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Recent Releases: September-December 2014


ABC Warriors: The Mek Files 02 by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O'Neill, Mick McMajon & Simon Bisley.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082591, 11 September 2014, 208pp, £25.00.
This hardback collection continues the new series collecting up the complete A.B.C. Warriors stories in a highly collectable hardback format. This is the same size as the sell-out hardback Volgan War series! This second volume collects the material from the long unavailable Kronicles of Khaos and Hellbringer volumes.
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Durham Red: The Bitch by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Carlos Ezquerra.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082515, 16 September 2014, 144pp, £10.93.
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Kick-Ass 3 by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.

Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290727, 9 September 2014, 184pp, £22.99.
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?
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The Secret Service: Kingsman by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons. 
Titan Books ISBN 978-1781165836, 15 September 2014, 160pp, £18.99.
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. From Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).
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Oor Wullie: The Big Bucket of Laughs Joke Book
Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230008, 25 September 2014, 192pp, £5.99.
Jings! Crivens! Help ma boab! It's Oor Wullie's Big Bucket of Laughs Joke Book! With a bucketful of Wullie's funniest one-liners and jokes and a wee bit of help from Wee Eck and Soapy Soutar, Oor Wullie's Big Bucket of Laughs Joke Book is a must-have collection of jokes, japes and jests from Scotland's lovable scamp. What do you call two banana skins? A pair o' slippers. What is bright, red and sounds like parrot? A carrot. How did the witch know she was ill? She had a dizzy spell! It'll fair mak ye laugh!
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Predator vs. Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus and More by John Wagner, Andy Diggle, Henry Flint, Alcatena, Brian Bolland, Jock, et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082539, 11 September 2014, 208pp, £25.00.
The first complete collection of Judge Dredd's crossovers with both the Predator and Aliens characters in one volume! The Predators enter the urban jungle of Mega-City One to hunt a challenging prey - the Judges themselves. As the Judges' heads start accumulating in the Predators' trophy room it is down to Dredd and Judge Schaefer to stop the hunt. When an Alien surfaces in Mega-City One, the Judges must go all-out to capture or destroy it. But there's a devastating secret concealed beneath the city - and it may well be more than the Justice Department can handle!
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Age of the Wolf by Alec Worley & Jon Davis Hunt.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082638, 23 October 2014, 160pp, £16.99.
In this debut graphic novel collection for writer Alec Worley and artist Jon Davis Hunt, humanity's days are numbered. On a quiet day in London the peace is shattered as ravening werewolves appear from nowhere to rip the city and its populace apart. Rowan Morrigan is one of the few to reach safety and it is with dawning apprehension that it becomes clear she is our only hope, the last witch who, untrained as she is, may be able to hold the wolves back. In a story full of unexpected twists and turns that stretches across Rowan's lifetime, nothing can be taken for granted.
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Arena by Dave H. Taylor & Enrique Alcatena.
Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-1907081750, 9 October 2014, 140pp, £14.99.
Collected for the first time, "Arena" is set in the dark future of a 21st century in which corporations are all-powerful, protected by heavily militarized police forces and a legal system that removes dissenting voices by sentencing men to fight violent gladiatorial battles broadcast to the masses as entertainment from the Arena.
    Journalist Mark Sabor is sent to the Arena after criticizing the government. Even as he trains to fight, forces are at work to make sure he will never survive. Pitted against merciless opponents whose sole objective is to kill the newcomer any way they can, Sabor must use his wits and strength to survive.
    But for Sabor the battle isn't just about surviving. It's about fighting back!
    Trained in every form of weapon, the Arena warriors make a formidable army. Sabor becomes part of the resistance, searching for the truth about who controls the government and, through them, mankind's fate. And when he discovers the truth, it will be a bigger shock than he could ever have imagined.
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Arkwright Integral by Bryan Talbot.
Dark Horse, October 2014, £37.99.
In a swirling multiverse of endless possibilities and incalculable dangers, malign forces manipulate history through countless timelines and act to wreak destruction across universes. But amongst these infinite existences, their fate depends on one man, an anomaly who exists in but a single universe, a being of vast psychic power capable of travelling between parallel realities--Luther Arkwright!
    An adult science-fiction epic of boundless imagination and audacious vision, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and Heart of Empire are brought together for the first time in one essential hardcover volume, including bonus material and an afterword by Warren Ellis.
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Bake With Maw Broon: My Favourite Recipes for All the Family.
Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230022, 16 October 2014, 192pp, £14.99.
Always up to her elbows in flour or stirring bubbling pots of homemade jam, Maw Broon has been baking cracking cakes, braw biscuits and perfect pastry for her hungry family for years. And now, in BAKE with Maw Broon, she finally shares her secrets...Following on from the bestselling Maw Broon's Cookbook, Maw will show you how to bake a mouthwatering collection of sweet favourites, from shortbread to sugar craft, from Dundee cake to Edinburgh tart, and from black bun to clootie dumpling. Beautifully designed and easy to follow, BAKE with Maw Broon is the definitive guide to traditional baking.
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The Best of Battle.
Egmont UK Ltd., [released October 2014]
Abridged version of Titan Books' The Best of Battle published in 2009.
Available exclusively through Sainsbury's.

The Best of Bunty Annual.
Pedigree, October 2014?, £7.99
The Best of Bunty Annual is a collection of all the best stories from the years. It’s a great gift and collectors must have.
Available via DC Thomson Shop.

The Best of 70s Girls Comics Annual
Egmont UK Ltd. ISBN 978-1405267338-1, 31 July 2014 [released October 2014], 72pp, £7.99.
Available exclusively through Sainsbury's.

The Best of Roy of the Rovers Annual.
Egmont UK Ltd., [released October 2014] 
Available exclusively through Sainsbury's.

The Best of The Beezer Annual.
Pedigree, October 2014?, £7.99.
The Best of The Beezer Annual includes lots of laughs and many stories. Great gift for all to enjoy!
Available via DC Thomson Shop.

The Best of The Hotspur Annual.
Pedigree, October 2014?, £7.99.
This best of Hotspur Annual includes a variety of Stories, including Grasshopper Green, X-Bow, King Cobra and The Gun Doctor.
    This makes this action-packed annual as a great buy as a gift or to add to your collection, as its thrill for Hotspur fans of all ages.
Available via DC Thomson Shop.
The Best of The Topper Annual
Pedigree, October 2014?, £7.99.
The Best of The Topper Annual includes stories for all. This is a great gift and a must have for all collectors.
Available via DC Thomson Shop.

The Best of Whizzer and Chips Annual
Egmont UK Ltd. ISBN 978-1405267336-7, 31 July 2014 [released October 2014], 72pp, £7.99.
Available exclusively through Sainsbury's.

The Broons: Ceilidh Dance Party.
Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230039, 31 October 2014, 192pp, £9.99.
Ever wanted to throw a ceilidh but don't know where to start? Looking for some Scottish inspiration for a wedding or party? Or do you want to brush up on steps or learn a new reel? Braw! The Broons' Come Tae the Ceilidh Dance Party will have you whirling and birling in no time! Everyone knows Scotland's favourite happy family can throw a party, so who better to guide you through the world of traditional Scottish dancing? This simple, easy-to-follow guide is fun for all the family, laying out the steps to the most popular dances found at a ceilidh, including the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, the Canadian Barn Dance, the Gay Gordons and, of course, the Broons' Reel. Suitable for all ages, from the Bairn to Gran'paw Broon, The Broons' Come Tae the Ceilidh Dance Party is the perfect guide to ceilidh dancing, the most fun you can have with a kilt on!
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Doctor Who: The Blood of Azrael by Scott Gray, Mike Collins & Martin Geraghty.
Panini UK ISBN 978-1846536250, 6 October 2014, 176pp, £13.99.
Doctor Who is the one of the most popular and highest-rated shows on BBC One, and is known and loved by millions worldwide. The series' profile is at all-time high, as it has just celebrated its 50th anniversary year. This volume collects comic strips featuring the hugely successful Eleventh Doctor as played on TV by Matt Smith, alongside his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman).
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Knit Your Own Broons by Jackie Holt & Ruth Bailey.
Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230046, 7 October 2014, 160pp, £9.99.
The Broons have been making readers laugh for decades, so what better way to celebrate Scotland's most-loved family than creating miniature woolly versions of your very own! From the authors of the much-loved Knit Your Own Scotland and Knit Your Own Britain comes this wonderful guide to knitting your own Broons family. With detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create Maw, Paw, Joe, Hen, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins, the Bairn and not forgetting Gran'paw, Knit Your Own Broons is perfect for knitters of all abilities and an ideal gift for fans of Scotland's favourite happy family.
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Modesty Blaise: The Grim Joker by Peter O'Donnell & Enric Badia Romero.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167113, 24 October 2014, 104pp, £11.99.
As dangerous as she is desirable, Modesty Blaise, the cult creation of best-selling writer Peter O'Donnell, returns for three more devastating adventures! Features the classic stories The Grim Joker, A Present for the Princess and Black Queens Pawn, written by Peter O'Donnell and beautifully illustrated by Enric Badia Romero!
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Nikolai Dante: Love and War by Robbie Morrison, John Burns, Simon Fraser & Charlie Adlard
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082614, 9 October 2014, 160pp, £17.99.
It is the year of the Tsar 2668 AD and the sound of wedding bells is in the air. Jena Makarov, the daughter of Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror, is betrothed to Mikhail Deriabin, media tyrant and patriarch of the House of Bolshoi. Nikolai Dante is less than happy with the announcement. Now, assigned to be Jena's bodyguard, Dante has to protect her from more than his own passions as those who would seek to bring about war set their sights on Russia's fairest.
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Oor Wullie: His Secret Capers Are Finally Oot.
Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230053, 31 October 2014, 256pp, £5.99.
Ello ello ello? What's going on here, then? Why, it's Oor Wullie's Secret Capers! Over the years, PC Joe Murdoch, Auchenshoogle's long-suffering local bobby, has borne the brunt of Oor Wullie's escapades. But while the spiky-haired laddie and his pals Wee Eck, Fat Boab and Soapy Soutar have been giving poor PC Murdoch the runaround, he has collected their most ingenious escapades and playful pranks in his police notepad! Take a keek inside Oor Wullie's Secret Capers for an uproarious look at Oor Wullie's most famous japes, from the the 'cartie grand prix' to the 'moose-napping' of wee Jeemy. Perfect for all the family, this is sure to put a smile on the face of every fan of Scotland's favourite son.
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Roy: The Official Autobiography of Roy of the Rovers by Roy Race [Giles Smith].
Century ISBN 978-1780893297, 9 October 2014, 320pp, £16.99.
The greatest story ever told by the world’s most beloved sportsman, Roy of the Rovers, in his own words for the first time.
    The shocking details of the five terrifying kidnappings that threatened to blight his playing career; the stomach-churning murder attempt in 1980, which left Roy in a life-threatening coma; the sickening car bomb attack that tragically killed eight of Roy's team-mates while on a pre-season tour of Basran; the devastation of losing his wife, former Melchester club secretary Penny Laine, who died in a car accident that brought Roy closer than ever to quitting the game he loved.
    And finally the horrific helicopter crash in 1993 that resulted in the amputation of Roy's legendary left foot, bringing the curtain down on his sensational, game-clinching, goal scoring exploits.
    Candid, emotional, optimistic, and never nothing less than inspiring, the autobiography of the man all fans of the game know simply as Roy Race aka 'Roy of the Rovers' lays bare for the first time the truth behind soccer's ultimate fairy-tale story.
     It’s all Rover, and it is here for the first time for his fans to enjoy all in one victorious book.
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Space Ace Vol.3 by Ron Turner
John Lawrence [no ISBN], October 2014, 40pp, £8.95.
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Star Cat Book 01 by James Turner.
David Fickling Books (The Phoenix Presents) ISBN 978-1910200063, 2 October 2014, 64pp, £7.99.
In the deepest depths of space, there is only one crew brave enough to take on the universe's most dangerous villains...Unfortunately, they weren't available for this book, so you'll have to make do with the crew of the...STAR CAT! Join Captain Spaceington and his team as they blunder across the universe, stumbling onto strange planets, sticking their noses into spatial anomalies, and poking funny-looking aliens with sticks.
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Wallace & Gromit: Comic Strips Collection Volume 2 by Jimmy Hansen & Mike Kazybrid.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760825, 7 October 2014, 136pp, £12.99.
The continuing daily comic-strip adventures of Wallace, the world's most famous inventor, and Gromit his ever faithful and resourceful canine companion. Packed with jokes, gags and gadgets. Appearing every day in The Sun, the UK's biggest selling national newspaper. This volume collects the entire second year's worth of material and features scripts written and drawn by some of the best names working in British comics today.
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Zenith: Phase 1 by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082751, 23 October 2014, 112pp, £20.00.
The all time classic is back! Berlin, 1945: The allies unleashed the second world war hero Maximan upon the German super soldier Masterman. Maximan's defeat was only kept secret by the nuclear bomb which destroyed both men. Forty-plus years later, and twenty years after a generation of '60s British superpowered heroes came and went, the teenage pop star Zenith is the only superhuman left - and his only interest in women, drugs, alchohol and fame. So when he is contacted about the threat from the many-angled ones and the impending destruction of our world, his first reaction is to steer well clear. But the superhumans of the past have other plans...
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Baker's Half-Dozen by Mike Western.
Hibernia [no ISBN], November 2014, 70pp, £7.50.
From the pages of Speed comes this lost Mike Western WW2 classic. Like a cross between Darkies Mob and The Sarge, this collection boast Westerns very best artwork, gritty storytelling and tells the complete tale of Sarge Baker and his motley crew and their desperate dash to get to Allied lines in the north African conflict. Also including a little seen text story from the Speed Annual.
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The Best of Library of Death by various.
Hibernia [no ISBN], November 2014, 90pp, £9.50.
Collecting the very best Library of Death, Ghastly Tales and other short stories from cult classic Scream! comic. These terrorsome tales are brought to you by the cream of comic talent, including among many others, Steve Dillon, Ron Smith, Dave Gibbons and Simon Furman.
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Calculus Cat by Hunt Emerson.
Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662388, November 2014, 112pp, £9.99.
Calculus Cat's home life is locked in an in-tense, argumentative relationship with his TV set, which bedevils him with commercials for Skweeky Weets—the world's most asinine breakfast cereal. His "job" is no better. He is forced to run thought the streets sporting his famous grin as The Public shout abuse and throw rubbish. His world is graphic, black and white, jagged, full in, weird, speedy and loud-everything a comic should be!
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The Daily Dredds by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Ron Smith.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082645, 6 November 2014, 320pp, £30.00.
Starting in 1981 the national newspaper The Daily Star ran a Judge Dredd comic strip written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and illustrated by Ron Smith. It has never been collected in its entirety before. This is a landmark collection.
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Gerry Anderson The Comic Collection.
Egmont ISBN 978-1405272667, 6 November 2014, 288pp, £25.00.
Stand by for action, we're about to launch into a world where anything can happen! Discover the iconic comic strips that captured the thrill and excitement of Gerry Anderson's cult 21st century TV series. With original comic artwork from Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Zero X, Fireball XL5, Lady Penelope, Angels and Marina, this exciting collection is perfect for Gerry Anderson Supermarionation fans everywhere.
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Inside the World of Gerry Anderson by Graham Bleathman.
Egmont ISBN 978-1405272650, 6 November 2014, 128pp, £17.99.
Get ready to see inside the secret world of Gerry Anderson's 21st century vehicles, machinery and settings. This complete definitive collection of Graham Bleathman's cutaways includes detailed images from Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, plus less well known craft and locations seen only in the comic strips. This is the perfect book for Gerry Anderson collectors, fans of his shows and comic fans alike.
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The James Bond Omnibus Vol.006.
Titan Books ISBN 978-0857685919, 1 November 2014, 304pp, £14.99.
The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting more of Jim Lawrences celebrated run in comic strip form! Includes nine of Bonds most thrilling and dangerous missions: Shark Bait, Doomcrack, The Paradise Plot, Deathmask, Flittermouse, Polestar, The Scent of Danger, Snake Goddess, and Double Eagle!
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Johnny Nemo by Peter Milligan & Brett Ewins.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760702, 18 November 2014, 160pp, £16.58.
A futuristic noir collection featuring Johnny Nemo - an ultra-violent, foul-mouthed PI from dystopian London 2921.
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Miller Western Comic Books by John Fairclough.
Blase Books, November 2014, 272pp, £20.
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Stickleback: The Number of the Beast by Ian Edginton & D'Israeli. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781082935, 6 November 2014, 160pp, £14.99.
London, the end of the nineteenth century, Stickleback, the Pope of Crime, rules the capital's criminal fraternity as the boss of a powerful gang of freaks, oddballs and semi-supernatural entities. But this position is far from stable and now a mysterious figure stationed on an airship soaring high above the city, is vying for power. A brutal encounter is inevitable, but one thing is for certain - live or die, Stickleback's future is going to get a whole lot more complicated!
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This Was The Wizard by Derek Marsden & Ray Moore.
Darsym Press ISBN 978-0955197819, 7 November 2014, 264pp, £25.00.
Reference book covering the history of The Wizard story paper between its inception in 1922 and demise in 1963, later to be revived as the Wizard comic.
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Brass Sun by Ian Edginton & I.N.J. Culbard.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082690, 4 December 2014, 208pp, £25.00.
The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast Brass Sun via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into eccentric fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren and Eptimus must find the key to restart the sun, but first must escape the world known as The Keep...
    Ian Edginton has written several strips for 2000 AD, including Stickleback, Ampney Crucis and Leviathan. His non-2000 AD work includes Dark Horse's Aliens series, The Authority, Blade, Deadline, The Establishment, Scarlet Traces, and recent DC/Vertigo hit Hunterkind. Having illustrated a comic version of A Picture of Dorian Gray and an HP Lovecraft adaptation for Self Made Hero, artist I.N.J. Culbard teamed up with Dan Abnett on the DC/Vertigo bestseller New Deadwardians before working for 2000 AD.
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Frontline UK by William Corderoy, Ian Kennedy & Clemente Rezzonico.
Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-1907081767, 8 December 2014, 128pp, £13.99.
The year is 1976 and Britain has been crushed under the heel of the invading forces of the Yellow Moon. But there is resistance to the invaders. Scattered throughout the country are men fighting back, men like Sergeant Sam Strong and the crew of his Scorpion tank.
     Sergeant Strong and his crew are taking part in a military exercise when aircraft fly overhead, swinging around to make a dummy run on the tanks... but this is no dummy run! Air bases and other military installations across the country are under attack and invading forces are taking beaches around the coast.
     How a lone Scorpion tank and its three-man crew—Strong, Bunny and Tanner—evade capture and then take the battle to the enemy makes for a thrilling adventure of British pluck in the face of a powerful enemy. Before 2000AD launched its own "Invasion" ten months later, there was "Frontline UK".
     Featuring superb artwork by Ian Kennedy and Clemente Rezzonico, Frontline UK collects together for the first time the full story of the Yellow Moon invasion from the pages of D. C. Thomson's all-action comic, Bullet.
     As well as the complete story, a trio of features in Frontline UK introduce the author and artists of the strip while the introduction reveals the origins of the story in the pages of a 1950s Wizard serial and how that story had previously been interpreted as a comic strip. 
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Grandville: Noel by Bryan Talbot.
Jonathan Cape ISBN 978-0224098069, December 2014 [27 November 2014], 104pp, £16.99.
With his trusty adjunct, Detective Sergeant Ratzi, away for Christmas, there’s no holiday for Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard as he embarks on an investigation into the disappearance of his housekeeper’s niece, Bunty Spall.
    The trail leads to a growing religious cult, where a charismatic unicorn messiah and his con men cronies, already responsible for mass murder in the United States, are about to lead a crusade for the ethnic cleansing of the French Empire’s doughfaces – the derogatory nickname for humans used by the majority, animal-headed population. Teaming up with Chance Lucas, a gun-slinging operative of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, and reigniting his steamy love affair with the voluptuous Parisian badger prostitute Billie, LeBrock clashes with both cult fanatics and doughface terrorists, uncovering in the process a centuries-old religious conspiracy that threatens to plunge the world into bloody civil war.
    With Paris in the grip of the mysterious crime lord, Tiberius Koenig, and an increasingly violent backlash by human extremists, can LeBrock stop the seemingly inevitable slide into fascism? What is the secret of the legendary True Gospels? Can he rescue Bunty Spall from the clutches of the strangely hypnotic unicorn named Apollo? But does Bunty want to be saved? And will LeBrock be back in time for Christmas dinner?
    No badger does it better!
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Zenith: Phase 2 by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082775, 4 December 2014, 112pp, £20.00.
Zenith is the only superhuman popstar. He's saved the world, had a number one record - but his only interests are women, drugs, alchohol and fame. But Peter St. John and the unexpected reappearance of Ruby forces the superbrat to take off and tackle a nuclear threat to London - from his own creator!
    Written by bestselling comics master Grant Morrison, this is widely acclaimed as his breakthrough work and a defining chapter in the history of UK comics. Steve Yeowell is famous or his work on Zenith, but he has illustrated many further 2000 AD stories, including Red Seas, Judge Anderson and Devlin Waugh, Sinister Dexter and many more.
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