added treat for those of you who’ve been buying  Vertigo Quarterly, because #3 features a strip written by Mark Buckingham, illustrated by Jessica Martin – the actress-turned artist (but still acting!) making her DC Comics debut.

Mark, who has been tutoring Jessica, consider her his star pupil and is delighted by the finished version of the story, set in a 1930’s Hollywood film studio with a host of starlets. “There’s some lovely colour from Andrew Dalhouse and playful lettering from Saida Temofonte which help make this little gem shine!” Mark tells us. “Thanks to editor Rowena Yow for letting us do it.”

Jessica Martin with a copy of Vertigo Quarterly #3 in London's Gosh Comics. Photo courtesy Jessica Martin.
Jessica Martin with a copy of Vertigo Quarterly #3 in London’s Gosh Comics. Photo courtesy Jessica Martin.

“Mark has been my mentor these last two years,” says Jessica, who is currently starring in ELF at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End. “He has always encouraged me and made me reach higher in my technique. I can’t believe how I’ve lucked out here, doing finishes on his story for this latest anthology from Vertigo.”

If you grab an issue and enjoy what you see, then head over to the MIWK Publishing web site and pre-order a copy of Jessica’s debut graphic novel, Elsie Harris Picture Palace, a tale that further develops her love of film history and the golden era of Hollywood that has already gathered an audience with her two comics It Girl and Vivacity, also available from MIWK. (Jeremy Briggs has posted reviews of both here and here).

This 150-page hardback tells the tale of young Londoner Elsie who embarks on a journey taking her from Elstree to Hollywood in the 1930s. Inspired by the unsung genius of the art creatives of the film industry, it’s a unique spin on the rags to riches story in the glamorous world of film, and having seen the pages, I’m happy to say it’s a delightful tale that you should really seek out and buy on release.

Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham's Miracleman #4 is on sale next week from Marvel.
Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham’s Miracleman #4 is on sale next week from Marvel.

Mark, of course, is busy working on restoring Miracleman for Marvel Comics. #3 of the stories created by him and Neil Gaiman is on sale now, with #4 on sale next week (4th November). Marvel recently announced that next April will see the the first ever printing of the long lost unpublished Miracleman #25, a staggering twenty years after it was completed, which will be followed by the completion of the character’s Silver Age story with three all new issues, followed by the Dark Age saga later in 2016.

Mark also provided the cover for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 2, out this week from Titan Comics.

If you aren’t being spoiled enough with British creator talent on this week’s comic shelves, then the iscing on the cake surely has to be the release of writer Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and artist Sean Azzopardi‘s Necessary Monsters graphic novel from Devil’s Due/1FirstComics. In this cracking spy-horror graphic novel, originally serialised online twice a week, you’ll discover a world of horrors beneath the one we know, where the creatures of our nightmares stalk amongst humanity. The Chain polices this world, a covert agency of killer monsters keeping the human herd from growing too thin…

Featuring an introduction by Kieron Gillen, it’s another gem this week, alongside 2000AD with its terriifc “Bad Company” saga.

The Complete Love Hurts Trade Paperback On the US side, apart from the latest issues of ArcadiaThe Spire and Wild’s End: The Enemy Withinfrom Boom! Studios, have a look out for The Complete Love Hurts Trade Paperback by Kim W. Andersson, a collection of macabre stories featuring lovelorn supervillains, psychopathic online daters, murderous reality TV show stars, heartbroken cowboys, samurai and astronauts. A perfect Hallowe’en gift, this massive tome from Dark Horse sees Swedish comics creator Kim making his US debut (aside from the one story that appeared in the missing-in-action STRIP Magazine, of course), delivering a shocking series of short stories about love gone horribly wrong. What’s not to intrigue about romance comics with brutal, terrible twists which show that, no matter who you are or what you do, love can be deadly?

Phoenix 200 Cover
On Sale this week in selected WH Smiths as well as its usual outlets: The Phoenix, which has just reached its landmark 200th issue

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 , which celebrates its 200th Issue this week, the first independent weekly comic (not counting DC Thomson or IPC/Fleetway titles) to reach such a landmark since TV21 way back in November 1969. It’s now on sale in many (but not all) Waitrose supermarkets and – at last, selected high street WH Smiths stores – 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 available in all good bookshops at a steady pace right now.

UK Comic Publishers

2000AD/ Rebellion

2000AD Prog 19542000AD Prog 1954

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.

Titan Comics

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 2

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 2
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Various Artist: Various Cover Artist: Mark Buckingham

The second of three stunning eleventh Doctor archives! “As Time Goes By:” 1941. Casablanca. Murder. Sound familiar? It does to the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, who revel in being in the setting for the classic film. That is, until they uncover a world-domination plot hatched not by Hitler, but the Silurians! “The Hypothetical Gentleman:” A shadow being emerges from a machine used to view alternate realities, stealing time from those he touches in order to become “real,” but can the Doctor save his latest victim? Then, while Rory and the Doctor are on a time-hopping boys’ night out, Amy is left to face an agent of the Silence on her own! “The Eye of Ashaya:” The Doctor books a trip for Amy and Rory on a luxury starliner for a little rest and relaxation after their recent adventures. But when the Doctor crosses paths with a thief from his past, any thoughts of peace go right out the porthole!

Heroes SDCC 2015 Ashcan

Heroes SDCC 2015 Ashcan

The Heroes Ashcan provides an exciting introduction to the new show plus amazing previews of Titan’s Heroes comic and magazine! The Ashcan features 6 black and white preview pages from the first issue of the comic (which will be on sale on 7 October). There is also a 6-page preview feature from the magazine with Titan’s access-all-areas set report – including an exclusive interview with show creator Tim Kring. All this, plus cover art by Paul Pope!

Peanuts Revisited Hard Cover 1955-1959 (Titan Edition)

Peanuts Revisited Hard Cover 1955-1959 (Titan Edition)
Writer/ Artist: Charles M. Schulz

This collection of both Sunday and daily Peanuts newspaper strips covers the period 1955-1959, containing 155 strips and featuring many of your favourite characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Violet, Patty, Shermy, Lucy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen. and Linus.

US Comics Publishers

Previews #326 November 2015

Previews #326 November 2015

THIS MONTH’S COVER ART: New projects from Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics!

THIS MONTH’S THEME: From the Archives-Classic Comics Collections!

Since 1988, PREVIEWS has been your ultimate source for all of the comics and merchandise to be available from your local comic book shop… revealed up to two months in advance! Hundreds of comics and graphic novels from the best comic publishers; the coolest pop-culture merchandise on Earth; plus PREVIEWS exclusive items available nowhere else! Now more than ever, PREVIEWS is here to show the tales, toys and treasures in your future! This November issue features items scheduled to ship in January 2016 and beyond.

Dark Horse Comics

Burroughs Tarzan Sunday Comics 1935-1937 Hard Cover Volume 3
Colder Toss The Bones #2
Complete Love Hurts Trade Paperback
Conan The Avenger #19

Creepy Comics #22

Creepy Comics #22
Writer: Alex De Campi, Damon Gentry Artist: Ben Towle, Troy Nixey Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry

Creepy and Dark Horse know how to make your Halloween hellacious! Party like a pagan with page after page of poetic pictorial panels from Alex de Campi, Damon Gentry, Ben Towle, and Troy Nixey! Ghouls rule!

Death Head #4
EC Archives Haunt Of Fear Hard Cover Volume 2
Fight Club 2 #6 Mack Main Cover
Gantz Trade Paperback Volume 37 (Mature Readers)
Green River Killer A True Detective Story Trade Paperback
Halo Escalation #23
Hellboy & BPRD 1953 Phantom Hand & Kelpie

 

Murder Mysteries And Other Stories Hard Cover Gallery Edition

Murder Mysteries And Other Stories Hard Cover Gallery Edition
Writer: Neil Gaiman & Various Artist/Cover Artist: P. Craig Russell

This gallery edition features high-quality scans of master illustrator P. Craig Russell’s original art, printed at art-board size, in a collection of stunning, complete adaptations of works by Neil Gaiman, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Mike Mignola, Clive Barker, and Oscar Wilde; the Spirit story “Art Walk”; and much more stunning artwork by this legendary graphic storyteller.

Oreimo Kuroneko Trade Paperback Volume 3
Pastaways #7
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare #1
Plants Vs Zombies Hard Cover Bully For You
Tomorrows #4

DC Comics

All Star Section 8 #5

All Star Section 8 #5
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: John McCrea Cover Artist: Amanda Conner

Sixpack learns the awful truth about his somewhat unlikely return to Gotham City, as a mysterious guide takes him beyond the bounds of life itself and into the mystical realms. Dogwelder receives a clue to his origins, and the rest of Section Eight begin to drift apart. But just when things are at their bleakest, it turns out that there’s one more hero still to go…

Aquaman #45

Aquaman #45
Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Alec Morgan Cover Artist: Trevor McCarthy

With the shocking secrets of Thule and the plot against Atlantis revealed, Aquaman finds himself transported to an alien world that holds even more revelations to this conspiracy!

Art Ops #1 (Mature Readers)
Batgirl #45
Batman 66 #28
Batman Adventures Trade Paperback Volume 3
Batman And Robin Eternal #4
Batman War Games Trade Paperback Volume 1

Convergence Infinite Crisis Trade Paperback Book 1

Convergence Infinite Crisis Trade Paperback Book 1
Writer: Dan Abnett & Various Artist: Tom Derenick & Various Cover Artist: Dan Panosian

This CONVERGENCE collection stars the Justice Society of America, Infinity Inc., Batman and many more, as they fight in a gladiator-style competition to see which worlds will live…and which will perish! Collects CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1-2, CONVERGENCE: INFINITY INC. #1-2, CONVERGENCE: DETECTIVE COMICS #1-2, CONVERGENCE: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #1-2 and CONVERGENCE: ACTION COMICS #1-2.

Convergence Infinite Crisis Trade Paperback Book 2

Convergence Infinite Crisis Trade Paperback Book 2
Writer: Jeff Parker & Various Artist: Phil Winslade & Various Cover Artist: Evan Shaner

This CONVERGENCE collection includes the miniseries SHAZAM! #1-2, BLUE BEETLE #1-2, CRIME SYNDICATE #1-2, CONVERGENCE: BOOSTER GOLD #1-2 and PLASTIC MAN AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1-2

Cyborg #4
Deathstroke #11
Deathstroke Book And Mask Set

Fables Deluxe Edition Hard Cover Volume 11

Fables Deluxe Edition Hard Cover Volume 11 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Mark Buckingham & Various Cover Artist: Mark Dos

These tales from FABLES #86-100 include the epic “Witches,” in which Bufkin, the meek and mild flying monkey, is trapped with the evil witch Baba Yaga, while Frau Totenkinder and the witches at the Farm prepare to deal with Mister Dark down in what’s left of Fabletown. Then, heads will roll, blood will spill and Snow White and Rose Red, the loveliest sisters in all the lands, will be forever changed after “Rose Red”! Also includes the gala 100th issue of the series, with an all-star art lineup!

Fables The Wolf Among Us Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Flash #45
Gotham By Midnight #10
Grayson #13

He Man The Eternity War #11

He Man The Eternity War #11
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist/ Cover Artist: Pop Mhan

Man-at-Arms may have survived the devastating destruction of the Horde’s orbital disrupter, but can he survive…Tri-Klops?! Everyone’s favorite three-eyed Master of the Hunt is hot on the Master of Technology’s trail. Get ready for a battle royale to the death, set in the abyss of Eternia’s tar swamp! Will the bloody victor sway the course of the Eternity War?

Injustice Gods Among Us Year Three Hard Cover Volume 1
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two Trade Paperback Volume 2
Justice League 3001 #5
Justice League Darkseid War Batman #1
New Suicide Squad #13
Prez #5
Robin Son Of Batman #5

Sandman Overture #6 Special Edition

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

The final issue of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE SPECIAL EDITION will be chock full of insightful commentary from the creative team including a process piece, a Q & A with Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman’s original script pages, plus the translucent lettering that lets you see more of J.H. Williams III’s lush artwork.

Sinestro #16
Superman #45

Vertigo Quarterly SFX #3

Vertigo Quarterly SFX #3

Vertigo’s third SFX anthology of the year is KRAK! Whether it’s the crack of lightning, the crack of a pair of knuckles, or a crack in time and space, this collection of stories will give you the full gamut of the weird and the wonderful breadth of this dynamic sound effect.

• See preview above

We Are Robin #5

IDW Publishing

Dragonlance Classics Trade Paperback Volume 2

Empire Trade Paperback Uprising

Empire Trade Paperback Uprising
Writer: Mark Waid Artist/ Cover Artist: Barry Kitson

A decade after the groundbreaking first volume of Empire, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s beloved Eisner-nominated series returns with the all-new Empire: Uprising! It’s been a year since the events of the original series, and much has changed for Golgoth, the first supervillain to finally have conquered the world. But can he hold onto his rein-and does he even want to? Collects issues #1-4.

Ghosts And Girls Of Fiction House Hard Cover
Rampage Jackson Street Soldier Trade Paperback Volume 1
Shrinking Man #4
Skylanders Superchargers #1
Star Wars Micro Comic Collectors Pack
TMNT Ongoing #51
Transformers Redemption
Walt Disney Comics & Stories #724
Walt Disney Comics & Stories 75th Ann Special (Variant Covers)
Winterworld Trade Paperback Book 1 Mechanics Song

Image Comics

Black Magick #1 (Variant Covers)
Casanova Acedia Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Chew #51 (Mature Readers)
Digital Art Tutorials Advanced Digital Inking Cdrom Volume 1
Digital Art Tutorials Set Of 4
From Under Mountains #2 (Mature Readers)
Island #4 (Mature Readers)
Ixth Generation #6 (Variant Covers)
Manifest Destiny #18
Mantle Trade Paperback Volume 1
Odyc #8 (Mature Readers)
Revival #34 (Mature Readers)
Rumble #8 (Mature Readers)
Savage Dragon #208
Spawn #257
Spread #11 (Mature Readers)
They’re Not Like Us #9 (Mature Readers)

Marvel Comics

Angela Queen Of Hel #1

Avengers Time Runs Out Trade Paperback Volume 2Avengers Time Runs Out Trade Paperback Volume 2
Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Various Cover Artist: Alan Davis

How can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes possibly halt the absolute end of everything? After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale – the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati’s desperate, world-destroying actions, the Avengers are fragmented. While one group seeks out the Illuminati for a confrontation, another takes the fight to the new Cabal, which is engaged in a bloody mission all its own. Discover what has become of Tony Stark – to say nothing of Doctor Strange! But even after all the battles and all the sacrifices, none are prepared for the inevitable moment when time runs out. The second act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman’s legendary run is here! Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #38-39 and NEW AVENGERS (2013) #26-28.
Rated T+

Avengers Ultron Forever Trade Paperback

Avengers Ultron Forever Trade Paperback
Writer: Al Ewing, Roy Thomas Artist: Alan Davis, John Buscema Cover Artist: Alan Davis

In the 25th century, machines rule the Earth. Humans are slaves. And Ultron is the All-Father, his will enforced by his own team of Avengers. Mankind’s only hope is a group of heroes drawn from different times! From the past comes a volatile Hulk, not long after the Gamma Bomb explosion; Jim Rhodes, during his stint as Iron Man; and Thor, cursed by Hela and armored to protect his brittle bones. From our present and near future, the Vision, Black Widow and the new female Thor. And from years in the future, an even newer Captain America with her own heroic legacy. But who leads this timetorn team? Doctor Doom! Caught between Ultron and Doom, can the Avengers find a way to save forever? Collecting AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1, NEW AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER#1 and UNCANNY AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1, plus the classic INCREDIBLE HULK (1962) #6, IRON MAN (1968) #188 and THOR (1966) #378
Rated T+

Captain America Sam Wilson #2
Chewbacca #2
Deadpool Vs Thanos #4
Guardians Of Galaxy By Jim Valentino Trade Paperback Volume 3
Guardians Team-Up Trade Paperback Volume 1 Guardians Assemble
Guidebook Marvel Cinematic Univ Marvels Iron Man
House Of M #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Howling Commandos Of Shield #1
Kanan #7

New Avengers #2

New Avengers #2
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!
Rated T+

Nova Trade Paperback Volume 6 Homecoming
Secret Wars Official Guide Of Marvel Multiverse #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Silk Trade Paperback Volume 0 Life And Times Of Cindy Moon

Spider-Man 2099 #2

Spider-Man 2099 #2
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.
Rated T

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
What If Infinity Dark Reign #1

Where Monsters Dwell #5

Where Monsters Dwell #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Russell Braun Cover Artist: Frank Cho

• Karl, the Phantom Eagle, aims to take to the skies again, but will all the enemies he’s accrued in the meantime allow it?
•  Some of those enemies are the scariest dinosaurs you’ve seen in any comic book this year!
Rated T+

Other Comics Publishers Comics And Graphic Novels

A Certain Magical Index Graphic Novel Volume 3
A Piggy’s Tale #4
Accel World Graphic Novel Volume 5
Adventure Time 2015 Spoooktacular #1 Main Cover
Akame Ga Kill Graphic Novel Volume 4
Alice In Murderland Graphic Novel Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
Amazing Agent Luna Graphic Novel Volume 11
Apocalypse Meow Meow Graphic Novel

Arcadia #6

Arcadia #6
Writer: Alex Paknadel Artist/ Cover Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer

Lee Pepper is taken to a meeting led by the charismatic Uncle Cosmas, who promises the sickly crowd that he can upload them to Arcadia. In Arcadia, Coral teaches Giacomo to code by torchlight.

Baby Sitters Club Color Edition Graphic Novel Hard Cover Volume 3 Mary Anne Saves The
Barakamon Graphic Novel Volume 7
Bayou Bound Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #238
Bird & Squirrel Graphic Novel Hard Cover Volume 3 On The Edge
Bird & Squirrel Graphic Novel Volume 3 On The Edge
Black Hood #6 Reg Cover A Francavilla (Mature Readers)
Bleach 3in1 Trade Paperback Volume 13
Bleach Graphic Novel Volume 65
Bobs Burgers Ongoing #4 Rare Forte Virgin Edition

Book Of Death #4

Book Of Death #4 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Robert Gill, Doug Braithwaite Cover Artist: Cary Nord
An evil Geomancer has torn the world asunder… The dark puppet master pulling the strings has been unmasked… And the Valiant Universe as we know it is being torn apart… The end is here!

Now, not even the combined might of the Valiant’s best and brightest can avert the coming apocalypse – not without a sacrifice, that is. Who will pay the ultimate price to avoid the Armageddon promised in the pages of the Book of the Geomancer? And how will it irrevocably change the course of Valiant Universe?

All the answers are here in the climactic final chapter by longtime Valiant scribe Robert Venditti and comics’ hottest rising star Robert Gill! So let it be written… So let it be done!

Book Of Death Fall Of Ninjak #1 2nd Printing

Book Of Death Fall Of Ninjak #1 2nd Printing
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn Cover Artist: Kano

From Valiant Entertainment. So let it be written, so let it be done … In the ruins of his mansion, Colin King hunkers down as the last living member of Unity after the Third Armor Hunt – or so he thinks. A visit from an old friend and a peace offering present the chance for Ninjak to break the cycle of death and escape the horrible fate foretold in the Book of the Geomancer. Will he betray his dead friends or will the fall of Ninjak come to pass and give rise to a very familiar future … The superstar team that brought you Divinity – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine – reunite to reveal an essential new chapter of Book of Death, ripped from the future of the Valiant Universe! Scheduled to ship 10/21/15.

Crossed Badlands #88 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Cyrus Perkins And The Haunted Taxi Cab #1 Main Cover
D Gray Man 3in1 Trade Paperback Volume 8
Devil Is Part Timer Graphic Novel Volume 3
Dinosaurs Hard Cover Volume 4 A Game Of Bones
Evil Inc. Annual Report Trade Paperback Volume 7
Exit Generation #2
F1rst Hero Fight For Your Life #3
Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas Hard Cover
First Love Monster Graphic Novel Volume 2
Four Points #5 Direct Market (Variant Covers)
Garfield Trade Paperback Volume 7
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Van Helsing Vs Dracula #3 A Cover Tolibao (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Obamacare Trade Paperback
God Is Dead #44 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Golden Time Graphic Novel Volume 1
Gravedigger Hot Women Cold Cash Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Henchgirl #1
Horimiya Graphic Novel Volume 1
Idol Dreams
Jirni Volume 2 #3 (Variant Covers)

John Carter Warlord #12

John Carter Warlord #12 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Ron Marz, Ian Edginton Artist: Ariel Medel Cover Artist: Fritz Casas

The fate of Mars hangs in the balance as John Carter and Dejah Thoris race to revive the planet’s dying atmosphere. Standing in their way are killer robots, savage Tharks and villains of all stripes. Will John and Dejah sacrifice themselves if it means saving their world? The first year of the series official approved by Edgar Rice Burroughs estate roars to a conclusion!

John Carter Warlord Trade Paperback Volume 1 Invaders Of Mars (Mature Readers)
Johnny Hazard Dailies Hard Cover Volume 4 1949-1951
Junji Itos Cat Diary Yon & Mu Graphic Novel Volume 1
Kagerou Daze Graphic Novel Volume 3
Kiss Of The Rose Princess Graphic Novel Volume 7
Lady Mechanika Tablet Of Destinies #6 Main Covers
Lego Friends Graphic Novel Volume 1
Less Than Epic Adventures Of TJ And Amal Graphic Novel Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Maid Sama 2in1 Trade Paperback Volume 2

Mercury Heat #5

Mercury Heat #5 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/ Cover Artist: Nahuel Lopez

Civilisation on Mercury has become a mobile frontier town with all the lawless criminal elements of the old west.  No one wants the duty of policing the violent miners and cyborgs that populate the territory.  No one except Luisa who has dreamed of being a police officer since she was young.  But this cop isn’t your regular law enforcement agent.  She’s a hard-nosed fighter who pulls no punches in Kieron Gillen’s original sci-fi epic!  Available with Regular, Wraparound, Art Nouveau, Excessive Force, and a special Interstellar Incentive Cover by Nahuel Lopez.

Mercy Sparx Trade Paperback Volume 3 (Mature Readers)

Messenger Legend Joan Of Arc Graphic Novel Hard Cover

Messenger Legend Joan Of Arc Graphic Novel
Writer: Tony Lee Artist/ Cover Artist: Sam Hart

It is 1424. France and England have been fighting for more than a hundred years, and Jehanne D’Arc experiences her first saintly vision. Even her parents think she’s delirious – until her next vision allows them to save the village. From a small town to the besieged city of Orleans and on to the cathedral of Reims, Joan follows her faith and leads the French to victory after victory. But not everyone believes in the divine voices she hears. Some call her a heretic and want her burned at the stake. From the creators of Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur comes a visually striking, action-packed story of a young woman facing the men who lead her country, her enemies’ deadly arrows, and her own fears, to become a heroine whose name would be remembered for centuries to come. Available in Softcover and Hardcover editions.

Missions Of Love Graphic Novel Volume 11
Muirwood Lost Abbey #3
Munchkin #10
My Hero Academia Graphic Novel Volume 2

Necessary Monsters Graphic Novel

Necessary Monsters Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Writer: Daniel Merlin Goodbrey Artist/Cover Artist: Sean Azzopardi

There exists a world of horrors beneath the one we know, where the creatures of our nightmares stalk amongst humanity. The Chain polices this world, a covert agency of killer monsters keeping the human herd from growing too thin. Introduction by Kieron Gillen.

Nisekoi False Love Graphic Novel Volume 12
Oh Brother Brat Attack Trade Paperback
One Piece Graphic Novel Volume 76
One Punch Man Graphic Novel Volume 3
Oniba Swords Of The Demon #0 (Variant Covers)
Oresama Teacher Graphic Novel Volume 19
Over The Garden Wall #3
Owners Manual To Terrible Parenting Graphic Novel
Power Up #4
Priest & Brights Quantum & Woody Trade Paperback Volume 3 And So
Princeless Trade Paperback Volume 4 Be Yourself
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homuras Revenge Graphic Novel Volume 2
Puppet Master #7 Main Cover (Mature Readers)
Puppet Master Halloween Sp One Shot (Mature Readers)
Purgatori Trade Paperback Volume 1 Hell And Back

Red Shoes Cover s
Red Shoes And Other Tales Hard Cover
Written, drawn and cover art by Metaphrog

As the child of peasants, Karen grew up with a pair of simple red shoes. Then, when her parents died, Karen was adopted by a rich old woman who gave Karen a new pair of red shoes that would make princesses green with envy. This newfound wealth causes Karen to forget her humble origins and grow up to become a cruel and vain adult. Then, one day, the red shoes that sparked her greed come to life and steer Karen down a path she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams. This volume also includes Metaphrog’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Match Girl” and a tale of their own invention, “The Glass Case.”

Read Jeremy Briggs review here

Rick & Morty #7
RRH #2
Self Storage #1
Sesame Street Another Sunny Day
Shadow Tiger #2
Shaft Complicated Man Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Shehewe Graphic Novel
Simpsons Comics Explosion #2
Sip (Strangers In Paradise) Kids #4
So I Cant Play H Graphic Novel Volume 3
Sonic Universe #81 Reg Cover A Yardley

The Spire #4

The Spire #4
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely

Shå is running out of time, and war approaches.

Stan Lee Chakra The Invincible #4

Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 Trade Paperback

Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 Trade Paperback
Writer: Tony Lee Artist: Aneke Cover Artist: Ardian Syaf

New York Times-bestselling author Tony Lee reimagines the classic Battlestar Galactica concept and characters with a Victorian aesthetic and Industrial Age metalworks! When the colonial world of Caprica is destroyed by Professor Baltar’s clockwork army of city-trampling Cyclonics, Archduke Adama of the Aethership Galactica takes to the skies… choosing the survival of the human race over the rescue of his captive son, Apollo. Disobeying orders and striking out on her own, Lady Athena seeks to free her kidnapped brother with the help of the runaway pilot, Captain Starbuck, and his humanoid Daggit copilot, Muffit… if only they can withstand an assault by vengeful Sky Pirates! Will the ironclad ships and daring spacefarers of this Steampunk universe endure the mechanical menace of the Cyclonics?

Stein’s Gate Graphic Novel Volume 1

Story Of Lee Graphic Novel Volume 2

Story Of Lee Graphic Novel Volume 2
Writer: Sean Michael Wilson Artist/ Cover Artist: Nami Tamura

Finally, Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha.

Strike The Blood Graphic Novel Volume 1
Stringers #3
Stumptown V3 #8
Superman War Years Hard Cover
Tainted Graphic Novel

USERNAME EVIE Cover

Username Evie Graphic Novel
Writer: Joe Sugg Artist/ Cover Artist: Amrit Birdi

The first book by YouTube star Joe Sugg is about Evie, a socially-isolated teenage girl who is given the opportunity to save the virtual world, which her father created for her, from descending into chaos. All the while, she must fend off high school bullies and help her ailing father. It’s sweet adventure story for the millennial generation.

Venture #3
Webwitch #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Welcome To Showside #1
Wes Craven Coming Of Rage #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)

Wild’s End Enemy Within #2

Wild’s End Enemy Within #2
Writer: Dan Abnett  Artist/ Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard

Clive and the others continue to plan their escape from the military controlled Lower Crowchurch, while Susan comes face-to-face with an old…friend?

Yo-Kai Watch Graphic Novel Volume 2
Your Lie In April Graphic Novel Volume 4
Yu Gi Oh 3in1 Trade Paperback Volume 4
Yukarism Graphic Novel Volume 4

Magazines

Comic Shop News #1480
Comics Revue Presents Oct 2015
Doctor Who Adventures Magazine #5
Doctor Who Adventures Magazine #6
Doctor Who Magazine #491
Nickelodeon Magazine #5
Ultimate Spider-Man Magazine #6

Books

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know Do Before They Die Soft Cover
Art Of Barbara Jensen Soft Cover Volume 1 Clothing Optional (Mature Readers)
Art Of Barbara Jensen Soft Cover Volume 2 Come As You Like (Mature Readers)
Art Of Edward Reed Hard Cover Portraits & Pin-Ups (Mature Readers)
Art Of Horror Illustrated History Hard Cover
Avatar Last Airbender Legacy Hard Cover
Big Bang Theory Kit
Crimson Peak Art Of Darkness Hard Cover
Dali & Disney Destino Story Artwork& Friendship
Darkstalkers Tribute Hard Cover
Digital Painting Techniques Soft Cover Volume 7
Doc Savage New Adv Soft Cover Volume 10 Sinister Shadow
Doctor Who Comp Hist Hard Cover Volume 2 3rd Doctor Stories 58-60
Doctor Who Impossible Worlds 50 Year Treasury Art & Design
George Rr Martin Game Of Thrones Coloring Book
Ghostbusters Ultimate Visual History Hard Cover
Harry Potter Character Vault Hard Cover
Krampus Illust Novel Soft Cover
Kulipari Soft Cover Novel Volume 3 Amphibians End
Let There Be Gwar Hard Cover
Mega Man Tribute Hard Cover
Modern Japanese Movie Poster For American & European Films S
Naruto Kakashi Story Novel Soft Cover
Neil Gaiman Trigger Warning Short Fictions & Disturbances Soft Cover
No Game No Life Light Novel Volume 3
Overstreet Comic Bk MarkeTrade Paperbacklace Yearbook 2015 Corto Maltese
Overstreet Comic Bk MarkeTrade Paperbacklace Yearbook 2015 Valiant Cover
Overstreet Guide Soft Cover Volume 4 Collecting Movie Posters
Pirelli Calendar 50 Years & More Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Sherlock Chronicles Hard Cover
Sketching Times Inspiration From 25 Artists Sketch Selection
Star Trek Pop Ups Hard Cover
Star Wars Faq Everything Left To Know About Trilogy Soft Cover
Sword Art Online Novel Progressive Volume 3
Vader Project Auction Catalog 100 Helmets 100 Artists Soft Cover
Warhammer 40k Legacies Of Betrayal Mmpb
Whoniverse Unoff Guide Of Doctor From Gallifrey To Skaro
X Files FAQ Soft Cover
Yana Toboso Artworks Black Butler Hard Cover Volume 1

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John Freeman

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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