Garth Ennis reveals Battle-Action Special secrets in new Forbidden Planet TV videocast

Comics writer Garth Ennis returns to Forbidden Planet TV for another great chat with Andrew Sumner, this time to talk about the campaign of creation behind his personally-curated revival of IPC Magazines’ classic Battle-Action title for Rebellion, on sale next week in all good comic shops, featuring some terrific, all-new stories.

This glorious 96-page hardcover features seven brand-new stories, all written by Garth Ennis, stars classic IPC war/action characters, illustrated by an all-star team of artists, Kevin O’Neill, Chris Burnham, John Higgins, PJ Holden, Patrick Goddard and more, launches next week in the UK and in July in North America.

Garth gives viewers an insight into the characters and strips featured. Look out for Johnny Red, Skreamer of the Stukas, The Sarge, Crazy Keller, Dredger and more. Garth also reveals the “Kids Rule OK” strip in the Special, drawn by Kevin O’Neill, is an allegory about the death of Action, which will “make sense when you read it”, he teases.

Battle Action Special 2022 - Final Cover

• The Battle Action Special is available in all good comic shops, including Forbidden Planet, from 8th June 2022 and from bookshops from 14th September 2022

• A Treasury of British Comics Webshop Exclusive Edition, featuring Dredger on the cover, is only available here online from Rebellion

• You can buy the Battle Action hardcover right from Forbidden Planet here

• You can buy The Boys from Forbidden Planet here, and a whole range of great books by Garth Ennis, including his war stories and Hawk the Slayer, here

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “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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