Out in the wild again for the first time in decades as official digital downloads are two Marvel UK mini-series from the 1990s, the work of some top creators, available on the Marvel Unlimited app.
Mys-Tech Wars was a four-issue mini series, a Marvel UK crossover event in extremis, written by Dan Abnett, drawn by Bryan Hitch. The brainchild of Editorial Director Paul Neary, the mini series, pitting superheroes from both sides of the Atlantic in a mammoth battle against the dark forces of Mys-TECH, a shadowy cabal, was the culmination of events across several Marvel UK titles of the day.
(Unfortunately, I’m having trouble finding this release on the Marvel Unlimited app, hopefully I can add a direct link soon)
Dark Guard was another MUK mini- series, also written by Dan Abnett, with art by Carlos Pacheco, who made his Marvel debut with a back up strip in Motormouth and Killpower #12, written by Matthew Hyde. The series saw Marvel UK’s heroes, including Death’s Head II and Motormouth summoned by the Time Guardian to form a team against Mys-TECH.
Dark Guard was one of several MUK titles Carlos drew, although some, sadly, such as Motormouth: RE-MIX, was never published.
Let’s hope more digital releases will follow.
Marvel UK fans have long been clamouring for reprints of MUK material, and in addition to Marvel Unlimited releases of the first Death’s Head and first Death’s Head II mini-series, and some other titles such as Dragon’s Claws, there have been some collections in the past, detailed here.
A massive new Knights of Pendragon collection is on its way, now due for release in December, collecting both KOP series for the the first time.
Check out our guide to Marvel UK titles, published and unpublished, on downthetubes. This “Genesis 1992” section has now been broken up into more pages
Part 1 – Published Comics 1992 | Part 2 – Published Comics 1993 -1994 | Part 3 – Published Comics 1994 – 1995 | Part 4 – Frontier Comics | Part 5 – Unpublished Projects Developed during 1990 – 1991 | Part 6 – Unpublished Projects Developed during 1992 – 1993 | Part 7 – Other Unpublished Projects Developed during 1993 | Part 8 – Unpublished Projects Developed during 1994 | Part 9 – 1994 (Marvel UK branded) Core Relaunch | Part 10 – Final Unrealised Projects 1994 – and a Postscript
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.