Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Rebellion Releases (2000AD)

Today's releases from publisher Rebellion includes the bumper-sized, 100-page Christmas and New Year issue of 2000AD – a perfect stocking filler and as a jump on issue for new readers.The issue includes two brand new series: 'Feral & Foe' by Dan Abnett & Richard and Joe Elson; and 'Proteus Vex' by Michael Carroll & Henry Flint.

You can find out more about the latter in this interview with writer Carroll in which he says: "It’s a space adventure story! Weird aliens, giant spaceships, espionage, intrigue, action and so on...  Science fiction, but where the science part is subservient to the fiction part. Much as I love Hard SF stories, sometimes it’s refreshing to ... just have a bunch of spaceships made out of “undefeatium” blasting the crap out of each other. We don’t always need to know exactly-how-the plasma guns work, just what they’ll do to the bad guy’s face."

The issue also includes the return of 'The Zaucer of Zilk', last seen in 2012. I'll leave it to Brendan McCarthy and Peter Hogan to describe. Here's a taste from Brendan: "I initially created the Zaucer of Zilk and sold it to 2000 AD. It was developed and added to by Al Ewing’s great creativity and writing skill. My aim was to create a British version of Doctor Strange. In this case, it’s mixed with a Tim Burton-style psychedelic sensibility, by way of Davids Bowie and Lynch, with a dash of sparkly glam rock. The British do fantasy really well and historically produce classics of the genre like Alice, the Dark Materials books, Mervyn Peake, Michael Moorcock and lately, Harry Potter.  British children’s surrealism was also a big influence on my visual approach; Yellow Submarine, Thomas the Tank Engine, Teletubbies, Rupert Bear — all baked together to create that special Zaucer magic!"
2000AD Prog 2162
Cover: Alex Ronald

JUDGE DREDD: SNOWBALLED by TC Eglington (w) Karl Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
GRADUATION DAY by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernen Trevallion (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THE ZAUCER OF ZILK: A ZAUCERFUL OF SECRETS by Peter Hogan (w) Brendan McCarthy (a+c) Len O'Grady (c) Jim Campbell (l)
BRINK: HATE BOX by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)
PROTEUS VEX: ANOTHER DAWN by Michael Carroll (w) Henry Flint (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THE FALL OF DEADWORLD: SIDNEY by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
FERAL & FOE by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a+c) Joe Elson (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
DURHAM RED: MISTLETOE KISS by Alec Worley (w) Ben Willsher (a) Jim Campbell (l)

Judge Dredd Megazine #415
Cover: Phil Winslade

JUDGE DREDD: PLUNDER by Michael Carroll (w) Karl Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
DEVLIN WAUGH: A VERY LARGE SPLASH by Ales Kot (w) Mike Dowling (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
BLUNT III by TC Eglington (w) Boo Cook (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THE RETURNERS: CHANDU by Si Spencer (w) Nicolo Assirelli (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Simon Bowland (l)
LAWLESS: BOOM TOWN by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Jim Campbell (l)

Features: Interrogation: Ales Kot,; Four-Colour Classics: Starblazer
Bagged reprint: Damnation Station Vol.2

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