Monday, January 26, 2015

Recent Releases: January-April 2015


Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 09.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083291, 20 January 2015, 400pp, £12.77.
Paperback edition aimed at US market.
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Kingdom of the Wicked by Ian Edginton & D'Israeli.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760566, 6 January 2015 [Amazon dates the release 6 November 2014], 104pp, £14.99.
The twenty-first century's greatest living children's author - Christopher Grahame - is drawn back into Castrovalva, the world of his childhood imagination, when the stress of his fame starts to weigh on him. But Castrovalva has gone to hell in his absence - devastated by war, famine and loss. And now Christopher can't wake up. Has he lost his mind... or his innocence?
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Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1783293360, 24 January 2015, 160pp, £9.99.
Garys life is going nowhere. He lives in public housing with his mother and spends his nights carousing with his friends. But Garys 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. From Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). Movie tie-in cover
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The Last of the Mohicans by Ruggero Giovannini & Cecil Doughty.
Book Palace Books ISBN 978-1907081293, January 2015, 74pp, £19.99.
James Fenimore Cooper's poignant tale superbly presented as a comic strip by the talented artists Cecil Doughty and Ruggero Giovannini. In this volume, we re-present two very different adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper’s popular adventure classic. Originally published in 1826, The Last of the Mohicans has been adapted countless times for films, television, radio and comics.
    Set in 1757, when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America, it is the story of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, commander of a beleaguered fort and their journey to be reunited with him. The girls, Cora and Alice, are rescued from an ambush by Hawkeye, a hunter, and his two Mohican companions, Chingachgook and his son, Uncas. Together, they endeavour to get the girls to safety.
    The first adaptation in this book was drawn and painted in full colour by renowned Italian artist Ruggero Giovannini and appeared in 'Tell Me Why' in 1968. Giovannini’s strip is “simply the finest, most authentic and most colourful, picture strip adaptation of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ ever to appear”.
    The second version, from 'Look and Learn', was drawn in fine and authentic detail by Cecil Doughty and was originally published in 1980. Using as much as possible Cooper’s own words, it can be fairly classed as one of the most faithful picture strip adaptations of the story.
    Although obviously taken from the same source material, both versions differ in more ways than just the look of their artwork. These, and the further differences when compared to various cinematic versions, will hopefully inspire readers to seek out and read Cooper's original book.
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Slaine: The Brutania Chronicles by Pat Mills & Simon Davis.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083352, 15 January 2015, 112pp, £16.99.
Ancient Albion. Celtic barbarian warrior Slaine united the tribes of the Earth Goddess and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he fought for the Goddess in other eras before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. Now, he's crossed over onto the isle of Monadh in an attempt to rescue Sinead from the evil clutches of the Drune Lords...This brand-new chapter in the life of Slaine is the perfect jumping on point for new readers as writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law) transports the Celtic warrior to the ancient world of Albion. This book also introduces the fully-painted art style of Simon Davis (Ampney Crucis) to the strip for the first time.
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Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: Dogs of War by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083369, 15 January 2015, 144pp, £14.99.
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 Search/Destroy agent, or Strontium Dog, is Johnny Alpha, who was thought killed. But he has been resurrected and is now leading mutantkind in a revolution against the Norms...Written by Strontium Dog co-creator John Wagner (A History of Violence) with art by his co-creator Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd) Johnny Alpha's explosive return from beyond concludes in this action-packed finale.
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Dredd: Urban Warfare by Arthur Wyatt & Henry Flint.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083161, 12 February 2015, 96pp, £14.99.
The comic book sequel to the hit film! Featuring three action-packed stories from the critically acclaimed cinematic world of DREDD. In Underbelly Ma-Ma's death has led to a power vacuum and now other criminal gangs in Mega-City One are trying to fill the gap. When a number of corpses are discovered in a rad-pit, the bodies are all revealed to be mutants. Could the dead be connected with an outfit smuggling illegal refugees into the city from the Cursed Earth? Judge Dredd once again teams up with Psi-Judge Anderson as they scour the underworld for the perps responsible!
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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 24.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083390, 12 February 2015, 320pp, £19.99.
The streets don't come much meaner than those found in Mega-City One. Only the Judges - empowered to dispense law and order - keep the city from falling into total anarchy. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd - he is the law and these are his stories. In this 24th volume of the bestselling Case Files series, Dredd is faced with one of his hardest challenges yet - dispensing justice in the Big Meg's worst sector known as 'The Pit'! Also, the ultimate lawman faces a legendary war robot, when Judge Dredd squares off against the ABC Warrior Hammerstein!
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Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Headline ISBN  978-1472217684, 3 February 2015, 352pp, £18.99.
In this new volume, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction-stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013-as well as BLACK DOG, a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods.
     Trigger Warning is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explores the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story-a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane-Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year-stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we're all alone in the darkness. Associational collection of short stories.
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MARCH 2015

The Dracula File by Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman & Eric Bradbury. Hibernia [no ISBN], March 2015, 86pp, £9.00.
From the pages of Scream! comic Hibernia is proud to present the complete Dracula Files, collecting all the weekly episodes as well as all the episodes from the hard to find Holiday Specials. Also included is two page’s of  unseen Eric Bradbury Dracula art from Scream issue 18, and a cover gallery. Follow KGB officer Colonel Stakis desperate hunt for Count Dracula, who is spreading terror in 1980’s Britain after defecting from Communist Romania.
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Insurrection: Liberty by Dan Abnett & Colin Macneil.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083406, 12 March 2015, 96pp, £13.99.
Mega-City colonial space, 2135AD. Mining colony K Alpha 61 renamed itself Liberty after cutting loose from the Big Meg. Furious at this dissent, and in a bid to stop the revolt spreading to other colonies, the SJS launched a blistering attack on Colonial Marshal Kerel Luther's forces. Now the alien Zhind have been defeated, and the SJS are turning on the insurrectionists...
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It's Even Bigger on the Inside by Tim Quinn & Dicky Howett.
MIWK Publishing, 6 March 2015, 224pp, £17.99.
For over a decade Tim Quinn & Dicky Howett provided a regular comic strip Doctor Who? For Marvel Comics (now Panini) in Doctor Who Magazine.
    For the first time all their strips are collected here, together with strips from specials, annuals and yearbooks as well as their two previously published books It’s Bigger on the Inside and The Doctor Who Fun Book.
    Each strip has been lovingly restored and where possible scanned from the original artwork to present them, many in full colour, as never before.
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Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.
Titan Books ISBN  978-1783290871, 6 March 2015, 232pp, £18.99.
Mark Millar and John Romita's mega-selling series returns for its final story! Hit-Girl is in jail, leaving Kick-Ass to lead the super hero team Justice Forever. But super heroes have been outlawed, leaving Kick-Ass to dodge both cops and some terrifying new foes! For the first time, Kick-Ass is beginning to have doubts. Is he in too deep to get out? Paperback edition.
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Nemo: River of Ghosts by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill.
Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662333, 19 March 2015, 56pp, £9.99.
In a world where all the fictions ever written coalesce into a rich mosaic, it's 1975. Janni Dakkar, pirate queen of Lincoln Island and head of the fabled Nemo family, is eighty years old and beginning to display a tenuous grasp on reality. Pursuing shadows from her past - or her imagination - she embarks on what may be a final voyage down the vastness of the Amazon, a last attempt to put to rest the blood-drenched spectres of old. With allies and adversaries old and new, we accompany an aging predator on her obsessive trek into the cultural landscape of a strange new continent, from the ruined city of Yu-Atlanchi to the fabulous plateau of Maple White Land. As the dark threads in her narrative are drawn into an inescapable web, Captain Nemo leads her hearse-black Nautilus in a desperate raid on horrors believed dead for decades. Through the exotic spectacle of an imagined South America, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill steer their fifty-year-long Nemo trilogy to its remarkable conclusion, borne upon a River of Ghosts.
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Tales of Telguuth: A Tribute to Steve Moore by Steve Moore & Gregg Staples.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083413, 12 March 2015, 176pp, £18.99.
In March 2014, British comics lost one of its' most creative and distinct voices in the form of Steve Moore. The father of the 2000AD Future Shock, Steve created many memorable characters including Lazer Erazer and Axel Pressbutton for Warrior, and the psychotic Dalek killer, Abslom Daak for the Doctor Who Magazine. This collection features the highly-regarded fantasy series which Moore developed for 2000AD, along with some of his classic Future Shocks. It will also featur a new introduction from Alan Moore (no relation), for whom Steve Moore was a major influence.
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APRIL 2015 

Judge Dredd: Luna 1 by John Wagner, Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon & Ian Gibson.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083420, 9 April 2015, 142pp, £6.99.
In 2061, an international lunar treaty divided a million square miles of the moon's surface between Mega-Cities One, Two and Texas City. Every six months one of these cities has to supply a Judge-Marshal to govern it...enter Judge Dredd! An environment every bit as deadly as the streets of the 'Big Meg', Judge-Marshal Dredd has his work cut out for him - especially when war breaks out during the first Lunar Olympics! Written by John Wagner and featuring some beautiful artwork by Brian Bolland, Ian Gibson and Mick McMahon, these early Dredd stories are out of this world!
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The Mystery of the Crooked Imp by Conrad Mason & David Whyatt.
David Fickling Books (Phoenix Presents) ISBN 978-1910200421, 2 April 2015, 64pp, £7.99.
Welcome to Port Fayt! City of fantastical creatures, magic and skulduggery! As the clocks strike midnight, a gang of fairies holds up a stagecoach. Their prize - a baby boy. Only the ragtag band of crimefighters known as the Demon's Watch can rescue the child. But first they must unmask the mysterious criminal behind the kidnapping...Who is the Crooked Imp?
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Space Ace Vol.4 by Ron Turner.
John Lawrence [no ISBN], April 2015, 40pp, £8.95.
The lead story is 'The Island Universe', a 24-page serial from 1954 that was Turner's first work on Space Ace. The issue also includes a second strip, the 8-page 'The Raiders From Space', dating from 1957. Both stories are newly coloured by John Ridgway. The issue also includes an extract from an interview with Turner.
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Zenith: Phase Three by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083215, 9 April 2015, 144pp, £20.00.
The Lloigor have returned and once again threaten to destroy all reality. In order to stop them, Maximan of alternative Earth 23 has assembled an army of superheroes, including Zenith and ex-members of Cloud 9. They are tasked with travelling to 'occupied' earths and destroying them, in the hope of stopping others from falling. Despite the danger Zenith decides to tag along. After all, with his musical career and popularity on the wane, he really has nothing better to do...
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