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Something For the New Year: New Comics On Sale This Week – Dan Dare and Dreaming Eagles!

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As 2015 draws to a close, top writer Garth Ennis seems to have taken over the US comic release list this week, but of all the titles on sale, I think Dreaming Eagles #1 from much-talked-about publisher Aftershock Comics is well worth a look, especially given that the art is by the brilliant Simon Coleby, best known to downthetubes readers for his work on 2000AD, Vertigo’s The Royals and Marvel Comics.

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Inspired by true events, Dreaming Eagles tells the story of the first African American fighter pilots to join the United States Army Air Force in World War Two and whose humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama propelled them into the deadly skies above Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Not only were they instrumental against the Nazi war machine, but also braved an equally great challenge, overcoming everyday bigotry amongst their fellow American soldiers as well as civilians at home. High in the heavens, they fought a battle that would change their country and their world forever.

As you can see, the pages look great, so if you’re a war comics fan already enjoying what Garth’s doing on Johnny Red for Titan Comics, give it a go.

Also out this week in comic shops is the first volume of 2000AD‘s Dan Dare collections. Crammed with smashing art by Massimo Belardinelli and Dave Gibbons (and others), this is a terrific, beautifully put together collection of classic SF adventure from the very early days of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. The visuals conjured are fantastic, the scripts fast-paced and much grittier than the original Dan Dare  was in Eagle – but perfect for 2000AD. A great series – sadly left unresolved – and this collection is long overdue.

UK Comics – Newsagents Spotlight

Doctor Who Comic Year 2 #4 UK

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Draw The Marvel Way #1 – Out on 6th January in all good newsagents

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 (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini’s superhero titles, Titan Comics 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) MegaTales from the TARDISTOXIC and many others.

The new Doctor Who Comic (Year 2 Issue 4) – on sale now sees the Twelfth Doctor and Clara travel to London for a well deserved rest, but find themselves in an ashy nightmare, while the Eleventh Doctor and his TARDIS team try to put themselves together again! There’s also the chance to win five LEGO Dimensions Doctor Who level packs in the issue, available in all good newsagents and two LEGO Dimensions starter packs. For more info ion the title, check out the comic’s dedicated web page on the Titan Comics web site here.

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.

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Aces Weekly Volume 19 – available now!

Don’t forget Hachette, the British publisher of titles such as Doctor Who: The Complete History and Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection is to launch How To Draw The Marvel Way on 6th January in all good newsagents.

The part work – evocative of long-established comic creation guides such as How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, still a handy guide to drawing action comics in my view,  offers a step by step guide on how to learn to draw like the greats of comic book illustration. More about this new title here

Note that 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.

New Digital Comic Picks

Digital releases to look out for include David Lloyd’s fabulous Aces Weekly – the next volume  starts in the New Year on 11th January Subscribe now, at just £1 a week, before then and Volume 19 complete begins it, with Volume 20 following on its heels – and then right on to all following volumes as they appear!  Always for just £1 per week. And don’t miss out on all the Previous Volumes, which have up to 200 pages including Extras, and in full form feature in an exclusive Week-to-Week facility, which transforms any volume’s serialized stories into continuous comic book-sized narratives.

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Comics On Sale in UK Comic Shops

On Sale in all good UK comic shops from 30th December 2015

British Publishers

2000AD/ Rebellion

 

2000AD Dan Dare Collection Volume One

Dan Dare 2000AD Years Hard Cover Volume 1
Writer: Pat Mills, Gerry Finley-Day Artist: Dave Gibbons, Massimo Belardinelli

Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future is a British icon. He was created by Frank Hampson in 1950, and first appeared in the Eagle comic where he was an instant hit with the British public. Almost a decade after the original series had ended, Dan Dare was resurrected in the pages of a brand new sci-fi comic for boys – 2000 AD! Waking from suspended animation after two hundred years, Dan Dare faced an unfamiliar universe, filled with terrible new threats, but also included all too familiar ones, such as his old nemesis The Mekon! Collected for the first time, the first volume of this punk-fuelled space opera.

Titan Comics

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 3

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 3
Writer: Andy Diggle & Various Artist: Andy Kuhn & Various Cover Artist: Mark Buckingham

In this final volume of The Eleventh Doctor Archives, follow the Time Lord and his new companion Clara Oswald through the dark depths of time and space! Woeful white holes cause time-hopping troubles, an ancient evil from Gallifrey’s past stands revealed, and a trip to the Wild West turns into a murder mystery with an unexpected host of historical characters! Plus, in The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, see what happens when the TARDIS is flung into our universe, as a young Whovian comes face-to-face with her hero!

 

Dreamworks Classics Volume 2

Dreamworks Classics Volume 2
Writer: Dan Abnett & Various Artist: Alex Dalton & Various

Get ready for some top-notch classic tales starring Kung-Fu Panda and Shrek! Ahead of his brand new movie, check out these Kung-Fu Panda adventures as Po and the Furious Five face hordes of ninja and a tricksy samurai! Plus, join Shrek in “Donkey Ride,” where Prince Charming challenges Donkey and Puss, and “Consequences,” where a group of water nymphs cause trouble!

Kung Fu Panda Volume One; Daze of ThunderKung Fu Panda Volume One; Daze of Thunder
Writer: Simon Furman Artist: Iwan Nazif

Po can’t get out of bed at the best of times, but things get really weird when a strange sleeping sickness affects the Valley of Peace. The whole town is out of action except for Po, the Furious Five and Shifu whose training helps them resist the sensations. With their fighting edge blunted, can the group battle against the enemy behind all of this?

Scarlett Couture

Scarlett Couture
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Des Taylor

Beautiful. Intelligent. Deadly.

Scarlett Couture is all of these things, and more. She’s a spy. Using her cover as Head of Security for her mother’s internationally renowned fashion house, she gathers intelligence for the CIA. In this explosive first issue, Scarlett follows her instincts right into the middle of the action and finds she needs to use all her wits to get herself out of hot water!

The high-octane critical and sales hit, finally collected in one explosive volume.

Collects Scarlett Couture #1-4.

US Comic Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Astro Boy Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 2
Blood C Graphic Novel Volume 4
BPRD Neon Sign
Colder Toss The Bones #4
Conan The Avenger #21
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Edition Trade Paperback Book 2
Lobster Johnson Glass Mantis One Shot

DC Comics

Batman And Robin Eternal #13
Batman Europa #3
Black Canary #6
Doctor Fate #7
Flash #47
Green Arrow By Jeff Lemire Deluxe Edition Hard Cover
Green Arrow Trade Paperback Volume 4 Blood Of The Dragon
Harley Quinn & Power Girl #6

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse Trade Paperback Volume 2

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse Trade Paperback Volume 2
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Eduardo Francisco & Various Cover Artist: Freddie Williams

Facing impossible odds, the heroes of the Multiverse must reignite the defenses of the Monitor’s tower. And the person they have to rely on to do this is none other than Lex Luthor of the Gaslight World! Collects INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #7-12.

Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four Annual #1
Justice League #47

Multiversity #1 & #2 Directors Cut

Multiversity #1 & #2 Directors Cut
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Ivan Reis Cover Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

The bookend issues that opened and closed the epic known as THE MULTIVERSITY are re-presented here in this new Director’s Cut Edition, with script pages, sketch material and the art of Ivan Reis presented in pencil form.

Nightwing Trade Paperback Volume 3: False Starts

Omega Men #7

Omega Men #7
Writer: Tom King Artist: Barnaby Bagenda, Ig Guara Cover Artist: Trevor Hutchinson

The Omega Men’s mysterious plan for Kyle Rayner comes to fruition as the former Green Lantern is forced to make the biggest decision of his life-one that could cost millions of lives. Secrets are finally revealed in an epic climax that will change the balance of power in the DC Universe.

Superman Annual #3
Superman Doomed Trade Paperback
Superman Lois And Clark #3
Superman Wonder Woman #24
Superman Wonder Woman Annual #2
Wonder Woman #47

IDW Publishing

Back To The Future #1 (3rd Printing)
Complete Little Orphan Annie Hard Cover Volume 12
Crystal Cadets Trade Paperback
Drive #3

Fistful Of Blood #3

Fistful Of Blood #3
Writer: Kevin Eastman Artist: Simon Bisley Cover Artist: James Ryman

When a small group of tourists come to town, “Dinner and a Show” are redefined in the bloodbath that follows, forcing Blondie to put her plans into action too soon – with dire consequences for her and Clint…

GI Joe Complete Collection Hard Cover Volume 8
Jem & The Holograms #10
Locke & Key Shades Of Terror Coloring Book
My Little Pony A Canterlot Wedding Trade Paperback
Orphan Black Helsinki #2
Ragnarok #7
Skylanders Superchargers #3
TMNT 2014 Annual Deluxe Edition Hard Cover

Transformers: Sins Of Wreckers #2

Transformers Sins Of Wreckers #2
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Nick Roche

FROSTY RECEPTION! THE WRECKERS journey to Nome, Alaska to track down the number one suspect in PROWL’s disappearance-their former human ally, VERITY CARLO!

Image Comics

Black Magick #3 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
East Of West #23
Image Giant Sized Artists Proof Edition Wytches #1 (Mature Readers)
Lazarus #21 (Mature Readers)
Morning Glories #49 (Mature Readers)
Rat Queens #14 (Mature Readers)
Revival Trade Paperback Volume 6 Thy Loyal Sons & Daughters (Mature Readers)
Ringside #2 (Mature Readers)
Rumble #10 (Mature Readers)
Savage Dragon #210
Spawn #259 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)

Marvel Comics

All New Wolverine #3
Astonishing Ant-Man #3
Captain America White #5

Carnage #3

Carnage #3
Writer: Gerry Conway Artist: Mike Perkins Cover Artist: Mike Del Mundo

• Trapped down in a mineshaft with Carnage, the situation for the FBI’s symbiote squad gets HAIRY when John Jameson loses his cool.
• You won’t want to miss th-AROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Rated T+

Chewbacca #5
Deadpool And Cable Split Second #1
Drax #2
Figment 2 #4
Ghost Racers Trade Paperback
Hail Hydra Trade Paperback
Howling Commandos Of Shield #3
Jessica Jones Trade Paperback Volume 4 Alias (Mature Readers)
Marvels Captain America Civil War Prelude #2
Mu Ult Spider-Man Web Warriors Digest Trade Paperback Volume 3
Planet Hulk Trade Paperback Warzones

Squadron Supreme #2

Squadron Supreme #2
Writer: James Robinson Artist: Leonard Kirk Cover Artist: Alex Ross

They’re each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they’ll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme — comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess — are a team that doesn’t ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way…that’s your problem! Tell that to the Squadron’s first target — Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum’s homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes…but at what cost to the people of Atlantis.
Rated T+

Superior Iron Man Trade Paperback Volume 1 Infamous
X-Men Age Of Apocalypse Trade Paperback Volume 3 Omega

Other Publishers Comics And Graphic Novels

27 Comic Anthology Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Alice Cooper Hard Cover Volume 1 Welcome To My Nightmare
Aliens Vampirella #5
Amazing Agent Luna Graphic Novel Volume 11
Archie Winter Annual Digest #265
Archon Trade Paperback Book 1 Battle Of The Dragon
Ariol Gn Box Set Volume 4-6
Ariol Soft Cover Volume 7
Attack On Titan Before The Fall Graphic Novel Volume 6
Attack On Titan Junior High Graphic Novel Volume 4
Awake #3Belladonna #0 (Mature Readers)
Bobs Burgers Ongoing #7 (Variant Covers)
Certain Scientific Accelerator Graphic Novel Volume 2
Clarence Rest Stops #1

Code Pru #1

Code Pru #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist/ Cover Artist: Raulo Caceres

Garth Ennis and Raulo Caceres bring you a black humor horror book unlike anything you’ve read! Pru wanted nothing more than to join the FDNY and help people as a paramedic. However, that was not to be, as she gets assigned to a special unit that tends to the monsters that live in modern day New York. Vampires, zombies, ghouls and all the creepy things that live around us in he shadows. But no one told her that was her assignment. Learning on-the-job is much more challenging with the supernatural! This series is a lead-in to the ongoing monthly Code Pru stories running in an anthology to be announced shortly! Raulo Caceres’ art never looked better than in the luscious black and white of this series. Available with Regular, Wraparound, Movie Poster, Nightlife, and a special Pure Art Incentive cover, all by series artist Raulo Caceres.

Complete Funky Winkerbean Hard Cover Volume 4 1981-1983
Copra Trade Paperback Round Three (Mature Readers)
Dash #4
Die Wergelder Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Dragon Song Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)

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Dreaming Eagles #1 (Mature Readers)
Publisher: AFTERSHOCK COMICS
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Simon Coleby Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla

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Exit Generation #4
F1rst Hero Fight For Your Life Trade Paperback
Fairy Tail Ice Trail Graphic Novel Volume 1
Gahan Wilson Out There Trade Paperback
Gft Grimm Fairy Tales #117 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Gft Presents 2015 Realm Knights Giant Size Edition (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew Trade Paperback
God Is Dead #46 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Henchgirl #3
Heroic Legend Of Arslan Graphic Novel Volume 4
Ikebana (One Shot) (Mature Readers)

James Bond #1 Reardon CGC Graded
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Masters Cover Artist: Dom Reardon

The first James Bond comic book in 20 years (written by industry legend Warren Ellis, no less) will undoubtedly be a much-sought-after collectible for years to come, and this CGC-graded comic book – featuring an impactful cover by Dom Reardon (2000 AD, Dark Horse Presents) – will secure the momentous occasion in pristine form for your enjoyment (and that of your envious collector friends).

James Bond #3

James Bond #3
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Masters Cover Artist: Dom Reardon

Bond is on his way to break up a small, agile drug-trafficking operation in Berlin. The truth about what he’s walking into is bigger, scarier and much more lethal. Berlin is about to catch fire, and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly continues the “VARGR” storyline, the debut chapter of the ongoing James Bond saga as written by industry legend Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Masters!

Jughead #3
Last Of Dragons Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Last Sons Of America #2
Legenderry Green Hornet Trade Paperback
Lego Bionicle Graphic Novel Volume 1
Lego Legends Of Chima Graphic Novel Volume 5 Wings For A Lion
Lego Legends Of Chima Hard Cover Volume 5 Wings For A Lion
Manchettes Fatale Graphic Novel
Mega Man #55

Mercury Heat #6

Mercury Heat #6 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/ Cover Artist: Nahuel Lopez

Kieron Gillen’s bombastic new sci-fi epic delivers a full force first story arc finale! Luiza has stumbled into a much bigger conspiracy than she could have imagined. Cybernetic criminals and enhanced mob bosses are just the tip of the iceberg in the boiling cauldron of Mercurian violence. Now one woman who always wanted to be something other than the neuro profile she was assigned must use her unique penchant for viciousness to bring these untouchables down. Available with Regular, Wraparound, Art Nouveau, Excessive Force, and a special Interstellar Incentive Cover by series artist Nahuel Lopez.

Muirwood Lost Abbey #5
Nancy Drew Diaries Graphic Novel Volume 6
Noragami Stray Stories Graphic Novel
Pathfinder Hard Cover Volume 1 Dark Waters Rising Zub Sgn
Pathfinder Hollow Mountain #1 CGC Graded
Persia Blues Soft Cover Volume 2 Love And War
Project Nemesis #3
Roses In December Story Of Love & Alzheimers Soft Cover

Rowdy Roddy Piper Monster Killer Graphic Novel

Rowdy Roddy Piper Monster Killer Graphic Novel
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: Cliff Richards, Michael S. Bartolo Cover Artist: Joe Jusko

Wrestling gave him the cover, but Rowdy Roddy Piper’s real job isn’t something he chose – it was handed down to him by his ancestors, and now it’s time to pass it along to his son, Colt, who wants nothing to do with him. See one of wrestling’s legends battle monsters as only he can!

Seduction Of The Innocent #2

Six #2

Six #2
Writer: George Pelecanos, Andrew Ewington Artist/ Cover Artist: Mack Chater

In the jaw-dropping second issue, we begin to gain insight into the events that brought the gang back together after all these years. After losing her husband to the evils of war, Sarah Cooper restarted her life as a coffee exporter in a remote Mexican border town. Things are anything but quiet when Senor Martinez, leader of a billion dollar cartel, decides her export business would compliment his international “distribution” model. When things spiral out of control there is only one man she can call on for protection, a man whom she hoped she’d never speak with again.

Smurfs And Friends Hard Cover
Squarriors Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Titmouse Hard Cover Volume 1 (Mature Readers)

Train Called Love #4

Train Called Love #4 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Mark Dos Cover Artist: Russell Braun

Revelations abound as Marcy and Penny check out the local rock scene, Call-Me-Dave discovers Huck Yeager’s true intentions, and Myles and Valerie’s surveillance turns up something rather unexpected. Meanwhile, Marv, Mike, Chip and Jev get in over their heads with Mr. Monsta – whose surprising preoccupation with taxidermy sets alarm bells ringing. Its Part Four of the greatest love story since God met the Virgin Mary, by Garth Ennis and Mark Dos Santos!

Venture #4
Vinland Saga Graphic Novel Volume 7

War Stories #15

War Stories #15 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist/ Cover Artist: Tomas Aria

Momentous news changes everything for the pilots on Iwo Jima, and a dangerous new program of missions soon brings heavy casualties. With the end of the war apparently in sight, each man needs his luck to last just that little bit longer- but with the enemy determined to fight to the finish, who will be left when the guns fall silent? The final part of The Tokyo Club, by Garth Ennis and Tomas Aira.Available with Regular, Wraparound, Good Girl Nose Art,& Battle Damage Retailer Incentive Covers by Thomas Aria.

Waste Of Time #3 (Mature Readers)
Webwitch #3 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Welcome Back #4
Your Lie In April Graphic Novel Volume 5
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #18(Mature Readers)
Zombie Tramp Xxxmas Special (Mature Readers)

Magazines

Charlton Spotlight Magazine #9
Cinefex #144
Comic Shop News #1489
Comic Shop News #1490
Hi Fructose Magazine Quarterly #38
Illustrators Magazine #12
Rue Morgue Magazine #164
Star Wars Insider #162 Newsstand Edition
Star Wars Insider #162 Px Edition
Walking Dead Fig Mag #1 Rick Grimes
Walking Dead Fig Mag #2 Daryl Dixon

Books

Art Of Jay Ward Productions Hard Cover
Batmans Dark Secret Hard Cover
Doctor Who Comp Hist Hard Cover Volume 1 10th Doctor Stories 181-184
Fairy Song Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Frank Thorne Red Sonja Art Edition Deluxe Sgn Hard Cover Volume 1
I Am Martin Luther King Jr Yr Hard Cover
James Bond 50 Years Of Movie Posters Soft Cover
James Bond Archives Spectre Edition Hard Cover
Juxtapoz Wild Hard Cover
Marvel Chronicle Year By Year Hard Cover
Marvel Comics Civil War & Age Of Terror Soft Cover
Official Dc Super Hero Cookbook Deluxe Edition
World According To Wonder Woman Hard Cover

Thanks as usual to…

• 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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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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