Alongside promoting this week’s 2000AD – and do check out Prog 1980, because there’s some great revelations, and it’s worth the cover price alone for the stunning art from Neil Googe on “Survival Geeks”, written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby – Rebellion have reminded me about their upcoming collection of Monster, a strip that first featured the short-lived 1980s horror comic, Scream!.
“Monster” tells the story of Kenny Corman and his hideously deformed uncle Terry. Both outcasts in a cruel world, Uncle Terry’s nasty habit of savagely killing anybody who crossed his path, forced the heroic pair to go on the run. The strip – which survived Scream‘s merger into Eagle – followed the pair’s journey across Britain as they attempted to get Uncle Terry to a doctor in Scotland that would be able to help him with his anger management.
Initially written by Alan Moore, “Monster” was continued by John Wagner (credited as “Rick Clark”) and Alan Grant, with art by Heinzl and Jesus Redondo. Reprinted in full for the first time, this is a classic tale and well worth taking a look at when it goes on sale, alongside Cursed Earth: Uncensored, on 14th July. What is behind the attic door?
Talking of horror comics, it’s a huge week for Titan Comics as they’re naturally giving front and centre attention to Penny Dreadful #1, written by Penny Dreadful TV show writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, with art by Louie De Matinis (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein).
This prequel comic – which includes a terrific fast-paced chase through wolf-infested countryside and some cracking scary moments, although some will probably mean more to followers of the show than casual readers – reveals the terrifying events that led Vanessa (played on screen by Eve Green) to try and find her missing childhood friend, Mina Harker (Olivia Llewellyn), and exposes the true nature of the vampiric monsters infesting Victorian London.
But, if you want some fun this week, then you have to pick up the latest Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor (#2.5). Written by Robbie Morrison, it’s a “break the fourth wall” (no, wall, not dimension) classic – with lots of jabs at some favourite comic heroes, the Doctor himself and a certain well-known London comic store. “Prohibited Sphere”, indeed! Smashing fun from cover to cover and the art from Rachael Stott is knockout, too!
UK Newsagents Releases
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.
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 21 is available now in full (with Volume 22 starting next week, on Monday 16th May), 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?
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.
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 of comics 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 4th May 2016. Don’t miss out on a special DC Previews, available now. Info via First Age Comics Lancaster
2000AD Prog 1980
In this edition: Judge Dredd: The Lion’s Den by Michael Carroll, PJ Holden, Adam Brown, and Annie Parkhouse; Survival Geeks: Lord of the Ringers 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; Brink by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, and Simon Bowland; Sláine: Psychopomp by Pat Mills, Simon Davis, and Ellie De Ville.
Assassin’s Creed #8
Writers: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
Artist: Neil Edwards
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Cover A: Dennis Calero
Cover B: Neil Edwards
Cover C: Sanya Anwar
Tensions are running high in the Assassin Cell as Charlotte’s investigation is plagued by the limitations of the portable Animus. When she turns on Kody, Galina leaps to defend him. With tempers at breaking point, can the team pull themselves back together before they are torn apart for good?
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #5
Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Cover A: Simon Myers
Cover B: Photo cover by Will Brooks
Cover C: Simon Myers
Cover D: Rachael Stott
It’s the long-awaited return of a deadly foe, as the Doctor and Clara face a monster that will have you checking your stack of comics for suspicious movement! Dare you continue reading, when every page turn could bring you into MORTAL DANGER?! You have to – you’re the Doctor’s only hope!
Heroes: Godsend #3
Writer: Joey Falco
Artist: Roy Allan Martinez
Cover A: Roy Allan Martinez
Cover B: Adriana Melo
Farah has a mission: to break someone out from a maximum security prison – and that someone is a familiar face to Heroes fans… Plus, we continue to learn Farah’s origins as she is put through more training challenges – this time, she has to face a whole host of poisonous spiders…
Penguins of Madagascar Volume 2 # 3
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Lucas Ferreyra
Cover A: Film Art Cover
Cover B: Lucas Ferreyra
The North Wind (the super-spy animal organisation) have gone missing and it’s up to the Penguins to find them. But will their search bring danger into the Penguins’ lives?
Penny Dreadful #1
Writer: Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Artist: Louie De Matinis
Cover A: Guillem March
Cover B: Ben Templesmith
Cover C: Louie De Martinis
Cover D: Photo cover by Martin Stiff
Cover E: Photo cover Cat Connery
The hit TV series is presented in comics for the first time! This prequel reveals the terrifying events that led Vanessa to try and find her missing childhood friend, Mina Harker, and exposes the true nature of the vampiric monsters infesting Victorian London. Beautifully realised by Louie De Martinis, and written by the scriptwriters of the hit show!
Writer: Jean-François Di Giorgio
Artist: Frédéric Genêt
Cover A – Frédéric Genêt
Cover B – David Mack
On the mysterious Isle with No Name, Takeo has finally found his long lost brother, Akio, but before he can get the answers he so desperately needs, he must fight a duel with Shobei, an unbeatable Samurai who longs only to join his dead wife and daughter in the after-life.
US Comics On Sale Now
Available from all good comic shops from Wednesday 11th May – list courtesy First Age Comics, Lancaster
4001 AD X-O Manowar 1
Abe Sapien 33
Action Comics 52 FINAL DAYS
Adventure Time 52
Agents Of SHIELD 5 ASO
All New All Different Avenegrs 9 ASO
All New X-Men 9 AW
Back To The Future: Citizen Brown 1
Baker Street Peculiars 3
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6
Big Trouble In Little China 24
Black Panther 2
Constatine The Hellblazeer 12
Darth Vader 20
DC Comics Bombshells 12
DC Comics The Joker Poker Set
Donald Duck 13
Earth 2 Society 12
George Perez Sirens 5
Gotham Academy 18
Grayson Trade Paperback Volume 3: Nemesis
Green Lantern Corps: Edge Of Oblivion 5
Guardians Of The Galaxy 8
Guardians Of Infinity 6
Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys 2
Hip Hop Family Tree 9
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five 9
Jupiter’s Circle Volume 2 Issue 6
Knights Of The Dinner Table 231
Legends Of Tomorrow 3
Marvel Graphic Novel Volume 115: Mavel Horror Hard Cover
Massive Ninth Wave 6
Mickey Mouse 12
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 3
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 42
Pencil Head 4
Prophet Earth War 4
Rocketeer At War 3
Silk 8 SWO
Southern B*stards 14
Star Trek Ongoing 57
Think Tank Creative Destruction 2
Teenage Mutant Nija Turtles Ongoing 58
Ultimates 7 RCW2
Uncanny Inhumans 8
Venom Space Knight 7
Web Warriors 7
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.