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Friday, November 12, 2010

Recent Releases: January - April 2010

JANUARY 2010

ABC Warriors: The Volgan War Vol. 2 by Pat Mills & Clint Langley.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735234, 15 January 2010, 96pp, £13.99.
Mars, the far future. War droids created for a conflict that ended centuries ago, the A.B.C. Warriors are resistant to Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical warfare. Recruited to bring peace to the civil war-ravaged frontier colonies on the Red Planet, the Meknificent Seven must save Zippo, a former comrade of theirs from the Volgan War!
Judge Dredd: The Mega-City One Archives Vol. 1: The Justice Department by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.
Rebellion/Mongoose Publishing ISBN 978-1906508883, 11 January 2010, 144pp, £14.99.
A comprehensive, 13-volume series of books detailing the history, life and times of the world's toughest lawman, Judge Dredd. Volume One delves into the Academy of Law and the various departments of the Judges of Mega-City One, including Tek Division, the SJS, Wally Squad and much more.
Strontium Dog: Blood Moon by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra.
Rebellion/2000AD ISBN 978-1906735241, 15 January 2010, 208pp, £13.99.
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These 'mutants' became a victimised underclass, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Strontium Dog is Johnny Alpha, who played a vital role in the mutant wars. Now, he’s been given a mission by the fanatical William Moon...

FEBRUARY 2010

Judge Dredd: The Restricted Files Vol. 1 by John Wagner et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735333, 15 February 2010, 320pp, £15.99.
This volume collects together forgotten and rare gems from the Thrill-power archives. Readers can experience Dredd strips that haven’t been reprinted in over thirty years. This collection of classic strips is a must read for any comic fan!
Judge Dredd: The Mega-City One Archive Vol. 2: Lawbringers by August Hahn.
Rebellion/Mongoose Publishing ISBN 978-1906508890, 8 February 2010, 144pp, £14.99.
A new series exploring every aspect of Mega-City One, Dredd himself and the world in which he dispenses justice. In Volume 2: Lawbringers, August Hahn reveals the men and women who make the Justice Department work, the enforcers and undercover operatives that bring order to the chaos of Mega-City One.
Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth Vol. 1 by Gerry Finley-Day.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735340, 15 February 2010, 400pp, £13.99.
Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. In this battle ground between the Norts and The Southers only the Genetic Infantrymen can survive. Rogue is one such soldier, and these are his tales...
Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet by Ian Edginton & Ian Culbard.
SelfMadeHero ISBN 978-1906838010, February 2010, 144pp, £14.99.
Readers meet Sherlock Holmes for the first time in A Study in Scarlet. Doctor Watson relates how he met Holmes in the course of an impossible crime investigation which baffled the police. In the second half of the graphic novel, readers follow the detective as he tries to solve a murder in a Mormon community. Beautifully illustrated and masterfully adapted by Eisner Award-nominated writer Ian Edginton, A Study in Scarlet is an essential addition to the Sherlock Holmes graphic novel series.
Tank Girl: Apocalypse [Anniversary Edition] by Alan Grant & Andy Pritchett.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1845767655, 26 February 2010, 112pp, £10.99.
Join everybody's favorite beer-swilling, chain-smoking, kangaroo-worrying lunatic as she 'bumps' her way through another utterly bizarre escapade. And this time she's pregnant...yes, pregnant! How will our manic heroine cope with looming motherhood? The threat of rampaging hormones, the spectre of varicose veins? What will the baby look like, if it's Booga's? And what exactly does this all have to do with the followers of the Blood God Baal? Add to that the small matter of impending Armageddon (thanks to a meteorite headed straight for Earth!) and it's no wonder this book was once billed as the final slice of Tank Girl's lunatic adventures.

MARCH 2010

Button Man: The Hitman's Daughter by John Wagner & Frazer Irving.
Rebellion/2000AD ISBN 978-1906735425, 15 March 2010, 96pp, £14.99.
Thirty seconds into your future... Harry Exton was a Button Man, a player in the lethal Killing Game, where modern-day gladiators fought for the pleasure of the mysterious Voices, the rich backers who set up the contests. But Harry quit, leaving the country and the slaughter behind him, only to find that no one walks away from the Game and lives...
Classic Bible Stories: The Road of Courage &amp and Mark the Youngest Desciple.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1848565258, 26 March 2010, 112pp, £14.99.
Some of Britain's finest English comics artists of all time, including Frank Hampson (creator of "Dan Dare") and Frank Bellamy (creator of "Heros the Spartan") also produced strips for the classic British comic Eagle based on stories from the Bible. Now, for the first time ever, all these Bible Stories are being collected, beginning with Frank Hampson's "Road of Courage", the life story of Jesus, and 'Mark: The Youngest Disciple', the story of the man who wrote the first New Testament gospel to be circulated. Lavishly reproduced, presented in a high-quality hardback library format, the book also includes supporting material on the background to the bible stories featured in the strips and background on the development of the early Christian church, plus features on the how the strips themselves were created. '"Road to Courage" is a vibrant testament to the dedication, power, and sheer artistry of Frank Hampson' - Win Wiacek.
Frank Bellamy's Complete Swift Stories [limited edition].
Book Palace ISBN 978-1907081026, 1 March 2010, 380pp, £125.00.
This book brings together every strip and llustration produced by Frank Bellamy for the classic British children's comic Swift, Frank Bellamy's Swift contains the complete adventures “Robin Hood”, “King Arthur and His Knights” and “Swiss Family Robinson”, plus his contributions to other strips (“The Fleet Family”, “Paul English”) and the Swift Annual. 
Frank Bellamy's The Story of World War 1 by Mike Butterworth & Frank Bellamy.
Book Palace ISBN 978-1907081033, 1 March 2010, 112pp, £55.00. limited edition hardcover
Book Palace ISBN 978-1907081002, 1 March 2010, 112pp, £25.00. softcover edition
For the first time ever, Michael Butterworth's epic series of articles recounting the history of the First World War collected from the pages of Look and Learn, where it was fully illustrated each week by the incomparable Frank Bellamy. From the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand through the desperate battles fought at Gallipoli, Verdun, the Somme and Passchendaele.
__The story is told in a series of beautifully illustrated episodes that are suitable for children. This book is a testament to the the greatness of this famous British strip and the artists who drew it. 110 works of original art beautifully reproduced. 

Good Dog, Bad Dog by Dave Shelton.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-0385618250, 4 March 2010, 64pp, £9.99.
Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo are pedigree police: the finest canine cops in all Muttropolis. And they're never short of work. The city is heaving with cunning crooks and malevolent mongrels who would sell their own mother for a bone. Join our dog detectives as they chase leads, sniff out crime, collar the bad guys and generally get their teeth into adventures full of action, suspense and... milkshakes. Criminals beware: McBoo and Bergman are on your tail!
James Bond: Nightbird by James Lawrence, Yaroslav Horak & Neville Colvin
Titan Books ISBN 978-1845765163, 26 March 2010, 112pp, £12.99.
The legend continues! Stand by for more adventures with the world's greatest and most famous secret agent, James Bond, as some of his most thrilling missions are collected for the first time ever in a deluxe collectors' library edition! This bumper action-packed volume collects ultra rare Bond stories that have not been seen since their original syndication between 1976-77: 'Hot-Shot', 'Nightbird' and 'Ape of Diamonds'. Also featuring a new celebrity introduction and an exclusive selection of recently unearthed James Bond comic strip artwork that has never before seen print, this latest essential volume is not to be missed!
Judge Dredd: Mega-City One Archives Vol. 3: Lawbreakers by August Hahn.
Rebellion/Mongoose Publishing ISBN 978-1906508906, 8 March 2010, 128pp, £14.99.
The series exploring every aspect of Mega-City One, Dredd himself and the world in which he dispenses justice continues. In Volume 3: Lawbreakers, August Hahn details the dastardly villains who have tried and failed to destroy Judge Dredd and his beloved city over the past three decades.
Slaine: Demon Killer by Pat Mills, Glenn Fabry, Cam Kennedy & Greg Staples.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735418, 15 March 2010, 160pp, £14.99.
Sláine is summoned by the Earth Goddess to travel through time and defend the Britons from Caesar's legions at the side of warrior-queen Boudica. But the Romans are not to be underestimated, especially with Sláine's old foe, the demon Elfric, at their side!


APRIL 2010


The Best of Punch Cartoons, ed. Helen Walasek.
Prion ISBN 978-1853757150, 1 April 2010, 608pp, £24.95. Softcover edition.
"The Best of Punch Cartoons" is a superb book. It is the biggest collection of cartoons ever published from the most famous humour magazine of them all, and is packed with superb gags and beautiful artwork by some of the world's finest artists of the past two centuries. The page size is huge, showing the cartoon art off in the best possible manner. And at more than 600 pages, this book is an essential purchase for any fan of cartoons, visual humour or of the legendary "Punch" magazine.
Century 21: Classic Comic Strips from the Worlds of Gerry Anderson Vol. 4: Above and Beyond, ed. Chris Bentley.
Reynolds & Hearn ISBN 978-1904674252, April 2010, 160pp, £14.99.

Hit the Dirt: Six of the Best from Battle Picture Library
, ed. Steve Holland.
Prion Books ISBN 978-1853757594, 1 April 2010, 400pp, £9.99.
By the time it was launched in 1961, "Battle Picture Library" already had two stablemates at Fleetway Publications - "War Picture Library" and "Air Ace Picture Library". To avoid any conflicts with its sister magazines, "Battle" concentrated solely on stories based on land, although the authors and artists had plenty of scope when deciding on settings for their tales of action and adventure. Stories such as "The Rats of Tobruk" or "Blood on the Sand" pit our fighting men against their bitter enemies in the heat and dust of the desert while "Dawn Attack" or "Shock Tactics" see them fighting hand-to-hand in the European battlegrounds. "The Hit The Dirt!" collection features some of the finest stories ever to appear in the "Battle Picture Library" series, providing hours of entertainment for fans of fighting yarns whether they be revisiting the classic comic book series they remember from their youth, or whether they are going into Battle for the first time.
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 15.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735449, April 2010, 320pp, £19.99.
Mega-City One: the future metropolis bustling with life and every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern police force acting as judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law and these are his stories.
__Volume 15 in this exciting, best-selling series collects together more classic Dredd from the pages of 2000 AD, including the Garth Ennis scripted 'Death Aid'!
Maw Broon's Cooking With Bairns.
Waverley Books ISBN 978-1902407999, 1 April 2010, 112pp, £9.95.
"Maw Broon's Cooking with Bairns" is aimed at helping children master basic cookery techniques while learning to cook. The 46 recipes are clearly presented in simple steps each of which is illustrated. Any basic techniques used in the recipes are shown separately in a special section with their own illustrations. Most recipes are laid out on two facing pages for clarity and each recipe has a 'You will need' box and a 'Before you start' box. The recipes used by Maw Broon and the Bairns are planned and written by Catherine Brown - experienced food writer, cook, broadcaster, lecturer and grandmother. She believes it is important to teach children the basic techniques of cookery and to build on these skills. The recipes are organised in six sections following on from a first section entitled 'Basic Techniques' that is dedicated to the basic skills the children will acquire as they work through her recipes. For example, the 'Plate of Broth - Meal in a Plate' section will start with a recipe for Lentil and Bacon Broth and the basic skills of how to peel a carrot, how to slice an onion, and how to chop bacon required for this recipe can all be found with step-by-step illustrated instructions in the first section. It includes: Piece and Jam - and other snacks; Plate of Broth - soups and broths; Dinners - meat, fish, veggies, salad main courses and puddings; High Teas - main course with baking; Baking Session - oven and girdle baking; and a bit of fun - sweeties, drinks, sundaes and baking without heat. It title features: 46 recipes with step-by-step illustrated instructions; recipes and techniques that are clearly explained; notes on ingredients/extra material in a special feature called 'CB's Tips'; recipes prepared by an experienced and leading food writer; and a strong emphasis on 'Don't give up if you fail first time. All the best cooks and chefs fail and it's fun to eat the results! It includes extra material dedicated to The Broons - Scotland's best-loved family who have appeared in The Sunday Post since 1936.

MeZolith by Beg Haggarty & Adam Brockbank.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-0385618267, 1 April 2010, 96pp, £9.99.
The world of MeZolith awaits. 10,000 years ago, the Kansa tribe live on the western shores of the North Sea Basin, where danger is never far away. Each season brings new adventure, each hunt has its risks, and each grim encounter with the neighbouring tribe is fraught with threats. Poika, a boy on the verge of manhood, must play his part and trust the strength and wisdom of his elders. This is a tale of beasts and beauty, man, magic and ...horror. Stone Age horror from the DFC Library.
Modesty Blaise: Death in Slow Motion by Peter O'Donnell & Neville Colvin.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1848561083, 23 April 2010, 104pp, £11.99.
The dark underworld of espionage and crime is lit up by the fatal charms of the gorgeous Modesty Blaise - high priestess of pulp crime. Adventurer, spy, racketeer and all-round bad girl, Modesty is as stylish as she is smart and as lethal as she is beautiful! This latest volume features the classic stories "The Balloonatic", "Death in Slow Motion" and "The Alternative Man" - in which Modesty and Willie race against time to save an old friend and his daughter in a desert; foil a Caribbean drug courier racket while playing Robinson Crusoe; and battle a sinister and deadly assassination bureau! With introductions by creator Peter O'Donnell and an exclusive feature and artwork by Eisner-award winning artist Steve Epting, this is a must-have for fans of stylish comic-strip adventure!

No Surrender! Six of the Best from War Picture Library
, ed. Steve Holland.
Prion Books ISBN 978-1853757600, 1 April 2010.
In all its grim glory, the Second World War is brought to life in 6 of these grittiest war dramas ever committed to paper. "War Picture Library" was the daddy of them all - the first pocket library and for many fans, the best. The conflict that engulfed Europe forced ordinary men to give up their safe, happy lives and fight for freedom against an enemy who had been preparing for war for years. Debuting in 1958, "War Picture Library" celebrated the heroic actions of the Allies as they fought back on land, at sea and in the air. No theatre of conflict was ignored. Written by authors who had themselves seen combat, from the baking deserts of Africa to the steaming jungles of the Far East, these complete stories gave youngsters growing up in the years after the war an answer to the question, 'What did you do in the war, daddy?'. Gathered here is some of the most striking war art ever produced, reproduced 25 per cent bigger than the originals so you can feel every bullet hit, every crashing wave and every nerve shattering explosion. This is military history as you've never read it before.
Robo-Hunter: The Droid Files Vol. 2 by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Ian Gibson.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735432, April 2010, 400pp, £13.99.
Encounter a P.I. like no another in this bumper collection of Robo- Hunter stories, collecting this classic strip together from the very beginning. Sam Slade is the man with a plan when it comes to robo-crime and together with his robo-pals, Stogie and Hoagie, he will bring all metal perps to justice!
Spider Moon by Kate Brown.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-0385618274, 29 April 2010, 80pp, £9.99.
They tell a prophecy of our homelands being crushed by a falling sky. That fate has been a shadow over our people ever since. The end has begun ...in my lifetime. Bekka and her people are facing the end of times. They must do all in their power to save themselves from the fate they believe is theirs. But destiny is like a tightly coiled snake. Which Bekka must unfurl without getting bitten ...
Wings of Death: Six of the Best from Air Ace Picture Library, ed. Steve Holland.
Prion Books ISBN 978-1853757587, 1 April 2010, 400pp, £9.99.
When "War Picture Library" was launched in 1958, it quickly became apparent that many of the most popular stories with the readers featured the adventures of the warriors of the air, pilots who soared and swooped through the sky, cannons and machine guns blazing. The flyers were seen as the glamour boys of the Second World War, handling the most sophisticated and technically advanced combat machines ever invented and there was almost limitless scope to develop stories based around their exploits. The machines that they flew - fighters such as Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerschmitts, Mustangs and Zeros were lovingly recreated by the finest artists, in the brand new "Air Ace Picture Library" in 1960. Those images are reproduced here 25 per cent larger than in their original published form, pulling you into close formation in the thick of the action. The six stories in "Aces High" take you from the flak-blasted night sky over Germany to the sweltering heat of the tropics, twisting and turning like a Typhoon with a Focke Wolf in its sights.

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