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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Recent Releases: January-April 2014

Batman Judge Dredd Collection by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Val Semeiks, Cam Kennedy et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080788, 16 January 2014, 304pp, £17.99.
When Batman crosses paths with the gleefully violent Judge Dredd, things are bound to get ugly! In these tales from the 1990s, the two crimefighters face The Riddler and The Joker and battle extra-dimensional gladiators.  A special bonus included in this collection is Judge Dredd's epic battle with alien bounty hunter Lobo.
    This amazing new collection includes Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment On Gotham, Batman/Judge Dredd: Vendetta In Gotham, Batman/Judge Dredd: The Ultimate Riddle, Batman/Judge Dredd: Die Laughing #1-2 and Lobo/Judge Dredd: Psycho Bikers Vs. Mutants From Hell!.
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Garth Ennis Presents Battle Classics by John Wagner, Mike Westerns, Cam Kennedy, John Cooper, Alan Hebden and David Hunt
Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167410, 9 January 2014, 256pp, £19.99.
New York Times bestselling writer Garth Ennis, writer of The Boys, Preacher and Battlefields, selects his favourite stories from the seminal 1970s British boys comic Battle. Included here for the very first time is the complete HMS Nightshade, and the never-before-reprinted The General Dies At Dawn. With insights and introductions by Ennis himself, these war comic rarities are not to be missed!
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The Man Who Searched For Fear by Bill Lacey, ed. Steve Holland. 
Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-190708173-6, 31 January 2014, 160pp, £15.99.
The Man Who Searched For Fear is Bill Lacey at his best. The opening series in this new collection relates how Hugo Masterman, a delicate, unhappy child, who dreamed of travelling the world, lived to see his dream turn into a nightmare. In darkest Africa, with his companions dead through injury or illness, Masterman discovers the legendary graveyard of the elephants. Mauled by a lion, he survives by dragging himself back to civilisation on paralysed limbs. His discovery makes him immensely rich, but the tortures he has faced leave him unable to know fear.
    Hidden away in Castle Doomcrest on a remote Scottish isle, Masterman offers a prize to any man who can bring fear into his life. His visitors relate bizarre adventures in the hope of earning Masterman's reward: how a man escapes a shark attack and becomes a god to a lost island civilisation; how an assassin plans to destroy an emperor by crashing his imperial train; how a man survives being left for dead without supplies on an Alpine mountain . . . these are just a few of the tales that Masterman hears in his search to stir his emotions.
    Adding to the excitement are two bonus stories. "Agent of the Queen" stars Agent Smith of Britain's nascent Secret Service. When Queen Victoria's life is threatened with assassination at the Great Exhibition of 1851, Agent Smith teams up with Captain Jack Stalwart to thwart the threat; and, in a second adventure, they team up again to discover how Russians are smuggling arms into India.
    Finally, Lacey's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" is another—but very different—Victorian adventure as young Pip finds himself in the hands of people who may or may not have his best interests at heart: the convict Magwitch, the odd Uncle Pumblechook, the bizarre Miss Havisham, the beautiful Estella, the lawyer Mr. Jaggers, his rival Bentley Drummle . . . against all odds will Pip still achieve his goal to become a gentleman?
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Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier & P. J. Holden.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760047, 14 January 2014, 112pp, £14.99.
From the smash-hit writer behind X-Men Legacy! Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such Karmic agent - the surly Bastard Zane - to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!
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Solid State Tank Girl by Alan Martin & Warwick Johnson-Cadwell.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760030, 14 Jan 2014, 112pp, £14.99.
The heavy-weapon honey with a mouth like an open sewer has returned! So, here's what's happened: Booga, Tank Girl's marsupial lover, is near death. To save him, she must shrink herself and her cronies down to microbial size, enter his blood stream, clean up the mess, and be home in time for beer and snacks. But their Incredible Expedition goes horribly wrong when, deep in Booga's scrotum, Tank Girl encounters her ultimate opposite: Anti-Tank Girl! There may be trouble ahead...
    Written by Alan Martin and with hyper-kinetic art by newcomer Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, this epic new collection proves it’s easier to get further with cute good looks, a tank, a kangaroo boyfriend and big, steel-toed boots than just cute good looks.
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Space Ace Vol. 2 by Ron Turner. 
John Lawrence [no ISBN], January 2014, 40pp, £8.95.
Four vintage stories from the pages of Lone Star Magazine and Lone Star Annual featuring Space Ace. From John Lawrence's introduction to volume 1: "Space Ace was a labour of love for Ron. It attracted possibly the lowest page rate ever compared to much of his other work, but it was free from any editorial constraints ... His enjoyment shines through in the four stories I've selected... These stories originally appeared in black and white, but now, for this publication, Ron's marvellous artwork has been enhanced by the superb colouring of John Ridgway, an artist absolutely in tune with Ron's own colouring sensibilities."

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ABC Warriors: The Solo Missions by Pat Mills, Alan Moore, Steve Dillon, Kev Walker & Henry Flint.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082263, 13 February 2014, 96pp, £13.99.
They are the ultimate fighting force seven atomic, bacterial and chemical proof robots who tamed the planet Mars. As a team they are undefeatable, but how do they fare when operating alone? Joe Pineapples shows why he is considered the galaxy's greatest (and most stylish) assassin, as he targets the president of the world. The origin of Blackblood's treacherous nature is finally revealed. Deadlock returns to a Torquemada-free Termight on a mission to stop the alien-killer known as the Accountant, and Hammerstein finds hostile life on the red planet.
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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 07 by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Steve Dillon.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082171, 11 February 2014, 368pp.
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Nemesis The Warlock Volume 2 by Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neill, Bryan Talbot, John Hicklenton & Tony Luke.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1907519789, 28 February 2014, 304pp, £12.07.
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MARCH 2014

The Art of Ian Miller by Ian Miller & Tom Wyte
Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167793, 11 April 2014 [originally announced for 25 March 2014 and available from late March], 160pp, £24.99.
Featuring over 300 pieces of artwork spanning decades of Ian's work, this collection is a treat for all lovers of great fantasy art from Lovecraft novel covers to Tolkien bestiaries to Warhammer 40,000 concept art, through a veritable trove of gothic humour, fantasy battles, dragons, beasts and a world of nightmarish visions.
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Banzai Battalion: Just Another Bug Hunt! by John Wagner, Henry Flint, Ian Gibson & Cam Kennedy.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082188, 18 March 2014, 160pp, £12.07.
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Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie by Jon Ronson.
Picador ISBN 978-1447271376, 27 March 2014, 80pp, £7.99.
In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong.
    Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
     Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie is a memoir of funny, sad times and a tribute to outsider artists too wonderfully strange to ever make it in the mainstream. It tells the true story behind the fictionalized movie.
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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 22 by John Wagner, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Carlos Ezquerra, Mick Austin, John Burns, et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082270, 13 March 2014, 304pp, £19.99.
On the mean streets of Mega-City One, the Judges are the law. Charged with executing justice in this futuristic metropolis, these individuals are the best of the best battle-hardened warriors dedicated to their cause. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd - a lawman who doesn t know how to quit! In this volume of the bestselling Case Files series, Dredd travels back to 2001 New York City in order to destroy a deadly space parasite capable of wiping out all known life on Earth. And the alien action continues in Crusade, where Dredd competes with other Mega-City Judges to recover a long-lost Justice Department craft that has recently crash-landed in the South Pole. Stories from 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine, from December 1994-May 1995.
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Nemo: Roses of Berlin by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill.
Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662302, 27 March 2014, 56pp, £9.99.
Continuing in the adventurous tradition of their self-contained thriller Heart of Ice, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill present a blazing narrative that rampages through twentieth century culture and portrays the volatile convergence or four startling and striking women in a place of long totalitarian shadows.
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Noir: The Art of Rob Moran by Rob Moran.
Airship 27 ISBN 978-0615988337, 18 March 2014, 70pp, £9.57.
Rob Moran is an award-winning artist of Noir-inspired, black and white illustrations. Here is a book of some of his best work, pencil and fully inked, in a genre he defines with every stroke of his pencil or pen.
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The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons & Matthew Vaughan.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167038, 18 March 2014, 160pp, £9.99.
Gary's life is going nowhere. He lives in public housing with his mother and spends his nights carousing with his friends. But Gary's Uncle Jack has taken a different path of glamour, danger and mystery. When Jack has to get his nephew out of trouble, their lives are going to intersect in a way neither of them could have foreseen. This book comes from Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).
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APRIL 2014

The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore & Steve Parkhouse.
Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662319, 8 May 2014 [available from April], 96pp, £9.99.
Jobremus Bojeffries is like any other father - trying to keep the peace in a house stuffed with two kids, uncles Raoul and Festus, a baby and old Grandpa Podlasp. Never mind that one's a werewolf, one's a vampire, Grandpa is in the last stages of organic matter and the baby puts off enough thermonuclear energy to power England and Wales. All right, they're no ordinary family. And this is no ordinary book, with stories spanning decades, a whole chapter written as light opera, a Christmas episode and an all-new 24-page comic bringing the Bojeffries up to the present day.
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Devlin Waugh: Swimming In Blood by John Smith, Sean Phillips & Steve Yeowell.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082287, 10 April 2014, 288pp, £19.99.
2114. Our world and the Mega-Cities that are home to the last vestiges of humanity are constantly preyed upon by bestial forces from beyond the realms of decency. Thankfully such things are kept at bay by spiritual envoys employed by Vatican City, such as Devlin Waugh a Brit-Cit-born bon viveur, dandy and jolly good fellow to boot. When Vatican precognitive telepaths predict a horrific presence at the underwater prison of Aquatraz, Devlin is sent in to investigate and uncovers an uncompromising evil which will cause him to cancel elevenses and throw away the Queensbury rulebook in order to survive! A 2000 AD graphic novel. Paperback.
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The Happy Warrior by Clifford Makins & Frank Bellamy, with commentary by Richard M. Langworth.
Uniform Press ISBN 978-1906509903, 1 April 2014 [publisher's catalogue gives a May 2014 release date], 96pp, £12.99.
To so many British children growing up in 1950s and 1960s Britain, Fridays meant only one thing - thousands of youngsters would race to their local newsagents, pennies in hand and sometimes parents in tow, to buy the latest edition of Eagle comic. Each issue of the Eagle was chocablock with adventures and exciting new pastimes for boys - from Dan Dare, to Extra Special Agent Harris Tweed, from tips from the pros on boxing and jiu jitsu, to advice on the care of goldfish. In the 1950s, the comic embarked on an ambitious series chronicling the life of some of Britain's most famous men - Nelson, Baden Powell, Alfred the Great, Montgomery and Churchill, to name a few. Here we have the complete set of Eagle comic strips which tell the story of Winston Churchill's life - his birth at Blenheim, his education at Harrow and Oxford, his time in the army as well as his appointment to government and eventually to his stint as War Leader. The Eagle Comic nurtured the imagination and garnered the ambition of a generation brought up in a grey postwar Britain, and helped to shape the nation we know today. This book is a reminder of how the Eagle helped to inspire a generation.
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Ro-Busters: The Disaster Squad of Distinction by Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons, Grant Morrison, Kevin O'Neill, Alan Moore & Steve Dillon.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082195, 15 April 2014, £9.05.
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