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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Recent Releases: December 2010


Captain Britain Vol. 5: End Game by Alan Moore, Jamie Delano & Alan Davis.
Panini UK ISBN 978-1846534591, 6 December 2010, 256pp, £15.99.
Captain Britain returns once more, as he battles the terror of the ultimate superhero slayer, the Fury, as well as the Crazy Gang and Gatecrasher and her Technet. The Lion of London also contends with the machinations of the vile Vixen and a final showdown with Slaymaster! Plus, his adventures transport him to an alternative universe where he encounters a dark, twisted version of himself.
Chopper: Surf's Up by John Wagner, Garth Ennis, Colin McNeil, John Higgins et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1907519277, December 2010, 240pp, £14.99.
Chopper has come a long way from being a wall-scrawling juve in Mega-City One. Having mastered the art of Sky Surfing, Chopper became a hero of the people by winning Supersurf 7 and escaping the Judges to compete in Supersurf 10. But a narrow defeat to Jug McKenzie and a close encounter with Judge Dredd sent Chopper out into the Radback. Now he’s back and intent on re-claiming his title and keeping his freedom.
    Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot.
    Jonathan Cape ISBN 978-0224090001, 2 December 2010. 104pp, £16.99.
    The Badger is back! Set three weeks after the finale of Grandville, Grandville Mon Amour pits Detective Inspector Archie LeBrockof Scotland Yard against an old adversary and ruthless urban guerrilla, Edward “Mad Dog” Mastock - a psychotic serial killer whose shocking escape from his execution by guillotine at the Tower of London begins this fast-paced, Hitchcockian steampunk thriller.
    __LeBrock, still racked by remorse for his failure to prevent the death of 'the Divine Sarah' and working outside the law after resigning his post following a blazing row with his superior officer, embarks on a quest to redeem himself by tracking down Mastock and bringing to an end his horrific murder spree. Aided by his adjunct and old friend, Detective Roderick Ratzi, he follows the trail of carnage to Paris. Otherwise known as Grandville, it’s the largest city in a world dominated by France, a city used to violence following the years of terrorist bombings by the extreme fanatic wing of the British resistance during the occupation, the notorious Angry Brigade, of which Mastock was the sadistic leading light. With his customary tenacity, LeBrock stalks his prey through a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, an underclass of humans and automaton robots where advanced steam technology powers everything from hansom cabs to iron flying machines. It’s a trail that leads to the demimonde of Parisian prostitution and an atrocity perpetrated twenty-three years ago.
    __With a range of new and fascinating characters and a mix of Holmesian deduction, knowing humour and edge of the seat action, Grandville Mon Amour continues the vein of high-octane adventure begun in the first volume. Can even LeBrock escape the past or do heroes have feet of clay? Follow the badger!
    Leviathan by Ian Edginton & D'Israeli.
    Rebellion ISBN 978-1907519192, December 2010, 112pp, £13.99.
    In 1928, the Leviathan, the largest cruise liner,the world had ever seen, was launched, bound for,New York, with a crew and pas- senger complement,totalling nearly 30,000 people. It was never seen,again. Twenty years later, one of the remaining,passengers, Detective Sergeant Lament, begins to,investigate the mystery at the liner's heart. What,he discovers will change his world forever and might just bring the Leviathan home...

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