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

The Vigilant
Cover by Simon Coleby coloured by Len O’Grady

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 weekend, The 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) coloured by Len O’Grady, lettered by Simon Bowland, with more strips by 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, Doctor Sin, Pete’s Pocket Army, Blake Edmonds, Yāo and Thunderbolt the Avenger on their premiere adventure!

2000AD have announced the “Doctor Sin” support strip – a character who originally made just one appearance, in the 2000AD 1979 Annual with art by Horacio Lalia, will be written by Rob Williams with art by Luca Pizzari.

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.

“The cover looks simply gorgeous and Simon Coleby is busy on the interior art,” Simon enthused online earlier this week.

“It’s been a massive and fun trawl into my youth, and hopefully the beginning of something equally enduring.

“Keep watching for more teases and details as we advance to its August publication date.“

• 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

• Simon was on stage at ICE Margate talking about his career and the panel was recorded for the Englishman in San Diego web site – listen to it here

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the 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 has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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