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Monday, June 08, 2015

Recent Releases: May 2015

MAY 2015 

A.B.C. Warriors: Return to Mars by Pat Mills & Clint Langley.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083437, 7 May 2015, 96pp, £14.99.
Mars, the far future. Tasked with increasing the peace on the war-ravaged Red Planet, the A.B.C. Warriors are reunited with one of their oldest number - the mechanic known as Tubal Caine AKA Happy Shrapnel. As Happy explains how he died and was subse-quently resurrected by Medusa (the planetary consciousness). Happy's story exposes the identity of the villain responsible for most of the trouble on Mars - 'the father of all A.B.C. Warriors' needs to be executed, and the Warriors are going to need the help of another old ally to carry out the mission...
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The Complete Captain Future by Norman Light.
Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-1907081781, 8 May 2015, 200pp, £19.99.
One of the stars of the 1950s pirate era of comic publishing, Norman Light's 'Captain Future' was the star of the comic Spaceman, which Light published in 1953-54. One of the most successful titles from the minor publishers of the era, it ran for 15 issues before disappearing. But 'Captain Future' lived on, briefly, in reprints, after the rights to the strips were picked up by former Hank Janson publisher Reg Carter.
     Now, over sixty years after their original appearance, Bear Alley Books had gathered this action-packed series of pulp sf strips together for the first time. In a packed 200-page volume, all of Captain Future's comic strips are reprinted and, as a bonus back-up, we include three short stories by Tom Wade (a prolific writer for the infamous John Spencer quartet of sf magazines under multiple pseudonyms) featuring the Space Patrol. The Buccaneers of Space are introduced in a revealing special feature about the history of the Spaceman comic, its lead characters and the creative force behind them: Norman Light.
    If you like your spaceships to soar, your galaxies to collide and your BEMs to be bestial, this is the thrill-filled collection for you.
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Doctor Who: The Good Soldier by Andrew Cartmel, Paul Cornell, Dan Abnett, John Freeman, Lee Sullivan & Mike Collins.
Panini UK ISBN 978-1846536595, 1 May 2015, 176pp, £13.99.
Introducing a brand-new collection of classic comic strips collecting the adventures of the Seventh Doctor and Ace, from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. This volume collects comic strips featuring the much-loved Seventh Doctor as played on TV by Sylvester McCoy, alongside his companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) - plus guest appearances from the Brigadier! Includes a wealth of exclusive, brand-new material revealing how the strips were created, featuring contributions and commentary from the writers and artists.
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Modesty Blaise: The Killing Distance by Peter O'Donnell & Enric Badia Romero.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167120, 15 May 2015, 104pp, £11.99.
Continuing the only complete collection of Modesty Blaise adventures! The return of the ass-kicking femme fatale. Full of classic action and adventure and dripping with 60's chic. In the first story we see the return of fan-favourite character Guido Biganzoli. The Killing Distance is pure Cold War thriller material, while the legendary Wu Smith appears in the Aristo.
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