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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rebellion Releases (2000AD)

Rebellion releases for 31 October 2018.

2000AD Prog 2105
Cover: Tiernen Trevallion
JUDGE DREDD: THE SMALL HOUSE by Rob Williams (w) Henry Flint (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
BRINK: HIGH SOCIETY by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)
FIENDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: 1812 by Ian Edginton (w) Dave Taylor (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
SKIP TRACER: LEGION by James Peaty (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Dylan Teague (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
KINGDOM: ALPHA AND OMEGA by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

Scream! & Misty Halloween Special 2018
Following the success of last year’s fright-filled outing, the Scream and Misty Special returns this Hallowe'en!With a creepy cover by Kyle Hotz and a 2000AD webshop exclusive cover by Lenka Šimečková, two of Britain’s best loved comics reunite for an anthology of brand new tales - guaranteed to terrify and entertain you!
    With more treats than tricks, this issue features Black Max by Kek-W and Simon Coleby, 13th Floor by Guy Adams, John Stokes and Frazer Irving, Black Beth by Alec Worley and DaNi, Best Friends Forever by Lizzie Boyle and Yishan Li, and Decomposition Jones by Richard McAuliffe and Steve Mannion.

* This was released on 17 October, but for some reason not listed on Rebellion's weekly advance previews. I've only just managed to get hold of a copy so I thought I'd include it here as it's Halloween.
    Two strips pick up from last year's special which reintroduced 'The Thirteenth Floor' and 'Black Max', the latter showing former 'Rat Trap' raspberry-blower Dr Rat in a whole new light this time round while the former makes clever use of the very different art styles of John Stokes and Frazer Irving. 'Black Beth', a sort of Axa-inspired female warrior, is revived from an old Scream!! Holiday Special, and it's clearly intended that she'll be coming back for more.
    'Bookworm' is a genuine Misty reprint, brought to beautiful new life in colour by Barbara Nosenzo, who was responsible for colouring the recent Halo Jones reprints, while 'Mint Condition' by Smuzz smartly inserts a Misty collection into a tale of teen girls set in 2040; the latter is probably my favourite strip here, although 'Decomposition Jones' comes a close second, an outrageous super-fly seventies disco cop throwback with a horror twist.
    This is well worth picking up; I had some reservations about last year's special, but this year it's all gold.

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