Here’s this week’s list of comics on sale now in comic shops across the UK. As usual, our list highlights the work of British creators and publishers. You may also be already thinking about Christmas (some people do, advertisers, mainly), so you may also like to check out this year’s crop of annuals, which are invading bookshops at a steady pace right now.
This week sees the comic shop release of VCs Hell In The Heavens from 2000AD publisher Rebellion, written by Gerry Finlay Day with art by Cam Kennedy and Garry Leach. A fan favourite, it’s a future war with all stops pulled out, utilising the popular theme of a young recruit Steve Smith thrown straight into the deep end. He’s ready for action, but first he must face a fight closer to home and gain acceptance of his new combat-hardened crew mates. Read Our Preview here.
Just while you’re waiting for the time streams to align for Time Lord intervention, three come along at once. A trio of Dcotor Who titles are on offer from Titan Comics, with Rian Hughes providing a smashing cover to the Twelfth Doctor’s tenth issue. As with many of the Doctor Who covers, it’s crying out to be offered as a print.
On the US publisher side, I’ll be tracking down a copy of Resident Alien Sam Hain Mystery #3 by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. A real gem.
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.
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 1941
Featuring: “Judge Dredd: Blood of Emeralds” by Michael Carroll, Colin MacNeil, Chris Blythe, and Annie Parkhouse;” Absalom: Under A False Flag” by Gordon Rennie, Tiernan Trevallion, and Simon Bowland; “Jaegir: Tartarus” by Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby, Len O’Grady, and Simon Bowland; “Outlier: Dark Symmetries” by TC Eglington & Karl Richardson; and “Helium” by Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, and Ellie De Ville.
Devlin Waugh: Red Tide Trade Paperback
Writer: John Smith Artist: Sean Phillips, Jock Cover Artist: Sean Phillips
Vampirism can be a bally intolerable nuisance to one’s social life, ask Devlin Waugh. Having been transformed into a blood-sucking fiend when on a mission for the Vatican, the one-time Corinthian is now a shadow of his old, jovial self. But now a terrifying evil from Devlin’s past has returned with an unquenchable thirst for mayhem. Will the form connoisseur of au courant be equipped to defeat this menace? Or is the world destined to suffer in the putrescent grip of this supernatural, degenerate force?
By 2531, humanity has colonized the solar system. Warfare and barbarity had all but been forgotten. Then the Geeks arrived, a deadly alien species with only one things on their dark, unfathomable minds – the extinction of the human race! And so, humanity was forced to battle once more, this time among the stars, in space patrol ships crewed by the V.C.s (aka Vacuum Cleaners). New recruit Steve Smith is ready for action, but first he must face a fight closer to home and gain acceptance of his new combat-hardened crew mates.
James Fenimore Cooper’s poignant tale superbly presented as a comic strip by the talented artists Cecil Doughty and Ruggero Giovannini. Set in 1757, when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America, it is the story of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, commander of a beleaguered fort. The girls, Cora and Alice, are rescued from an ambush by Hawkeye, a hunter, and his two Mohican companions, Chingachgook and his son, Uncas. The first adaptation in this book was drawn and painted by renowned Italian artist Ruggero Giovannini and appeared in Tell Me Why in 1968. The second version, from Look and Learn, was drawn in fine and authentic detail by Cecil Doughty and was originally published in 1980. Though taken from the same source material, both versions differ in more ways than just the look of their artwork.
Dengue Hard Cover Graphic Novel
Writer: Rodolfo Santullo Artist/Cover Artist: Matias Bergara
In the near future, thanks to global warming, Montevideo, Uruguay, is a city under siege from swarms of mosquitoes and the deadly dengue fever they carry. As the diseased bodies pile up in the streets pragmatic Police Sergeant Pronzini must solve the murder of an esteemed entomologist in order to unlock the true secret of a specific type of dengue infection that may just change the face of humanity forever. From writer and journalist Rodolfo Santullo and artist Matías Bergara, Dengue is a dry and sardonic sci-fi thriller dealing with the ultimate consequences of climate change.
Soaring Penguin Press
Creators: Gary Spencer Millidge & Various Cover Artist: Mark Stafford
Meanwhile… 3 features an astonishing Manga-style adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 (Summer’s Day) by Rainbow Buddy (Ivy Ling). Plus our gripping serials continue with all-new episodes of The Bad Bad Place by David Hine and Mark Stafford, Yuko Rabbit’s 10 Minutes, and of course the third installment of Strangehaven by Gary Spencer Millidge. Plus stories by Laura Trinder, Thierry Labrosse, and Frances Castle.
Doctor Who 10th #13 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Nick Abadzis Artist: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Eisner award-winning writer Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favourite Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk) race the Doctor and Gabby towards the conclusion of “Year One”! A terrifying pyramid has appeared in the skies above New York City, and it’s here to claim an ancient secret, buried in the body of a very-much alive movie star! As the Doctor attempts to unravel the conflict, Gabby and Cindy’s friendship is stretched to breaking point. Has Gabby changed too much in her short time away – or has she changed just enough to save the day?
Doctor Who 12th #10 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Robbie Morrison Artist: Brian Williamson, Mariano Laclaustra Cover Artist: Rian Hughes
Thrillingly explosive action on the ’60s Las Vegas strip as the Doctor and Clara battle the mob and an alien invasion force! The Doctor gambles with humanity, with the highest stakes and the longest odds! Has his morality been compromised – or has Clara’s? Sharp fashions, sharp minds, and sharper weapons!
Doctor Who 9th #3 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Cavan Scott Artist: Blair Shedd, Rachael Stott Cover Artist: Blair Shedd
The hotly-anticipated “Weapons of Past Destruction” continues, as the Doctor, Rose, and Jack are trapped in an alien bazaar, caught in a heavily-armed standoff between the overpowered Unon and the Lect, as the nearby star threatens to go supernova!
Peanuts Trade Paperback Volume 1 1950-1952
Writer, Artist & Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz
The very first adventures of the world-famous newspaper strips by Charles Schulz! Filled with bitter-sweet humour and child-like innocence, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang in this beautiful new facsimile edition of the timeless classic Peanuts strips by the legendary cartoonist Charles Schultz. Collects strips originally published from 1950 to 1952.
Scarlett Couture #4 (Variant Covers)
Writer, Artist & Cover Artist: Des Taylor
In this action-packed finale, Scarlett and Trent are imprisoned by the villainous Dante Ramon when they learn of the impending destruction of Las Vegas. With less than an hour to stop the devastation, Scarlett and her team must do everything they can to save hundreds of thousands of lives, and finally uncover the evil mastermind behind it all!
Surface Tension #3
Writer, Artist & Cover Artist: Jay Gunn
The corals activate – and there’s a tsunami on the way! Shauna and Shariq uncover the truth about Megumi and Ryan’s shock return! A monstrous hunter stalks the island, and all anomalies must be purged! Death comes to the island – again!
US Comic Publishers
Conan Red Sonja Hard Cover
Conan The Avenger #16
EC Archives Weird Science Hard Cover Volume 4
Grindhouse Midnight Trade Paperback Volume 3 Slay Ride & Blood Lagoon (Mature Readers)
Writer: Alex De Campi Artist: R. M. Guera, Chris Peterson Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Check your good taste at the door! Grindhouse is back with two brand-new exploitation opuses – the terrifying winter western “Slay Ride” and the continuing adventures of Deputy Garcia, in “Blood Lagoon”! We know you love it filthy, and we’re going all night long! Collects Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out issues #1-#4!
Halo Escalation #20
Writer: Duffy Boudreau Artist: Ian Richardson, Denis Freitas Cover Artist: Isaac Hannaford
“The Absolute Record” part 2-Operation: ATHENA is underway and there is no turning back. Will Commander Palmer’s team survive the treacherous journey into an ancient vault of Forerunner secrets? The thrilling sequel to Halo® 4’s Spartan Ops continues from Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre) and Ian Richardson (Noble Causes).
Lobster Johnson A Chain Forged In Life One Shot
Mulan Revelations #2
Oh My Goddess Omnibus Trade Paperback Volume 1
Seeking the truth behind a decades-old murder in the seemingly sleepy town of Patience, Washington, the stranded alien known as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigel learns a few lessons in human nature and forgiveness. A unique science-fiction/murder-mystery mash-up by creators Peter Hogan (Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders)!
Tomb Raider #18
Writer: Rhianna Pratchett Artist: Derliz Santacruz, Andy Owens Cover Artist: Brian Horton
After the events in the Mexican jungle, Lara finds herself back in London. However, the downtime doesn’t sit well with Lara and it’s even worse for Sam-much worse! Will they be able to overcome what haunts them?
Batgirl #41 (Second Printing)
Batgirl Annual #3
Catwoman Trade Paperback Volume 6 Keeper Of The Castle
Deathstroke Annual #1
Flash Annual #4
Gotham By Midnight Annual #1
Green Lantern By Geoff Johns Omnibus Hard Cover Volume 2
He Man The Eternity War #8
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist/Cover Artist: Pop Mhan
Blood… blood everywhere! The line between “Masters” and “war criminals” is challenged as the Snake Men throw bodies of Horde troops into burning piles, while Horde forces hack, slash, and blast back Snake Men soldiers.
JLA Gods And Monsters Superman #1
Lobo Annual #1
Mad Max Fury Road Furiosa #1 (Second Printing) (Mature Readers)
Red Lanterns Trade Paperback Volume 6 Forged In Blood
Sandman Overture #5 Special Edition (Mature Readers)
Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist/Cover Artist: J. H. Williams
This Special Edition will include the entire fifth issue of the new miniseries before coloring, with translucent lettering, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at J.H. Williams’s unique art process. This issue will also include a special process piece interview with Dave McKean, a mini Q&A with Neil Gaiman and other surprises!
Swamp Thing The Root Of All Evil Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Writer: Grant Morrison, Mark Millar Artist: Phil Hester, Kim DeMulder Cover Artist: John Mueller
A lost epic from issues #140-150 is collected at last! The rug is pulled out from under Alec Holland as he awakens from a coma in a South African hospital. But are his visions of a shambling (Secret Wars)mp creature the result of a hallucinogen he ingested during his experiments on plants?
Donald Duck #3
Ghostbusters Get Real #2
Jem & The Holograms #5
Maxx Maxximized Hard Cover Volume 4
Punky Brewster Trade Paperback Volume 1
Shrinking Man #1
Skylanders #11 Light In The Dark
Thunder Agents 50th Annv Special
TMNT Animated Trade Paperback Volume 6 Vengeance Is Mine
TMNT Ongoing #48
Transformers Combiner Hunters Spec (One Shot)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #43
Transformers Vs Gi Joe #8
Transformers Windblade #5
Weird Love #8
X-Files Annual 2015
Casanova Acedia #3 (Mature Readers)
God Hates Astronauts #10 Cvr A Browne (Mature Readers)
God Hates Astronauts #10 Cvr B Seeley (Mature Readers)
Invisible Republic #5 (Mature Readers)
Lazarus #18 (Mature Readers)
Low #8 (Mature Readers)
Manhattan Projects Sun Beyond The Stars #1 (Second Printing)
Manhattan Projects Sun Beyond The Stars #2
Material #3 (Mature Readers)
Mythic #3 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Writer: Phil Hester (A/CA) John McCrea
Mythic’s enemy is revealed.
Rasputin #7 (Mature Readers)
Sex Criminals #11 (Mature Readers)
Southern Bastards #10 (Mature Readers)
Sparks Nevada Marshal On Mars #4
Tithe #4 (Variant Covers)
Wayward #10 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Witchblade #178 Smashcon Ex Cvr
Zero Trade Paperback Volume 4 Who By Fire (Mature Readers)
1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (Secret Wars)
Age Of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies #2 (Secret Wars)
Writer: James Robinson Artist/ Cover Artist: Steve Pugh
WAR RAGES BETWEEN TWO SIDES OF UNHUMANITY – THE UNDEAD AND THE ARTIFICIAL!
• As battle escalates between ULTRON’S robotic horde and the ZOMBIE masses, a smaller pocket of humanity must defend themselves from both sides.
• Can SALVATION-an oasis of sanity amidst utter chaos run by JIM HAMMOND, THE VISION and WONDER MAN-protect what little humanity resides in the “DEADZONE”?
• And what is the HANK PYM from 1872, a man literally in a world he never made, supposed to do when first encountering the evil of Ultron?
Black Widow #20 (Secret Wars)
Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #3 (Secret Wars)
Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist/Cover Artist: Mike Perkins
OUT OF CONTROL AND OUT OF TIME!
• Henry Hayes faces S.H.I.E.L.D., BIOTEK and another DEATHLOK. What options does he have – but to die?
Guardians Team-Up #8
Hawkeye Trade Paperback Volume 4 Rio Bravo
Howard The Duck #3 Quinones (Second Printing) Var
Inhuman Trade Paperback Volume 3 Lineage
Magneto Trade Paperback Volume 3 Shadow Games
Marvel Universe Ult Spider-Man Web Warriors #9
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Coll Trade Paperback Book 01
Modok Assassin #3 (Secret Wars)
Mrs Deadpool And Howling Commandos #1 Brown (Second Printing) Var (Secret Wars)
Powers #4 (Mature Readers)
Star Wars #7
Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Simone Bianchi Cover Artist: John Cassaday
• A special one-off tale of Ben Kenobi!
• Injustice reigns on Tatooine as villainous scum run rampant.
• Will Ben risk revealing himself to do what’s right?
• Guest Artist Simone Bianchi (WOLVERINE, ASTONISHING X-MEN) joins writer Jason Aaron for this special tale!
Thors #2 (Secret Wars)
Uncanny Avengers Trade Paperback Volume 5 Axis Prelude
X-Men 92 #2 (Secret Wars)
Accelerators Momentum #3 (Mature Readers)
Auteur Sister Bambi #3 (Mature Readers)
Baby Sitters Club Color Ed Graphic Novel Hard Cover Volume 2 Truth About Stacey
Baby Sitters Club Color Ed Graphic Novel Volume 2 Truth About Stacey
Captain Canuck 2015 Ongoing #3
Comic Fandom Quarterly #2
Complete Chi Sweet Home Trade Paperback Volume 1
Conditions On The Ground Hard Cover
Crossed Badlands #81 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Crossed Badlands #82 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Deep State #8
Demons & Angels Hard Cover Volume 2 Clay Wilson (Mature Readers)
Dragonar Academy Graphic Novel Volume 7 (Mature Readers)
Drone Fatal Error #3
Escape From New York #8 Main Cvrs
Evil Ernie Trade Paperback Volume 2 Rise Of Evil
Fairy Quest Trade Paperback Volume 2
Fairy Tail Graphic Novel Volume 49
Fubar Declassified Trade Paperback (Mature Readers)
Future Proof #6
George Perezs Sirens Pen & Ink #1
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Tales Of Terror #13 (Mature Readers, Variant Covers)
Goodbye Chunky Rice Pantheon Ed New Printing
Hacktivist Volume 2 #1
Havent You Heard Im Sakamoto Graphic Novel Volume 1
Help Us Great Warrior #6
Herald Lovecraft And Tesla #5
Hit 1957 #4
Hoax Hunters 2015 #5 (Mature Readers)
Ice Bayou Blackout #3
Imperium Trade Paperback Volume 1 Collecting Monsters
Writer: Joshua Dysart Artist: Doug Braithwaite Cover Artist: Raul Allen
A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a superpowered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way!
Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet. Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous, and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now!
Start reading here as New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of the Harvey Award-nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice) begin the daring new superhero saga of the year.
Collecting IMPERIUM #1-4.
Jungle Girl Season 3 #4
Kids Of The Round Table #3
Knights Of The Dinner Table #222
KODT Bundle Of Trouble Trade Paperback Volume 49
Last Ones Hard Cover (Mature Readers)
Leaf Hard Cover
Level Up Graphic Novel New Printing (Note Price)
Melody Story Of A Nude Dancer Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Men Of Mystery #97
Mercy Sparx #8 Cvr A Ruffino (Mature Readers)
Mercy Sparx #8 Cvr B Broomal (Mature Readers)
Ninjak #5 (Variant Covers)
Not Funny Ha Ha Hard Cover
Original Ghost Rider Hard Cover Volume 1
Path To Providence Collector Box Set (Mature Readers)
Phoebe Gloeckner Diary Of Teenage Girl Graphic Novel Revised Ed (Mature Readers)
Pre Code Classics Strange Fantasy Hard Cover Volume 1
Primates Fearless Science Of Goodall Fossey & Galdikas Sc
Princeless Be Yourself #2
Providence Collectors Box Set
Writer: Alan Moore Artist/ Cover Artist:Jacen Burrows
Prepare for the return of Alan Moore to the frightful world of H.P. Lovecraft with this stunning box set of all that has come before! There would be no Providence without The Courtyard and Neonomicon before it, here is a very special chance to get a set of original first printings of those previous works! All told, this contains 30 covers from the two series, the original Neonomicon HarDC over edition, and the two original promotional posters for Neonomicon – both signed by Jacen Burrows and Alan Moore!
The Complete contents: Courtyard #1 & 2 Regular and Wraparound covers on both. Neonomicon #1,2,3,4 – Regular, Wraparound, Auxiliary, Book of the Dead covers on all four issues. Neonomicon #1 Chicago, #1 New York, #1 San Diego, #2 New York. Neonomicon Hornbook – Regular, C2E2, Motor City, Wondercon, Project CC, and the Signed Leather cover. Neonomicon HarDC over Collection. Two Neonomicon promo posters, signed by Jacen Burrows and Alan Moore.
This is a truly special collectible set but limited to just 100 sets, so these are sure to go fast!
Psycho Bonkers #3 (Variant Covers)
Pussycats #3 (Mature Readers)
Red Sonja #17
Roy Thomas Presents Rulah Jungle Goddess Hard Cover Volume 3
Roy Thomas Presents Rulah Jungle Goddess Slipcase Ed Volume 3
Sabrina #4 Reg Cvr (Mature Readers)
Silent Voice Graphic Novel Volume 2
Simpsons Illustrated #18
Sonic Boom #10 Spaz Reg Cvr
Squarriors #3 (Mature Readers)
Swords Of Sorrow Sonja Jungle #1 Virgin
Teen Boat Hard Cover Graphic Novel Volume 1
Terminally Illin Graphic Novel Volume 1
Vamplets Nightmare Nursery #5
Wasteland Trade Paperback Volume 11 Floodland
World War 3 Illustrated #46 Youth Activism & Climate (Mature Readers)
X-O Manowar Deluxe Hard Cover Volume 2
Yamada Kun & Seven Witches Graphic Novel Volume 3
Airbrush Action Magazine #126 Jul Aug 2015
Comic Shop News #1467
DC Batman Auto Fig Mag #59 Detective #54 Batplane
DC Batman Auto Fig Mag #60 Batman #63 Mothman
DC Batman Auto Fig Mag #61 Noel Batmobile
DC Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #86 Owlman Black Knight
DC Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag Cap Boomerang #87
Doctor Who Magazine #488
Marvel Fact Files #77 Black Cat Cover
Marvel Fact Files #78 Spider-Man & Wolverine Cover
Marvel Fact Files #79 Batroc Cover
Marvel Fact Files #81 Lady Deathstrike Cover
Marvel Fact Files #82 Rocket Racoon Cover
Marvel Fact Files #83 Nova Cover
Marvel Fact Files #84 Kingpin Cover
Marvel Fact Files Binder
Marvel Fact Files Binder
Non Sport Update Volume 26 #4
Star Trek Starships Fig Mag #46 Enterprise Ncc-1701c
Tomarts Action Figure Digest #207
Art Of Grasshopper Manufacture Comp Coll Suda 51 Sc
Bending Steel Modernity & American Superhero Hard Cover
Blacker The Ink Constructions Black Identity In Comics Sc
Freehand Figure Drawing For Illustrators Sc
More Heroes & Heroines Japanese Game & Animation Illus Sc
Neil Gaiman Neverwhere Authors Preferred Text Hard Cover
Posters Otomo Katsuhiro Graphics Design Sc
Star Wars Little Golden Book Attack Of Clones
Star Wars Little Golden Book Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Little Golden Book New Hope
Star Wars Little Golden Book Phantom Menace
Star Wars Little Golden Book Return Of Jedi
Star Wars Little Golden Book Revenge Of Sith
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.