Along with your usual fine mix of new comics on both sides of the Atlantic, how could we not direct you to the new Bad Company: First Casualties collection? It’s been a decade since the vicious war with the Krool on the planet Ararat, originally brought to life in 2000AD by Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins and Jim McCarthy. Now, ex-members of the legendary guerrilla unit known as Bad Company are preparing for a ten-year anniversary memorial service. Then their near-mythic leader, Kano, resurfaces and Danny Franks, Thrax, Mad Tommy and Fly-Trap, have stopped taken their meds and travelled back to Ararat for answers…
With Rufus Dayglo stepping in for his late friend, Ewins, this is a glorious re-examination and rejuvenation of one of 2000AD‘s most important series – don’t miss out!
But wait! New Tank Girl from Titan Comics, too – and plenty of Doctor Who as well as a rip-roaring issue of Assassin’s Creed… What a week!
UK Newsagents Releases
There are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including 2000AD, 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.
So let’s not get too downhearted by some British publishers lack of faith in full-blown cover to cover comic strip action and humour that only those of us over a certain age remember.
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.
Some of you in certain areas of the country may also be able to pick up a copy of the new Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, which is currently being road tested by Eaglemoss.
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.
Aces Weekly Volume 22, is available now, featuring a tale of betrayal and vengeance in Tales Of The Black Root from Koh Hong Teng and Don Bosco; Batton Lash returning with the stylish, First Gentleman Of The Apocalypse; there’s a wilder, Wild, Wild, West, in W.E.S.T.E.R.N. Inc, from John A. Short and Alex Paterson; and a dark drama, Deophonic, comes from Martin Hayes and the pen of the extraordinary, Brian Corcoran; plus Jok LP and Rodolfo Santullo continue the fantastic, Dungeons and Burglars; and a very special member of the special forces makes her debut in, Debbie Drake Of The SAS, from Tim Quinn and Paul Collicutt – the ongoing debut at last of a strip first created by Aces Weekly publisher David Lloyd many years ago!
All this – a seven-week extravaganza of great comic art and storytelling – is exclusive to all Aces Weekly subscribers for just £1 per week! Grab it now via www.acesweekly.co.uk/shop.
Don’t miss out on all the Previous Volumes, either, which have up to 200 pages of comics including Extras, and in full form feature in an exclusive Week-to-Week facility, which transforms any volume’s serialised stories into continuous comic book-sized narratives.
British Comic Publishers
2000 AD Prog 1985
Featuring: Judge Dredd: The Lion’s Den by Michael Carroll, PJ Holden, Adam Brown, and Annie Parkhouse; Brink by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, and Simon Bowland; Sláine: Psychopomp by Pat Mills, Simon Davis, and Ellie De Ville; Black Shuck: Sins of the Father by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell, Chris Blythe, and Ellie De Ville; Grey Area: Last Call by Dan Abnett, Mark Harrison, and Annie Parkhouse.
Judge Dredd Megazine 373
Featuring: Judge Dredd: Dust to Dust by Michael Carroll, Henry Flint, and Annie Parkhouse; Judge Dredd: People Like Us by Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor, and Simon Bowland; Realm of the Damned by Alec Worley, Pye Parr, and Luke Preece; Lawless: Of Munce and Men by Dan Abnett, Phil Winslade and Ellie De Ville.
Fiction: Tower of Skin by Andrew Hawnt
Bagged graphic novel: Killer by Steve Moore, Kek-W, Staz Johnson, David Roach, Warren Pleece, Tom Frame, and Ellie De Ville.
Bad Company: First Casualties
Out: 16th June 2016
• Buy it from amazon.co.uk
Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins, and Jim McCarthy’s classic series returns! It’s been a decade since the vicious war with the Krool on the planet Ararat. Ex-members of the legendary guerrilla unit known as Bad Company are preparing for a ten-year anniversary memorial service. But now their near-mythic leader, Kano, has resurfaced and Danny Franks, Thrax, Mad Tommy and Fly-Trap, have stopped taken their meds and travelled back to Ararat for answers… With Rufus Dayglo stepping in for his late friend, Ewins, this is a re-examination and rejuvenation of one of 2000 AD’s most important series.
Judge Dredd: Titan
Out: 16 June
ISBN: 9781781084410 (US) 9781781084403 (UK)
Rob Williams and Henry Flint’s runaway hit story – collected together for the very first time! Justice Department has lost contact with its penal colony on the moon of Titan – a big problem considering that it houses over a thousand law-breaking ex-Judges, many of them with heavy grudges. Now Judge Dredd must team up with SJS Judge Gerhart – a man who holds him responsible for ‘Chaos Day’ – and battle a formidable army led by one of the most dangerous ex-undercover Judge’s ever. An extraordinarily powerful collection that pushes Dredd to his very limits.
Assassin’s Creed #9
Writers: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
Artist: Neil Edwards
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Escaping a surprise attack, the Assassins continue the hunt for Erudito, nursing their wounds as they do. Getting back into the Animus, Charlotte finds that the stakes are just as high for her ancestor Quila, who must find the strength, one more time, to do what she knows is right…
COVER A: Marguerite Sauvage
COVER B: Neil Edwards
COVER C: Verity Glass
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Two #11
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colorist: Arianna Florean
Exhausted from their ‘battle’ with the Wishing Well Witch, and from the attack in the Vortex, the Doctor, Gabby, and Cindy are taking a well-earned break in New Orleans…
Cover A: Claudia Ianniciello
Cover B: Photo Subscription – Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Omnibus Volume 3
Writers: Tony Lee, Matthew Dow Smith, Jonathan L. Davis
Artists: Al Davison, Blair Shedd, Matthew Dow Smith, Kelly Yates
Colorists: Lovern Kindzierski, Charlie Kirchoff, Phil Elliott
Letterers: Neil Uyetake & Robbie Robbins
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
The third Tenth Doctor Archives collects the story arcs ‘Tesseract’ and ‘Final Sacrifice’! Witness the TARDIS assaulted by bizarre, five dimensional beings! Martha and UNIT battling an ancient evil under Greenwich! And, finally, the Tenth Doctor’s new companions, Emily Winter and Matthew Finnegan, must face the predations of the Advocate on a war-ravaged alien world… and not everyone will make it out alive!
Collects: Doctor Who: Tesseract; Doctor Who: Final Sacrifice
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Softcover Volume 2
riters: Al Ewing & Rob Williams
Artists: Simon Fraser, Boo Cook & Warren Pleece
Colorists: Gary Caldwell & Hi-Fi
Cover: Boo Cook
The second time-twisting collection of the sell-out smash Eleventh Doctor series from writers Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Rob Williams (Ordinary), with art from the triple threat of Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Boo Cook (Elephantmen) and Warren Pleece (Hellblazer, Incognegro)
A threat in reverse as time inside the TARDIS flows backwards! An ancient alien war for supremacy in the sky comes to near-future London! And the machinations of SERVEYOUinc revealed, when the Doctor hits them where it hurts – their wallets!
Three companions – three times the danger, three times the excitement! Experience every twist and secret reveal in the thrilling second act of The Eleventh Doctor’s first year in comics!
Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6-10
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Softcover Volume 1
W: Robbie Morrison
A: Dave Taylor
C: Hi-Fi / Luis Guerrero
Cover: Alice X. Zhang
The first softcover collection of the Twelfth Doctor series!
On the terraformed ice planet of Isen IV, the Doctor and Clara discover a monstrous Hyperion has been awakened at the planet’s core. Can they halt the rampage of a living star, in the middle of the celebrity wedding of the century, before it escapes to conquer the galaxy?
And when Clara and the Doctor land in India, a conspiracy hundreds of years in the making comes to light! The Thuggee cult of Kali is trying to resurrect one of the most deadly aliens yet known… Split across two time zones, our heroes must stop Kali’s return at all costs – with the help of Rani Jhulka, ‘the renegade Amazon’ in the 1820s, and Priyanka Maratha, daughter of one of the Doctor’s oldest friends, in the Mumbai of 2314!
To find out just what makes Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of the Doctor so intoxicating, get on board now!
• Collects The Twelfth Doctor #1-5
Heroes: Godsend #3
Writer: Joey Falco
Artist: Roy Allan Martinez
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15
Heroes Godsend continues to explore the origins of Farah Nazan from the Heroes Reborn mini-series! Farah’s life becomes more complicated thanks to a huge hulk of an EVO named Mr Vance, a nasty young businesswoman called Philomena, and a bomb… Plus, could romance be in the air for Farah?
COVER A: Roy Allan Martinez
COVER B: Gary Spencer Millidge
Independence Day #5
WRITER: Victor Gischler
ARTIST: Tazio Bettin
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15
As Adams and his team make a last ditch attempt at preventing a global catastrope, back on the sub, chaos ensues as a renegade extraterrestrial takes control of the crew. Could this spell disaster for all? Find out in this harrowing final issue!
COVER A – Colin Lorimer
COVER B – Verity Glass
Independence Day: Dark Fathom
WRITER: Victor Gischler
ARTIST: Steve Scott, Alex Shibao, Tazio Bettin, Rodney Ramos, Ivan Rodriguez
FC – 128pp – $14.99 – On sale: June 15
As our world unites against invaders from beyond the stars, beneath the Atlantic Ocean, another extraterrestrial craft prompts a top-secret investigation by the US military, one which could prove the key to humanity’s survival… or its ultimate destruction.
From celebrated comics writer, Victor Gischler (Angel & Faith, Deadpool), and featuring artwork from Steve Scott (Batman, X-men Forever) and Alex Shibao (Batman/Superman), comes this brand new chapter inspired by Roland Emmerich/Dean Devlin’s original sci-fi blockbuster, paving the way for its anticipated sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence.
Writer / Artist: Martin Eden
Note: This title is published digitally through Titan Comics and available on ComiXology
BW – 22pp – $1.99 – On sale digitally: June 15
After almost 20 years, UK-based creator Martin Eden is bringing his O Men series to a thrilling end in 2016.
The O Men – an epic superhero soap opera – began in 1997 and was one of the most prominent UK self-published comics of its time, earning itself an Eagle Award nomination for ‘Best British Comic’. The final issues promise to wrap up all of the storylines and answer all of the series’ questions – including the real reason why the team is called The ‘O’ Men…
WRITER: Jean-François Di Giorgio
ARTIST: Frédéric Genêt
Preparing for his dual against the fearsome, mysterious, but legendary Samurai, Shobei, Takeo must focus all his energies on the fight that is to come. But finding his long lost brother Akio has just lead him to ask many more questions about his past, and to fear for his future…
COVER A – Frédéric Genêt
COVER B – David Mack
Showman Killer Volume 2: The Golden Child
Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Artist: Nicolas Fructus
In a moment of madness, the heartless Showman Killer has found himself responsible for a helpless infant, forced upon him by the mysterious Ibis. The Showman Killer must unravel the mystery of the forces at work in the cosmos, and find out exactly why this child is so important.
Tank Girl: 2 Girls 1 Tank 2
WRITER: Alan Martin
ARTIST: Brett Parson
Perhaps it’s too much booze that’s got our swill-swigging hero seeing double, or maybe there really is a doppelganger on the scene? Whatever the case, it’s time for Tank Girl to solve the case of her pilfered Panzer!
Cover A: Brett Parson
Cover B: Ming Doyle
Cover C: Rob Davis
Writers: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
Colorist: Dennis Calero
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15
In the infamous pleasure tower that dominates the Shanghai nightlife, the Great World, Black Cross battles with the triads that have pursued him through the city night. With time running out, Black Cross has to find the missing information that will reveal what is about to happen in China…
COVER A: Dennis Calero
COVER B: Jake
COVER C: Blair Shedd
WRITER: Cavan Scott
ARTIST: Staz Johnson
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15
The drama continues for Ragnar, Lagertha, Rollo and Loki as they find themselves caught up in a mess of betrayals, intrigue and politics that could ultimately be their downfall. With their thoughts on the battles in front of them, events back home suggest the old world has more say in their fates than they thought…
Cover A: Staz Johnson
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Photo
New US Comics
On sale in all good comic shops from 15th June; list courtesy First Age Comics, Lancaster
Adventure Time: Ice King 6
All New Inhumans 8
Amazing Spider-Man 14
Astonishing Ant-Man 9
Astro City 36
Back To The Future: Citizen Brown 2
Batman And Robin TP Vol 2 PEARL
Black Widow 4
BPRD Hell On Earth 142
Circuit Breaker 3
Civil War II 2
Civil War II: X-Men 1
Dark And Bloody 4
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade 1
Dark Night: A True Batman Story HC
Deadpool 14 CW2
Doctor Fate 12
Dungeons And Dragons 2
Green Arrow 1
Green Lanterns 1
Guardians Of Infinity 7
Hip Hop Family Tree 10
I Hate Fairyland 6
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five 12
International Iron Man 4
Jim Butcher Dresden Files Wild Card 3
Justice League 51
Knights Of The Dinner Table 232
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 43
New Suicide Squad 21
Nova 8 CW2
Paknadel & Trakhanov’s Turncoat 4
Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat 7
Poison Ivy: Circle Of Life And Death 6
Scooby Apocalypse 2
Simpsons Comics 230
Squadron Supreme 8
Star Wars 20
Star Wars: Han Solo 1
Strawberry Shortcake 3
Swamp Thing 6
Tales From The Darkside 1
Titans Rebirth 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop And Rocksteady Destroy Everything 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing 59
Transformers Till All Are One 1
Uncanny Inhumans 10
Uncanny X-Men 8 AW
Vote Loki 1
Walt Disney’s Comics And Stories 732
Wrath of The Eternal Warrior 8
Year Of Marvels Incredibles 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.