Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Rebellion Releases — 27 September 2023

Trick or treat! Monster Fun's Halloween Spooktacular 2023 debuts a new look!

    Across the summer hundreds of children from across the UK picked up their pencils and pens to enter the Monster Fun Draw A Monster Competition, offering the winner the chance to see their monster be drawn into a one page comic strip alongside their favourite character from the pages of Monster Fun!
    Now one lucky reader will certainly get a treat when they open the Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular 2023 issue—on shelves 4ᵗʰ October with an incredible new look—as their monster “Smizerd”, a blue wizard whose magic is all about cakes and baking, has been placed inside a Monster Fun story!
    “Everyone always says it’s hard to pick a winner, but it genuinely was for this competition! The amount of creativity we’ve seen from our readers was incredible, and we’re thrilled that so many of them picked up their pens and pencils across the summer to get involved.” says Monster Fun editor Keith Richardson, “Our Halloween issue is always a hit, but now we have the winners showcased in there too, it’s proving to be an extra special issue for readers to enjoy this spooky season.”
    The Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular 2023 will also be the first issue in a brand new design and logo, transforming the comic for the next era of monsters, mischief, and mayhem!
    “When Monster Fun launched in April last year it was our first new ongoing comic in years. Now eighteen months on we felt it time to embrace a new look as we continue to expand Monster Fun on shelves and as a brand.” Says Rebellion CEO, Jason Kingsley OBE, “Our readership is growing every month, with more and more children and families finding Monster Fun an essential reading experience. We’ve worked so hard to create a quality comic that is all about encouraging a love for reading, and working with one of our star contributors, Matt Baxter, this brilliant new look—paired with comic strips starring some brand new characters—should make our comic a real highlight this Halloween!”
    Inside the bumper 48 page Halloween Spooktacular 2023 issue popular favourites such as Kid Kong, Hell’s Angel, and Witch Vs Warlock will feature alongside new characters and strips including Frankencritter, All Hallows Screams, and the debut of a rebooted Crabbe’s Crusaders ready for a whole new generation of readers!
    For a fang-tastic Halloween, children and parents can pick up the Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular 2023 on shelves from the 4th October 2023 with a £4.99 one-off special price. Available in the UK from selected WHSmiths, TESCO, One Stop, and Waitrose stores—or at local newsagents. Issues can also be bought via the Monster Fun website, where back issues, international orders, and subscriptions to the comic can also be purchased.

And now, this week's releases...

2000AD Prog 2351
Cover: John McCrea / Mike Spicer (cols).

Judge Dredd: Poison by Rob Williams (w) PJ Holden (a) Peter Doherty (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Feral & Foe: Bad Godesberg by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Jim Campbell (l)
Helium: Scorched Earth by Ian Edginton (w) D'Israeli (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Judge Dredd vs Robo-Hunter by Garth Ennis (w) Henry Flint (a) Rob Steen (l)

Battle Action #5
Cover: Keith Burns.

Hellman of Condor Legion by Garth Ennis (w) Mike Dorey (a) Rob Steen (l)
Nine Petrova & The Angels of Death: Night Will Fall by Torunn Grønbekk (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Jason Wordie (c) Rob Steen (l)

Misty: 45 Years of Fear by Pat Mills, Malcolm Shaw, Lizzie Boyle, Kristyna Baczynski (w) John Armstrong, Mario Capaldi, Brian Delaney, Jaume Rumeu, Jordie Badia Romero, Isidre Mones, David Roach, Mary Safro (a)
Rebellion ISBN 978-178618799-4, 27 September 2023, 272pp, £40. Available via Amazon.

"The most peculiar, imaginative and challenging work in British comics " -The New Statesman
     In 1978 British comics were changed forever with the release of Misty, the classic cult horror comic for girls. Masterminded by Pat Mills, the original editor of 2000 AD, this weekly comic featured the best comics talent working on haunting, terrifying tales. From high 70s glamour to chilling stories that have haunted readers for decades, this Essential Collection curates the creepiest, campest Misty serials and short stories alongside critical essays, in a volume perfect for readers old and new.

Robo-Hunter: Planet of the Robots by John Wagner (w) Jose Ferrer, Ian Gibson (a)
Rebellion ISBN 978-8183786002-9, 27 September 2023, 144, £21.99. Available via Amazon.

For forty years Sam Slade has been one of the best robo-tectives in the business, but all of his experience couldn’t prepare him for his latest case. In 2080 overpopulation of the Earth led the Space Commission into seeking out new planets to colonise. Four years later they discovered Verdus, a suitable planet in the Crab Nebula. Now, Colonists who sent there have not been heard from again. The Commission believe that robots have taken control of the planet and want Sam to uncover the truth. It’s a dangerous case, but one Sam can’t refuse – otherwise he’s guaranteed a bullet in the head!
    This classic 2000 AD strip is presented in full colour as it was when collected by Eagle Comics as a five-issue mini-series.

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