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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Rebellion Releases (2000AD) - 10 June 2020

This week's comics from Rebellion include their first Roy of the Rovers Summer Special just in time for the return of league matches! along with the collection Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1970s, which gathers up a few stories from the 1973-1975 period in Tiger. Artwork for the latter is by Yvonne Hutton and David Sque. Forty-five years on, David is continuing to draw and has a short Hot-Shot Hamish and Mighty Mouse strip in the Summer Special.

Whether it’s the Melchester team getting to test their skills against the finest teams in Europe, reuniting legends such as Hot-Shot Hamish, Gerry Holloway, Johnny Dexter and keeper Charlie ‘The Cat’ Carter for a special five-a-side tournament, or Roy and Rocky trying to see out lockdown without driving each under up the wall, there’s plenty to cheer thanks to creators such as Tom Palmer (Roy of the Rovers fiction), Rob Williams (Suicide Squad), Elkys Nova (Tammy & Jinty Special) and David Sque!

2000AD Prog 2185
Cover: Patrick Goddard / Dylan Teague (col)

Judge Dredd: End of Days by Rob Williams (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Chris Blythe (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Sinister Dexter: Boys in the HUD by Dan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) John Charles (c) Jim Campbell (l)
Full Tilt Boogie by Alex de Campi (w) Eduardo Ocana (a) Simon Bowland (l)
The Order: Land of the Free by Kek-W (w) John Burns (a) Simon Bowland (l)
The Diaboliks: La Vita Malvagia by Gordon Rennie (w) Dom Reardon (a) Jim Campbell

Roy of the Rovers Summer Special 2020
Cover: Lisa Henke

Euro Adventure by Rob Williams (w) Elkys Nova (a) John Charles & Guilherme Lindemberg Mendes (c) Jim Campbell (l)
Fiction: One In A Million - A Rocky Race Story by Tom Palmer
Football Funnies by Ken Reid
Old School by Rob Williams (w) David Sque (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Features: Rob Williams interview, Roy Race’s England Career Explored, Tom Palmer interview, David Sque interview.

Roy of the Rovers: Best of the 1970s The Tiger Years by Tom Tully, Yvonne Hutton & David Sque
Rebellion ISBN 978-178108792-X, 11 June 2020, 192pp, £19.99. Available via Amazon.

The best comic strips from the golden age of Roy of the Rovers.
The seventies was a very turbulent time in Britain. Following on from the optimism of the sixties, the country faced a decade of strikes and power cuts. Luckily for the fans of Melchester Rovers, Roy Race and his loyal time mates provided great moments of glory for their fans, starting with European Cup final win in 1973 in the year that the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.
    It was the decade in which footballers became real superstars a time when Melchester goalkeeper Charlie Carter had to choose between staying at the club or perusing a burgeoning career as a pop singer.  And it was a period when Roy Race truly cemented himself as the heart, soul and brain of the club by taking on the role of player manager.

Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy by John Wagner, Bill Henry & Carlos Ezquerra et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-178108765-7, 11 June 2020 [DIGITAL EDITION ONLY]. Note: The print edition will be released on 12 November 2020 and can be pre-ordered here.

The toughest bounty hunter in the galaxy!
There was a time in the 22nd century where man s lawless spread out amongst the stars across new frontiers. Enter the Search and Destroy Agents mutants warped from birth by Strontium 90 fallout from the last, great war. Known by the norms as Strontium Dogs , these men and women enact justice throughout a cruel and unforgiving universe. It s a hard and dangerous life where only the toughest can survive. Men like Johnny Alpha a mutant with the ability to emit powerful Alpha-Rays from his eyes!
   The earliest adventures from one of 2000 AD’s greatest series – Strontium Dog – is now reprinted in colour for the first time in decades. Reprinted with its original colour pages, Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy is a sumptuous 144-page hardcover collecting the origins of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s hard-hitting story of prejudice and violence.
     The 210 x 276mm book, with a new introduction by co-creator John Wagner, feature gorgeous artwork by Ezquerra, along with Brendan McCarthy, and Ian Gibson. Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy brings back into print one of the seminal series of British comics, a science fiction Western that merges everything from time travel to a trip to Hell itself. This new edition, with colour centre spreads lovingly restored, is a must for fans and collectors alike, putting these stories back to their rightful place as one of the key series in the annals of British comics. Originally published in Starlord, 2000 AD’s sister comic, the strip transferred to 2000 AD and remains one of the most iconic strips in the history of British comics.

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