Weird War – and look Who’s involved in the latest Paragon anthology!

Paragon Issue 22 - PromotionalSweet Nellie Bligh! The latest issue of indie comics anthology Paragon, edited by Davey Candlish, looks brilliant!

What other comic has Doctor Who and Ian Fleming fighting Saddam Hussein? Because that’s what you get in “Shadow Rats: WMD“, written by Dirk van Dom with art by David Metcalfe-Carr, from a story by Davey?

Not to mention long time hero of the small press, the anthropomorphic aviator Bulldog – created by Commando writer Jason Cobley – and a time travelling, demon hunting samurai and Spencer Nero, the civil centurion?!

Honestly, you are missing out if you don’t already follow this title. Go to and buy one!

Paragon Issue 22 - CoverBut don’t just take our word for it – contributor Greg Meldrum nails it with his assessment of the latest edition of this long-running indie adventure title.

(No, we don’t care that he might be just the tiny bit biased…)

“I think this is a particularly good issue. Small-press idiosyncrasy runs proudly through it like the writing in a stick of rock – and I mean that as a compliment,” he enthuses.

“It really showcases what makes small-press comics so much fun.

“What’s more, it says something that the sanest tale in it is one about a time-travelling samurai!”

In this issue…

"Jikan: Broken Window" by Mark Howard and David Metcalfe-Carr

Jikan – the time travelling demon hunting samurai – in “Broken Window” by Mark Howard and David Metcalfe-Carr

Jikan finds himself in an alternative 1980s and he’s not the only time traveller there – the war/hungry viking Thorvald is causing mayhem amongst the fascist police!

A classic Bulldog tale! Greed, written by Jason Cobley and drawn by Phil Elliott

A classic Bulldog tale! Greed, written by Jason Cobley and drawn by Phil Elliott

Spencer Nero in "The Trouble with Girls"Spencer Nero in “The Trouble with Girls”

Scott Twells brings his wonderful cartoonish style to another rip-snorter of a script from Greg Meldrum

Plus, of course, the bonkers “Shadow Rats: WMD”, detailed above! It’s mental!

Paragon Issue 22 – Go to and buy one!

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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