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Friday, October 30, 2009

Comic Cuts - 30 October

With nothing much to report, apart from a case of the sniffles, I thought I'd run a bit a news about upcoming releases ahead of our regular Recently Published and Upcoming Releases columns, which will be appearing Sunday and Monday respectively. I try not to overcrowd those lists with illustrations as I used to, but there are sometimes quite a few images for interesting books available long in advance. So here's a brief round-up of a few of the titles that are being added to the list this month...

DFC Library

From David Fickling Books come the first three titles reprinting material from The DFC comic. Titles are: Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton, Mezolith by Beg Haggarty & Adam Brockbank and Spider Moon by Kate Brown.

Prion Books

The three titles I put together for Prion have been given a release date: 1st April. The titles are: Hit the Dirt: Six of the Best from Battle Picture Library, No Surrender! Six of the Best from War Picture Library and Wings of Death: Six of the Best from Air Ace Picture Library.

Rebellion

Seem to have a deal with a company called Mongoose Publishing who are putting together a 13-volume series of books about the Judge Dredd universe, entitled Judge Dredd: The Mega-City One Archive, to be launched in January. The first volumes are The Justice Department by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Lawbringers by August Hahn and Lawbreakers by August Hahn. Other reprints recently announced include Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 0, Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth Vol. 1, Button Man: The Hitman's Daughter by John Wagner & Frazer Irving and Slaine: Demon Killer by Pat Mills & various.

Reynolds & Hearn

... have two more TV Century 21 reprints due following on from the success of the first pair. Escape from Aquatraz is due in November to be followed by Above and Beyond next April.

Titan Books

* UPDATED. Although Amazon claim that Darkie's Mob by John Wagner & Mike Western is due on 27 November, it is actually scheduled for release next spring or summer according to editor David Leach. The previously announced Johnny Red: Falcon's First Flight is likely to be released in February and there will be at least a couple of additional Battle-related volumes, including Rat Pack and a second Best of Battle. Further Modesty Blaise (Modesty Blaise: Death in Slow Motion), Dan Dare (Dan Dare: Trip to Trouble) and James Bond (James Bond: Nightbird) have been announced for 2010 and another Roy of the Rovers book, Roy of the Rovers: The World Cup Special by Tom Tully & David Sque, although you'll have to wait until May 2010 to celebrate.

Classical Comics


A bit further in the future, Classical Comics have released covers for various titles available next spring and summer, including Sweeney Todd (Original Text) by Sean M. Wilson & Declan Shalvey, Wuthering Heights (Original Text) by Sean M. Wilson & John M. Burns (that's the one I'm waiting for!) and Julius Caesar (Original Text) by John McDonald & Sean O'Connor.

Crikey

I hear from Tony Ingram that the new issue is out today. "We've interviews with Pat Mills (talking at length about his time at IPC amongst other things), Leah Moore & John Reppion (on Albion) and Cheeky artist Frank McDiarmid, Lee O'Conner on his new project with Pat (Stars: the Ayatollah's Son) and the first part of a two-parter on Doctor Who in comics," says Tony. "Since the distributors asked for an extra 300 copoies on the print run this time, I'm quite hopeful for it..."

2 comments:

Steve Flanagan said...

Mongoose is the company that published the Judge Dredd Role-playing game and the Gangs of Mega City-1 miniatures game. Could these be game supplements rather than comic reprints? It would seem odd for Rebellion to license competition with its own Dredd reprint series.

Steve said...

Hi Steve,

I agree -- these are books about the Judge Dredd universe rather than reprints of the comics and likely to have been written with RPG gamers in mind. But still related to British comics' characters, so worth a mention.

Don't forget: Carlton published a Best of Judge Dredd in August, so Rebellion don't seem to mind the occasional rival book.