Rebellion’s Battle imprint is to bring stories of the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to the direct comics market with Operation: Overlord #1.
The international best-selling graphic novel series by writers Michael Le Galli and Bruna Falba, with stunning art by Star Wars and Hellblazer artist artist Davide Fabbri, Operation Overlord is being published under the company’s “Battle Presents” imprint in a four-issue mini-series for comic book stores from this May.
British comic readers have already begun enjoying the tale, as previously reported, with part one of the series published with this month’s Judge Dredd Megazine (Issue 404), with Part Two following with Issue 405, on sale tomorrow in all good newsagents.
The acclaimed bandee desinee series tells four extraordinary tales of heroism set during the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944. Each 48-page issue is a stand-alone story, set in separate locations such as Saint-Mere-Eglise, Merville, and of course Omaha Beach and the action in issue one focuses on American forces fighting around the French town of Saint-Mere-Eglise.
The largest amphibious landing in history, Operation: Overlord – the ‘D-Day Landings’ – saw American, British, Canadian, and Free French forces storm four separate beaches on the north French coast as the opening gambit in the Allied invasion of Europe.
The whole series has been drawn by Davide Fabbri, an artist well known for his Star Wars comics for Dark Horse and, more recently, his Hellblazer run at DC Comics.
“Being able to publish such an acclaimed series for the direct market, and especially under the imprint of Battle, is a fantastic opportunity to bring new stories and new comics to a much wider audience,” notes Series editor Oliver Pickles.
Launched in 1975, Battle Picture Weekly was the groundbreaking war comic from IPC that published series such as “Rat Pack”, “Major Eazy”, “Johnny Red”, “El Mestizo” (recently released as a brilliant collection, written by Alan Hebden with art by Carlos Rzquerra), “Fighting Mann”, and the critically-acclaimed World War One epic “Charley’s War” by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun.
Lauded for its no-nonsense heroes and gritty action, Battle fundamentally altered the comics landscape – readers lapped up its modern sensibilities and no-holds-barred attitude, and it led to the creation of both the ill-fated Action and 2000AD.
• Operation: Overlord #1 will be on sale on 29th May 2019 from comic book stores, retailing at £4.99/$6.99 and will be available for stores to order from the April Previews magazine from Diamond Distribution
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.