Saturday, February 24, 2018

Preview: the next issue of 2000AD

Here's a preview of the next issue of 2000AD, on sale this coming Wednesday...

UK & DIGITAL: 28th February 2018 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 28th March 2018 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: LIVE EVIL by Ian Edginton (w) Dave Taylor (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

BAD COMPANY: TERRORISTS by Peter Milligan (w) Rufus Dayglo (a) Dom Regan (c) Simon Bowland (l)

SAVAGE: THE THOUSAND YEAR STARE by Pat Mills (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

BRASS SUN: ENGINE SUMMER by Ian Edginton (w) INJ Culbard (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

ABC WARRIORS: FALLOUT by Pat Mills (w) Clint Langley (a) Annie Parkhouse (l) 
Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Out now from Panini UK

76 pages of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Two amazing tales! £4.50!
The stunning finale to The Kang War! Avengers past and present have taken the fight to the heart of Kang's empire – is this the villain's last stand?! By Mark Waid and Mike Del Mundo!
Doctor Doom returns - and he has an amazing offer for the Avengers! By Mark Waid, Jeremy Whitley and Phil Noto!
Featuring material first printed in Avengers #6-8.

76 pages of Mutants and Motormouths! Three fantastic adventures! £4.50!
Wolverine gets a new look and a deadly new adventure as a sinister alien threat strikes Earth! Guest-starring Ironheart! By Tom Taylor and Leonard Kirk!
Deadpool tries to stop a young woman from committing suicide – and wait till you see how! By Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli!
Deadpool faces Monark Starstalker and the sinister Collector! By Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne!
Featuring material first printed in All-New Wolverine #19, Deadpool #20 and Deadpool #30.

The Essential Doctor Who Issue 13: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array
of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the
mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted.
This is the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own.
Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords
and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.
The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology is published on 22 February, priced £9.99. It’s available from WH Smith and as a digital version from

Welcome to a magical issue packed with all your Disney favourites including Doc McStuffins, Moana, Elena of Avalor, Minnie Mouse, Sofia the First, Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals, Tinker Bell and Zootropolis! There are loads of puzzles and games plus 2 fantastic Vampirina competitions. Don’t miss it!

Issue Number: 119
Price: £3.99
Covermounted Gift: Super Free gifts including Disney & Friends Sticker Album and stickers.
On sale: Thursday 22nd Feb – 28th March 2018

In memoriam: Robert Sutherland

I was sorry to hear this week of the death of Robert Sutherland, CEO of Redan Publishing. 

Robert was the publisher at Marvel UK throughout the 1980s, a time when many of us were starting out in British comics. He had the vision to see that the UK comics market needed to adapt to survive, and under his watch, Marvel UK shifted from superheroes towards successful licence-based titles such as The Transformers, Thundercats, and The Real Ghostbusters.

In 1990, he left Marvel to set up his own company, Redan Publishing, with his business partner Jenny O'Connor. Redan focused on the younger end of the market, primarily pre-schoolers, and built a highly successful portfolio of titles. One of which was Thunderbirds, launched in 1999. Previous Thunderbirds comics had been aimed at the 7 to 11 age group, but Redan's version was younger, concentrating on activity pages and basic photo-strips. It proved to be very successful, and was no doubt an entry point for many comics readers. 

I didn't know Robert well. I only met him once or twice, many years ago. Although perhaps not known to the average comics fan, Robert Sutherland was nevertheless an important and respected figure in the British publishing industry. Redan's successes in the market for early readers' titles has been impressively significant, and even today their Peppa Pig comic has sales twice that or more of most comics.  

The passing of Robert Sutherland has been met with sadness by those who knew and worked with him, and those of us who freelanced on titles he published over the last 30 plus years. Without his vision, the UK comics industry would have been a poorer place indeed. 

My sincere condolences to Robert's family and friends on their loss.

New STRONTIUM DOG collection coming in March!

On sale in four weeks' time is Strontium Dog: Repo Men, a new softback collection from Rebellion by the always-excellent John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. It features three Johnny Alpha stories: The Stix Fix, Repo Men, and The Judas Strain. Here's the info from the publisher...

CREATIVE TEAM: John Wagner (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Simon Bowland (l)
REGIONS: UK, worldwide digital
RELEASE DATE: 22nd March 2018
PAPERBACK, 146 pages
PRICE: £14.99 (UK) $18.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781086438

The Search/Destroy agent Johnny Alpha is still alive. Having wreaked vengeance against the humans that plotted the ‘final solution’ to mutant-kind, he is released from prison for one last job in deep space that only a Strontium Dog can do. And with the freedom of his friends on the line he has no choice but to accept… Now that their careers as bounty hunters are off the cards, his mutant friends have a new job proposition. They are hired to repossess ‘The Rock’ - an asteroid space-station owned by a galactic crime lord - and to succeed they must pull off a heist of galactic proportions!

Here's a four page preview...

Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond

COMIC SCENE is coming!

On sale soon will be a new magazine devoted to British comics past and present. Comic Scene is its name, and it's edited and published by Tony Foster. The mag promises to cover a wide range of subjects on UK comics and will feature regular columns by contributors such as Pat Mills and more.

At present, Comic Scene will only be available by subscription only, and you can order it from the following link: 

Tony Foster is also the man behind the Comicsflix website, which you can see here:

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