It’s a busy week for Titan Comics, with the launch of NBA All-star legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s debut comic book Mycroft Holmes – focused on the early, chaotic life of the elder Holmes brother – and their new Torchwood title, written by Captain Jack himself, John Barrowman, and novelist Carole Barrowman.
Torchwood #1 continues the adventures of the smash TV show and is in continuity with the Big Finish radio dramas – and this action-adventure packed launch issue is not one to miss for either Torchwood or Doctor Who fans. Read my review here.
Both Mycroft Holmes and Torchwood recently debuted at San Diego Comic-Con to an electric reception from fans, so if you were lucky enough to have picked up your issues there, then move on and grab another new Titan title (yes, they are relentless, aren’t they). Dishonored #1 is based on the popular video game series from Bethesda. Set 12 years after the events of the first game, this series leads into the upcoming Dishonored II video game (out this month). The series charts main character Corvo’s search for an apprentice!
And there’s more: Penny Dreadful continues with Issue #3, Vikings #3, and Tank Girl: Two Girls, One Tank #3, although, sadly, we wave goodbye for now to Puss in Boots, which reaches its final issue with #4.
Over at 2000AD Prog 1992, the latest PJ Maybe story from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra is warming up nicely, with Judge Dredd on the rack, he thinks of the inveterate psychopath, except, as you’ll see, there are some deliciously nasty twists in the investigation. “Black Shuck” by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell and Chris Blythe reaches a dramatic conclusion, paving the way for a whole range of sequel stories, not unnecessarily running straight after this one; and Dan Dare – sorry, I mean “Scarlet Traces: Cold War” – might be a slow burn, but the trails are being laid for a stonker of a story, crammed with marvellous visual gags and some savage pops at the nastier elements of Britain today. Utterly brilliance from Ian Edginton and D’Israeli!
This week also sees the release of four new Cinebook titles, including the latest Lucky Luke, which has just his the 60 volume mark in the UK. Whew!
Plus, over at Dark Horse, track down the Kings Road collection, out now, if you haven’t bought the original comics. Written by Peter Hogan and drawn by Phil Winslade and Staz Johnson this collection of the ace fantasy series includes all Dark Horse Presents chapters and the three-issue miniseries!
UK Newsagents Releases
There are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including 2000AD (this year’s Summer Special is still sale), The Beano, the new Danger Mouse comic, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini Comics 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: Tales from the TARDIS (collecting their strips from the US format titles), Mega, 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.
So 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.
Digital Comic Picks
Aces Weekly Volume 23 is out now. Just £1 a week gets you this and more to come forever – well, you know… till the mountains fall into the sea: Dylan Teague, Paul Rainey, Marc makes comics, David Leach, Jeffrey Vaughn, Brendon and Brian Fraim, Jok LP and Rodolfo Santullo, plus Roberto Corroto Cuadrado and Ertito Montana. Up to 200 pages of cool stuff – for a pound a week!
Tune in now at 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.
100% Biodegradable #13
The latest issue of digital action adventure and SF anthology 100% Biodegradable – Issue 13 – is still on sale and features some great strips from a 2000AD droid and many other great comic creators. Here’s a peek at some of the pages. The e-comic features “Death Duty”, co-written by myself and Dave Hailwood, art by Brett Burbridge, lettered by Ken Reynolds.
British Comic Publishers
Featuring: Judge Dredd: Ladykiller by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, and Annie Parkhouse; Brink by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, and Simon Bowland; Outlier: Survivor Guilt by TC Eglington, Karl Richardson, and Ellie De Ville; Black Shuck: Sins of the Father by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell, Chris Blythe, and Ellie De Ville; Scarlet Traces: Cold War by Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, and Annie Parkhouse.
Damocles Volume 3: Perfect Child
by Joel Callede
Someone is willing to kill a woman for helping couples have children – and Ellie must protect her. Perfect Child is a company specialised in medically assisted procreation – for extremely wealthy customers. An activity that isn’t to everyone’s taste, a fact that the CEO, Ava Troy, knows full well – she’s received the treats to prove it. Enter Ellie Braxton, assigned as Ava’s bodyguard. Unfortunately, Ellie isn’t doing too well. Her teammate and mentor, Walt, is still in a coma, and she’s having many doubts about her life choices. But can she really afford such a luxury?
Iznogoud Volume 13: I Want to be Caliph Instead of Caliph
by Rene Goscinny and Tabary
The ghastly Iznogoud is now calling upon spectres… An obsession, a leitmotiv, the quest of a lifetime… That is what it is to Iznogoud – becoming caliph instead of the caliph. And that is why he will stop at nothing. A ghost that drives caliphs – and only caliphs – insane? Worth a try. A specialist in scandals? Why not. A magical wax museum? Let’s go! A good thing indeed that he is as stupid and unlucky as he is evil.
Lucky Luke Volume 60: The Ballad of the Daltons
by Rene Goscinny and Morris
A lawyer visits the Daltons in prison to explain that an uncle has bequeathed a fortune to them, but that they will only have access to it after shooting every member of the jury who sentenced him to hang – and that in front of a very specific witness: Lucky Luke. One prison escape later, the four brothers are riding hard with a list of men to kill – and a more or less captive Lucky Luke intent on making their task impossible…
The Last Templar Volume 2, The Knight in the Crypt
by Raymond Khoury and Miguel Lalor
What secrets will the stolen encoder reveal? The investigation onto the museum raid continues, but it’s a difficult one. One of the four ‘knights’ has already died in his – guarded – hospital room, and FBI Agent Reilly is unknowingly engaged in a race to find the other thieves before the mysterious assassins try to eliminate them. Meanwhile, young archaeologist Tess Chaykin is following up the Templar lead – one that the FBI considers too far-fetched to be worth looking into.
Unfortunately, Panini Comics don’t have a very organised or up to date web site, but recently-released titles on sale in all good newsagents now include:
76 pages of Astounding Action-Packed Arachnid-Adventure!
The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning has a new teacher… The Amazing Spider-Man!
But will the web-slinger survive the mutant madness that passes for an ordinary day with the X-Men?!!
By Elliott Kalan Marco Failla!
Includes material reprinted from Spider-Man and the X-Men #1-4.
Brace yourselves for a groovy issue packed with great puzzles and awesome activities! Learn a super cool art technique to draw colourful skeletons and make a jiggly jellyfish! Find out your monster name and unleash your inner beast, plus help the gang solve a zombie mystery!
One thing’s for sure, Mystery, Inc. is here to entertain you from start to FINISH!
Plus, try your luck at 3 amazing competitions! You have a chance to win a super Spirograph set, an exciting Scooby-Doo DVD and a fun LEGO game!
Covermounted Gift: BUMPER GIFT SPECIAL! FREE creepy hand plus stickers
• Look out for some changes to Panini Comics licensed Marvel titles later this month as Astonishing Spider-Man, Essential X-Men, The Incredible Hulks and Wolverine and Deadpool relaunch with all-new Issue Ones. Lew Stringer reports that only The Mighty World of Marvel will be the only one to continue its current numbering, with Issue 29 on sale 25th August, the same day as Essential X-Men (Volume 4) Number One. These normally 76-page comics also bring the reprints closer to their original publication date, with most stories only a year (or less) behind the US editions.
Writers: Gordon Rennie
Artists: Andrea Olimpieri
The city of Dunwall: whaling capital of Gristol and industrial hub of the Empire of the Isles. Twelve years have passed since Corvo Attano scuppered the Lord Regent’s duplicitous plot against the crown and cleared his name of the Empress Jessamine’s murder. Now a little older and perhaps a little wiser, Corvo sets his sights on the future and securing an apprentice to continue his legacy. But when confronted by an impossible face from his past, the magically-gifted assassin finds himself once again drawn into a supernatural conspiracy, one that threatens to shake the very foundations of his ancient city!
Cover A: Fabio Listrani
Cover B: Andrea Olimpieri
Cover C: Game Cover
Cover D: Charles Bae
Forbidden Planet / Jetpack Comics Variant: Sergey Kolesov
Mycroft Holmes #1
Writers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Basketball legend, novelist, and superstar polymath Kareem Abdul-Jabbar brings his take on Sherlock Holmes’ older brother to comics at last! An all-new adventure set in the world of the bestselling Mycroft novel, The Apocalypse Handbook sees the diffident, brilliant Mycroft pulled into a globe-spanning adventure at the behest of Queen Victoria and a secret organization at the heart of the British government. A madman is on the loose with civilization-destroying weapons, each two hundred years in advance of the status quo. Can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways for long enough to track down the foe that may be his match?
Cover A: Joshua Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Cover B: Rod Reis
Cover C: Typographic Variant
Cover D: Paul McCaffrey
Cover E: Blank
Penny Dreadful #3
Writers: Andrew Hinderaker
Artist: Louie De Martinis
The veil is lifted on the unholy events that took place in Africa that bound together the lives of Sir Malcolm and Sembene. On an expedition to seek the source of the Nile, they witnessed nightmarish scenes that left their mark forevermore… and revealed the power of the supernatural world.
Cover A: Guillem March
Cover B: Louie De Martinis
Cover C: Photo
LAST ISSUE Puss in Boots #4
Writers: Alex Matthews, Max Davison
Artists: Egle Bartolini, Dave Alvarez
A spate of petty crime plagues the town of San Lorenzo and Puss just can’t put his paw on who’s to blame. In a bid to stay more vigilant, he takes Artephius’ magic potion and things take a turn for the strange… Later, the circus comes to town but these clowns look pretty sinister and it’s not long before Puss is locking swords with his old enemy El Moco in the spooky Hall of Mirrors!
Cover A: Film Art Cover
Cover B: Dave Alvarez
Writers: John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman
Artists: Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano
Torchwood is Back, in an all-new ongoing comics series written by Captain Jack himself, John Barrowman! Captain Jack Harkness is back in Cardiff, and there’s only one person he can turn to, the last person who expected to see him, Gwen Cooper! On the road, on the run, and under fire, can the pair put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood, before its flame is stamped out forever? Even better, the new comics series is in continuity with the amazing new Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish; join us both for the official continuation of the Torchwood saga!
Cover A: Tommy Lee Edwards
Cover B: Photo variant (Will Brooks)
Cover C: Elena Casagrande
Cover D: Blair Shedd
Cover E: Rod Reis
Cover F: Blank Sketch
Books-a-Million / Fried Pie Variant: Claudia Caranfa
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Staz Johnson
Viking vs viking! English king Ecbert has harnessed the power of Ragnar and his Vikings to unleash them against another band of norsemen harrying England’s South Coast. But as Ragnar leads his warriors into battle, their opponents are waiting for them…
Cover A: Mirka Andolfo
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Photo
Tank Girl: Two Girls, One Tank #3
Writer: Alan Martin
Artist: Brett Parsons
With the gang back together, what better way to celebrate than breaking out the big guns and shooting the crap out of a heavy-metal militia? How about all that plus cake? It’s welcome home parties – Tank Girl style!
Cover A: Paul Pope
Cover B: Brett Parson
Titan Comics Collections
Monika Volume One: Masked Ball
Writers: Thilde Barboni
Artists: Guillem March
Desperately seeking her missing sister, the beautiful visual artist Monika follows a lead that takes her deep into the murky underworld of anonymous, and decadent, masked balls. Intoxicated by the power and mysteries surrounding her, she learns that the path to knowledge can be strewn with dangers never before imagined…
Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade Volume One
Writer: Alex Irvine
Artist: John Aggs
With society still reeling from the Aug Incident – the Illuminati orchestrated event which caused augmented individuals to mindlessly attack their “natural” counterparts – anti-aug sentiment is at an all-time global high. Task Force 29, an Interpol-funded coalition, created to quash the rising tide of terrorist activity, stands as the world’s main defence against total anarchy. In the city of Prague, where tension is especially high, the team’s latest recruit, Adam Jensen, readies for his first mission with the unit. But being augmented himself, how will the former SWAT agent handle himself when faced with the grim reality of the mechanical apartheid?
Collects Deus Ex: Children’s Crusade #1-5.
US Comics On Sale This Week
List in part courtesy First Age Comics Lancaster – all the comics below can be ordered through your local comic shop, as can the 2000AD, Cinebook and Titan Comics titles above
4001 AD War Mother #1
Alan Moore’s Hypothetical Lizard – Complete
Twelve years ago we released the illustrated version of the Alan Moore masterpiece Hypothetical Lizard. Now you can get every original, first-printing, cover in this special box set! It includes : Preview issue Regular, Wraparound and Convention cover and #1,2,3,4 with Regular, Wraparound, Tarot and Platinum Foil covers.
Batman Beyond #15
Black Science #23
Cinema Purgatorio #4
Civil War II Kingpin #2
Washington DC detective Kate Burnham interrupted an assassination attempt. Now the killer is back to finish the job, and he’ll let nothing stand in his way – including Kate! The noose is tightening…
“With Control, we wanted to write a 100% police procedural, the kind of smart, character-driven, real-world crime drama that rules on TV,” says Andy Diggle. “It’s about sex, power, and systems of control… and how the little guys have to game a system that’s rigged against them.”
Daredevil Annual #1
DC Comics Bombshells #16
Deadpool VS Gambit #3
Doctor Strange #10
Ghostbusters International #7
Giant Days #17
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman
McGraw’s new girlfriend is the Anti-Susan, Esther and Ed get into hot water with a money-making scheme, and Daisy has trouble with a professor on an archaeological dig.
Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #14 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Grant Morrison, Samit Basu, Ashwin Pande Artist: Francesco Biagini Cover Artusts include: Jeevan Kang
As the battle continues we gaze back at one of the primary causes of the great war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. King Yudish is at the height of his powers ruling the great city of Indraprastha. He’s beset by his people on all sides but even a King needs some release. What Yudish does will lead to him slaughtering his own kin on the battlefield; what is this great king’s dark secret?
Also featuring a backup story in which we discover how Duryodhana gathers his army of horrors and monsters!
Green Arrow #4
Green Lanterns #4
Harley Quinn #1
Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys #4
Hip Hop Family Tree #12
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five #15
Invincible Iron Man #12
James Bond #8
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Masters Cover Artist: Dom Reardon
James Bond is trapped in Los Angeles with a MI6 agent under fire and a foreign intelligence service trying to put them both in bags… and possibly more than one foreign intelligence service. And things may not be any safer in Britain, with bodies dropping and ghosts moving in the political mist…
IT’S SHOWTIME, SYNERGY! JERRICA BENTON and her sisters KIMBER, AJA, and SHANA are trying to make it as a band… but JERRICA’s stage fright is holding them back. But when they make a shocking discovery in their father’s secret laboratory, the mysterious SYNERGY changes everything, and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS are born… just wait till PIZZAZZ and the MISFITS find out they have competition! This beautiful oversized hardcover collects the first 10 issues of the critically acclaimed series, plus the double-length Annual, the Holiday Special, and the Valentine Special!
Justice League #2
Kill Or Be Killed #1
Kings Road Trade Paperback
Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Peter Hogan Artist: Phil Winslade Artust/ Cover Artist: Staz Johnson
A civil war in another dimension impacts a seemingly normal American family! When mystical creatures raid the suburbs to assassinate Don’s family, he reveals that he needs to return to the original fantasy realm in which he was born to quell a violent uprising and regain the family throne! This collection includes all Dark Horse Presents chapters and the three-issue miniseries!
Knights of the Dinner Table #234
Lobster Johnson Metal Monsters of Midtown #3
Marvel GN Collection Volume 141 Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 of 4
Marvel Universe Avengers Ultron Revolution #2
Moon Knight #5
Paper Girls #8
Regular Show #38
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mad Rupert
Artist: Laura Howell
Main Cover: Jorge Corona
Subscription Cover: Victor Santos
Synopsis: The Oracle of Chaos emerges from her slumber and explains to Benson that he was the one thing standing between reality and total entropy in the Park, and now that he’s gone, she has free reign. Whoops.
Shadow Death of Margo Lane #3 of 5
Stray Bullets Sunshine & Roses #17
Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist/ Cover Artist: Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion
Soldier. War hero. Traitor. Captain Rick Flag was one of America’s greatest military commanders before he was banished to a secret military prison. But after years of isolation, Flag’s life changes forever when a woman called Amanda Waller offers him redemption in exchange for taking on the single most dangerous job in the entire DC Universe: keeping the Suicide Squad alive!
Trees grow on dirt full of dead things.
Uncanny Inhumans #12
Uncanny X-Men #11
Vote Loki #3
Walking Dead #157
Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard & Various Cover Artists (two variants): Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
New Story Arc! “The Whisperer War,” Part One. The time has come. The forces are aligning. The war has begun! Has Rick brought about the demise of everything he’s built? Or will he triumph once again? Know this… there will be a cost. Mature Readers.
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