Here’s this week’s round up of new comics in British newsagents and comic shops skewed, as ever to highlighting British creators and publishers. After positive feedback to the plugs we included for some great indie titles last week ahead of the Thought Bubble Festival (Axel Automatic in particular, which we reviewed here, also got spotlighted by the national Guardian), we’ve added a “Small Press Spotlight” for titles you’ll need to order from creators direct.
On the news stand, the latest issue of 2000AD – Prog 2006 – continues the terrific “Judge Dredd: Act of Grud” from Rob Williams, with great action-packed art from Henry Flint. This has been a cracker of a story, but the Prog’s thrills don’t stop there because “Flesh” (from Pat Mills and Clint Langley) appears to be drawing to a pretty impressive finale as the dinosaur-extinction asteroid nears Earth. “Counterfeit Girl” by Peter Milligan (who also has The Mummy #1 out from Titan Comics), Rufus Dayglo and Dom Regan is a treat, too. Recommended – as ever!
Talking of things 2000AD, you’ll recall publisher Rebellion snagged Ian Edginton and D’Israeli’s Scarlet Traces a while back. The first episodes of a new story featured in 2000AD recently, but a heads up now that next week sees the release of a brand new collection of the celebrated comic book sequel to H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds in an omnibus edition, complete with an adaptation of the original novel.
Beginning with a visionary adaptation of the seminal novel, the collection also includes the first of three stories set a decade after the Martian invasion. Great Britain has cannibalised Martian technology and now Hansom cabs scuttle along on multi-limbed crab legs, and the Martian heat-ray has become the weapon with which the British Empire dominates the world. When the bodies of several young women are found washed up on the banks of the Thames, Captain Robert Autumn and his former Sergeant-Manjor Archie Currie are drawn into a mystery that leads them from gin palaces to the corridors of power and the very Hall of the Martian King…
UK Newsagents Releases
There are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including 2000AD, The Beano, Danger Mouse comic, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini Comics Marvel Collector Editions 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.
Don’t forget the wonderful Phoenix Comic is on sale in many (but not all) Waitrose supermarkets and 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 Novelseries.
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
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British Comic Publishers
2000AD Prog 2006
Cover by Henry Flint
In this issue: Judge Dredd: Act of Grud by Rob Williams (w), Henry Flint (a), Annie Parkhouse (l); Savage: The Marze Murderer by Pat Mills (w), Patrick Goddard (a), Annie Parkhouse (l); Hunted by Gordon Rennie (w), PJ Holden (a), Len O’Grady (c), Simon Bowland (l); Counterfeit Girl by Peter Milligan (w), Rufus Dayglo (a), Dom Regan (c), Ellie De Ville (l); Flesh: Gorehead by Pat Mills (w), Clint Langley (a), Ellie De Ville (l).
Still On Sale:
Original scripts by leading comics writers accompanied by the final art, taken from the pages of the world famous 2000AD comic. FROM THE MINDS OF THE MEGA-MASTERS For the first time Rebellion presents an astonishing and insightful collection of 2000AD scripts, written by some of the most successful and critically lauded talent behind the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.
Featuring original script drafts and the final published artwork for comparison, this is a must have for fans of 2000AD and is an essential purchase for anyone interested in writing comics.
• Order this book from Amazon.co.uk here (using this link helps support downthetubes)
Dan Dare: The 2000AD Years Volume Two
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! In this volume: Dan Dare and the crew of the Eagle One continue their journey through deep, uncharted space, where they encounter a host of evil alien tyrants, including dare’s arch-nemesis the Mekon! This volume of Dan Dare concludes the iconic British hero’s adventures within the pages of 2000 AD.
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Assassin’s Creed: Awakening #1
Writer: Yano Takashi
Artist: Oiwa Kenji
Jump back into the world of Edward Kenway, lead character of the best-selling fan favourite game, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, in this beautiful manga adaptation. Return to the Golden Age of Pirates once more and relive the adventures of the brilliant young captain!
COVER A: Oiwa Kenji
COVER B: Oiwa Kenji
COVER C: Sonia Leong
COVER D: Kate Brown
COVER E: Nana Lee
The Chimera Brigade #2
Writers: Serge Lehman, Fabrice Colin
The fascist superhumans have unveiled their plan – they’ll stop at nothing to rid Europe of their human counterparts! But another army is on the rise… Will the Man Who Walks Through Walls be able to rescue The Cockroach and stop the next World War?
Cover A – Simone de Meo
Cover B – Pasquale Qualano
Cover C – Josh Burns
Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite #1
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Alan Quah
Beyond this tenuous fabric lies a place of banishment; a world within a world where the frigid nights endure and even the Old Lords fear to tread. Only the deluded dare venture there, yet in these times of misery, sometimes madness is our only path toward salvation…
Cover A: Alan Quah
Cover B: Nat Jones
Cover C: Nick Percival
Cover D: Jana Heidersdorf
Cover E: Caspar Wijngaard
The Mummy #1
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Ronilson Freire
For 2000 years the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity.
On one night every 30 years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of the priestess Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality.
But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel and she’s not going willingly…
Cover A: John McCrea
Cover B: Tom Mandrake & M.D. Penman
Cover C: Ronilson Freire
Cover D: Felix Ruiz
Cover E: Jeff Zornow
Cover F: Blank Sketch Variant
Jetpack Comics / Forbidden Planet variant: Graham Humphreys
Writer: Walter Hill, Matz
Fresh out of the slammer and tasked with tracking down a missing half-mil, Roy Nash’s latest assignment takes him to the City of Angels where a trip to a back alley speakeasy might spell more trouble than it’s worth.
Cover A – Alex Ronald
Cover B – Steve Scott
Cover C – Dennis Calero
Warhammer 40,000 #2
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Tazio Bettin
Three superhuman warriors, humanity’s last defence against the horror that stalks the warp… Three perspectives on the eternal battle against Chaos – in an all-new front of the war! Baltus, climbing the ranks of the Dark Angels and discovering shocking revelations at every turn. Interrogator Chaplain Altheous, preserving his chapter’s secrets at all costs. And Inquisitor Sabbathiel and her warband, holding the Dark Angels to account, as heresy gnaws from within!
Cover A – Fabio Listrani
Cover B – John McCrea & Dee Cunniffe
Cover C – Tazio Bettin & Enrica Erin
Cover D – Nick Percival
Cover E – Pasquale Qualano & Marko Lesko
Titan Comics Collections
ASSASSIN’S CREED: TEMPLARS VOLUME 1
Writer: Fred van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
In 1927, Darius Gift, young, handsome, terribly entitled, is given his first mission for the ancient Templar Order, and the chance to clear his tarnished family name. All doesn’t quite go to plan when he arrives in Shanghai, however, and his inexperience jeopardizes the whole operation. Thankfully, he isn’t the only Templar new to the city, as the enigmatic Black Cross is stalking the shadows… and saving Darius from failure!
Collecting the first arc of the brand new explosive Templars series, from the world ofAssassin’s Creed, Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero offer a new perspective on the century-spanning feud between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order!
DARK SOULS VOLUME 1
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Alan Quah
Join Fira – a battle-hardened warrior – as she embarks upon a perilous quest to save her ailing kingdom, fighting countless hoards of demonic foes along the way!
From writer George Mann, artist Alan Quah and Bandai Namco Entertainment comes this epic new tale from the perilous world of Dark Souls!
DISHONORED VOLUME 1
Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: 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 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!
From Gordon Rennie (2000AD, White Trash, Caballistic Inc.) and Andrea Olimpieri (True Blood) comes this thrilling adventure spun from the world of the Bethesda Softworks bestselling Dishonored video game series, spanning events between the first and second games.
DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOLUME 4: THE THEN AND THE NOW
Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artists: Simon Fraser, Warren Pleece
Abslom confesses a Daak secret. Alice develops a bond. The Squire recovers a memory. And the Doctor discovers the horrific truth about how The Then and The Now has been tracking them – and he doesn’t like it one bit. As the universe closes in around them, is escape even possible?
Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two #1-5
DOCTOR WHO: TENTH DOCTOR VOLUME 4: THE ENDLESS SONG
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artists: Eleonora Carlini, Elena Casagrande
A bold new season begins for the Tenth Doctor and companion Gabby Gonzalez! Whether facing down an evil corruption of sentient music on a gas giant, catching up on unseen trips with Gabby’s best friend Cindy Wu, or journeying back to the dawn of humankind to witness the clash between Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons, there are no limits to the adventure – or the danger!
Collects Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol. 2 #1-5
SAMURAI ISLE OF NO NAME VOLUME 1
Writer: Jean-François Di Giorgio
Artist: Frederic Genêt
Takeo has finally escaped from the clutches of the 13th Prophet! He is free to continue his search for the missing brother who abandoned him ten years earlier… His quest takes him to an unnamed island, where he will learn the Bushido Way, and what it really means to be a Samurai!
TANK GIRL: TWO GIRLS, ONE TANK VOLUME 1
Writer: Alan Martin
Artist: Brett Parsons
Get ready for the first of a brand new Tank Girl trilogy from series creator Alan Martin and artist extraordinaire, Brett Parson.
Expect a healthy dose of delirium and plenty of ball-crunching action in this high-octane cross-country skirmish that asks the question: is this world really big enough for TWO Tank Girls?
Strap yourself in, folks; it’s gonna be one helluva ride!
Small Press Spotlight
Berserkotron from writer and artist David Robertson / Fred Egg Comics is the latest of quirky titles from this Dundee-based creator, a 70-page balck and white title available form fredeggcomics.bigcartel. This book collects the two parts of the “Berserkotron” story from the small press comics, both long out of print.
Daft, quirky and a fun read with cartoon-style art, it’s great to see David continue his love of the comic form, balancing stories that start out as snapshots of daily life with moments of the patently absurd. More info at www.fredeggcomics.com | Blog: fredeggcomics.blogspot.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter: @fredeggcomics Tumblr: fredeggcomics.tumblr.com
Gavin Pollock‘s Charlie Dandelion (available through Amazon.co.uk) is a delight. I met Gavin “in the flesh” at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, where we discussed some ideas for a cosplay-inspired Live Draw for the next Lancaster Comics Day. He very kindly sent me this collection, a tale of an unemployed, afro-sporting and eternally bemused character, dealing with the strangest Job Centre you’ll ever see run by a bizarre narcissist, who counts a talking snow leopard as a friend and finds himself assigned to work in a warehouse run by would-be alien invaders.
While the lettering needs work for future issues, the script is wonderful, with some great lines, and Gavin’s art is terrific. Well worth tracking down.
New US Comics On Sale in UK Comic Shops
Information courtesy of First Age Comics from their order list. For details of every US comic release (and more) in all comic shops, visit Diamond Comics Previews page. Not every comic shop stocks the full range but every comic can be ordered from your local comic shop
2000AD Prog 2006
Action Comics #967
Adventure Time #58
All New X-Men #15
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1
All Star Batman #4 (incl Jock variant)
Back to the Future #14
Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #4
Batman Black & White Statue (special order)
Batman TMNT Adventures #1
Betty & Veronica #2
Black Panther World of Wakanda #1
Captain America Steve Rogers #7
Casanova Acedia #7
Dark Souls Winters Spite #1 of 4
Deadpool Back in Black #3
Detective Comics #944
Dirk Gently Salmon of Doubt #2
Doom Patrol #3
Earth 2 Society #18
Gotham Academy 2nd Semester #3
Green Lantern Corps Edge of Oblivion TP
Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps #8
Invincible Iron Man #1
James Bond Hammerhead #2
Knights of the Dinner Table #237
Lost Boys #2
Lumberjanes Gotham Academy #6
Marvel GN Collection vol 128
Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #14
Mother Panic #1
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #48
New Superman #5
No Mercy #11
Red Hood & the Outlaws #4
Spider-Man Deadpool #11
Star Trek Boldly Go #2
Star Wars Poe Dameron #8
Uncanny Avengers #16
Uncanny X-Men #15
Uncanny X-Men TP vol 1 Survival of the Fittest (special order)
Wonder Woman #10
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #13
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