Cover Reveal: Classic British superheroes reborn to become ‘The Vigilant’!

The Vigilant
Cover by Simon Coleby

Lost in the mists of time, home-grown British superheroes once entertained and enthralled millions of kids. Now, the likes of Adam Eterno, Blake Edmonds, Thunderbolt the Avenger, and The Leopard from Lime Street are coming back to make summer 2018 blazing hot!

As we reported over the weekendThe Vigilant will be a special one-shot title this August from 2000AD publisher Rebellion, which resurrects classic heroes from the Fleetway comics of the 1970s – reborn and updated for a new generation to enjoy!

Written by Simon Furman (Transformers) with art by Simon Coleby (Jaegir, Judge Dredd) and other guest creators, when the evil forces of Von Hoffman and Dr Mesmer team up and pluck the immortal Adam Eterno from the winds of time, all of reality is under threat!

Only The Vigilant – a mighty team composed of super-beings, warlocks, warriors and monsters – stand between civilisation and total chaos! Join The Leopard from Lime Street, Steel Commando, Dr. Sin, Pete’s Pocket Army, Blake Edmonds, Yāo and Thunderbolt the Avenger on their premiere adventure!

Superheroes are something 2000AD hasn’t really done in the past (with a couple of exceptions) – but we’re told this is the beginning of what the publisher are dubbing the ‘Rebellion-verse’, an interconnected world of superheroes but with a very British ethos and outlook.

• Available from newsagents in the UK on 15th August 2018, The Vigilant will also be available to order from comic book stores through Diamond Distribution in the April edition of Previews

• If you missed laying your hands on a print copy, then grab the digital edition of last year’s Scream and Misty Special, where this reboot kicked off, from the 2000AD online store

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. 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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