Wonder Woman - Rebirth #1

Something For the Weekend: Sherlock Shenanigians and Wonder Woman Reborn (New Comics w/c 6/6/16)

Wonder Woman - Rebirth #1

DC Comics “Rebirth” project continues this week, with two of the creators I had the pleasure of working with back in my Marvel UK days working on separate books. Aquaman #1 is written by Dan Abnett (with art by Oscar Jimenez, cover artists Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy, while Liam Sharp is busy not only with the digital publishing empire that is Madefire but also drawing Wonder Woman, written by Greg Rucka. The very best of luck to them both – advance order for both books have been strong.

Closer to home 2000AD Prog 1984 has some terrific strips this week, with the “Judge Dredd” story (from Michael Carroll, PJ Holden, Adam Brown and Annie Parkhouse) bubbling away nicely as Armitage tries to piece out who would gain from the death of Dredd, while Simon Davis again delivers some simply stunning pages on Pat Mills‘ “Slaine”. Plus, “Black Shuck” from Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell, Chris Blythe, and Ellie De Ville cranks up nicely, although just what is it with Vikings right now? We’ll be getting Noggin the Nog back on telly soon at this rate!

Over at Titan Comics, they’re naturally bigging up the launch of Sherlock: A Study in Pink. This Sherlock-inpsired manga by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, available for the first time in English has garnered a fantastic response from both fans and retailers. 

Also released this week is new series Norman (following the smash-hit collected editions), and the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor continues and the antics of the Penguins of Madagascar end. Heroes: Vengeance (based on the newly relaunched TV series) is also collected into a trade paperback. 

UK Newsagents Releases

Commando No 4920 – Half-Pint CommandoThere are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including 2000ADThe 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: Tales from the TARDIS (collecting their strips from the US format titles) MegaTOXIC 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.

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 15So let’s not get too downhearted by some British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour that only those of us over a certain age remember.

Hachette Partworks, whose partwork titles include Doctor Who: The Complete History and Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection, continue their How To Draw The Marvel Way, along with their re-release of their hugely successful part work, Marvel’s Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novel series.

Some of you in certain areas of the country may also be able to pick up a copy of the new Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, which is currently being road tested by Eaglemoss.

Note that you may now have to subscribe if you want to continue buying Part Works some are not distributed in newsagents after their first few issues.

New Digital Comic Picks

Aces Weekly Volume 22, is available now, featuring a tale of betrayal and vengeance in Tales Of The Black Root from Koh Hong Teng and Don Bosco; Batton Lash returning with the stylish, First Gentleman Of The Apocalypse; there’s a wilder, Wild, Wild, West, in W.E.S.T.E.R.N. Inc, from John A. Short and Alex Paterson; and a dark drama, Deophonic, comes from Martin Hayes and the pen of the extraordinary, Brian Corcoran; plus Jok LP and Rodolfo Santullo continue the fantastic, Dungeons and Burglars; and a very special member of the special forces makes her debut in, Debbie Drake Of The SAS, from Tim Quinn and Paul Collicutt – the ongoing debut at last of a strip first created by Aces Weeklypublisher David Lloyd many years ago!

All this – a seven-week extravaganza of great comic art and storytelling – is exclusive to all Aces Weeklysubscribers for just £1 per week! Grab it now via www.acesweekly.co.uk/shop. Don’t miss out on all the Previous Volumes, either, which have up to 200 pages of comics including Extras, and in full form feature in an exclusive Week-to-Week facility, which transforms any volume’s serialised stories into continuous comic book-sized narratives.

British Publishers

2000AD/ Rebellion

2000AD Prog 19842000AD Prog 1984

Featuring: Judge Dredd: The Lion’s Den by Michael Carroll, PJ Holden, Adam Brown, and Annie Parkhouse; Survival Geeks: Lord of the Ringers by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Neil Googe, Gary Caldwell, and Ellie De Ville; Brink by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, and Simon Bowland; Sláine: Psychopomp by Pat Mills, Simon Davis, and Ellie De Ville; Black Shuck: Sins of the Father by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell, Chris Blythe, and Ellie De Ville.

Cinebook

Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of Shadows (Deluxe)

Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of Shadows (Deluxe)
by Jean-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin
Published: 3rd June 2016

Point Central is a multicultural space station that serves as a sort of United Nations to the galaxy. Tasked with protecting the new ambassador from Earth, Valerian is kidnapped alongside his charge in a lightning commando attack. It’s up to Laureline to do all the heavy lifting and slog through the seedy bowels of the station as she tries to locate and rescue them – and figure out who kidnapped them and why.

Buy it from Amazon.co.uk

Titan Comics

Available from all good comic shops – and both current and back issues are available from Forbidden Planet here

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 2 #10

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year 2 #10
Writers: Rob Williams
Artist: Simon Fraser
Colourist: Gary Caldwell
Letterer: Comicraft

Badly wounded by The Then and The Now, the Squire must deal with the fallout of Alice’s deadly decision, as Abslom’s fury rounds on the Doctor in full force. Death, devastation, and the aftermath of the Time War… this one has it all! Can the Doctor still find the truth and save his friends?

Cover A: Dan Boultwood
Cover B: Photo Subscription – Will Brooks
Cover C: Andrew Pepoy

Heroes Vengeance TPB

Heroes Vengeance TPB
Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey & Zach Craley
Artist: Rubine

The five-part Vengeance story arc focuses on Oscar Gutierrez’s origins and time as the second El Vengador… before the mantle was passed to his brother Carlos in Heroes Reborn… Guest-starring Father Mauricio, Officer Dearing and other characters from the Heroes Reborn show…

Cover: Paul Pope

Norman #1 - Cover A

Norman #1
Writer / Artist: Stan Silas
Publisher: Titan Comics

Norman is an average eight year old boy. He likes riding his bike, watching TV… AND MURDERING HIS FRIENDS!

From visionary writer/artist Stan Silas comes a brand- new monthly series in the grand tradition of horror comedies Gremlins, Shaun Of The Dead and Chucky! The critically-acclaimed Norman is so hilarious and horrifying… you’ll die laughing!

Cover A: Roman Dirge
Cover B: Stan Silas

Penguins of Madagascar Volume 2 #4

Penguins of Madagascar Volume 2 #4
Writers: Cavan Scott, David Bailie
Artists: Lucas Ferreyra, Grant Perkins, Egle Bartolini

The North Wind (the super-spy animal organization) have gone missing and it’s up to the Penguins to find them. But will their search bring danger into the Penguins’ lives?

Plus special bonus short stories featuring the North Wind and the Baby Penguins of Madagascar!

Cover A: Film Art Cover
Cover B: Lucas Ferreyra

Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1

Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1
Writers: Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Art & Adaptation: Jay
B&W – 52pp

The Japanese SHERLOCK Manga comes to the USA and UK for the first time ever! Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show that sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) tackling brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London, this stunning manga is presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialised. Each oversized issue comes with a selection of BRAND-NEW covers by some of the best Sherlock artists around! #1 kicks things off with a 52pp special. Meet Sherlock and Watson for the first time… all over again!

Cover A: Jay
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Alex Ronald
Cover D: Rod Reis
Cover E: Question No. 6

US Comics On Sale This Week

Here’s a list of comics expected to be on sale this week from Wednesday 8th June in all good comic shops, including those above. List courtesy First Age Comics, Lancaster

4001AD Bloodshot #1
Abe Sapien #34
Action Comics #957
Adventure Time #53
Agents of Shield #6
All New X-Men #10

Aquaman Rebirth #1

Aquaman Rebirth #1
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Oscar Jimenez Cover Artists: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy

Born to both the surface and the sea, Arthur Curry walks in two worlds but can find a home in neither. The king of Atlantis looks to reconcile his split heritage as he embarks on a new mission that may finally make him choose between his two paths.

POLITICAL PLAYER: “As the leader of a world power,” writer Dan Abnett says, “Arthur believes it’s time Atlantis became part of the global community. Atlantis has been on the outside for too long: feared, mysterious and misunderstood. But that means getting the world used to Atlantis… and vice versa.

Baker Street Peculiars #4
Big Trouble in Little China #25
Black Canary #12
Civil War II Amazing Spider-Man #1
Civil War II Gods of War #1
Constantine the Hellblazer #13
Daredevil #8
Dark & Bloody #5
Darth Vader #21
DC Universe Rebirth #1 (Back Order)
Deadpool Mercs for Money #5
Detective Comics #934
Donald Duck #14
Earth 2 Society #13
Empress #3
Fix #3
Flash Rebirth #1
Green Lantern Corps Edge of Oblivion #6
Guardians of the Galaxy #9
Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys #3
Head Lopper #4
Howard the Duck #8
Injection #10
Island #8
Justice League Darkseid War Special #1 back order
Kings Quest #2
Legends of Tomorrow #4
Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #1
Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #9
Mickey Mouse #13
My Little Pony Friends Forever #29
New Avengers #12
Ninjak #16
Poe Dameron #3
Prometheus Life & Death #1
Red Hood Arsenal #13
Renato Jones One Percent #2
Shutter #22
Star Trek Manifest Destiny #4
Star Trek Ongoing #58
Teen Titans Go #16 (back order)
Think Tank Creative Destruction #3
Thunderbolts #2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #2
Venom Space Knight #8
Vision #8
Wacky Raceland #1
Weavers #2
Wicked & Divine #20

A crop of a panel from one of Liam's first batch of pages from the 'Rebirth' Wonder Woman. "I'm having an absolute ball with this," says the former Marvel UK artist and current Madefire digital comics exec. Wonder Woman © DC
A crop of a panel from one of Liam’s first batch of pages from the ‘Rebirth’ Wonder Woman. “I’m having an absolute ball with this,” says the former Marvel UK artist and current Madefire digital comics exec. Wonder Woman © DC

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Paulo Siqueira, Liam Sharp Cover Artist: Liam Sharp

After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion.
DON’T MISS: New York Times best selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.

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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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