British Comic Shop Releases (5th August 2015) – Damned Bands and Peanuts

This Damned Band #1 - Cover


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.

On sale from Dark Horse Comics this week is the first issue of Paul Cornell’s This Damned Band, with art by Tony Parker. Set in 1972, the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find they were actually… worshiping Satan. The book’s described as a darkly hilarious adventure of black magic and classic rock.

“It’s been a really long road to bring this one to market, but I’m delighted we finally got here,” says Paul, “We’re getting some excellent reviews, making Comicosity’s Hot Five, IGN’s 7 Hot Comics and Comic Alliance’s Best Comic Books Ever (This Week).

“I’m very pleased with this long interview I did for Paste Magazine, which includes a Spotify playlist of tracks that influenced the comic.”

Over at Titan Comics, they’ve gone nots – Peanuts, that is. Three volumes of their facsimile collections of Charles M. Schulz charming strip cartoons first published between 1952 and 1957 hit the shelves this week – and very nice they look, too.

Zenith: Apex EditionA quick heads up that next week sees the release of the Zenith: Apex Edition – a full size reproduction from 2000AD publishers Rebellion of the original artwork from Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s seminal superhero story from the late 1980s. Carefully hidden away by Yeowell for almost 30 years and curated by 2000 AD’s design team, the Apex Edition will be the closest readers can get to holding the original artwork in your hands – right down to seeing faded speech balloons pasted to the surface, editorial and design marks, and Yeowell’s brush and pen strokes.

This edition will not be available digitally and is limited to only 1,000 first editions, 200 available from 2000AD with a limited edition bookplate signed by Steve Yeowell.

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 MagazineDoctor 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 19422000AD Prog 1942

Featuring “Judge Dredd: Enceladus: Old Life” by Rob Williams. Henry Flint, 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; “Helium” by Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, and Ellie De Ville.

Titan Comics

The Chronicles of Legion Volume 4

Chronicles Of Legion :Hard Cover Volume 4 Three Faces Of Evil
Writer: Fabien Nury Artist: Tirso & Various

Across the centuries, and in all their incarnations, the vampiric brothers Radu and Vlad continue their bloody feud. But how long can the immortals remain completely immune to the humanity of their hosts before their emotions and feelings start to merge? Now the brothers feel their will and that of the humans they inhabit become combined, and their fate, which they once felt so certain they controlled, is changed forever. The epic conclusion to this fantasy saga will see the brothers face a new and unexpected battle – a battle for their minds.

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #15 more-penuts-v2

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #15

It’s the end… But the moment has been prepared for! The first year of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor series may have finished on astounding highs – but they’ll be back for brand-new seasons in September – right after our AMAZING 5-ISSUE WEEKLY EVENT written by Paul Cornell, solicited in the very next issue of Previews

Peanuts Volume Two: More Peanuts (1952-1954)

Peanuts Volume Two: More Peanuts (1952-1954)
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

The second volume in Titan’s classic Charles Shultz Peanuts collection! Illustrated with child-like innocence, this beautiful new facsimile edition introduces new characters like Linus and the beginnings of Charlie Brown’s terrible baseball career! Collects strips originally published from 1952 to 1954.

Peanuts Volume Three: Good Grief, More Peanuts

Peanuts Volume Three: Good Grief, More Peanuts
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

PEANUTS and its creator, Charles M. Schulz are arguably the worlds most famous newspaper comic strip and cartoonist in history. This collection of 122 Sunday Peanuts newspaper strips that ran from 1952 -1956 features many of your favourite characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Violet, Patty, Shermy, Lucy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, Linus and Beethoven and collects together the very first Sunday Peanuts strip.

Peanuts Volume Four: Good Ol’ Charlie Brown

Peanuts Volume Four: Good Ol’ Charlie Brown
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

This collection of 248 daily Peanuts newspaper strips that appeared between 1955 -1957 features all your favourite characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Violet, Patty, Shermy, Lucy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, Linus and Beethoven.

Minions Deluxe Hard Cover Volume 1
Writer: Didier Ah-Koon Artist: Renaud Collin
They’re the most loveable evil henchmen ever created! Stuart, Kevin, Bob and the rest of the Minions return for laughs and gags in this hilarious comic collection. Collecting together Minions issues #1 and #2, laugh along as the Minions unleash their unique brand of mayhem on the world. Available in Softcover and Hardcover editions.

US Comic Publishers

Dark Horse Comics

Age Of Reptiles Ancient Egyptians #3
Angel And Faith Season 10 #17
Art Of Satoshi Kon Hard Cover
Baltimore Cult Of The Red King #4
Barb Wire #2
Bowery Boys Our Fathers Hard Cover
Conan Trade Paperback Volume 17 Shadows Over Kush
Creepy Comics #21
Mighty Skullboy Army 2nd Ed Trade Paperback Volume 1
Neverboy #6

This Damned Band #1
• See above

Veda Assembly Required Trade Paperback
Witcher Fox Children #5

DC Comics

American Vampire Second Cycle #9 (Mature Readers)
Bat Mite #3
Batman Beyond #3
Constantine The Hellblazer #1 (Second Printing)
Detective Comics #43

FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #23

FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #23 (Mature Readers)
Writer: Simon Oliver Artist: Alberto Ponticelli
Cover Artist: Nathan Fox
And the fate of the world rests in some very uncertain hands.

Flash Season Zero #11
Green Lantern #43

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse Trade Paperback

Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse Trade Paperback
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Stjepan Sejic & Various Cover Artist: Gene Ha

Based on the hit videogame INFINITE CRISIS, the cosmos-spanning series is now available in print! In an alternate Earth, Atomic Two-Face has stolen the Eternal Key, an artifact that could give him the power to level a universe! The heroes of every Earth in the universe must band together to stop him. Arcane Green Lantern, Gaslight Catwoman, Atomic Wonder Woman and Nightmare Robin are only a few of the millions of alternate versions of our heroes and villains who will play a part in this universe spanning adventure. Collects issues #1-6 of the new series!

Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #7
JLA Gods And Monsters Wonder Woman #1
Lobo #9
Looney Tunes #226
Mad Max Fury Road Max #2 (Mature Readers)
Midnighter #3
Omega Men #3
Starfire #1 (Second Printing)
Superman :Trade Paperback Volume 5 Under Fire
Teen Titans Trade Paperback Volume 1 Blinded By The Light
We Are Robin #1 (Second Printing)

IDW Publishing

American Barbarian Comp Series’ Hard Cover
Berkeley Breatheds Academia Waltz & Other Transgres Hard Cover
Drones #5
Fly Outbreak #5
Frank Millers Daredevil Artifact Ed Hard Cover
Insufferable #4
Long Distance #3
My Little Pony Friends Forever #19
Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up Trade Paperback Volume 1
Star Trek Ongoing #48
TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #8
Transformers #44
X-9 Secret Agent Corrigan Hard Cover Volume 6
Zombies Vs Robots #8

Image Comics

8house Arclight #2 (Mature Readers)

Airboy #3

Airboy #3 (Mature Readers)
Writer: James Robinson ‘Artist/Cover Artist: Greg Hinkle

The drug, booze and sex fueled actions of JAMES ROBINSON and GREG HINKLE have pushed Airboy to the brink. And, in order to straighten these two degenerates out, he’s taken them to his world: a steampunk arena of Allies vs. Nazis. But will the experience change James and Greg for the better? Will they finally see the light? Or will they corrupt this world too?

Dark Corridor #1 (Mature Readers)
Deadly Class #15 (Mature Readers)
Humans #7 (Mature Readers)

Jupiter's Circle #5Jupiter’s Circle #5 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Davide Gianfelice Cover Artist: Frank Quitely

Skyfox’s drinking wreaks havoc on his relationships.

Kaptara #4
Minimum Wage So Many Bad Decisions #4 (Mature Readers)
Morning Glories #47 (Mature Readers)
Nailbiter #15 (Mature Readers)
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #11 (Mature Readers)
Savage Dragon #205
Sex #23 (Mature Readers)
We Stand On Guard #2 (Mature Readers)

Wicked & Divine #13Wicked & Divine #13 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie, Tula Lotay

There’s one god missing in our story. It’s time to finally meet Tara, Goddess of God-knows. Also, meet TULA LOTAY (SUPREME: BLUE ROSE) who joins Team WicDiv as the second guest artist in our Eisner Nominated Series. We had to mention the Eisner nom. We are shameless.

Marvel Comics

Age Of Apocalypse #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Angela Asgard’s Assassin Trade Paperback Volume 1 Priceless

Angela Asgard’s Assassin Trade Paperback Volume 1 Priceless
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett Artist: Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

All her life, Angela – finest warrior of the Tenth Realm of Heven – was raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. But Angela has learned the truth about her identity: She is Thor’s sister. She is an Asgardian. Now, cast out of her home, Angela must strike out on her own! But how does she become the guardian of a demonic child? Why do both Asgard and Heven want it so badly? And how does Loki fit in? Pursued by Asgardian warriors, Angela and her charge cross the Realms from Earth to Vanaheim, and even travel to outer space, where her teammates the Guardians of the Galaxy lend a hand. But she soon sees no other option than an invasion of her own homeland – that’s right, Angela must fight her way into Heven! Collecting ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1-6.
Rated T+

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #5
Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #10
Civil War #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Darth Vader #8

Darth Vader #8
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist/Cover Artist: Salvador Larroca

• Bounty Hunters on the attack-against the Empire!
• Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance – but how long will it last?
• Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?
Rated T

Deadpool Paws Prose Novel Hard Cover
Future Imperfect #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Groot #3

Groot #3
Writer: Jeff Loveness Artist: Brian Kesinger Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey

• ALONE AND ADRIFT, Groot’s got nobody to turn to now that his best pal Rocket Raccoon has been kidnapped!
• What’s worse, cosmic calamity continues to strike, and when a cosmic storm threatens to destroy an entire world, it’s up to Groot to stop it – but he can’t do it alone!
• Featuring special guest stars DAWN GREENWOOD AND THE SILVER SURFER!
Rated T

Guardians Of Knowhere #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Guardians Team-Up #9
Infinity Gauntlet #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two #10
Ms Marvel #17 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Power Man And Iron Fist Epic Collection Trade Paperback Heroes For Hire
Red Skull #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

Siege #2

Siege #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Filipe Andrade Cover Artist: W. Scott Forbes

• THE SHIELD is the only thing that protects the more civilized areas of Battleworld from the ZOMBIE HORDES, DEATH MACHINES, AND ANNIHILATION WAVES.
• Anyone who annoys Doom gets sent to The Shield. Anyone who gets sent to the Shield deals with ABIGAIL BRAND.
• Miss America, Lady Katherine, Kang the Conqueror, Leah Shieldmen, the Endless Summers Company, Leonardo Da Vinci and a cast of thousands will fight to the death to keep Battleworld safe. But don’t worry, Kieron Gillen is writing this book, so I’m sure everything will end happily for everyone.
• “Imagine NextWave as a tragedy,” says Kieron, if anyone asks him about it.
Rated T+

Spider-Island #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Ultimate End #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Venom By Remender Complete Collection Trade Paperback Volume 2

Other US Publishers

Adventure Time Marceline Scream Queens Enchiridion Hard Cover
Adventures Of Drippy The Newsboy Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Mature Readers)
Aquarion Evolution Graphic Novel Volume 3
Assassination Classroom Graphic Novel Volume 5
Baba Yagas Assistant YR Graphic Novel
Big Game Hunters #2
Big Game Hunters #3
Big Trouble In Little China #14
Black Rose Alice Graphic Novel Volume 5 (Mature Readers)
Bleach 3in1 Trade Paperback Volume 12
Bobs Burgers Ongoing #2 (Variant Covers)
Bright Eyed At Midnight Hard Cover
Broken World #3

Battlestar Galactica Death Of Apollo #1 Mayhew Virgin Remarked Sgn

Battlestar Galactica Death Of Apollo #1 Mayhew Virgin Remarked Sgn
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Dietrich Smith Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew

Talented artist Mike Mayhew fills the free space of this rare “Virgin Art” variant edition with a fantastic remark sketch! With the importance of the 100% official and in-continuity tale within this issue’s pages, you’ll want to commemorate the event with something special – so why not this ultra-rare remarked edition?

Bunker #13 (Mature Readers)
Captain Ken Graphic Novel Volume 2
Cluster #6
Death In Oaxaca #2 (Mature Readers)
Devils & Realist Graphic Novel Volume 6 (Mature Readers)
Evergreen Graphic Novel Volume 2
Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma Graphic Novel Volume 7 (Mature Readers)
Fox (Dark Circle) #5 Haspiel Reg Cvr (Mature Readers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Realm War #11 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Ongoing #13 (Variant Covers)
Girl Genius Second Journey Hard Cover/Soft Cover Volume 1: Beast Of The Rails
God Is Dead #40 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Godkiller Walk Among Us #7 (Mature Readers)
Gold Digger #224
James Patterson Zoo Trade Paperback
Jirni Volume 2 #1 (Variant Covers)
John Flood #1
Jojos Bizarre Adventures Phantom Blood Hard Cover Volume 3
Kaze Hikaru Graphic Novel Vol 23
Lady Death Death Goddess Dlx Collection Box Set (Mature Readers)
Lady Mechanika Tablet Of Destinies #4 Main Cvrs
Lion Of Rora Graphic Novel
Looking For Group #5 (Variant Covers)
Mage Inc #2
Maid Sama 2in1 Trade Paperback Volume 1
Michael Midas Champion Book One
Monster Musume Graphic Novel Volume 7 (Mature Readers)
My Hero Academia Graphic Novel Volume 1
Naruto Graphic Novel Volume 71
Oceanus Graphic Novel Act One
Old Wounds #4
One Piece Graphic Novel Volume 75
Parallel Man Trade Paperback
Pathfinder Origins #6 (Variant Covers)
Phantom Comp Dailies Hard Cover Volume 8 1947-1948

PS Blackcross #5

PS Blackcross #5 (Variant Covers)
Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Colton Worley Cover Artist: Tula Lotay

The American Spirit has Federal Agent Bart Hill’s throat in his hand. Maggie Allen is bleeding from the eyes. Marietta Chesler and Rob Benton are burying a body. Gary Preston is still missing, presumed incinerated. All these people were part of an escape plan, but it’s all gone wrong. In the penultimate episode of Blackcross, secrets are told, threats become real, and six haunted people are about to be murdered.

Raven’s Child Graphic Novel
Red Sonja Conan #1 (Variant Covers)
Regular Show #26
Regular Show Original Graphic Novel Volume 2 Noir Means Noir Buddy
Scratch9 Cat Of Nine Worlds
Trade Paperback
Seven Deadly Sins Graphic Novel Volume 9
Shadow Vol 2 #1
Shahrazad #5 (Variant Covers)
So Cute It Hurts Graphic Novel Volume 2
Spell Of Desire Graphic Novel Volume 5 (Mature Readers)

Spire #2
Spire #2
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely

The mysterious killer hunting the citizens of the Spire strikes again, and Sha will be the one to blame if she can’t track them down!

Steve Ditko Archives Hard Cover Volume 5 Dripping Fear

Swords Of Sorrow Thoris Adler #3

Swords Of Sorrow Thoris Adler #3
Writer: Leah Moore Artist: Francisco Manna Cover Artist: Jay Anacleto

The streets of London are no place for a woman all on her own. They are, however just fine for a woman wielding a Sword. Dejah Thoris is used to London’s dirt, and its rain, but she is growing tired of its people. She and Irene Adler must surely band together to find the Banth and get Thoris back to Barsoom, but to do that, one of them would first have to back down…

Toriko Graphic Novel Volume 29
Treadwater Graphic Novel Volume 1
Ufology #4
Voice Over Seiyu Academy Graphic Novel Volume 12

War Stories #11

War Stories #11 (Variant Covers, Mature Readers)
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist/Cover Artist: Tomas Aria

Things get worse for the little band of Irish soldiers entering Hitler’s Third Reich, as the German army turns out to have plenty of fight left in it. A battle in the deep woods leaves our heroes lost and scattered- and that’s when one of them decides to settle an old score. Tensions from Ireland’s bloody past come to a head, in part two of Our Wild Geese Go, by Garth Ennis and Tomas Aira. Available with Regular & Wraparound Covers by Tomas Aria, and Good Girl Nose Art & Battle Damage Retailer Incentive Covers by Matt Martin

Will Eisner Spirit #2 Cvr A Powell
Woods #15
Yu Gi Oh 3in1 Trade Paperback Volume 3
Zombie Tramp Vs Vampblade #2  (Mature Readers)


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Famous Monsters Of Filmland #281
Hobby Japan Jun 2015
Marvel Chess Figure Collection Mag #36 Mystique Black Bishop
Marvel Chess Figure Collection Mag #37 Nightcrawler White Pawn
Study Group Magazine 3d (Mature Readers)


Adventure Time Original Cartoon Title Cards Hard Cover Volume 2
Batman Arkham Universe Ultimate Visual Guide Hard Cover
Comics Of Joe Sacco Journalism In Visual World Hard Cover
Executive Outcomes Graphic Novel (Mature Readers)
Golden Age Masterworks From Golden Age Illustrat Hard Cover Volume 2
Lego Ninjago Build Your Own Adventure
Pearls Before Swine Skip School Fly To Space Trade Paperback
Psychedelic Rock Art Of Carl Lundgren Hard Cover
Psychedelic Rock Art Of Carl Lundgren Ltd S&N Ed
Warhammer 40k Necropolis Socft Cover


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