Quite beside the continuing mayhem, action and general all-out fun within the pages of 2000AD (favourite line: “Obliterate the capitalist quadruped scum!” in “Judge Dredd“, thank you Rob Williams!), my pick of the week is the first issue of Dynamite Entertainment’s James Bond – Hammerhead, written by Andy Diggle.
We’ve already posted got a review and a peek at some of the pages, a taster that was more than enough for me to plan to track it down from First Age Comics, who will be selling it at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival over the weekend. The art by Luca Casalanguida is just stunning, and a big tip of the hat to colourist Chris Blythe, too. Your mission, if you haven’t already – track it down.
There’s more great stuff from Titan Comics, too, with the debut issue of the brand-new, electrifying Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron series is in stores! The Space Marines return to comics in a brand-new ongoing story written by George Mann (Dark Souls) with art by Tazio Bettin (Independence Day) and Enrica Eren Angolini.
Titan’s Hard Case Crime also kicks into fifth gear with the release of Peepland #1 – a punky semi-autobiographical 1980s neo-noir – from writers Christa Faust, Gary Phillips (The Underbelly, The Rinse) and artist Andrea Camerini (Il Troio). It’s pitched to us as “Taxi Driver meets Goodfellas”, and follows on from the release of Triggerman #1 last week, written by film director Walter Hill.
This week also sees the release of The Chimera Brigade #1 by Serge Lehman and Fabrice Colin with art by Gess. This stunning, critically-acclaimed period cross is a thrilling alternative reality pulp-style adventure for fans of B.P.R.D. and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Finally, how can I not plug Rivers of London: Black Mould #1? The Rivers of London comic caught everyone by surprise on its original release and the team behind it, who include the award-winning book series’ creator Ben Aaronovitch,in partnership with writer Andrew Cartmel and artist Lee Sullivan. Well it seems there’s no stopping this hugely-successful comic now. Check it out for some more dark and dangerous urban fantasy! Check out a “Sneak Peek” here
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, Danger Mouse comic, Commando (latest release intel here), Judge Dredd Megazine, Panini Comics Marvel Collector Editions 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.
Don’t forget the wonderful Phoenix Comic is on sale in many (but not all) Waitrose supermarkets and 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 Novelseries.
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.
Digital Comic Picks
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British Comic Publishers
2000AD Prog 2002
Cover by Jim Murray
In this issue: Judge Dredd: Get Sin by Rob Williams, Trevor Hairsine, Barry Kitson, Dylan Teague, Annie Parkhouse; Savage: The Marze Murderer by Pat Mills, Patrick Goddard, Annie Parkhouse; Hunted by Gordon Rennie, PJ Holden, Len O’Grady, Simon Bowland; Counterfeit Girl by Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo, Dom Regan, Ellie De Ville; Flesh: Gorehead by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Ellie De Ville
The Chimera Brigade #1
Writers: Serge Lehman, Fabrice Colin
Is the time for morality lessons truly over? The year is 1938, and a new generation of super-humans, born as a side effect of secret chemical weapons, have taken control of the capital cities of Europe… The Age of Super-science has arrived.
A stunning period cross between The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Planetary and B.P.R.D.
Beliefs can be as powerful as super-science – and just as deadly!
Cover A: John McCrea
Cover B: Nick Percival
Cover C: Jeremy Wilson
Cover D: Max Bertolini
Cover E: Gess
Norman returns! In this charming tale of brutal murder and gore, the eight- year-old serial killer sharpens his knives once again in an effort to truly live up to his heroes. Is it too much to ask that everyone be just a tiny bit more supportive of his dreams?
Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame #2
In a realm where hollowed champions rise and fall with the ages, where brave knights quest for absolution and bonfires blaze against the everdark, myth and legend will forever prevail. From the desolate worlds of Namco-Bandai’s critically-lauded videgame series comes this unsettling collection of all-new Dark Souls tales, written and drawn by some of the comic industry’s finest. Building upon the extensive lore of the franchise, this action-packed anthology is essential for all fans of the game.
COVER A: BEN TEMPLESMITH
COVER B: DAMIEN WORM
COVER C: JOHN MCCREA
COVER D: M.D. PENMAN
Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
Times Square, 1986: the home of New York’s red light district where strip clubs, porno theatres and petty crime prevails.
When a chance encounter for Peepbooth worker Roxy Bell leads to the brutal murder of a public access pornographer, the erotic performer and her punk rock ex-partner Nick Zero soon find themselves under fire from criminals, cops, and the city elite, as they begin to untangle a complex web of corruption leading right to city hall.
Like The Naked City, there are eight million stories in The Deuce. This is one of them.
COVER A – Fay Dalton
COVER B – Mack Chater
COVER C – Ben Oliver
COVER D – Alex Ronald
COVER E – Dennis Calero
COVER F – Tomm Coker
Rivers of London: Black Mould #1
Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there’s something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times.
Cover A: Claudia Caranfa
Cover B: Lee Sullivan / Luis Guerrero
Cover C: Anna Dittmann
Cover D: Arianna Florean
Cover E: Ben Templesmith
Warhammer 40,000 #1
WRITER: George Mann
ARTIST: Tazio Bettin
COLORIST: Enrica Eren Angiolini
LETTERER: Rob Steen
After a thousand years, violent warp storms have receded from the Calaphrax Cluster, and an ancient battlefront in the war against Chaos has again been opened to the universe.
Now, multiple forces risk complete immolation to attack the sector – drawn by the lure of ancient relics, lost knowledge, and powerful megaweapons, buried for aeons. Chief among those forces, the fearsome Dark Angels, emerald-armored Space Marines, shock-troopers of the Emperor’s Imperium and indomitable defenders of humanity. But Chaos stirs in the warp, and the Dark Angels will not be alone for long!
Based in the universe of the ever-popular miniatures game, novels, and videogames, this new ongoing series is perfect for both the hardcore Warhammer 40,000 fan and the complete newcomer!
COVER A – Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angiolini
COVER B – John McCrea & Dee Cunniffe
COVER C – Fabio Listrani
COVER D – Boo Cook
COVER E – Nick Percival
COVER F – Blank Sketch
US Comics On Sale This Week
List in part courtesy First Age Comics Lancaster – all the comics below can be ordered through your local comic shop, as can the 2000AD and Titan Comics titles above
Please note that this weekend, First Age shop is open as well as having a stand at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal. But, opening times this weekend are slightly shorter due to reduced staff and child labour laws(!) so today, Friday, they are closing at 4.00pm. On Saturday they’re opening 11.00am to 4.00pm and will be closed Sunday closed as normal but will be offering comic goodness to all comers at LICAF!
Action Comics 965
Adventure Time 57
All Star Batman 3
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey 3
Black Monday Murders 3
Black Science 25
Bobs Burgers 16
Batman Killing Joke Mug
Cinema Purgatorio 6
Clone Conspiracy 1
Dark Souls Legends Of The Flame 2
Darth Vader 25
Detective Comics 942 MONSTER MEN
Doom Patrol 2
Earth 2 Society 17
Gotham Academy Second Semester 2
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps 6
Howard The Duck 11
James Bond – Hammerhead #1 – Read our review
Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 Issue 4
Kill Or Be Killed 3
Lost Boys 1
Lumebrjanes/Gotham Academy 5
Marvel Graphic Novel Collection Volume 126 – Silver Surfer: New Dawn Hard Cover
Marvel Universe Avengers Ultron Revolution 4
Marvel Universe Guardians Of The Galaxy 13
Midnigter And Apollo 1
Moon Knight 7
New Superman 4
NOW Great Lakes Avengers 1
NOW Gwenpool 7
NOW Solo 1
NOW Uncanny Avengers 15
Old Man Logan 12
Red Hood And The Outlaws 3
Star Wars Force Awakens Adaptation 5
Star Wars Han Solo 4
Street Fighter Vs GI Joe 4
Suicide Squad 4
Tank Girl Gold 1
Teen Titans Go 18
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 63
We Are Robin Trade Paperback Volume 2 – Jokers
Wonder Woman 8
Wrath Of Eternal Warrior 12
• First Age Comics, 3 Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QD | Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm | First Age Comics also has a shop site on e-Bay: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/First-Age
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.