Here’s our guide to new comics and graphic on sale in British comic shops today (13th May 2015), complementing our monthly list of new British graphic novels and comic collections (May 2015 list here).
There are some great comics featuring the work of British creators on sale this week, including Injection, a new title from Warren Ellis and Mythic from American Phil Hester and the wonderful John McCrea, published by Image Comics (previewed here), but I’m going to go off message this week and give a big plug to American creator Walt Simonson (on the grounds that he was hugely supportive of many Marvel UK projects back in the day, providing some great Death’s Head covers for various titles).
Out this week is the Walter Simonson Star Slammers Complete Collection, collecting his amazing and inspired early strip that I’m sure older readers will have in your collections. However, this new editon from IDW however also features, published for the very first time, Simonson’s earliest version of the Slammers created for his college thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design. These stories predate his first professional comics work but strongly show the artist’s keen sense of composition and design.
Don’t forget that despite many British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour, there are still comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including The Beano, Commando, Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini’s superhero titles and VIZ, with great strips also featuring in titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures, Titan’s Doctor Who Comic (collecting their strips from the US format titles) Mega, TOXIC and many others.
The Hachette Judge Dredd Collection is also on sale now, but you may now have to subscribe if you want to continue buying it as Part Works are not distributed in newsagents after their first few issues.
Out this week is Devlin Waugh – Swimming in Blood (Issue 9 -Promotional Image right). The Mega-Cities that are home to the last vestiges of humanity are constantly preyed upon by bestial forces from beyond the realms of decency. Thankfully such monstrosities are kept at bay by spiritual envoys employed by Vatican City such as Devlin Waugh – a Brit-Cit born bon viveur and jolly good fellow to boot. When Vatican precognitive telepaths predict a horrific presence at the underwater prison of Aquatraz, Devlin is sent in to investigate and uncovers an uncompromising evil which will cause him to cancel elevenses and abandon the Queensbury rules in order to survive… Created by the pairing of distinguished scribe John Smith (Indigo Prime) and illustrious artist Sean Phillips (Criminal, The Fade Out) Swimming in Blood sets a precedent in elegant, pugnacious fiction!
Plus, the wonderful Phoenix Comic is on sale in all Waitrose supermarkets as well as available on subscription and through its dedicated iPad app.
British Comic Publishers
2000AD Prog 1930
Featuring a fabulous fully-painted Sláine cover art from series artist, Simon Davis
JUDGE DREDD: BREAKING BUD by John Wagner (Script) and Richard Elson (Art)
Mega-City One, 2137 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant, poverty is rife, and unemployment is at ninety per cent. Tensions run a constant knife-edge and only the zero-tolerance Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, former lab assistant Bud Biggard has stolen a highly powerful bracelet…
TERROR TALES: PHASE SHIFT By C.B. Harvey & David Hitchcock
Experience the terrifying side of Thrill-power with these one-off tales from beyond the shadowy veil of sanity. Whether they be ghostly goings-on that send shivers up the spine or guts-to-the-wall splatterfests that sear the retina, nothing is what it seems in these glimpses of a horrifying realm beyond our own. When Dr Jonathan Newsome starts his new job at Knowlton Manor, little does he realise the full extent of their experiments…
SLÁINE: PRIMORDIAL By Pat Mills (Script) and Simon Davis (Art)
Albion, in a time of legend. Celtic warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he travelled through time to fight for the Goddess in other eras before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. Now, having travelled to the Isle of Monadh to rescue Sinead from the Drune Lords, he’s being hunted by Trojan soldiers..
GREY AREA: ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB by Dan Abnett (Script) and Mark Harrison (Art)
North America, 2045. The Global Exo Segregation Zone — aka the GREY AREA — is a huge sector in Arizona given over to housing the large number of extra-terrestrial immigrants that arrive on Earth. A massive shanty town that acts as a holding area, it’s policed by Exo Transfer Control squads, heavily armoured cops that patrol and keep the peace amongst the aliens. But right now, Bulliet and co are somewhere else entirely…
STRONTIUM DOG: THE STIX FIX by John Wagner (Script) Carlos Ezquerra Art)
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent, or STRONTIUM DOG, is Johnny Alpha, who was thought killed… Now, he’s been charged with finding the kidnapped NKD leader Jim Jing Jong…
Grievous Journey Of Ichabod Azrael #3
Writer: Rob Williams Artist/Cover Artist: Dom Reardon
Ichabod Azrael’s grievous journey takes him in an unexpected direction, out of the deadlands and into the battlefields of World War I and on to Prohibition-era Chicago, with The Hunter and his dogs close on his heels. More reality-splitting vengeance from writer Rob Williams (The Royals: Masters of War, Doctor Who) and artist Dom Reardon.
Sanctum Redux Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Writer: Stephane Betbder Artist: Riccardo Crosa, Andrea Rossetto Cover Artist: Christophe Bec
This vast, full-color manga completely reworks Christophe Bec and Xavier Dorison’s bestselling Sanctum saga, by adding new characters, extra background storylines and unexpected plot twists. All this means that the horrific tale of the USS Nebraska submarine, trapped by demonic forces, remains as fresh and unique to fans of the original book as it does to newcomers.
Anathema Graphic Novel Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Rachel Deering Artist: Chris Mooneyham, Wesley St.
How far will one woman go for the salvation of her beloved? Mercy Barlowe’s love for Sarah brings down Hell when her puritanical father discovers them together – and has his own daughter burned at the stake. A modern take on the horror classics of the past from Rachel Deering (Womanthology), Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts), and Wesley St. Claire.
US Comic Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
Abe Sapien #23
Aliens Fire And Stone Trade Paperback
Drug & Drop Trade Paperback Volume 2
Flood Novel In Pictures Fourth Edition Hard Cover
Harrow County #1
Itty Bitty Comics Grimmiss Island #3
Lady Killer #5
Mass Effect Library Edition Hard Cover Volume 2
Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt Trade Paperback
Tomb Raider Trade Paperback Volume 2 Secrets And Lies
Writer: Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett Artist: Derliz Santacruz & Various Cover Artist: Andy Park
After the return to Yamatai Island, Lara and her friends try to put the horror of what happened there behind them and return to “normal” life. However, when a dearly departed friend pleads for help, Lara goes on a globetrotting adventure fraught with new perils and a horrible truth that must be brought to light at all costs! Collects issues #7-#12 of the ongoing series.
Arrow Season 2.5 #8
Astro City #23
Batman Arkham Knight #4
Batman Arkham Riddler Trade Paperback
Batman Dark Knight Unwrapped David Finch Deluxe Hard Cover
Coffin Hill #18 (Mature Readers)
Convergence Aquaman #2
Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #2
Convergence Catwoman #2
Convergence Green Arrow #2
Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #2
Convergence Justice League International #2
Convergence Suicide Squad #2
Convergence Superboy #2
Convergence Supergirl Matrix #2
Convergence Superman Man Of Steel #2
Earth 2 Worlds End Trade Paperback Volume 1 (N52)
Fables Deluxe Edition Hard Cover Volume 10 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Artist: Mark Buckingham & Various Cover Artist: Dan Dos
In an epic from FABLES #83-85, JACK OF FABLES #33-35, and THE LITERALS #1-3, the existence of the Fables is threatened by The Literals, who just don’t like their messy, mythical lives. And in the original graphic novel FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND, Bigby Wolf goes on a quest to find a new location for Fabletown, only to find a village populated by werewolves!
Fables The Wolf Among Us #5 (Mature Readers)
FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #20 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Alberto Ponticelli Cover Artist: Nathan Fox
Interdimensional space, dark-energy super bridges, and a borderline insane plan to save humanity from annihilation…what could possibily go wrong?
Forever Evil Trade Paperback (N52)
Green Lantern Hard Cover Volume 6 The Life Equation (N52)
Green Lantern Trade Paperback Volume 5 Test Of Wills (N52)
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #1
Mortal Kombat X #6 (Mature Readers)
Robin The Boy Wonder A Celebration Of 75 Years Hard Cover
Scooby Doo Where Are You #57
Strange Sports Stories #3 (Mature Readers)
Angry Birds Comics Hard Cover Volume 2 When Pigs Fly
Gi Joe Snake Eyes Agent Of Cobra #5
Joe Frankenstein #3
Judge Dredd Classics Dark Judges #5
Writer: Alan Grant, John Wagner Artist: Cliff Robinson, Robin Smith Cover Artist: Darick Robertson
Classics tales of Judge Death-and his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis-come to life in this re-mastered and colorised series!
Maxx Maxximized #19
Miami Vice Remix #3
My Little Pony Friends Forever #16
Rip Kirby Hard Cover Volume 8
Star Trek New Visions Resistance
Star Trek Ongoing #45
TMNT Classics Trade Paperback Volume 10
TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #5
TMNT New Animated Adventures Trade Paperback Volume 5
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Trade Paperback Volume 7
Uncle Scrooge #2
V-Wars Trade Paperback Volume 2 All Of Us Monsters
Walter Simonson Star Slammers Complete Collection Hard Cover
Writer, Artist, Cover Artist: Walter Simonson
Before Walter Simonson’s work with Marvel and DC, there was Star Slammers, a series first devised by Simonson during his college days. The Slammers would later be resurrected as a Marvel graphic novel, and then a miniseries.
Simonson describes it thus: “Once upon a time, there was a race of men who could out-shoot, out-fight, and out-kill anybody. They were paid fabulous sums to act as mercenaries. The practice became so lucrative, they decided to go into business. They became the most successful businessmen in history, and they called themselves…The Star Slammers!”
The collected Star Slammers also features, published here for the very first time, Simonson’s earliest version of the Slammers created for his college thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design. These stories predate his first professional comics work but strongly show the artist’s keen sense of composition and design.
Zombies Vs Robots #5
Aphrodite Ix Complete Oversized Hard Cover
Black Science #14 (Mature Readers)
Chrononauts #3 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Mark Millar Artist/Cover Artist: Sean Murphy
From ancient Rome to the roaring twenties to the 1980s music scene, Corbin and Danny-the world’s first time travelers-continue to wreak havoc with the time-stream, and get into more hijinks with some of history’s most notorious figures! And it’s all happening while the world-and their bosses-are watching!
Cowl #10 (Mature Readers)
East Of West #19
Five Ghosts Special #1
Injection #1 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist/Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
Once upon a time, there were five crazy people, and they poisoned the 21st Century. Now they have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life.
INJECTION is the new ongoing series created by the acclaimed creative team of Moon Knight: a mix of science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller, and ghost story all at the same time. A serialized sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and about five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection.
Mantle #1(Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Mythic #1 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Phil Hester (A/CA) John McCrea
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $1.99!
Science is a lie, an opiate for the masses. The truth is, magic makes the world go ’round. And when magic breaks, MYTHIC fixes it. Apache shaman Waterson, Greek immortal Cassandra, and cell phone salesman Nate Jayadarma are the crack field team assigned with keeping the gears of the supernatural world turning, and more importantly, keeping you from ever knowing about it.
Join Eisner nominee PHIL HESTER (Green Arrow, The Coffin) and Eisner winner JOHN McCREA (Hitman, The Boys) on their latest expedition to the dark heart of weird comics.
ODYC #5 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Matt Fraction (A/CA) Christian Ward
A near-mutiny threatens the ODY-C just as home finally seems within its reach.
Revival Trade Paperback Volume 5 Gathering Of Waters
Runlovekill #2 (Mature Readers)
Saga #28 (Mature Readers)
Southern Cross #3
Walking Dead #141 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Charlie Adlard & Various Cover Artist: Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans
• ANGELA DID WHAT!?!?!?
• (Aside from get a new costume.)
• In the climax of a battle between Heven and Asgard, both their futures are changed forever.
• So… how is Sera alive? Clue: 🙁
For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe -and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati’s desperate, world-destroying actions, the Avengers are fragmented! What has become of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes over the past eight months? What will happen when the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal clash? And have all the battles they’ve endured, and the sacrifices they’ve made, prepared any of these groups for the inevitable moment when time runs out for everybody? The third act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman’s legendary run is here! Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #40-42 and NEW AVENGERS (2013) #29-30.
Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #8
Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier Trade Paperback Volume 1 Man On Wall
Captain America And Mighty Avengers #8 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Writer: Al Ewing Artist/Cover Artist: Luke Ross
• These are the stories of the end of the world, and of the people who faced the end together.
• Some of them wore costumes, and some of them didn’t. Some had super-human powers, and all some had were each other.
• They were the Mighty Avengers. And this is what they did on the last day.
Captain Marvel #15
Darth Vader #5
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Cover Artist: Adi Granov
• Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…
• Not everyone wants him to find out the truth.
• Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?
Guardians 3000 #8
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Nico Leon Cover Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
• Stranded on 21st century Earth, the 31st century Guardians finally have a chance to locate the anomaly that is ripping the past, present and future of the Universal Time-stream apart.
• But locating it is one thing…preventing it is something else altogether. Shocking twists and end-of-the-World action!
Howard The Duck #3
Legendary Star Lord #12
Magneto #18 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #7
Marvel Universe Guardians Of Galaxy #4
Marvel Masterworks Incredible Hulk Hard Cover Volume 9
Ms Marvel #15
Night Nurse #1
Savage Hulk Trade Paperback Volume 2 Down To Crossroads
Secret Wars #2
Spider-Man 2099 #12
Writer: Peter David Artist: Will Sliney Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina
• Miguel O’Hara finds himself in the middle of bidding war between Parker Industries and rival Alchemax!
• Not only that, but his traveling through time has put the people he cares about in the year 2014 in imminent danger!
When the Empire falls, a New Republic rises! After Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine is dead – but can his faithful Hand, Mara Jade, complete her final mission of revenge? Replica droid assassin Guri has also lost her master…but as she struggles for humanity, her android brain makes her a target! When rivals clash over Jabba the Hutt’s criminal empire, the Bloated One makes a surprising appearance! And a mysterious doppelganger is asking for trouble impersonating everyone’s favourite bounty hunter – it’s Boba Fett vs. Boba Fett! Collecting STAR WARS: MARA JADE – BY THE EMPEROR’S HAND #0-6, STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE – EVOLUTION #1-5, STAR WARS: THE JABBA TAPE, STAR WARS: BOBA FETT – TWIN ENGINES OF DESTRUCTION, and material from STAR WARS TALES #1, #3-5, #10, #14-15, #20 and #22.
Thor Prem Hard Cover Volume 1 Goddess Of Thunder
Uncanny Avengers #4
07 Ghost Graphic Novel Volume 16
Accelerators Time Games Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #5
Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #5 Subscription Stanton
Adventure Time Sugary Shorts Hard Cover Volume 2 (Boom! Studios)
Writer: Roger Langridge, Noelle Stevenson Artist: Frazer Irving & Various Cover Artist: Jillian Crab
A collection of shorts featuring Finn, Jake, and the rest of the citizens of Ooo from the pages of Adventure Time #1618, Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular, Adventure Time: 2013 Summer Special, and Adventure Time: 2013 Annual.
Ariol Soft Cover Volume 7 Wheres Petula
Auteur Sister Bambi #1 (Mature Readers)
B & V Friends Comics Double Digest #243
Bill & Ted Most Triumphant Return #3
Bravest Warriors #32
Battlestar Galactica: Death Of Apollo #6
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Dietrich Smith Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew
Starbuck and Athena have refused to accept that Apollo is gone, and their unsanctioned mission to prove that he survived has led to catastrophic consequences for the Fleet. After years of silence, the Cylons have found humanity again, and are closing in greater numbers than ever before to complete the extinction of mankind.
Dance In Vampire Bund Part 2 Scarlet Order Graphic Novel Volume 2 (Mature Readers)
Deep State #6
Don’t Get Eaten By Anything Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Escape From New York #6
Four Points #2 (Variant Covers)
Game Of Thrones Hard Cover Graphic Novel Volume 4 (Mature Readers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Ongoing #10 Plague Part 2 (Variant Covers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Wonderland #35 Well Dreams (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Ghetto Brother Warrior To Peacemaker Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Giant Days #3
Great Expectations Manga Classics Graphic Novel
Great Expectations Manga Classics Hard Cover
Gronk A Monster’s Story Graphic Novel Volume 2
Heroic Legend Of Arslan Graphic Novel Volume 3
Imperium #4 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Doug Braithwaite Cover Artist: Rafa Sandoval
The greatest villain in the Valiant Universe wages war…to create Utopia! New York Times bestselling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) continue the unprecedented comics story of a madman determined to save the world…at any cost!
Toyo Harada is assembling a legion of living weapons. And the last, greatest gambit he needs is deep within the clutches of his most powerful opponents. To secure the human asset critical to his plan, Harada gambles everything he has in an all-out battle to win everything he desires!
Jim Butcher Dresden Files Down Town #4
Lantern City #1 Main Cvrs
Legenderry Green Hornet #4
Looking For Group #2
Love Stage Graphic Novel Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Lucifer And The Biscuit Hammer Trade Paperback Volume 3 (Mature Readers)
Mouse Guard Legends Of Guard Volume 3 #3
Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice Hard Cover Volume 1
Writer: C. J. Henderson, Wendi Lee Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz & Various
From the mind of New York Times-bestselling author and Eisner Award-winning author Neil Gaiman, Lady Justice is the living embodiment of justice, possessing oppressed women and giving them the ability to fight their tormentors. In times of trouble, the spirit of Justice appears before women and offers them the chance to take revenge on their male abusers. This graphic novel series will collect all of the classic Lady Justice comics for the first time anywhere.
Nimona Graphic Novel
Nimona Graphic Novel Hard Cover
Old Wounds #2
Pathfinder Origins #4
Phantom Sundays Archive Full Half Pages Hard Cover Volume 1 1939-1942
PS Blackcross #3
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Colton Worley Cover Artist: Tula Lotay
Rob Benton is in hospital and his secret is about to be revealed. But there’s another secret that he doesn’t even know he has, and now Marietta Chesler, possessed by the spirit of something from The Other Side, is coming to tear it out of him. Across town, Jeff Dumont has quietly returned from Tibet, even as The American Spirit is circling Blackcross like a raptor. When Bart Hill, head of the American Spirit case, finds out, he might not think it’s a coincidence – but something else is already stalking Bart…
Puppet Master #3 (Mature Readers)
Ranma 1/2 2in1 Trade Paperback Volume 8
Rick & Morty #1 2nd Printing
Rick & Morty #2
Rise #2 Comics Against Bullying
Robocop 2014 #11 (Mature Readers)
Sip (Strangers In Paradise) Kids #3
Sixth Gun Dust To Dust #3
Solar Man Of Atom #12
Sonic The Hedgehog #272
Space Riders #1 2nd Printing (Mature Readers)
Space Riders #2 (Mature Readers)
Spongebob Comics #44
Supertemporal Graphic Novel
Unity #18 (Variant Covers)
Wuvable Oaf Hard Cover
X-O Manowar #36 (Variant Covers)
Comic Shop News #1456
DC Batman Auto Figure Magazine #57 Detective #37
DC Batman Auto Figure Magazine #58 Beware The Batman
DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Mag #82 Superboy White Pawn
DC Superhero Chess Figure Collection Mag #83 Sinestro Black Bishop
Juxtapoz #173 Jun 2015
Marvel Chess Figure Collection Mag #32 Molecule Man & Archangel 2pk
Rue Morgue Magazine #155
Fangirls Guide To Galaxy Handbook For Girl Geeks Hard Cover
Geek Handbook 2.0 Soft Cover
Hidden Mickeys Of Disneyland Soft Cover
Isle Of The Lost Descendants Prequel Ya Hard Cover Novel
Marvel Avengers Age Of Ultron Pop Up Book Hard Cover
Warhammer The Rise Of The Horned Rat Trade Paperback
Women Of Wonder Celebrating Women Creators Of Fantastic Art
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