British Comic Shop Releases (17th December 2014) – Prog 2015, Titan’s new Madefire titles – and Neil Gaiman, too

Dredd: Uprise 2


Here’s this week’s list of comics – both US and UK releases – on sale in specialist UK comic shops tomorrow, Wednesday 17th December 2014, courtesy of First Age Comics, Lancaster. We’ve picked out the titles published by British publishers in bold below, or titles with a British connection we’re aware of, including cover artists.

It’s a busy week for fans of 2000AD, with not only Prog 2015 on sale but Judge Dredd Megazine 354, plus a slew of collections, including Judge Dredd: The Daily DreddsAge of the Wolf and Stickleback: The Number of the Beast. The folk at Rebellion are clearly hoping for some last minute stocking filler buys!

Shadow Show 1 - Cover

Shadow Show launched last month from IDW – featuring gorgeous re-tellings of Ray Bradbury stories.

Titan Comics are busy, too, with the release of numerous Madefire titles as physical editions, including Captain Stone by Liam Sharp and Christina McCormack, which we previewed here.

One title that I missed completely last month was IDW‘s wonderful-looking Shadow Show, in which acclaimed writers come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury, the brilliant who wrote the likes of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and Dandelion Wine. The second issue of this limited series featuring a story by Neil Gaiman is on sale this month.

“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” written by Neil with art by Maria Fröhlich, peers into the mind of a man who sifts through his own memories in an attempt to recover the name of a famous sci-fi author.

Also in the issue is “Backward in Seville,” which brings together the singular talents of Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell to tell a small tale of a woman’s regrets and the new life that awaits her.

I’d thoroughly recommend trying to track down Shadow Show 1 if you missed it, which features “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain” written by Joe Hill and adapted by Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) and Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith).

In this haunting story, Gail and Joel, two young teens, form an unlikely bond over the discovery of a lifetime. But their lives will soon be changed, forever altered by what they found that foggy day by the silver waters of Lake Champlain?

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 and Commando, with great strips featuring in titles such as Judge Dredd MegazineDoctor Who MagazineDoctor Who AdventuresTOXICVIZ and more.

13 Coins 3 - Cover

13 Coins 3 (Titan)
Writer: Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson Artist/Cover Artist: Simon Bisley

From Eisner Award-winning artist Simon Bisley, the legendary artist of Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham and Lobo, comes a new series that finds Heaven and Hell at war in an angelic battle over the fate of Mankind. Whether he likes it or not, troubled soul John Pozner is humanity’s only salvation against the approaching Armageddon. But with the final battle at hand and his training only just beginning, the gravity of John’s apocalyptic destiny is only now beginning to dawn!

2000AD Prog 2015 - Cover


2000AD Prog 2015 (Rebellion)


  • Judge Dredd: Dark Justice by John Wagner & Greg Staples
  • Savage: Grinders by Pat Mills & Patrick Goddard
  • The Order by Kek-W & John Burns
  • Ulysses Sweet, Maniac For Hire: Psycho Therapist by Guy Adams & Paul Marshall
  • Max Normal: No Comics For Old Men by Guy Adams & Ben Willsher
  • Jaegir: Brothers in Arms by Gordon Rennie & Simon Coleby
  • The Visible Man: The Screams in the Walls by Pat Mills & David Hitchcock
  • Low Life: The Really Big Christmas Sleep by Rob Williams & D’Israeli
  • Judge Dredd: The Ghost of Christmas Presents by Michael Carroll & Karl Richardson

Read our Latest Preview: Dark Judges Set to Scare in Prog 2015
Read Our First Preview: Dark Judges, Dark Justice and Savage, Too

Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy 6

Age of the Wolf Graphic Novel - Cover


Age of the Wolf GN (Rebellion)
Writer: Alec Worley Artist/Cover Artist: Jon-Davis Hunt

Humanity’s days are numbered. On a quiet day in London, the peace is shattered as ravening werewolves appear from nowhere to rip the city and its populace apart. Rowan Morrigan is one of the few to reach safety and it is with dawning apprehension that it becomes clear she is our only hope, the last witch who, untrained though she is, may be able to hold the wolves back.

Alex + Ada 11
All New Captain America 2

Annihilator 4 - Cover

Annihilator 4 (Legendary Comics)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

Ray Spass’ life was a complete mess – a crumbling screenwriting career, a failed love life, an inoperable brain tumor – but that was before his screenplay’s fictional hero, deep-space fugitive Max Nomax, showed up in real life, insisting that his tumor contains a universe of secrets. Now, the only way for Ray to save his own life (and our existence) is to extract the information, one chapter at a time. Partnering with his fictional creation, Ray drags his ex, Luna, into their vortex of chaos. As the group faces an unexpected monster, Nomax makes a shocking revelation that endangers everyone involved.

Another Suburban Romance - Cover

Another Suburban Romance TP (Avatar)
Writer: Alan Moore Artist/Cover Artist: Juan Jose Ryp

One of the seminal works from the writer who defined modern comics, Alan Moore, is re-mastered for the first time in breathtakingly vibrant color!  Alan Moore’s performance works making up the play Another Suburban Romance are translated into print and lavishly illustrated as full sequential stories.  Comprised of three major pieces, adapted from Moore’s original presentations by frequent collaborator Antony (Fashion Beast) Johnston, this original graphic novel is completely illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp.
Running from the 1920’s Chicago style killings in Old Gangsters Never Die, to the ruminations on modern life in the namesake piece Another Suburban Romance, this powerful work is an essential piece of the Alan Moore graphic novel library that no fan will want to miss!

Arrow Season 2.5 Issue 4

The Authority Trade Paperback Volume 2


The Authority Trade Paperback Volume 2 (DC Comics)
Writers: Doselle Young & Various Artists: Frank Quitely & Various Cover Artist: Frank Quitely, Trevor Scott

In these tales from The Authority #13-29, the team faces a mad scientist who wants to influence the 21st century through Jenny Quantum, a previous Doctor who manipulated the Earth itself, and a team modeled on The Authority that was created by the G7 nations.

Avengers and X-Men: Axis 8
Avengers Now
Axis: Hobgoblin 3
Axis: Revolutions 4
Batman 37
Batman And Robin Hard Cover Volume 5 THE BIG BURN
Batman Eternal 37
Batman/Superman 17

Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo 1

Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #1 (of 6) (Dynamite Entertainment)
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Dietrich Smith Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

Dynamite proudly marks the landmark storyline of Battlestar Galactica – presenting, for the first time ever, the official and ultimate fate of series cornerstone Apollo – with a rare “Virgin Art” variant by superstar artist Mike Mayhew.

Batwoman 37
Black Widow 13
Bob’s Burgers 5

BPRD: Hell on Earth 126


BPRD Hell On Earth 126 (Dark Horse)
Writers: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist: James Harren Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell

A monster terrorizes a mountain where Howards finds a connection to his past as a prehistoric warlord. The Russians struggle with their own monsters, and in New York, the Zinco corporation operates under the mysterious directions of the Black Flame.

Captain Marvel 10

Cap Stone #1 - Cover

Captain Stone 1 (of 6) (Titan Comics)
Writer: Liam Sharp, Christina McCormack Artist/Cover Artist: Liam Sharp

The world’s first and only superhero has disappeared after undergoing a cataclysmic fall from grace in the eyes of the world. Middle-aged and unable to support his operations he had made a preposterous claim that the world was in danger, a notion derided by the media and the public at large. But what if the claim is true? Outcast writer and infamous murderess Charlie Chance, AKA The Pet, finds herself searching for the one man who was able to bring her to justice – Captain Stone.

Catwoman 37
Coffin Hill 14
Criminal Macabre: Third Child 4

Dark Horse Presents 2014 Issue 5

Dark Horse Presents 2015 Issue 5 (Dark Horse)
Writers: Joe Casey, Alex de Campi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Tyler Jenkins, Keith Champagne, Ed Brisson Artists:Tyler Jenkins, Jim Rugg, Jerry Ordway, Andy Kuhn, Leonard Kirk, Declan Shalvey Cover Artist: Alex Ross

Why is Odin wielding Thor’s hammer? Find out in Joe Casey and Jim Rugg’s thunderous Odin’s Mighty Return! Ed Brisson’s gritty crime comic Murder Book comes to DHP, featuring a tale illustrated by Moon Knight artist Declan Shalvey!

Plus, new chapters of Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic; Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Andy Kuhn’s Wrestling with Demons; Tyler Jenkins’s The Chaining; and Peter Tomasi and Keith Champagne’s The Mighty, written by Champagne with art by Leonard Kirk.

Death Defying Dr Mirage 4

Deathlok Issue 3


Deathlok 3 (Marvel)
Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist/Cover Artist: Mike Perkins

• DEATHLOK is tasked with infiltrating a hostage situation in Stuttgart, Germany, but why?
•  SHIELD agent Andrea Hope has a lead in her investigation into Henry Hayes…
•  But she’ll go to AN AVENGER for help!

Django/Zorro 2

Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor 5


Doctor Who 10th Doctor 5 (Titan Comics)
Writer: Nick Abadzis Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Verity Glass

With the Doctor half the man he should be, under the draining influence of an alien tourist trap, Gabriella is left to shoulder the burden of saving him, the planet, and the future of art in our galaxy  – and all on her first off-world trip, no less! Trapped in a terrifying creative retreat, where what was once beautiful has been rendered corrupt and horrifying, is Gabby strong enough to reverse whatever has been done to the Doctor and save an intergalactic artistic community from itself? And who, or what, are the deadly Consultants, and what plans do they have for the Doctor?

Dredd: Uprise 2 (Rebellion)
Writer: Arthur Wyatt Artist: Paul Davidson Cover Artist: Boo Cook

The new Dredd movie sequel comic book concludes! Rundown Mega-City sector The Spit is on the verge of outright anarchy, the one man who could quell the riots has been assassinated, and the social justice group Uprise claim to have stolen explosives. Tensions are coming to the boil, and Dredd must find those that are deliberately stoking the flames of dissent!

Drifter 2
Earth 2 Worlds End 11
Elektra 9

Fables 147


Fables 147 (DC Comics)
Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Mark Buckingham & Various Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia

“Happily Ever After,” part seven! Rose Red, still at her magical old home in the woods, learns why she and Snow are so special – and why they have become lodestones for the accumulation of great powers. And much to her surprise, she finds that she is truly happy here for the first time since she can remember. But can she remain there, never go back to the mundy world or Fabletown, and avoid the battle with Snow that seems all but inevitable? Plus: “The Last Story of Jack of Fables” illustrated by Russ Braun.

Fantastic Four 14

Fantastic Four 14 (Marvel)
Writer: James Robinson Artist: Leonard Kirk Cover Artist: Greg Land

• The team begins their hunt for the missing REED RICHARDS as the ALL-NEW INVADERS seek the missing children of the FUTURE FOUNDATION.
•  Meanwhile the villain who is behind everything reveals his motives to Reed stretch far back into REED AND SUE’S PAST.
•  VALERIA comes back to America. But whose side is she on?

George Perez’s Sirens 2
GI Joe 4
Godzilla Cataclysm 5
Goners 3
Green Lantern New Guardians 37 GODHEAD
Guardians Of The Galaxy 22
Harbinger Faith 0
Hellraiser Bestiary 5

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse 6

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse 6 (DC Comics)
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Eduardo Francisco, Agustin Padilla Cover Artist: Freddie Williams

Arcane Supergirl, Zatanna and Zod are already battling impossible odds when Arcane Doomsday suddenly materializes back into their world. But help is on the way, as friends are reunited and one very surprising visitor from the Gaslight Universe tries to lend a hand.

Inhuman 10

Image Firsts: Fade Out #1

Image Firsts: The Fade Out #1 (Image)
Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips

IMAGE FIRSTS editions reprint the first issues of some of our most popular series for only $1. Perfectly priced for new readers interested in trying out a new series or sampling the first chapters of some of our trade paperbacks at little to no risk, IMAGE FIRSTS are available year-round to order upon retailer request.

Intersect 2
Itty Bitty Comics The Mask 2
Jim Hensons Storyteller: Witches 4

Judge Dredd: The Daily Dredds

Judge Dredd: The Daily Dredds Hard Cover
Writer: John Wagner, Alan Grant Artist/ Cover Artist: Ron Smith

From 1981 to 1986 the Daily Star ran a Judge Dredd comic strip written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, illustrated by Ron Smith. Appearing in collected form only haphazardly well over 20 years ago, this is the first time the entire collection has been reprinted and assembled in a single volume. This collection includes both the daily and weekend strips.


Judge Dredd Megazine 355

Judge Dredd Megazine 355 (Rebellion)

More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! Yodie’s a wanted man in “Dead Zone” by John Wagner and Henry Flint; Colonel Marshal Metta Lawson realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew with Badrock in “Lawless” by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade; and the Dredd movie sequel “Uprise” by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson comes to its explosive finale. Plus, in the bagged graphic novel this month, intergalactic thief Rose O’Rion gets into hot water, courtesy of Kek-W and Andy Clarke!

Justice League 37
Kitchen 2
Knights Of The Dinner Table 215
Lil Depressed Boy@ Supposed To Be There Too 3
Lumberjanes 9
Manifest Destiny 12
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two 2
Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Hard Cover Volume 26 NICK FURY
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 8

Mono 1 - Cover

Mono 1 (Titan Comics)
Writer: Liam Sharp Artist/Cover Artist: Ben Wolstenholme

“From the Boer War, through the First and Second World War, the Cold War and beyond, Mono was there…where no one else could go…” The ape-human hybrid secret agent and Queen’s assassin, possessed of a deadly prehensile tail and “the strength of twelve men,” made his debut in the pulps of the 1930s and enjoyed a brief revival in the late 1960s and 70s. But can it be that the fiction is closer to historic fact than was ever previously guessed? Now a series of tales, told in hand-written journals and reported first-hand by those that knew him, reveal Mono as a dual-natured and conflicted adventurer – savage and noble; civilized, but ultimately untamable.

Moon Knight 10

Moon Knight 10 (Marvel)
Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Greg Smallwood Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

• Moon Knight’s latest mission- BREAK INTO THE UNITED NATIONS BUILDING!
•  Can he possibly deal with the consequences of these actions?

Ms Marvel 10

Multiversity Thunderworld 1

Multiversity Thunderworld 1 (DC Comics)
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist/Cover Artist: Cameron Stewart

The fifth chapter of the greatest adventure in DC Comics history is here! Acclaimed for their collaborations on BATMAN AND ROBIN, SEAGUY and SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY: THE MANHATTAN GUARDIAN, superstar writer Grant Morrison and renowned artist Cameron Stewart deliver some magic to THE MULTIVERSITY with a breathtaking journey to  Earth-5 – A.K.A. Thunderworld!
With a single word, Billy Batson transforms from boy reporter for Whiz Media into the world’s Mightiest Mortal – Captain Marvel! Along with the other members of the Marvel Family, Captain Marvel battles dastardly villains like Mr. Mind and the Monster Society of Evil! But now, his greatest foe has attacked the Rock of Eternity – the source of the Marvel Family’s power – and it could mean the end of reality as we know it! What impossible villains are Sivana teaming up with who could spell doom for the Multiverse? From where did Sivana’s children get their newfound super powers? And what does the appearance of one mysterious comic book mean for the heroes of Thunderworld?
Find out all that and more in this exciting issue that acts as chapter five of THE MULTIVERSITY.

New 52 Futures End 33
Oddly Normal 4
Predator: Fire And Stone 3
Q2 Return Of Quantum And Woody 3
Ragnarok 3
Red Hood And The Outlaws 37
Rukble 1

Sandman Overture 4 - Cover A

Sandman Overture 4 - Cover B

Sandman Overture 4 (DC Comics)
Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist/Cover Artist: J. H. Williams Variant Cover by Dave McKean

In an asylum in the City of the Stars, Morpheus comes face to face with the creature at the center of the war that will destroy the universe. Time is running out…

Scarlet Spiders 2 SPIDERVERSE
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman 5

Shadow Show 2

Shadow Show 2 (of 5) (IDW)
Writers: Neil Gaiman & Audrey Niffenegger Artists: Maria Frohlich, Eddie Campbell Cover Artist: Charles Paul Wilson

In Shadow Show, acclaimed writers and come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury. “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” written by Neil Gaiman with art by Maria Fröhlich, peers into the mind of a man who sifts through his own memories in an attempt to recover the name of a famous sci-fi author. “Backward in Seville,” brings together the singular talents of Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell to tell a small tale of a woman’s regrets and the new life that awaits her.

Simpsons Comics 216
Smallville Season 11 Continuity 1
Spider-Woman 2 SPIDERVERSE
Star Trek New Visions: Made Out Of Mudd
Star Trek Ongoing 39

Stickleback: The Number of the Beast

Stickleback: The Number of the Beast Trade Paperback (Rebellion)
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: D’Israeli, I. N. J. Culbard Cover Artist: D’Israeli

London, the end of the 19th-century. Stickleback, the Pope of Crime, rules the capital’s criminal fraternity as the boss of a powerful gang made up of freaks, oddballs, and semi-supernatural entities. But this position is far from stable and now a mysterious figure stationed on an airship soaring high above the city is vying for power. A brutal encounter is inevitable, but one thing is certain – live or die, Stickleback’s future is going to get a whole lot more complicated!

Storm 6
Stumptown Vol 3 Issue 4
Supergirl 37
Teen Titans 5
Teen Titans Go 7

The Third Testament Book 2

The Third Testament Book 2: The Angel’s Face (Titan)
Writer: Xavier Dorison, Alex Alice Artist/Cover Artist:  Alex Alice

The second thrilling volume in the smash-hit series in the vein of The Name Of The Roseand Indiana Jones! Fleeing France, fugitives Conrad and Elizabeth brave the catacombs of Europe in search of an underground library containing a book capable of destroying the Church, but dark forces are hot in pursuit. An adventure spanning a continent!

Thief of Theives Trade Paperback Volume 4


Thief of Thieves Trade Paperback Volume 4: The Hit List (Image)
Writer: Andy Diggle Artist/Cover Artist:  Shawn Martinbrough, Adriano Lucas

Conrad may have pulled off his last heist, but not without making some new enemies. Is anyone in his life safe? Find out in “The Hit List!”
Collects THIEF OF THIEVES #20-25.

Transformers: Drift – Empire Of Stone 2
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye 36 DAYS OF DECEPTION
Trinity Of Sin 3
Vampirella: Feary Tales 3
Wayward 5

Wicked & Divine 6

Wicked And Divine 6 (Image)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie Variant Cover by David Lafuente

THE FAUST ACT is over. Welcome to FANDEMONIUM. The second arc of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE begins in its traditional manner (i.e. a ludicrous pun.) We’d say something like “nothing will ever be the same again” but if you think about it, you can say that about literally everything, ever. Er…also some comic story. Probably.

Wonder Woman 37

Wytches 3 - Cover

Wytches 3
Writer: Scott Snyder Artist/Cover Artist:  Jock

A parent’s worst nightmare: a beloved child lost in the woods. Behind the trees lurk horrors, and the brush conceals atrocity. No matter how desperate the search, understand that your prayers will fall on deaf ears. There is no escape from the Wytches.

Zero 13


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