Alongside the latest issue of 2000AD – and if you’re a fan of Gerry Anderson’s UFO, you’ll love the opening episode of the new “Scarlet Traces” story – be sure to be ready to pick up the superb collection of Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored, out next week but trailed in the Prog, along with the new collection of Monster ripped from the short-lived Scream comic. (ABC Warriors: Return to Ro-Busters is out on 14th July, too).
Despite the arrival of the utterly brilliant “Scarlet Traces“, Prog 1988 is a little slow-moving for me, with “Judge Dredd” hitting a bit of a lull before the action really kicks off (there’s been a lot of set up in this story, so the pay off had better be pretty spectacular!). I’m sorry to see the final chapter of the latest Slaine epic, because this story has been on heck of a ride.
Over at Titan Comics there’s just one release this week – but it’s a big one. This is the launch of the London-based publisher’s summer Doctor Who event starring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors – Supremacy of the Cybermen – and Issue One is an all-out frenzy of set up, wild scenes (Dinosaurs! Cybermen! Karn! Time Lords!) that, if you’ve not picked up yet, you really, really should. Alternatively, hold off until Saturday and check out what you local comic shop is doing to mark Doctor Who Comics Day, and buy it then.
This week also sees the release of this month’s books from Cinebook, including a cracking-looking new Largo Winch adventure, 20 Seconds, by Francq and Van Hamme.
Scroll down for more spotlights on new comics focusing on British creators and publishers… and don’t forget that Saturday is all Small Press Day – find out more at smallpressday.co.uk or by following the event here on Twitter @SmallPressDay!
Thanks to the publishers, First Age Comics and Forbidden Planet for this week’s information.
UK Newsagents Releases
There are plenty of comics on sale in newsagents that still delight in bringing you such subversive delights, including2000AD, 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, inW.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!
Hot Tip! if you subscribe to Aces Weekly now, before the next volume starts on 18th July 2016, for the usual just £1 per week – in any currency – you’ll get the whole, massive seven-weeks-worth of Aces Weekly Volume 22, complete now, with Volume 23 coming directly to you for every week of its seven weekly parts until its completion, and then right on to the next and the next!
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The latest issue of digital action adventure and SF anthology 100% Biodegradable – Issue 13 – is on sale now, and features some great strips from a 2000AD droid and many other great comic creators. (I’m not counting myself as one of those “greats”, but I’m in the mix, too). Here’s a peek at some of the pages – Buy it from DriveThru here
British Comic Publishers
2000AD Prog 1988
In this issue: Judge Dredd: Reclamation by Michael Carroll, Colin MacNeil, Len O’Grady, 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; Scarlet Traces: Cold War by Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, and Annie Parkhouse
All these titles on sale from 7th July in all good bookshops and online
After the terrifying discovery of the monolith in the red zone, the children must now adapt to having Dodzi back among them – something they never expected. Problem is, Saul, too, is back, and the Clan of the Shark has relocated to Campton. While Ivan begins investigating the 15 families that his father once mentioned, a territorial struggle begins between the two groups – one that soon turns to open war. And Saul will soon stop at nothing to assert his authority.
Barracuda Volume 5: Cannibals
Maria, Emilio, the governor and her right-hand man have fled Puerto Blanco. On the small island where they’re hiding, they’ve been shocked to discover the Barracuda! But its captain is no longer onboard, and they’ll have to venture inland to find him – despite the indigenous tribes who live there. Raffy, meanwhile, wasn’t lucky enough to escape, and he is still in the hands of the Spanish forces and the new governor: his former lover and ex-prostitute Keen-Flame?
Poor Largo is beside himself with worry. The lovely Saidee, with whom he’s fallen madly in love, has vanished. In fact, she’s being held prisoner by a CIA agent who’d forced her to infiltrate a fundamentalist network hell-bent on blowing Winch up – but which is actually being manipulated by a Russian businessman… Phew. Nothing is ever simple with Largo! How is he supposed to save his love, keep his group going – while also staying alive, if at all possible?
London, 1949. One foggy night, Rosie Lane sees her son Brian on the banks of the Thames. Only he died four months earlier; and when she comes near him, he crumbles into dust. An incident strikingly similar to Kathy’s own encounter with Göring in Namibia. Pushing on with her investigation, the young British agent will have to contend with bloodcurdling phenomena – monstrous insects, accelerated ageing – as much as the hostility of local Nazi sympathisers.
Isère, on the marches of France. A regiment of dragoons enters a seemingly deserted village to find several badly mangled bodies and evidence of an attack by a wild animal. Survivors speak of a massive beast with almost human eyes, of a werewolf… The thing’s trail leads over the border with the Duchy of Savoy, and the commander of the dragoons takes a small detachment, in civilian clothes, after it. With them is his cousin: Jean-Baptiste Poulain.
Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1
Writers: George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artists: Alessandro Vitti, Ivan Rodriguez, Tazio Bettin
Colorist: Nicola Righi, Enrica Eren Angiolini
For the Cybermen’s 50th-anniversary… YOU WILL BE DELETED! Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of Time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat is now a victory. Every foe is now dead — or Cyberized. Titan Comics’ 2016 Doctor Who event — and the biggest Doctor Who story of the year — begins here!
The debut issue comes with five variant covers to collect: an art cover by series artist Alessandro Vitti, a photo cover by Will Brooks, a cool Cybermen variant by Fabio Listrani, a blank sketch variant, and a fun colouring variant – perfect to color in at home or in stores on Doctor Who Comics Day.
- Cover A: Alessandro Vitti
- Cover B: Will Brooks – Photo
- Cover C: Fabio Listrani
- Cover D: Colouring-in Variant
- Cover E: Blank Sketch
- Forbidden Planet/Jetpack Store Variant – Available from FP Signed | Unsigned
- Fried Pie Variant: Claudia Caranfa (available at Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles stores)
- Diamond SDCC Variant: Des Taylor (available at San Diego Comic Con 2016)
New US Comics On Sale Now
The following titles are on sale now in all good UK comic shops. List courtesy First Age Comics, Lancaster
3 Floyds Alpha King 2
4001 AD Shadowman 1
Adventures Of Supergirl 5
Aliens Defiance 1
Amazing Spider-Man 15
Baltimore Empty Graves 4
Batman Beyond 4
Black Science 22
Bloodshot Reborn 14
Bobs Burgers 13
Captain America Sam Wilson 11 – Civil War II Tie-in
Civil War II Kingpin 1
Civil War X-Men 2
Deadpool Vs Gambit 2
Donald Duck 15
Writer: Mark Millar Artist/Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen
Future Quest 2
GFT Robyn Hood I Love NY 1
Giant Days 16
Green Arrow 2
Green Lanterns 2
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five 13
Invincible Iron Man 11 RCW2
Justice League 50 (2nd Printing)
Justice League Rebirth 1
Marvel Graphic Novel Collection 119 MARVEL WHAT IF? HC
Marvel Universe Avengers Ulttron Revolution 1
Marvels Doctor Strange Prelude 1
Moon Knight 4
Paper Girls 7
Penny Dreadful 2
Ranato Jones One Percent 3
Rue Morgue Magazine 168
Scarlet Witch 8
Silver Surfer 5
Spider-Man 2099 Issue 12
Spider-Man Deadpool 6
Spider-Woman 9 – Civil War II Tie-in
Star Wars: Han Solo 2
Star Wars: Poe Damaron 4
Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses 16
Superman Coming of The Supermen 6
Tokyo Ghost 8
Totally Awesome Hulk 8 – Civil War II Tie-in
Transformers Till All Are One 2
Vote Loki 2
Walking Dead 156
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.