It’s a busy week here in the downthetubes dungeon, so apologies for a shorter than usual round up of new comics! I’m busy plugging away at behind the scenes work to promote both the upcoming Lakes International Comic Art Festival, revamping the web site, and Lancaster Comics Day, heading your way in June – among other things. There may even be some Dan Dare Audio Adventures news next week, too…
Anyway – our list of new comics below, both in newsagents and comic shops. 2000AD has a major shock in store for Judge Dredd fans if you haven’t already bought this week’s Prog – and the shocks keep on coming in 2000AD Prog 1977, on sale next week, which we gave you a sneak peek of recently.
While it’s not a “jump on” issue – the 2000AD team did one of those recently with Prog 1974 – there is a smashingly silly Tharg story in the vein of all Tharg stories, in a seriously thrill-power packed issue you must not miss… so thrill-powered things spill over into Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 371!
New Titan Comics this week are the superb, ongoing Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 by Cavan Scott, Adriana Melo and Mateus Lopes (reviewed here); Samurai #2 by Jean-François Di Giorgio and Frédéric Genêt; and Rivers Of London: Night Witch #2 by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero.
As usual, don’t forget that despite some British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour, there are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including The Beano, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini’s superhero titles, Titan Comics superhero titles and VIZ, with great strips also featuring in titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures, Titan’s Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS (collecting their strips from the US format titles) Mega, TOXIC and many others.
Plus, the wonderful Phoenix Comic is now on sale in many (but not all) Waitrose supermarkets and – at last, selected high street WH Smiths stores – and some comic shops (stockist list here) as well as available on subscription.
Hachette Partworks, whose partwork titles include Doctor Who: The Complete History and Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection, continue their How To Draw The Marvel Way, along with their re-release of their hugely successful part work, Marvel’s Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novel series.
Note that you may now have to subscribe if you want to continue buying Part Works some are not distributed in newsagents after their first few issues.
New Digital Comic Picks
Week 5 of Aces Weekly Volume 21 is available now, featuring week one of prison drama, My Way, from Ace stalwarts, Jok LP and Rodolfo Santullo! It’s just one more reason to subscribe for just £1 per week if you’re yet to join this elite readership, and put together by the guy who brought you V For Vendetta! What’s not to like?
Currently-running, Aces Weekly Volume 21, includes, Paul Rainey‘s continuing biting satire on family life in, Why Don’t You Love Me?; Jok and Santullo‘s rich fantasy story, Dungeons and Burglars; the horrorshow retro of Gentleman Ghouls, from Martin Hayes and Alfie Gallagher ; the total and unmitigated wackiness of Duckless, from Marc Makes Comics; willowy witches in Dr Queer; plus the upcoming return of the inestimable, Combat Colin from Lew Stringer; more from Grace’s Imaginary Menagerie; together with an extraordinary tale from Petri Hänninen and Jussi Kaakinen about a world where Wonderful Old Age has a very special quality.
All ready to read via the smooth portals of Paypal at www.acesweekly.co.uk/shop – and if you want Back Volumes with a bonus, Check it out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/613032778860362/!
It’s a lot, isn’t it? And easy to grab via www.acesweekly.co.uk/shop. Don’t miss out on all the Previous Volumes, either which have up to 200 pages including Extras, and in full form feature in an exclusive Week-to-Week facility, which transforms any volume’s serialized stories into continuous comic book-sized narratives.
Comics On Sale in UK Comic Shops
On Sale in all good UK comic shops from Wednesday 15th April 2016. Don’t miss out on a special DC Previews, available now. Info via First Age Comics Lancaster
A cracking new Prog featuring Judge Dredd: The Grindstone Cowboys by Michael Carroll, Colin MacNeil, Len O’Grady, and Annie Parkhouse; future Shocks: Tour Guide by Rory McConville, Joshua George, and Simon Bowland; Survival Geeks: Geeks Fatales by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby, Neil Googe, Gary Caldwell, and Ellie De Ville; Tainted: The Fall of Deadworld by Kek-W, Dave Kendall, and Annie Parkhouse; Aquila: Charon’s Mercy by Gordon Rennie, Paul Davidson, Len O’Grady, and Ellie De Ville.
Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #1
Writers: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
Colorist: Mateus Lopes
The Ninth Doctor is back – and this time he’s ongoing! In Part 1 of ‘DOCTORMANIA’, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack uncover a mysterious video. Tracking down its source could help Jack uncover why his mind was wiped – but the first step takes the Doctor to a planet where he is, inexplicably, a celebrity!
Writers: Jean-François Di Giorgio
Artist: Frédéric Genêt
Free of the 13th Prophet, Takeo has traveled to the Unnamed Island, where his skills as a swordsman, and as a man, are challenged. But he has the chance to learn the Bushido Way, and what it truly takes, and what it truly means, to be a Samurai.
Rivers Of London: Night Witch #2
Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Following a disastrous attempt to ‘recruit’ the witch, Vavara, a Russian oligarch turns his sights on Peter Grant and Thomas Nightingale – two of London’s finest policemen and its only wizards – to help recover his daughter – apparently kidnapped by dark elemental forces. But for Peter and Nightingale, a dark betrayal from the past is about rear its ugly head…
Other Comics On Sale This Week – Mainly US Publishers
Archer & Armstrong #2
Abe Sapien #32
Adventure Time #51
Agents of Shield #4
All New All Different Avengers #8
All New Inhumans #6
All New X-Men #8
Amazing Spider-Man #10
Amazing Spider-Man & Silk Spiderfly Effect #2
Autumnlands Tooth & Claw #10
Avatar Last Airbender Trade Paperback Volume 4
Avatar Last Airbender Trade Paperback Volume 5
Avatar Last Airbender Trade Paperback Volume 8
Avatar Last Airbender Trade Paperback Volume 9
Baker Street Peculiars #2
Batman Superman #31
Batman TMNT #5
Black Canary #10
Black Road #1
Captain America 75th Anniversary magazine #1
Citizen Jack #5
Constantine the Hellblazer #11
Darth Vader #19
DC Comics Bombshells #11
Earth 2 Society #11
Empty Zone #7
Ghostbusters Deviations one-shot
Goldie Vance #1
Gotham Academy #17
Green Lantern Corps Edge of Oblivion #4
Guardians of the Galaxy #7
Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys #1 of 6
Insufferable on the Road #3
Jupiters Circle Volume 2 #5
Justice League Darkseid War Special #1 (backorder)
Kennel Block Blues #3
Lantern City #12
Last Contract #4
Legend of Wonder Woman #4
Locke & Key Trade Paberback Volume 6
Marvel Graphic Novel Collection Volume 113 Deathlok Origins
Massive Ninth Wave #5
Moon Knight #1
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #41
Negative Space #4
No Mercy #9
Pathfinder Hollow Mountain #5
Pretty Deadly #9
Red Hood Arsenal #11
Robin War Hard Cover
Rocket Racoon & Groot #4
Silver Surfer #3
Star Wars Special C-3PO #1
Sunstone Graphic Novel Volume 2
Walking Dead Trade Paperback Volume 10
Walt Disney Comics #730
Web Warriors #6
Wonder Woman 77 Special #3
Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #6
X-Men 92 #2
Xena Warrior Princess #1
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.