With the countdown to Prog 2000 of 2000AD looming ever closer, and celebrations aplenty planned, Rebellion also tips its hat to the girls comic equivalent of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic this week – Misty.
On sale now is a smashing collection of two full length stories, one written by 2000AD creator Pat Mills. its Carrie inspiration might be a tad obvious, but John Armstrong‘s art on “Moonchild” is as haunting now as it was on its first outing. “Four Faces of Eve“, the companion tale, is another great choice for what will be just the first of many collections from classic girls comics like Misty and Jinty, now Rebellion owns the archive.
This week also sees the release of Dishonored #2, Assassin’s Creed: Templars #5 and Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #5 from Titan Comics… but I’m very much looking forward to next week, with the release of tve first Third Doctor comic, written by Paul Cornell with art by Christopher Jones. It’s got some great twists and art… make sure you order a copy!
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.
Still on sale this week in newsagents is Panini Comics first issue of their new Lion Guard comic, packed with original adventure stories featuring Kion and his group of friends on their journey to protect the Pride Lands and defend the Circle of Life. It comes with two jigsaw puzzles plus a collectable figurine.
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
Aces Weekly Volume 23 has completed – be ready for Volume 24! Just £1 a week gets you on board, forever! The two week break between volumes gives new subscribers the chance to join an elite group with Volume 23 in complete form – like a bound set of seven issues – to start their subscription, just before getting a weekly fix of the fine from 19th September onward as Volume 24 begins! Just £1 per week in any currency gets onward streams of massive volumes right to your device! Jump on board now. This is great original digital comics from great people. More info at 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
2000AD Prog 1997
Featuring a cover by Ron Smith and…
Judge Dredd: Ladykiller by John Wagner (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Scarlet Traces: Cold War by Ian Edginton (w) D’Israeli (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Jaegir: Warchild by Gordon Rennie (w) Simon Coleby (a) Len O’Grady (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Outlier: Survivor Guilt by TC Eglington (w) Karl Richardson (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Anderson : Psi Division by Emma Beeby (w) Nick Dyer (a) Richard Elson (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
Welcome to my world of mystery and shadows where the unusual is usual…where the unexpected is expected.
In “Moonchild“, like her grandmother before her, Rosemary Black has discovered that she has the power to move things with her mind. A crescent shape on her forehead marks Rosemary as the Moonchild. While her jealous mother forbids her to use her new found abilities, the actions of a school bully push Ms Black closer and closer towards temptation and revenge.
In “The Four Faces of Eve“, Eve Marshall develops amnesia after an accident. Unable to remember anything about her past and haunted by nightmares involving the tragic deaths of three other girls, Eve sets out to discover the chilling truth of who…or what she really is.
These eerie encounters are brought to you by Pat Mills, John Armstrong, Malcolm Shaw, Brian Delaney and, of course, your friend, Misty!
Assassin’s Creed: Templars #5
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
With the revelation that the puppet master of the corruption in the Shanghai rite is a dangerous political figure, Black Cross is forced to take matters into his own hands as the honor of the Order is at stake. But a moment of distraction could destroy everything he’s worked for…
COVER A: Staz Johnson
COVER B: Dennis Calero
COVER C: Antonio Fuso
Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Andrea Olimpieri
A face from Corvo’s past draws the Lord Protector deep into a nest of jeopardy. Meanwhile, Officer Cottings’ i nvestigations lead her to Wyrmwood Place in the heart of Dunwall’s arcane district.
COVER A: Andrea Olimpieri
COVER B: Julia Frost
COVER C: Charles Bea
COVER D: Game Cover
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #5
Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
Modern-day Seattle sees the Doctor, Jack, and Rose pulled into a city-wide civil war between strangely empowered citizens. But when they start mutating into horrendous monsters, the Doctor and friends find themselves out of their depth! Fighting side-by-side with a face from his future, can the Doctor restore normalcy to the city before it’s completely overrun?
Cover A: Blair Shedd
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers – Watercolor Variant
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
All New All Different Avengers 14
Batman Beyond 16
Batman Volume 9 HC Bloom
COWL TP Volume 2 The Greater Good
Cyborg Rebirth 1
Deadpool And Mercs For Money 3
Doctor Strange 11
Doctor Who 9th 5
Everafter From The Pages Of Fables 1
Giant Dats 18
Green Arrow 6
Harley Quinn 3
Invincible Iron Man 13
Justice League 4
Kill Or Be Killed 2
Marvel Tsum Tsum 2
Marvel Universe Avengers Ultron Revolution 3
Moon Knight 6
Paper Girls 9
Red One 3
Robin Son Of Batman HC Dawn of the Demons
Shadow Death Of Margo Lane 4
Star Wars Poe Dameron 6
Uncanny X-Men 12
Walking Dead 158
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.