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Recent Releases: May-August 2013

MAY 2013 

The Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore & Ian Gibson. 
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081488, 9 May 2013, 208pp, £13.99. [£9.65 from Amazon]
2000AD proudly presents the classic Alan Moore and Ian Gibson space opera The Ballad of Halo Jones, with a new introduction by Lauren Beukes, the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls. When Halo Jones grows bored with her life in The Hoop a futuristic world where jobs are scarce and excitement is non-existent she sets out to see the galaxy, any way she can. But can she survive the highs and lows that lie in her path, including an extended period of shipboard servitude and a tour of duty in a terrifying war that defies the physics of space and time? Reissue.
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The From Hell Companion by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell.
Knockabout ISBN 978-0861661848, 20 May 2013, 288pp, £19.99. [£12.79 from Amazon]
The From Hell Companion is a fascinating read of almost 100,000 words and the same page size as From Hell itself, with illustrative material on every spread. The main thread in it is a selection of the best of Alan Moore's actual script sequences but this is supported with a generous selection of Moore's thumbnail sketches from his private notebooks for individual pages. Includes commentary from Eddie Campbell and two 16 page colour sections featuring brand new artwork. All arranged in narrative order, the reader will feel they have read From Hell from a fresh perspective.
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Dan Dare: Spacefleet Operations (Owner's Workshop Manual) by Rod Barzilay & Graham Bleathman.
Haynes Manuals ISBN 978-0857332868, 6 June 2013 [available May 2013], 128pp, £16.99.  [£10.87 from Amazon]
Dan Dare is easily the most famous British comic hero. His adventures appeared in the original Eagle magazine during the 1950s and 1960s, but he also featured briefly in 2000AD before returning in the re-launched Eagle of the 1980s. This innovative Haynes Manual takes a detailed look inside the spaceships, space stations and various other craft that played such a huge part in bringing the excitement of space travel to the stories. Beautifully illustrated with cutaway artwork by Graham Bleathman, and supported by fabulous contemporary comic-strip art, this is the ultimate technical guide to the spaceships of Dan Dare and a wonderful addition to every comic fan's bookshelf.
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The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael and the Dead Left in His Wake by Rob Williams & Dom Reardon.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080306, 9 May 2013, 160pp, £13.99. [£12.59 from Amazon]
In the Old West, back in the days of the War Between the States, there lived an outlaw named ICHABOD AZRAEL. One day, the folks of Corinth decided Ichabod had caused them one funeral too many and so Bloody Bill Sterling and his boys were hired to shoot him down, like a dog. Ichabod took a bullet in the head, and thus began a journey through the underworld and back out again began...
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Rogue Trooper: Welcome to Nu Earth by Gerry Finley-Day & Dave Gibbons. 

Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081136, 9 May 2013, 160pp, £6.99. [£5.43 from Amazon]
Nu-Earth, a battle-ravaged world, forever scarred by an ongoing war between the Nort and Souther armies. The poison atmosphere makes it hostile to all who fight there, with the exception of one person the Rogue Trooper. A biologically engineered war machine, the Rogue Trooper is searching for the traitor General responsible for the deaths of his clone brothers. Together with his three 'dead' bio-chipped comrades, Gunnar, Bagman and Helm, he won't stop until he has succeeded in his personal mission of revenge!
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JUNE 2013

ABC Warriors: Volgan War Vol.3 by Pat Mills & Clint Langley.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081402, 20 June 2013, 96pp, £12.99. [£10.39 from Amazon]
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 Mars, the Mek-nificent Seven must stop the evil Volkhan and two of their ex-comrades from capturing the Red House. The best selling book, now in paperback.
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Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files Vol. 20 by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Mick McMahon, et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081419, 20 June 2013, 320pp, £19.99. [£12.79 from Amazon]
Mega-City One: the future metropolis bustling with life and every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern police force acting as judges, juries and executioners. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law and these are his stories. Volume 20 in this best-selling series sees Judge Dredd travel to the North African city of Luxor, where he has to battle a flesh-hungry mummy! The past catches up with Dredd when an abomination from the ashes of East Meg 01 travels to the Big Meg with vengeance on its mind. Plus the return of the first-ever published Judge Dredd artist Mike McMahon!
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The War Machine by Dave Gibbons & Will Simpson. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081327, 18 June 2013, 96pp, £11.81. [£11.11 from Amazon]
They are the best of the best. Alpha Company, first genetic infantry, have been created for war. Able to survive in the harshest environments, Friday and his brothers know how to obey orders. Fight hard. Die well. But as the sole survivor of a brutal massacre, Friday starts to question those who have made him this way, making an uncontrollable war machine the most dangerous creature in the galaxy! This is a work of passion from Gibbons, who retold the story of the character that first made him famous in comics, Rogue Trooper, in the way he had always wanted the story to be told.
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JULY 2013

Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos – Endgame by John Wagner, Henry Flint, Leigh Gallagher, Ben Willsher & Colin Macneil
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081426, 18 July 2013, 192pp, £17.99. [£11.51 from Amazon]
THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS. With the Chaos virus released, Mega-City One totters on the brink of extinction. Judge Dredd and a weakened Justice department are desperately trying to stay in control. But the citywide infection has taken its toll and the chances of anyone coming away unscathed is looking less and less likely as each new day goes by. Features the much welcomed return of some of Dredd’s greatest enemies – the Dark Judges!
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Judge Dredd: Fatties by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Cam Kennedy.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081334, 16 July 2013, 144pp, £12.81. [£11.42 from Amazon]
In the nightmarish metropolis of the future known as Mega-City One, a majority of the citizens are unemployed. Boredom drives many of these people to invest their time in a variety of different hobbies including eating. As a result, a new sub culture of gluttonous, gargantuans have emerged. Nicknamed ‘fatties’ by the other citizens, these blubbery boys and girls compete in the Intercity Eating Championships to be the biggest and the best citizens ever to use a bellywheel. This is the very first time the complete set of Fatties stories have been brought together under one cover - if one cover can hold them! This side-splitting collection of stories from John Wagner (Al’s Baby) and Alan Grant (Lobo), features the stunning art of Carlos Ezquerra (Adventures in the Rifle Brigade), Mike McMahon (Ro-Busters) and Cam Kennedy (Star Wars: Dark Empire), and is guaranteed to leave you wanting more!
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Slaine: The King by Pat Mills.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081709, 18 July 2013, 256pp, £15.99. [£10.23 from Amazon].
REVISED WITH ADDED PAGES! From writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law) and artist Glenn Fabry (Preacher) comes a world of mists and magic and the ultimate Celtic warrior, Sláine!
    This classic tale of sword and sorcery, which makes Conan look like a boy scout, is available again complete with a fantastic host of extras.
    Exiled from his tribe, Sláine is forced to roam the land of Tir-Nan-Og with his dwarf, Ukko. Ahead of him lie terrifying ordeals that will require all of Sláine’s famed warrior strength if he is to return victorious and claim his rightful place as King!
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Slaine: Time Killer by Pat Mills & Glenn Fabry.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081693, 18 July 2013, 176pp, £13.99. [£11.19 from Amazon]
Sláine, Ukko his faithful, evil-smelling dwarf and trainee priestess Nest visit the fortress of the Ever-Living Ones. These arch-druids may hold the key to the final defeat of the evil forces oppressing Sláine’s people, but a chance encounter hurls Sláine and his allies through time to evergreater battles, threats and challenges!
    Written by Pat Mills (Charley’s War) with art by Glenn Fabry (Preacher) and Massimo Belardinelli (Mean Team) amongst others, this is the latest edition of the second volume of the classic adventures of the Celtic warrior Sláine.
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AUGUST 2013 

Commando: The Deadly Seas, ed. George Low.
Prion ISBN 978-1853758973, 15 August 2013, 400pp, £9.99. [£7.99 from Amazon]
Following the bestselling success of Carlton's man-size Commando anthologies, here is the latest of the mid-format compilations each containing six classic Commando war stories printed the same size as the original comics. The Deadly Seas features 'Inland Navy', 'The Ship-Busters', 'March of the Monsters', 'Bright Blade of Courage', 'Mighty Midget' and 'Another Tight Spot'. Hair-raising tales of naval missions on the lethal wartime seas make this action-packed but handily formatted collection of stories a thrill for Commando fans of all ages.
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Commando: Heroes Fly High!, ed. George Low.
Prion ISBN 978-1853758997, 15 August 2013, 400pp, £9.99. [£7.99 from Amazon]
Following the bestselling success of Carlton's man-size Commando anthologies, here is the latest of the mid-format compilations each containing six classic Commando war stories printed the same size as the original comics. Heroes Fly High! features 'Aces Wild', 'Mustang Patrol', 'Glider Ace', 'The Fighting Few', 'Tiger in the Tail' and 'Flak Fever'. Hair-raising tales of RAF missions in a range of aeroplanes make this action-packed but handily formatted collection of stories a thrill for Commando fans of all ages.
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Commando: Marching to Glory, ed. George Low.
Prion ISBN 978-1853758966, 15 August 2013, 400pp, £9.99. [£7.99 from Amazon]
Following the bestselling success of Carlton's man-size Commando anthologies, here is the latest of the mid-format compilations each containing six classic Commando war stories printed the same size as the original comics. Marching to Glory features 'Riley's Rifle', 'Death Patrol', 'Battle Wagon', 'Man of Iron', 'Guns on the Peaks' and 'The Haunted Jungle'. Hair-raising tales of army missions in a range of lethal situations make this action-packed but handily formatted collection of stories a thrill for Commando fans of all ages.
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Commando: Rampaging Raiders!, ed. George Low.
Prion  ISBN 978-1853758980, 15 August 2013, 400pp, £9.99. [£7.99 from Amazon]
Following the bestselling success of Carlton's man-size Commando anthologies, here is the latest of the mid-format compilations each containing six classic Commando war stories printed the same size as the original comics. Rampaging Raiders! features 'Trouble Spot', 'Three...Two...One...Zero!', 'The Specialists', 'VLR Very Long Range', 'Fight or Die!' and 'Fearless Freddy'. Hair-raising tales of special missions and operations in a range of warzones make this action-packed but handily formatted collection of stories a thrill for Commando fans of all ages.
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Fish Head Steve by Jamie Smart.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-1849921732, 1 August 2013, 48pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
This is a hilarious comedy about a sleepy mid-western town, Spumville, whose inhabitants wake up one day to find that their heads have been replaced by household objects and family pets! What can possibly have caused this calamity? The nuclear power plant? The aliens? Or something even more sinister? Can our hero Fish Head Steve and his funny-faced fellows solve the mystery? Fishy goings on from the "DFC Library" - now in a convenient paperback format!
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Good Dog, Bad Dog Book 1 by Dave Shelton.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-1849921701, 1 August 2013, 64pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
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! Now in a convenient paperback format!
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Judge Dredd: Trifecta by Al Ewing, Simon Spurrier, Rob Williams, Henry Flint, D'Israeli, Carl Critchlow.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081457, 15 August 2013, £19.99. [£15.99 from Amazon]
Mega-City One, 2134 AD. Fresh from the devastating events caused by the Chaos virus, Dredd becomes aware of a potential power grab from within the Justice Department. Wally Squad gumshoe Jack Point is given a mysterious doll to safeguard. Dirty Frank wakes up on Luna-1 as a board member of Overdrive, Inc. All three Judges soon find themselves embroiled in the same case in which allegiances and grudges form in equal measure!
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Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290109, 6 August 2013, 136pp, £12.99. [£11.68 from Amazon]
Hit-Girl spins off into her own blood-soaked saga! Mindy tries to settle down as a regular schoolgirl, but really wants to be dispensing justice to the scum of New York. She takes Kick-Ass on as her sidekick, and, in return, he is helping her to survive school - without spilling anyone's blood. But when Kick-Ass gets benched, leaving her to face the mafia solo, even Hit-Girl may be in over her head. Movie-cover edition.
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Mo-Bot High Book 1 by Neill Cameron.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-1849921718, 1 August 2013, 48pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
Asha's new school is insane. Everyone has giant robots that launch out of their mobile phones! She's only been there five minutes when the school bully challenges her to a fight. So now it's not just about figuring out who's cool and who isn't. She has to learn to pilot her Mo-bot. And fast. But while Asha gets to grips with her Mo-bot's moves and customises her DMC, she's being watched...Her piloting skills are about to be put to the ultimate test, and there's nothing her new friends can do to help. Thrilling titanic battles from the DFC Library - now in a convenient paperback format!
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Monkey Nuts Book 1: The Diamond Egg of Wonders by The Etherington Brothers.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-1849921695, 1 August 2013, 64pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
Welcome to the Isla de Monstera, home of the world's only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation...Monkey Nuts! In their very first adventure, Sid, Rivet and Chief Tuft are forced to do battle against a horde of random oddballs and weirdos. When a mysterious signal begins to drive the local loonies into a crazy rage, the Monkey Nuts team have no choice but to grab their masks and get heroic! Monster-catching action from the DFC Libray - now in a convenient paperback format!
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Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan ed. by Chad Nevett. 
Sequart Research & Literacy Organization ISBN, 12 August 2013, 164pp, £8.45.
Published in 1997-2002, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan became famous for its foul-mouthed protagonist, Spider Jerusalem, and his "filthy assistants." But it's also a long-form comics masterpiece, a sci-fi comic that succeeded despite the odds, and an examination of journalism and politics – and how they intersect, or fail to do so. This book explores all these topics and more, from multiple points of view. It also includes interviews with both Ellis and Robertson.
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Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant by Alan Grant & Carlos Ezquerra.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781081433, 15 August 2013, 144pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
In the far future, Strontium-90 fallout has created a race of mutants. Outcasts from society, they are despised by the 'norms' and given only the dirtiest job bounty hunting. Johnny Alpha is one such mutant, working for the Search/Destroy Agency, hunting down the criminals for the Galactic Crime Commission. Portrait of a Mutant explores Johnny Alpha's tragic early years fighting for survival amongst the ranks of the Mutant Army against his hate-filled father Kreelman, and features the introduction of many popular supporting characters such as the Torso from Newcastle and the knobbly-headed Glaswegian, Middenface McNulty. This B-format collection is the perfect introduction to the classic character.
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Super Animal Adventure Squad by James Turner.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-1849921725, 1 August 2013, 48pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
"Super Animal Adventure Squad" comprises two hilarious stories for you to enjoy: "The Teatime of Doom" and "The Case of the Baboon Bandit!" Join Agent K, Bearbot, Irwin, Rex and Beesley as they battle to solve two thrilling crimes. In "The Teatime of Doom", our heroes are faced with a Level 6 Cake Emergency as cakes suddenly disappear from bakeries across the country. Without a mid-afternoon treat, the very icing of society would dissolve! Can the SAAS recover the precious pastries in time, or will they come to a sticky end? In "The Case of the Baboon Bandit", pirates have stolen the world's most valuable treasure, the Jade Baboon of Rangoon. Does the squad have what it takes to defeat the Dread Pirate Green Beard? Cutlasses, cookery and comedy capers abound in this brilliantly funny follow-up! Superb stories from the "DFC Library" - now in a convenient paperback format!
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Vern and Lettuce by Sarah McIntyre.
David Fickling Books ISBN 978-1849921749, 1 August 2013, 48pp, £6.99. [£5.59 from Amazon]
Welcome to Pickle Rye, home of best friends Lettuce the rabbit and Vern the sheep. Join them for baking, birthdays, bunny-sitting and a quest for fame in the big city! Vern and Lettuce reach for the stars, but danger is lurking just beneath their feet...Furry escapades from the "DFC Library" - now in a convenient paperback format! [softcover ed.]
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Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilisation by Kevin Thurman & Julian Darius.
Sequart Research & Literacy Organization ISBN 978-1940589015, 29 August 2013, 168pp, £8.34. [£8.12 from Amazon]
Through works like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority, Warren Ellis has changed the history of comic books. In this book, Kevin Thurman and Julian Darius examine Ellis's body of work, exploring (among other topics) how his early work for Marvel Comics prefigures the concerns of his later work, how his super-heroes respond to comics history, his use of religion, his use of violence, his fascination with lizards (and what they reveal about the human condition), and how his characters often use anger as a stimulus for revolutionary social action, in defiance of the West's 21st-century malaise. Topical interviews with Ellis complement several essays, expanding the reader's understanding of the themes in Ellis's work.
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