It’s Christmas, so time to dash out for some last-minute stocking fillers for the comic fans in your family!
This week, my top pick this week, along with the latest issues of 2000AD, Arcadia, Batman 66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1, simply has to be the Vertigo title Last Gang In Town #1 from Simon Oliver (FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics) and Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl), wrapped in a cover by Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven).
“It’s a glorious mish-mash of a mess, one that defies gravity and the laws of nature to tell a true story that never happened, but really should have,” says Simon of the book in a quick interview on the DC web site alongside Rufus, colourist Giulia Brusco, letterer Steve Wands, cover artist Rob and logo designer Rian Hughes. “Crime and art, art and crime.”
Forget what you know of England, of the “Land of Hope and Glory.” Instead, try damp and depressing, and embrace our miserable island for what it is. This story kicks off in 1976: the country coming apart at its flared corduroy seams, a decade after the Great Train Robbery, when British crime has gone decidedly soft in the middle.
In Last Gang In Town, it’s time for a new generation of criminals to rise: a band of snotty-nosed heroes driven by destiny and cheap cider, who will strike fear back into the establishment, put art back into crime and crime back into art, and pull off what will become known as the heist of the century.
This new series spans three decades, from the punk rock 1970s to the decadent ’80s and beyond, charting the rise, fall and redemption of a group of bandits that changed the face of the criminal underworld and closed the door on a legacy.
Oh and why Batman 66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Because I’m not only intrigued by the team up, I’m also impressed someone managed to secure comic rights to do anything Man from U.N.C.L.E.-related, given how snarled up the rights on the property have been. Let’s hope this means there’s finally opportunity for a book based on the original TV series with the same sense of fun this Batman book has.
As usual, don’t forget that despite some 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, Titan Comics 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, Tales from the TARDIS, TOXIC and many others.
Plus, the wonderful Phoenix Comic is 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.
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.
In this edition: Judge Dredd: Street Cred by Michael Carroll, Paul Marshall, Gary Caldwell, Annie Parkhouse; Strontium Dog: Repo Men by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Simon Bowland; The Order: In the Court of the WyrmQueene by Kek-W, John Burns, Ellie De Ville; Absalom: Family Snapshots by Gordon Rennie & Tiernen Trevallion; ABC Warriors: Return to Ro-Busters by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Annie Parkhouse; Kingdom: Beast of Eden by Dan Abnett, Richard Elson, Ellie De Ville.
Doctor Who 11th Year Two #4 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Rob Williams Artist: Simon Fraser Cover Artist: Photo, Will Brooks
Bounty hunters are tracking the TARDIS anywhere in time and space – which should be impossible. Alice is getting visions of the Time War – which should be impossible. The Squire’s very existence – should be impossible. The Doctor does ten impossible things before breakfast – but other people doing the same? That’s just cheating!
Doctor Who 12th #15 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Robbie Morrison Artist: Daniel Indro Cover Artist: Alex Ronald
The unforgettable finale to the twelfth Doctor’s first year is here! With Earth’s Sun ringed by vast and deadly Hyperion technology, set to drain our star of all energy in the ultimate solar extinction event, the Doctor and Clara must face their most challenging adventure yet – to save humanity’s future!
THIS MONTH’S COVER ART: New projects from IDW Publishing and Dark Horse Comics!
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This January issue features items scheduled to ship in March 2016 and beyond.
Dark Horse Comics
BPRD Hell On Earth Trade Paperback Volume 12
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist: Peter Snejbjerg, Julian Totino Tedesco Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell
Johann and his troops take on an easy assignment destroying a monster. But things go bad when the civilians protecting it fight back and the Bureau agents turn against Johann, leading to a traumatic turning point in the ghost agent’s career. This volume collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #130-#134.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #22
Fight Club 2 #8 Mack
Itty Bitty Hellboy Search For The Were-Jaguar #2
King Conan Wolves Beyond The Border #1
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare #3
Absolute Green Lantern Green Arrow Hard Cover
Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist/ Cover Artist: Trevor McCarthy
As the shadow world of Thule continues to invade our dimension, Aquaman is confronted by the God of War herself: Wonder Woman!
Art Ops #3 (Mature Readers)
Astro City #30
Batman 66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1
Writer: Jeff Parker Artist: David Hahn, Karl Kesel Cover Artist: Michael Allred
Two 1960s television icons cross paths for a groovy, globe-spanning adventure in this one-of-a-kind miniseries. The deadly organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. has a new twist in their plans for world conquest-they’re recruiting some of Gotham City’s most infamous villains! Agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin bring this information to the one man who knows everything about these new enemies: Batman.
Before you can say “Open channel D,” the Dynamic Duo and the Men from U.N.C.L.E. are jetting off to Europe to thwart the schemes of this deadly criminal cartel.
Batman And Robin Eternal #12
Batman Arkham Knight #12
Dark Knight Iii Master Race #2
DC Comics Bombshells #7
Deathstroke The Terminator Trade Paperback Volume 2: Sympathy
Demon Trade Paperback Volume 1: Hell’s Hitman
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: John McCrea & Various Cover Artist: John McCrea
Garth Ennis’s tales of The Demon are collected for the first time! In these dark, fast-paced tales, Etrigan the Demon battles the Gothodaemon, the demon of Gotham City, with the help of Hitman. Then, a company of German soldiers from World War Two are resurrected to capture an army base-and it’s up to the Demon and the crew of the Haunted Tank to send them back to their graves. Collected from THE DEMON #40 and 42-49, plus ANNUAL #2.
Gotham By Midnight #12
He Man The Eternity War #13
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Tom Derenick Cover Artist: Szymon Kudranski
He is greater than any man, any king. But can even He-Man wrest the universe from Skeletor, the Master of Death? How much pain and torment can the most Powerful Man in the Universe endure…on the road to saving us all?
Jacked #2 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Eric Kripke Artist: John Higgins Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Josh Jaffe is living the dream: from suburban schlub to superhero in one easy swallow of a shady Internet drug. This is where his nightmare starts. Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and John Higgins (Hellblazer) bring an unflinching humanity and surreal level of detail to this tale of a midlife crisis-with superpowers!
Justice League 3001 #7
Justice League Of America #6
Writer: Bryan Hitch Artist: Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques Cover Artist: Bryan Hitch
Bryan Hitch continues to test the World’s Greatest Heroes! It’s all-out war against the forces of Rao!
Last Gang In Town #1 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Rufus Dayglo Cover Artist: Rob Davis
Forget what you know of England, of the “Land of Hope and Glory.” Instead, try damp and depressing, and embrace this miserable island for what it is. Our story kicks off in 1976: the country coming apart at its flared corduroy seams, a decade after the Great Train Robbery, when British crime has gone decidedly soft in the middle.
Time for a new generation of criminals to rise: a band of snotty-nosed heroes driven by destiny and cheap cider, who will strike fear back into the establishment, put art back into crime and crime back into art, and pull off what will become known as the heist of the century.
This new series from Simon Oliver (FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS) and Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl), spans three decades, from the punk rock ’70s to the decadent ’80s and beyond, charting the rise, fall and redemption of a group of bandits that changed the face of the criminal underworld and closed the door on a legacy.
Robin Son Of Batman #7 (Robin War)
Scalped Hard Cover Book 3 Deluxe Edition
Superman Action Comics Hard Cover Volume 7 Under The Skin
Superman Action Comics Trade Paperback Volume 6 Superdoom
Teen Titans #15 (Robin War)
Titans Hunt #3
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Paulo Siqueira Cover Artist: Yanick Paquette
Haunted by a past they no longer recognize, Dick Grayson and Roy Harper hunt for the truth. Somehow, somewhere, there must be someone who can explain the memories that obsess them but don’t belong to them. Their search has unleashed the rage of Atlantis, but that’s nothing compared to the fury of the Amazonian outcast waiting for them in the shadows.
Amazing Spider-Man Ult Newspaper Comics Hard Cover Volume 2 1979-1981
Gi Joe A Real American Hero #222
Polly & Her Pals Complete Sunday Comics Volume 2 1928-1930
Rocketeer At War #1
Star Wars Artifact Ed Hard Cover
String Divers #5
TMNT Ongoing #53
TMNT Ultimate Collection Hard Cover Volume 6
Transformers Holiday Special
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #48
Transformers Vs Gi Joe #10
Walt Disney Comics & Stories #726
Walt Disney Donald Duck Newspaper Comics Hard Cover Volume 2
X-Files X-Mas Special
Chew #53 (Mature Readers)
Covenant #5 (Variant Covers)
Deadly Class #17 (Mature Readers)
Invisible Republic #8 (Mature Readers)
Island #5 (Mature Readers)
Jupiter’s Circle Volume 2 #2 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Wilfredo Torres & Various Cover Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz
Disillusioned Skyfox tunes out with the Beat Generation, while his former teammates struggle to face social unrest.
Kaptara Trade Paperback Volume 1 Fear Not Tiny Alien
Nameless #6 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/ Cover Artist: Chris Burnham
The end has come for Nameless and the crew of the White Valiant. Imprisoned within the labyrinthine mind of a monstrous alien lifeform, there can be no escape, no exit, no hope.
But who is the Veiled Lady and what part will she play in Earth’s salvation-or its damnation?
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #14 (Mature Readers)
Pretty Deadly #7 (Mature Readers)
Roche Limit Trade Paperback Volume 2 Clandestiny (Mature Readers)
Saga #32 (Mature Readers)
Sidekick #12 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Amazing Spider-Man #5
Angela Queen Of Hel #3
Captain America Sam Wilson #4
Darth Vader #14
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
VADER DOWN, PART FOUR
• Han & Luke take on Vader’s forces…and more?
• Meanwhile…Leia makes a hard decision.
• Marvel’s first Star Wars event continues here!
Extraordinary X-Men #4
Future Imperfect Trade Paperback Warzones
Guidebook To Marvel Cinematic Universe Marvels Thor
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Verse #2
Master Of Kung Fu Trade Paperback: Battleworld
Writer: Haden Blackman, Peter Milligan Artist: Dalibor Talajic Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Welcome to the mystical land of K’un Lun, where the study of martial arts reigns supreme! But in a world where everyone’s hands are deadly, what becomes of a drunken dropout like Shang-Chi? Emperor Zheng Zu’s word is law in this Battleworld realm, and once the Thirteen Chambers open – it’s time to determine who is the Master of Kung Fu! Shang-Chi, a wanted murderer, has taken a vow of peace and found a new home with the Lower Caste. But to topple the despotic emperor, he must fight once more! Can Shang-Chi elude adversaries like the Laughing Skull long enough to confront his ultimate enemy – the man he once called father?! Plus: a tale from 17th-century Japan featuring a mysterious Ronin, the Incredible Monk! Collecting MASTER OF KUNG FU (2015) #1-4 and 5 RONIN #2.
Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #2
New Avengers #4
Writer: Al Ewing Artist/ Cover Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
• Out beyond the nether dark lurks… Moridun, Master Magus of the Fifth Cosmos!
• He’s not just an evil wizard – he’s an evil Space Wizard! But when the space dust settles, who will be… the King of Space?
• Seriously, everything’s cooler in space. How cool will the New Avengers be in space? THEY WILL BE PRETTY COOL!
Patsy Walker Aka Hellcat #1
Venom Space Knight #2
Where Monsters Dwell Trade Paperback: Phantom Eagle Flies Savage Skies
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Russell Braun Cover Artist: Frank Cho
Garth Ennis returns to Marvel! Fighter planes and dinosaurs collide in this raucous tale featuring the classic Marvel character Phantom Eagle! Ace pilot Karl Kauffman investigates the Valley of Flames, but soon finds himself in way over his head. This terrifying Battleworld domain is full of surprises, and Karl is only just scratching the surface. Between hungry dinosaurs, angry Amazonians and even crazier problems, Karl has never been in a tighter spot. The beautiful tribe of warriors who have taken him prisoner aren’t very friendly at all, and these dinosaurs don’t look domesticated. Karl aims to take to the skies once again, but can he beat the odds – and all the new enemies he’s managed to make? Collecting WHERE MONSTERS DWELL (2015) #1-5.
X-Men Epic Collection Trade Paperback Gift
Other Publishers Comics And Graphic Novels
Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift Trade Paperback
Alice Cooper Vs Chaos #4 Rare Chin Virgin Ed
Aliens Vs Zombies #5 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Arcadia #7 (Boom! Studios)
Writer: Alex Paknadel Artist/ Cover Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Lee Pepper attempts to escape the Boatmen in the real world, and in Arcadia the Homesteaders discover that Giacomo might have unprecedented control over the simulation.
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #239
Blood Feud #3
Bloodshot Reborn #1 One Dollar Debut Ed
Bloodshot Reborn #9 (Variant Covers)
Cheech Wizards Book Of Me Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Citrus Graphic Novel Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
Code Monkey Save World Graphic Novel
Cyrus Perkins And The Haunted Taxi Cab #3
D Frag Graphic Novel Volume 7
Deep State Trade Paperback Volume 2
Dr Mirage Second Lives #1 (Variant Covers)
Escape From New York #13
Fathom Blue #6 (Variant Covers)
Fiction Squad Trade Paperback
Freezing Omnibus Graphic Novel Volume 3 (Mature Readers)
Grimms Fairy Tales: Grimm Tales Of Terror Volume 2 #3 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Grumpy Cat #3 Rare Uy Virgin Ed
Gunnerkrigg Court Trade Paperback Volume 2 Research
Hellbreak #9 (Mature Readers)
Hip Hop Family Tree #5
Inu X Boku SS Trade Paperback Volume 9
John Carter Warlord #14 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Ron Marz, Ian Edginton Artist: Ariel Medel Cover Artist: Fritz Casas
John Carter and Dejah Thoris finally return to majestic Helium, but they find the city strangely deserted. John and Dejah must find out what happened to its inhabitants, or suffer the same horrific fate! More amazing adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, by the team of Ron Marz, Ian Edginton and Ariel Medel.
Klaus #1 (3rd Ptg)
Knights Of The Dinner Table #226
Mercy Sparx #10
Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun Graphic Novel Volume 1
Moon Girl #1
Ninja Slayer Kills Graphic Novel Volume 2
Peanuts Volume 2 #29
Pre Code Classics Witchcraft Slipcase Ed Volume 1
Precinct #1 Rare Benitez Virgin Ed
Princeless Make Yourself #0
Puppet Master #10 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Rai #12 (Variant Covers)
Rick & Morty #9
Robyn Hood Ongoing Trade Paperback Volume 3 Attitude Adjustment
Self Storage #3
Sesame Street Blast From The Past
Seven Percent #3
Seven Percent #4
Shadow Tiger #4
Stan Lee Chakra The Invincible #6
Table Titans Trade Paperback Volume 1 First Encounters
Teen Dog Trade Paperback
The Chair Special Ed Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Tyson Hesse Diesel #4
Voltron From The Ashes #4
Wakfu #1 Reg
Wakfu #1 Subscription
Wild’s End Enemy Within #4
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist/Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Fawkes and Alph discover the alien crash site from weeks earlier.
Will Eisner’s Spirit #6
Witchfinder General #1
Woods Trade Paperback Volume 3
Zen Hard Bounty #3
Comic Book Creator #10
Comic Shop News #1488
DC Batman Auto Fig Mag #72 Worlds Finest #77
Draw #31 (Mature Readers)
Jack Kirby Collector #66
Juxtapoz #180 Jan 2016
Megami Oct 2015
Newtype Oct 2015
Nickelodeon Magazine #7
Ages Of Incredible Hulk Essays On Green Goliath Sc
Alternative Movie Posters Hard Cover Volume 2 More Film Art From Under
Art Of Elfquest Hard Cover
Black Bat Returns Prose Novel
Buff Monster Stay Melty Hard Cover
Little Book Of Driben Flexicover (Mature Readers)
Little Book Of Elvgren Flexicover (Mature Readers)
Ronald Searle America Hard Cover
Star Wars 5 Minute Star Wars Stories Hard Cover
Star Wars Art Of Star Wars Force Awakens Hard Cover
Star Wars Art Poster Coll Featuring 20 Removable Prints (Res)
Star Wars Force Awakens Incredible Cross Sections Hard Cover
Star Wars Force Awakens Visual Dictionary Hard Cover
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• First Age Comics at 3 Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD. Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm. First Age Comics also has a shop site on e-Bay: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/First-Age
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