Broken Frontier http://www.brokenfrontier.com Exploring The Comics Universe Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:29:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.4 53049596 Preview: Heavy Metal #298 – Venerable Comics Anthology Magazine Goes Back to its Sci-Fi Roots and Journeys to the “Furthest Reaches” in March http://www.brokenfrontier.com/heavy-metal-298-david-hine-richard-corben-mark-stafford-science-fiction-tim-seeley/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heavy-metal-298-david-hine-richard-corben-mark-stafford-science-fiction-tim-seeley http://www.brokenfrontier.com/heavy-metal-298-david-hine-richard-corben-mark-stafford-science-fiction-tim-seeley/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:51:53 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89686 We have an extensive preview of Heavy Metal #298 today at BF (the magazine that, of course, published work by our 2020 Broken Frontier ‘Six to Watch’ creator Miranda Smart...

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We have an extensive preview of Heavy Metal #298 today at BF (the magazine that, of course, published work by our 2020 Broken Frontier ‘Six to Watch’ creator Miranda Smart last year). Arriving in shops in March it also features work by former Broken Frontier columnist David Hine and his Broken Frontier Anthology collaborator Mark Stafford. The full press release runs below.

In the lead up to its landmark 300th issue, Heavy Metal goes back to its Sci-Fi roots with issue #298, The “Furthest Reaches” Special to be launched March 2020.

LOS ANGELES, CA- Heavy Metal Entertainment announces the release of Heavy Metal #298, the Furthest Reaches Special, coming March 2020. In the lead up to Heavy Metal’s landmark 300th issue, the world’s greatest illustrated science fiction mag will take readers to the edge of the cosmos and beyond with this specially curated issue.

Managing editor Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Halloween, Batman Eternal) helms the intergalactic Heavy Metal starship bound for Alpha Proxima 9! An amazing collection of all-new science fiction tales fills this issue. Stories so twisted they are sure to blow a circuit in that defective cybernetic implant you had inserted into your cerebellum.

In this issue:

“Murky World” Chapter 12, by Richard Corben, continues. In a bizarre land populated by hungry deadlings, cruel necromancers, and buxom cyclops, Tugat the warrior sets out to retrieve his lost horse Frix.

David Hine & Mark Stafford create bone-chilling intersections with insectoid life in “Bug House.”

Alex Smith takes us through a “Body Jack” as modification reaches new frontiers.

Matt Emmons plumbs the robot psyche with “The Incubator.”

Emilio Balcarce & Marcelo Perez explore “A New Life” in the collapse of a robot army.

James Maddox & Ben Templesmith plunge us into the “Abyss of Souls” with partners lost in space.

“Philip K Dick’s Head is Missing” is based on the true story of the Android Head of sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick that went missing in 2005. In 1980, Robert Faraday, assistant to Philip K. Dick, chronicles the author quickly losing his mind. While the author tries to explain staggering visions from space, his Android simulacrum gains a sentience of its own in the future. A shared destiny links them as events hurtle towards a singularity. By Michael David Nelsen​ and Dwayne Harris​.

Carlos Huante, Artist and concept designer for the Ridley Scott films Alien: Covenant and Alien: Prometheus, is featured with a gallery of previously unseen images and concept designs. Also highlighted in a gallery is futurist visionary Josan “Deathburger” Gonzalez as he discusses his post apocalyptic worlds of Robo-City Prime and New Citadel 9. Interviews by Hanna Means Shannon.

In Omar Estevez and FG Dr. Stain Ortiz Rivero’s “Totemic”, a couple of bandits in a ravaged world discover that sometimes it’s better not to get what you asked for.

“Project Z”: An earth-shattering asteroid changed the course of mankind forever. The few who survived sought to rebuild what was lost, factions of people scattered across the earth, unbeknownst to one another, fight to survive on this now desolate earth. By Matt Medney & Morgan Rosenblum.

“Dowser” is a short story by Dwayne Harris. In a world nearly devoid of drinkable water, a vicious gang holds sway over one of the few remaining wells in the American Southwest. When their well runs dry, they seek out a legendary figure, the Dowser, to help them find another – whether he’s willing to or not.

Heavy Metal #298 features three covers to choose from. Click to go to the corresponding page at Previewsworld:

Cover A: “Taarna” by Esau Escorza & Carlos Villas
Cover B: “Recalculating” by Gabriel Ippoliti
Cover C: by Phil Cohen

“The adventures of the mind run rampant in this amalgamation of ‘out of this world’ stories.”
–Matt Medney, Heavy Metal CEO

“We’ve been running a lot of themes in the magazine the past several years, and as we reach a milestone, we wanted to celebrate the genres that made this magazine what it is,” explains Managing editor Tim Seeley.

Senior editor R.G. Llarena says, “A good mix of new and established voices who sing in unison for all the cosmos to hear! I hope readers throughout the Multiverse join us in this issue where we celebrate the sci-fi roots of the magazine.”

“Your brain will be reduced to nebula dust if you make it to the end of the issue,” explains content editor Frank Forte.

About Heavy Metal

First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the world’s foremost illustrated fantasy magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, alternate realities, science-fiction and horror in the past, present, and future. Writers and illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed. Heavy Metal was the first magazine to bring European legends Moebius, Tanino Liberatore, Philippe Druillet, Enki Bilal, Pepe Moreno and Philippe Caza to the U.S. as well as showcasing American superstars Richard Corben, Jim Steranko and Berni Wrightson. The magazine continues to showcase amazing new talent as well as allow established creators to have “carte blanche.” Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one or two serialized graphic novels, several short stories, and two artist galleries. Recent creators have featured Grant Morrison, Stephen King, Bart Sears, Tim Seeley and Kevin Eastman. With new CEO Matt Medney at the helm, Heavy Metal promises to boldly go where no magazine has gone before. Explore ancient secrets, forgotten worlds and savage futures…experience Heavy Metal.

Join us at www.heavymetal.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyHeavyMetal/

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UK Publisher SelfMadeHero’s Spring 2020 Line-Up Announced – Includes Graphic Medicine, Biography and Fiction Amongst Translated European Comics Work http://www.brokenfrontier.com/selfmadehero-spring-2020-thoreau-graphic-medicine-altitude/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=selfmadehero-spring-2020-thoreau-graphic-medicine-altitude http://www.brokenfrontier.com/selfmadehero-spring-2020-thoreau-graphic-medicine-altitude/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:46:57 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89660 More details of publishing plans for 2020 have reached us today. This time it’s the Spring slate of books from UK publisher SelfMadeHero. The full press release is below. SelfMadeHero...

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More details of publishing plans for 2020 have reached us today. This time it’s the Spring slate of books from UK publisher SelfMadeHero. The full press release is below.

SelfMadeHero Spring 2020 Line-Up

MARCH 2020

THE MYSTIC LAMB: ADMIRED AND STOLEN
[Giftbook – Art / Hardback / Colour / 112pp / RRP £14.99]

Writer: Harry De Paepe
Art: Jan Van Der Veke
Translator: Albert Gomperts
Expanding the infinite possibilities of visual narratives, The Mystic Lamb explores the intriguing mystery of Jan Van Eyk’s much admired Ghent Altarpiece that has proved to be one of the world’s most sought-after pieces of art. Flemish history teacher Harry De Paepe teams up with illustrator Jan Van Der Veken to offer a humorous, easy-to-read series of illustrated anecdotes.

THOREAU AND ME
[Original-Fiction / Paperback / Colour / 128pp / £14.99]

Words: David Rault Art: Cédric Taling
Translator: Edward Gauvin
Living in Paris, surrounded by relentless consumerism and growing climate change, Cédric starts questioning his life choices aided by the guiding spirit of 19th century proto- environmentalist Henry David Thoreau. Creator Cédric Taling humorously explores the impact of the ecological and financial stress on our lives, to explore the consequences of our current environmental crisis.

SIBERIAN HAIKU
[Biography / Hardback / Colour / 240pp / RRP £16.99]

Writer: Jurga Vilė Art: Lina Itagaki
Translators: Jura Avizienis and Jurga Vilė
June 1941. A Lithuanian village awakes to the arrival of the Soviet Army. Young Algiukas’s family are given minutes to pack before being sent by freight train to Siberia, where they are forced to start a new life in brutal new conditions. Based on the true story of her father, writer Jurga Vilé, along with artist Lina Itagaki, offers an award-winning, unforgettable tale of a childhood in exile.

APRIL 2020

MEDICINE: A GRAPHIC HISTORY
[Non-Fiction / Paperback / Colour / 240pp / RRP £15.99]

Writer: Jean-Noël Fabiani Art: Philippe Bercovici Translator: Edward Gauvin
Surgeon-turned-writer Jean-Noël Fabiani and artist Philipp Bercovici dissect the signifi moments in the history of medicine, from aspirins and blood-letting, to viagra and X-rays. Taking us from the Middle Ages to the present day, Medicine highlights the often surprising medical breakthroughs that have contributed to our current state of healthcare, and off an entertaining and educational tonic.

ALTITUDE
[Biography / Hardback / Colour / 240pp / RRP £16.99]

Writer: Olivier Bocquet and Jean-Marc Rochette Art: Jean-Marc Rochette
Translator: Edward Gauvin
From the co-creator of Snowpiercer, Altitude offers an exhilarating, autobiographical account of artist Jean-Marc Rochette’s early life as a mountain climber. Together with co-writer Olivier Bocquet, they craft an impassioned tale of how physical endurance can help scale dreams and mountain peaks.

MAY 2020

WINE: A GRAPHIC HISTORY
[Non-Fiction / Paperback / Colour / 232pp / RRP £16.99]

Writer: Benoist Simmat Art: Daniel Casanave
Translators: Edward Gauvin
The history of wine is also a bottled history of civilization. With the help of artist Daniel Casanave, French journalist and wine specialist Benoist Simmat uncorks the story of wine and explores the cultivation, art and science of wine-making around the globe, from ancient Greece to the vineyards of Burgundy and Napa Valley. The perfect accompaniment to any glass of chablis or merlot.

THE SUMMER OF HER LIFE
[Original Fiction / Hardback / Colour / 80pp / RRP £14.99]

Writer: Thomas Von Steinaecker Art: Barbara Yelin
Translator: John Reddick
A beautifully nuanced reflection on the day-to-day realities of getting old, seen through the eyes of Gerda Wendt as she reflects on her younger years, and a heartbreaking choice between love and her passion for astrophysics. Best-selling German author Thomas Von Steinaecker teams with critically acclaimed artist Barbara Yelin to answer the eternal question, ‘have I lived a happy life?’.

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Internet Crusader – George Wylesol’s Innovative Story of Doomsday Cults and Satanic Computer Viruses Pushes, Probes, Tests and Even Breaks the Boundaries of What Comics Can Be http://www.brokenfrontier.com/internet-crusader-george-wylesol-avery-hill-publishing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=internet-crusader-george-wylesol-avery-hill-publishing http://www.brokenfrontier.com/internet-crusader-george-wylesol-avery-hill-publishing/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:05:03 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89600 Arguments about what exactly constitutes comics as a form always seem something of an unnecessary distraction. The elasticity of that definition is surely one of the medium’s greatest strengths, allowing...

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Arguments about what exactly constitutes comics as a form always seem something of an unnecessary distraction. The elasticity of that definition is surely one of the medium’s greatest strengths, allowing it to constantly revitalise and reinvent itself. After all, comics continue to explore new territory and find alternative ways of expressing themselves. It’s something I have been speaking about regularly over the last year in regards to the work of Peony Gent, for example, and it’s an observation that graphic novelist Karrie Fransman, herself a pioneering practitioner in that respect, made when I interviewed her here at Broken Frontier a  few years back saying “I think what excites me the most about the medium is how young and open it is. Unlike cinema, photography or fine art, comics are still being defined. And it’s a medium which is open for any of us to define it.”

This capacity to surprise with evolving and new applications of the pure visual language of comics is an ever delightful one. Broken Frontier Award-nominated Internet Crusader by George Wylesol is a project that embraces those potentialities and, for all the critical acclaim it did receive last year, it still feels like it’s one of 2019’s most underappreciated graphic novels. Published by Avery Hill, the importance of whose contributions to indie comics publishing have been immeasurable over the last several years, it’s the second Wylesol book to have come to us via the London publisher, after 2017’s Ghosts, Etc..

Set in the early days of the web, Internet Crusader is told not through the on-page interplay of its characters but rather via screenshots of their online interactions. These take the form of a series of retro graphic interfaces including throwback chat rooms, video games and rudimentary early web design. In this manner Wylesol spins a strange tale of doomsday cults, computer viruses and Satanic influence.

Our protagonist is ‘90s internet user BSKskater191 whose online time is spent having teen strops in his web journal about school, participating in inane chats with friends Nate and Katie, and eventually making his first forays into the more dubious areas of the emerging net. Wylesol introduces us to his character’s world not simply through his own thoughts and relationships with the wider cast, but also by building up a bigger picture of him through the array of open windows, graphics and applications on his computer screen; peripheral visual details always feeding into and advancing the greater narrative.

Egged on by his friend Nate, BSKskater191’s tentative initiation into the world of digital porn leads him to the site of the devil-worshipping The Church of the Holy Light and a conspiracy to take over humanity’s free will by use of a demonic computer virus. With Satan using emerging technology to strike back at the mortal world, our hero finds himself deluged with e-mails from someone claiming to be God. With the world in spiritual peril its only hope rests in the skills of one teenager and his ability to stop this supernatural scheme through the ominously named video game Portal 2 Hell…

Wylesol’s story impresses not just for its innovative approach to the comics page but for the dark humour that rests at its heart. Ultimate evil and the impending apocalypse sit side by side with some cracking computer-based gags surrounding parental controls, force-quitting and passwords that are made all the funnier for the surly, teenage moodiness of its central character. Our visual detachment from the cast also ironically somehow makes our connection to them feel all the more solid in its realisation, as their plight begins to echo our own existences and the self-imposed shackles of our own dependence on the online arena.

While the ambiguity of its denouement may feel a little anticlimactic to some, Internet Crusader is a graphic novel where the journey is far, far more important than the destination. Wylesol’s kaleidoscopic use of colour and busily jarring but enticingly nostalgic imagery ensures that this is a dizzying and hypnotic story with a genuinely unique presentational structure. As I said when we made it our ‘Comic of the Week’ last year, graphic narrative that pushes, probes, tests and even breaks the boundaries of what comics can be is our manna here at Broken Frontier. So you can be assured that when we find something as innovative, perceptive and clever as George Wylesol’s Internet Crusader it’s always going to get the heartiest of BF recommendations.

Not just one of the very best books Avery Hill have ever published but also one of the most important.

Buy online here from Avery Hill with bonus zine

Review by Andy Oliver

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More Classic Comics Return to Print with the Announcement of Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics Line-Up for 2020 – Titles Include ‘The Trigan Empire’, ‘The Thirteenth Floor’, ‘Death Squad’ and ‘Sugar Jones’ http://www.brokenfrontier.com/treasury-british-comics-third-world-war-trigan-empire-sugar-jones-thirteenth-floor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=treasury-british-comics-third-world-war-trigan-empire-sugar-jones-thirteenth-floor http://www.brokenfrontier.com/treasury-british-comics-third-world-war-trigan-empire-sugar-jones-thirteenth-floor/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 09:52:10 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89604 After announcing their 2020 2000 AD collections line-up last week, Rebellion have today let us know what titles will feature in their Treasury of British Comics reprints range this year....

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After announcing their 2020 2000 AD collections line-up last week, Rebellion have today let us know what titles will feature in their Treasury of British Comics reprints range this year. The full press release is below.

The very best of British: Treasury of British Comics announces 2020 collections schedule

Two of comics’ most revered names headline the 2020 graphic novel schedule from the Treasury of British Comics.

Don Lawrence’s Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire and Hugo Pratt’s long-lost war comics are two major releases from Rebellion’s imprint, which aims to bring back into print the best series from more than 100 years of comic book publishing. Acquired by the Oxford-based company in 2016 and 2018, the comics archives of publishing giant IPC contain hundreds of classic titles and characters that helped define British culture for decades.

For those that love their history, Masters of British Comic Art (April) promises to become one of the definitive histories of British comic book art. Written by artist and comics historian David Roach, this 384-page high-production hardcover compendium is a wildly entertaining and educational journey through the history of British comics – from the birth of the 20th century to the ‘80s American invasion.

And from funnies to frights, from superheroes to skateboarders, there’s something for everyone in the 2020 Treasury collections. The first mass market paperback collections of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire will debut in March and November, giving new generations the chance to savour this lush, expansive epic from Lawrence, the British master of painted artwork.

War comics dominated the British newsstands for decades and with good reason – February and September will see the War Picture Library collections of forgotten war comics by Carto Maltese maestro Hugo Pratt, which shed new light on the formative years of this groundbreaking artist, with fan favourite artist Ian Kennedy’s stunning Battle of Britain series collected in April and a brand new collection of Death Squad from classic war comic, Battle, in August.

There’s homegrown heroes aplenty with the first collection of superhero Johnny Future (April), cited as a formative influence on talents such as Alan Moore, and the complete collection of Rebellion’s reboot of classic British superheroes in The Vigilant (September).

Comics aimed at girls, which sold millions of copies in their heyday, are a rich treasure trove of great stories and incredible art and skateboarding series Concrete Surfer (June) and the high-fashion hi-jinx of Sugar Jones (August) are two fantastic series that feel as fresh and fascinating as they did when they were first published.

And there’s plenty for kids with football flight of fantasy Billy’s Boots (January), the collection of new Cor! Buster stories (November) from Rebellion’s recent specials, Ken Reid’s Football Funnies (December), as well as second volumes of The Thirteenth Floor (October) and Black Max (October) alongside paperback editions of popular collections The Dracula File (October) and Faceache (November).

Editor Oliver Pickles said: “Each of these books is an absolute gem, showcasing some of the most glorious art that has largely been forgotten by today’s comic reading audience. This roster continues the mission statement of the Treasury of British Comics of bringing these ignored masterpieces back to the forefront of the public’s consciousness”

Third World War

Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra, Angela Kincaid, D’Israeli

ISBN: 9781781087510

9 January (UK) 7 January (US)

UK £19.99 // US $24.99

Pages: // Paperback

Using brand new scans of the original artwork supplied by the family of the late Carlos Ezquerra, this definitive collection of Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra’s ground-breaking, highly-political comic book classic of global capitalism, rebellion and exploitation is collected in its entirety for the very first time! Eve is unemployed after leaving university and is immediately conscripted as a soldier working for a corporation and discovers just how South American countries are being exploited to create food needed to feed the increasing population for their profit under the guise of western paternalism. Third World War is suffused with economic, political, and social issues, and deals with ever-more prescient issues around capitalism and global politics. Ezquerra’s painted colour artwork is a highlight of his long and distinguished career. A truly anti-establishment graphic novel from the late 1980s, this is unlike anything else published by the Treasury of British Comics so far!

Billy’s Boots

Fred Baker, Colin Page, Mike Western, Tom Kerr, Bill Lacey

ISBN: 9781781086711

23 January 2020

UK £14.99

Pages: 120 // Hardcover

A brand-new restoration paperback of one of the most popular football comic strips ever produced! Young Billy Dane was one of the most passionate football fans at Bingley Road Junior school…unfortunately he was also one of the worst players! Then, one afternoon, Billy’s grandmother got him to clean out her attic and Billy finds a pair of old fashioned football boots that belonged to ‘Dead-Shot’ Keen – a famous centre forward who once played for England. Perfect for nostalgic gift purchase for dads who remember it fondly from hugely popular Striker magazine, this is the beginning of the popular serial that ran for over 20 years – never before been reprinted! A brilliant companion comic to the new Roy of the Rovers comics and fiction, these fantasy infused sports stories are sure to delight and surprise!

War Picture Library: Battle Stations

Donne Avenell, Hugo Pratt

ISBN: 9781781087527

20 February 2020 (UK) 18 February 2020 (US)

UK £14.99 // US $19.99

Pages: 64 // Hardcover

The first in a major series of new collections bringing the long lost UK war comics of Italian art maestro Hugo Pratt to the public in stunning new editions. Two brothers of differing rank have to make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of the toughest duty. This is a true story of courage under fire; a high-octane story of a blistering World War II naval battle. All illustrated by Hugo Pratt, one of the world’s most renowned comic book artists. This thrilling war picture story marks the beginning of the Treasury of British Comics mission to return all of Pratt’s UK work to print. Published in an oversized format befitting the importance of his incredible and highly influential artwork. Part of a new War Picture Library series showcasing the finest combat comics illustrated by legendary and iconic artists, this oversize book highlights the extraordinary the artwork of the international comics luminary and creator of Corto Maltese.

The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire Volume 1

Mike Butterworth, Don Lawrence

ISBN: 9781781087558

19 March (UK) 17 March (US)

UK £19.99 // US $24.99

Pages: 304 // Paperback

The Trigan Empire was a landmark 1960s science fiction series which rivalled Game of Thrones in popularity and was the precursor to every mythic sci-fi adventure to come! Under the leadership of Trigo, the Vorg tribesmen band together to resist the Lokan invaders, forming a new country, The Trigan Empire. This is the epic story of its rise and fall. Featuring an extraordinary combination of the Roman Empire and ancient Greece, Trigo’s story is told in ground breaking fully painted artwork. Originally published in Ranger magazine, it transferred to the hugely popular Look and Learn where it ran for over a decade. This is the first in a series collecting all the stories painted by the legendary Don Lawrence.

Masters of British Comic Art

David Roach

ISBN: 9781781087596

2 April (UK) 7 April (US)

UK £39.99 // US $50

Pages: 384 // Hardcover

This wildly entertaining and educational tome is a journey through the history of British comics – from the birth of the 20th century to the ‘80s invasion of American comics and through to today’s best contemporary artists! A high-production hardcover compendium perfect as a coffee table book or academic encyclopedia, Masters of British Comics is painstakingly researched. Behind a brand new cover by superstar artist Brian Bolland, and featuring artwork from a vast number highly-acclaimed artists carefully scanned from original artwork, Masters of British Comic Art is the definitive study and celebration of a beloved industry! Featuring a Who’s Who of talent, including Brian Bolland, Yvonne Hutton, Dave Gibbons, celebrated greats such as Don Lawrence and lost masters like Reg Bunn and Shirley Bellwood. Author and 2000 AD artist David Roach takes us on a journey through time detailing the surprising and fascinating evolution of the art from its humble beginnings to its current world-conquering status.

War Picture Library: Battle of Britain

Ian Kennedy

ISBN: 9781781087794

16 April (UK)

UK £14.99

Pages: 128 // Paperback

The second in the new War Picture Library series showcasing the finest combat comics illustrated by legendary and iconic artists. Two true stories of aviation heroism and derring-do – ‘Never Say Die’ and ‘Steel Bats’ – set during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and drawn by comics legend Ian Kennedy! A talented pilot who never loses his determination to defend his country against immense obstacles both technical and personal. A squadron undertakes heart-stopping missions to combat the intense night-time assaults of the Axis air force. Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Britain comes an enthralling collection of aviation and heroism featuring daredevil pilots and the lengths they go to stop the German Luftwaffe attacking Britain.

The Complete Johnny Future

Alf Wallace, Luis Bermejo

ISBN: 9781781087589

30 Apr 2020 (UK) 28 Apr 2020 (US)

UK £19.99 // US $24.99

Pages: 208 // Hardcover

One of the most memorable comic strips of the 1960s, which asks the question “What if King Kong became Superman”? This is the complete hardcover collection of breathtaking Pulp adventure comics – beloved by fans and the creators it inspired – Alan Moore among them! ‘The Missing Link’ – a creature of limitless strength, is drawn to Britain in pursuit of an expedition party he encountered in his homeland. The man-ape causes havoc until he accidentally stumbles into an experimental nuclear research facility and is bombarded by radiation. Instead of killing him, the creature evolves into an advanced human. Now possessing a genius mind, super-strength, enhanced senses and the ability to fly, as Johnny Future he protects mankind from such sinister beings as The Master, Disastro, Animal Man and the Secret Society of Scientists. Perfect for fans of Rebellion’s only other superhero property – Zenith, the first superhero saga penned by comics legend, Grant Morrison!

Concrete Surfer

Pat Mills, Christine Ellingham

ISBN: 9781781087633

25 June 2020

UK £9.99

Pages: 80 // Paperback

A skateboarding rivalry, timed to coincide with skateboarding’s 2020 Olympic debut! Sent home to Britain after her parents fail to establish a new life in Australia, Jean Everidge is forced to rely on family charity, moving in with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin Carol, successful gymnast, beloved of teachers and pupils alike, and all round charming “top girl”. Jean has one solace left to her – skateboarding, surfing the concrete pavement, while forgetting all her troubles, and feel free. But Jean’s freestyling talent soon attracts attention, and if there’s one thing Carol can’t stand, it’s being out of the spotlight. With the new skatepark freestyle contest coming up, just how far will Carol go to stay number one?

War Picture Library: Battler Britton

V.A.L. Holding, Hugo Pratt

ISBN: 9781781087664

30 July 2020 (UK) 28 July 2020 (US)

UK £14.99 // US $19.99 // CAN $26.99

Pages: 64 // Hardcover

In this second book in the series of collections reprinting every story drawn by Hugo Pratt, the Italian art maestro meets one of the most popular British comic book characters: Battler Britton! Battler Britton is a World War Two air ace as skilled a fighter on land as he is in his Spitfire. In 1960, Hugo Pratt drew two of his adventures – Wagons of Gold and Rockets of Revenge – and they are to be reprinted in graphic novel format for the first time. These fast-paced adventure stories feature the classic character facing off against the Nazis and this second book continues Rebellion’s mission to bring all of Pratt’s work back into print. Readers of Corto Maltese will love these forgotten classic war stories from the worldrenowned comic book artist, published in a format larger than originally published to show off his impressive and universally-lauded artwork.

Death Squad

Alan Hebden, Eric Bradbury, Carlos Ezquerra

ISBN: 9781781087688

20 August 2020 (UK) 18 August 2020 (US)

UK £14.99 // US $19.99 // CAN $26.99

Pages: 128 // Paperback

Meet the deadliest band of fighters on the Eastern Front in an all-out all-action, complete-in-one brutal war story from the pages of the classic war comic, Battle! During World War Two the Eastern Front was Hell on Earth – German Punishment Battalions were thrown into the thick of the conflict where they were expected to fight well and die hard. In these harshest of conditions only the strongest warriors survived. Enter the Death Squad – Grandad, Swede, Licker, Gus and Frankie. Alone they were failures and outcasts, but together they were one of the most formidable combat units the Russians ever faced! One of the all-time classics from the groundbreaking and hugely influential Battle comic, this features gritty art from Eric Bradbury and Carlos Ezquerra, bringing the horrors of the Eastern Front to readers in a brand new collection!

The Best of Sugar Jones

Pat Mill, Rafael Busóm

ISBN: 9781781087701

20 August 2020 (UK)

UK £14.99

Pages: 112 // Paperback

Sugar Jones is the charming twenty-something host of her own late night variety show, beloved by viewers up and down the nation. Only her assistant Susie knows her secret – Sugar is really selfish, sour, scheming – and 40 years old! She do anything to make a quick buck. Written by 2000 AD legend Pat Mills, Sugar Jones features stunningly beautiful art from Spanish illustrator Rafael Busóm – it’s not just a comic book but an archive of 1970s fashion too! A luscious collection that will appeal to readers young and old, a morality tale that combines fashion and soap opera in only the way ‘70s British comics could! Sugar Jones is a forgotten gem from The Treasury of British Comics’ archive!

The Vigilant

Simon Furman, Simon Coleby, DaNi, Henrik Sahlstrom, Warwick Fraser-Combe, Staz Johnson, Will Sliney, Jake Lynch

19 September (UK)

UK £14.99

Pages: 128 // Paperback

Classic British Superheroes remade for a 21st Century audience! Lost in the mists of time, home-grown British superheroes once entertained and enthralled millions of kids…Now, the likes of Adam Eterno, Blake Edmonds, Thunderbolt the Avenger, and The Leopard from Lime Street are back for a new generation of readers. This volume collects the trilogy of Vigilant stories written by Simon Furman (Transformers) and drawn by an all-star roster of artsists including Simon Coleby (Dark Souls), DaNi (Coffin Bound), Henrik Sahlstrom (Thirteenth Floor), Warwick Fraser-Combe, Staz Johnson (Spider-Man), Will Sliney (Spider-Man 2099), Jake Lynch (Judge Dredd)

The Thirteenth Floor Vol Two

John Wagner, Jose Ortiz

ISBN: 9781781087725

October

UK £14.99

Pages: 176 // Paperback

Collecting the darkly comical series from the pages of Eagle, this second volume of the hugely popular The Thirteenth Floor continues the misadventures of the murderous machine A.I., Max! The Thirteenth Floor exists in Maxwell Tower – an experimental tower block run by an A.I. called Max who looks after his tenants and take revenge on those who threaten them by sending them to The Thirteenth Floor – a place where nightmare and reality become one! This second collection of the popular series which began in Scream! and continued in Eagle carries the story further into the Eighties with the authorities becoming more aware of Max’s out of control vindictiveness, and their attempts to shut him down.

Black Max Vol. 2

ISBN: 9781781088623

October

UK £14.99

Pages: 112 // Paperback

Bi-planes vs giant vampire bats in this thrilling collection of war comics with a horror twist! Lieutenant Tom Wilson returns to battle Baron Maximilien Von Klorr and his attack force of giant vampire bats in a continuation of the popular series. The World War One era story moves to England with a monstrous albino bat attacking London with each page beautifully drawn by Alfonso Font working on one of his very first comic series. This exciting World War One aviation adventure is ideal for fans of Charleys War, Battle, and Hammer horror films!

The Trigan Empire Vol. 2

Mike Butterworth, Don Lawrence

ISBN: 9781781087756

November

UK £19.99 // US $24.99 // CAN $33.99

Pages: 288 // Paperback

The lost sci-fi classic from the 1960s continues in gloriously restored collections! Among the distant stars, fractious tribes come together to found a mighty empire that will wage war against aggressive kingdoms, battle alien invaders, and conceive of incredible new technologies. This extraordinary volume continues to chart the glorious Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire! A landmark in British comics history, painted by the legendary Don Lawrence in stunning, classic style, and springing from the grandiose pen of Mike Butterworth, this is an epic tale that creates a new far-future science fiction mythos that captured the imagination of a generation. This new collection features an introduction from one-time Don Lawrence apprentice Chris Weston (The Filth).

Cor! Buster

Cavan Scott, Neil Googe, Hilary Barta, Tom Paterson, Sheli Paroline, Olivia Hicks and Brett Parson

ISBN: 9781781088647

November

UK £10.99 // US $13.99

Pages: 96 // Paperback

Brighten up the Xmas holidays with this bumper collection hilarious stories filled with laughs and fun, for kids of all ages! Britain’s golden age of humour comics returns for the 21st century, with brand new stories by today’s top talents. Featuring characters like Kid Kong, Grimly Feendish, Faceache, and Frankie Stein are given new life in this compendium of hilarity by Neil Googe (The Flash), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who), Tom Paterson (The Beano, The Dandy), Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) and Hilary Barta (DC Comics Plastic Man)!

Ken Reid’s Football Funnies

Ken Reid, Hugh Fowler

ISBN: 9781781087794

3 December (UK)

UK £19.99

Pages: 144 // Hardcover

The master of British humour comics turns his pen towards the hilarity of people who play football! For four years from 1970 Ken Reid drew a weekly humour strip for Scorcher and Score, this collection collects the first two years of those strips.  Featuring the characters Sub,Manager Matt, Hugh Fowler and the Football Forum pundits, this collection combines Ken Reid’s love of football with his natural ability to find the funny side of the great game. This is the first collection of the never before collected strips from Scorcher and Score.

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The Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw is Back on Thursday January 30th with Guest Artists Peony Gent, James Albon and Lindsay Pollock http://www.brokenfrontier.com/pollock-peony-gent-james-albon-gosh-comics-drink-draw/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pollock-peony-gent-james-albon-gosh-comics-drink-draw http://www.brokenfrontier.com/pollock-peony-gent-james-albon-gosh-comics-drink-draw/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:31:36 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89588 We’re back! The first Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw of the year is on January 30th and we have three cracking artists on the guest creator list!...

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We’re back! The first Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw of the year is on January 30th and we have three cracking artists on the guest creator list! Another year of D&Ds begins with the titanic trio of Peony Gent, James Albon and Lindsay Pollock at our regular monthly meet-up, sponsored by Cass Art.

You can find us upstairs in The King’s Arms on Poland Street. The fun begins at 6.30pm at Gosh! on Berwick Street before we head off for our sketching and drinking antics at 7pm.

A quick intro to this month’s guest creators…

Peony Gent needs little introduction to the Broken Frontier readership. She was one of our 2017 ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch‘ and regular visitors will know how highly I regard her practice, going so far as to say “She continues to re-imagine the boundaries of the comics page allowing words, colour and imagery to melt and merge into one another in a truly visceral reading experience.”

We’ve reviewed numerous examples of her abstract visual poetry at BF including Morning Tide/Evening Light and Park Bench Kensington. Recently Peony’s unique approach to the form got the recognition it so richly deserves when she was announced as House of Illustration’s new Illustrator in Residence.

Illustrator James Albon has worked for such esteemed organisations as the Folio Society, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. His comics include Madame and Me which was recognised in the annual Observer/Cape/Comica competition and Faux Amis which was published in French anthology Bermuda.

His graphic novel Her Bark & Her Bite was published in 2017 by Top Shelf Productions telling the story of the whirlwind romance between Rebecca and Victor and how it was undermined by his new pug Princess. Jeff Lemire himself provided a pull quote complimenting Albon’s “delicate and utterly unique artwork”. His latest book from Top Shelf debuted earlier this year A Shining Beacon is described as exploring “the role of the artist in a frighteningly familiar near-future of tyrannical regimes and popular revolts.”

Our third guest this month is Lindsay Pollock. Lindsay has worked extensively with the excellent PositiveNegatives (you can read an interview at Broken Frontier on their work here) on a number of socially relevant comics including A Perilous Journey’‘Almaz’, ‘Enrique’s Shadow’‘Living on the Margins’‘Meet the Somalis’‘Migrants on the Margins’ and ‘Safer From Harm’. Recently Lindsay illustrated Vanni: A Family’s Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict, written by PositiveNegatives founder Benjamin Dix and based on survivor accounts of the Sri Lankan civil war and Dix’s own time working in the country. It follows Antoni and his family in Sri Lanka as they deal with the devastation around them and seek refuge from the turmoil that has engulfed their country. It was published by New Internationalist.

Join us on Thursday January 30th, then, for another fun evening of drinking, drawing and comics camaraderie. We kick off at 6.30pm in Gosh with a chance to get hold of signed comics and books from all our featured creators before moving over to The King’s Arms for 7. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Best of 2000 AD #1 – Rebellion’s Retrospective Series Provides an Excellent and Accessibly Priced Entry Point to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic http://www.brokenfrontier.com/best-of-2000-ad-rebellion-judge-dredd/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-of-2000-ad-rebellion-judge-dredd http://www.brokenfrontier.com/best-of-2000-ad-rebellion-judge-dredd/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:37:26 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89561 The very title Best of 2000 AD was by (subjective) definition always going to be a divisive one. Rebellion’s new 12-issue series debuts this April, retaining the anthology format of...

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The very title Best of 2000 AD was by (subjective) definition always going to be a divisive one. Rebellion’s new 12-issue series debuts this April, retaining the anthology format of its parent publication with a remit to bring its universe of characters to new audiences and provide an accessible intro for those wanting to investigate this institution of British comics further.

With a focus on the “modern era” of 2000 AD it allows an emphasis on material that arguably is less dated in presentational style. What’s important in assessing the effectiveness of this first issue is avoiding discussions about what has or hasn’t been included but on concentrating on the success of this collection of strips in bringing these characters and their worlds to uninitiated readerships. In that regard it largely succeeds admirably in its aims with a carefully curated selection of stories and strips that showcase both the thematic heart and the decades of genre reinvention that have made the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic a UK pop cultural national treasure.

Best of 2000 AD #1 cover by Jamie McKelvie

Unsurprisingly it’s Judge Dredd that takes up more than half of the issue with a complete story ‘Terror’ (below) by the legendary John Wagner and Colin MacNeil. It’s a most appropriate starting point for those unfamiliar with Dredd’s environment. The future lawman and his post-apocalyptic world of radioactive wastelands, fascistic justice system and densely packed Mega-Cities is 2000 AD’s most memorable creation and, while this story of two lovers caught up in pro-democracy terrorism is shorn of the glorious excesses of black humour and overt satire that are so often a part of a classic Judge Dredd strip, it’s a perfect introduction to the political foundation of Mega City-One, the comic’s uncompromising social commentary, and the terrifying ironies that sit at the heart of Dredd’s universe. MacNeil’s visuals ramp up the claustrophobic tension, neatly contrasting the dynamically violent with quieter moments of character-led debate.

Backing up that complete-in-one tale are three other serialised stories. Spinning out of future war strip Rogue Trooper is Gordon Ronnie and Simon Coleby’s Jaegir (below), providing a different perspective on the enemy Norts of that series but without relinquishing its grim and brutal worldview. What’s vital here is that no prior knowledge of the history of the wider storyline is needed to enjoy this tense socio-political thriller as the titular character investigates the war criminals among her own side. Coleby is an artist who has always deserved far greater recognition and, fittingly, there’s something positively nihilistic about the environment he creates for the cast in these pages.

Backing up the first two features are Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard’s atmospheric crime procedural Brink, taking place in a universe where humanity has been evacuated to space station environments, and an all-time classic from before the Rebellion era of 2000 AD – Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s The Ballad of Halo Jones (below). The immediate thing that strikes the reader about the former is that a month between bite-sized instalments may be too much to keep this carefully paced narrative flowing and that perhaps three main strips in each issue would give both Jaegir and Brink more time to resonate with readers. The logistics of rotation may, of course, have come into play here.

Halo Jones is not simply a classic of 2000 AD or even of British comics; it’s one of Moore’s greatest concepts and for all its critical acclaim still deserves far greater recognition for its brilliant social observation in this first book (of three). Set on a 50th century circular housing estate known as the Hoop what marks this strip out is not so much the world-building as the society-building of Halo’s world, with its own customs, language and social structures, all so memorably brought to life by Gibson. A simple shopping trip in this intensely overwhelming locale is the unlikely initial premise for a series that will forever open up questions of what could have been had it reached its planned multi-book conclusion.

There are whispers of the original serialised method of delivery in places in Best of 2000 AD #1, as attempts to present some of the work without its episodic breaks results in occasional awkward transitions, especially with exposition-led recaps. But ultimately that’s a small consideration. No doubt there will be those who point to the lack of more ostentatious examples of 2000 AD’s legendary dark humour in this collection (a Henry Flint/Annie Parkhouse Tharg’s Alien Invasions one-pager is a brief nod in that direction) but, ultimately, this isn’t a competition about whose favourites should or shouldn’t have made it through the selection process. Rather, it’s about providing an introductory package that is both accessible and also a fitting embodiment of the worlds of 2000 AD.

In that regard it’s an excellent entry point for trepidatious new readers who may have felt that decades worth of thrill-powered content were simply too daunting a prospect to navigate, and the perfect cheaply priced starting place for those wanting to then take those explorations further.

And even if you have read all of its interiors before, that Jamie McKelvie cover is worth the cover price alone…

John Wagner, Colin MacNeil, Alan Moore, Ian Gibson, Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby, Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, Henry Flint, Annie Parkhouse, Tom Frame, Len O’Grady, Simon Bowland, Steve Potter, Tom Muller • Rebellion, $4.99

Advance review – ships April 2020. Order code: JAN201942

Review by Andy Oliver

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Six Small Press Creators to Watch in 2020 – Spotlighting the Work of Dominique Duong, Miranda Smart, Nic Mac, Pigeon, Shangomola Edunjobi and Tal Brosh http://www.brokenfrontier.com/six-small-press-creators-watch-2020-spotlighting-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=six-small-press-creators-watch-2020-spotlighting-work http://www.brokenfrontier.com/six-small-press-creators-watch-2020-spotlighting-work/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:50:09 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89422 The most exciting time of the year here on the site is our announcement of the names of the artists selected for the year’s Broken Frontier ‘Six Small Press Creators...

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The most exciting time of the year here on the site is our announcement of the names of the artists selected for the year’s Broken Frontier ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch‘ initiative – half a dozen UK-based creative voices we will follow across the next twelve months, providing regular review and interview coverage of their practice. Our ‘Six to Watch’ programme also offers the chosen creators off-site mentoring support should they need it and profile-raising opportunities to be a part of Broken Frontier events, panels and festival appearances. Over the last few years this process has become something that very much defines who we are and what we do here at BF, as we continue to try to build an ethos that is as much about comics community as it is about comics commentary.

Last year we went back to basics by selecting six artists who were nearer the beginning of their respective comics journeys. This year we’re echoing that but we’ve also included a couple of names in the mix who have built up a level of recognition already (and been featured on the site in the past) but deserve a far, far wider audience. They work in all manners of styles and subject matter – graphic medicine, autobio, manga, abstract comics, folklore and visual metaphor are just some of the words that describe their output. But the most important factor in my choices for 2020 was that each one understands and exploits that much used term here at BF “the pure language of comics”.

It’s always a fraught decision whittling the longlist down to just a handful of names. I could quite easily have had a “Fifteen to Watch” this year. But I can’t wait to start giving these six very talented creators the greater exposure they deserve. Last year’s ‘Six’ of Aleesha Nandhra, Anna Readman, Barbawk, Joe Stone, Laurel Pettitt and Olivia Sualdea were an absolute joy to work with and I know you are going to be seeing so much of them all in the years to come (and you can start by picking up Abs Bailey’s Avery Hill debut graphic novel Zebedee and the Valentines this year). We will, of course, continue to push their practice on the site as well, as we do with so many previous Six to Watch-ers.

So, without any more waffling, I couldn’t be more excited to announce our 2020 ‘Six to Watch’ artists! If you want to investigate their comics further then I’ve linked to their sites, online stores and social media wherever possible. Or you can just keep visiting BF in the next twelve months. Because you’re going to be seeing a lot of this crew on the site in that time!

Dominique Duong

I first discovered Dominique Duong’s work 18 months ago when Broken Frontier hosted the Communal Table at the South London Comic and Zine Fair. The striking cover imagery of her self-published zine The Black Cloud – exploring mental health issues – immediately caught my attention and I’ve been following her progress ever since.

Dominique is an incredibly versatile artist, working across both genres and media. Whether it’s autobio or slice-of-life work like The Truth of Being Bi or macabre horror like The Flower Maiden she adapts her style, pacing and approach to the themes of her work with a quietly intuitive consideration.

With a growing list of clients for her illustration practice, the art workshops she runs, and a pronounced presence in a number of small press anthologies like Come Together, The Dark Lady Returns and Lilies, Dominique’s profile has been rising ever upwards over the last year or two.

You can visit her site here and her online store here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.

Miranda Smart

I’ve said in the past at Broken Frontier that Miranda Smart “doesn’t just adopt an intriguingly abstract presentation to her comics, she combines it with a cross-media approach that invites us to think about both the emotional responses the reader has to her practice and also the mechanics of how we interact with her work.”

Miranda’s abstract comics have been up there over the last couple of years for me with the work of established voices like Olivia Sullivan, Peony Gent and Gareth A Hopkins in pushing the boundaries of this form and taking it into places it rarely visits. We need more practice like this that embraces both the experimental and the challenging, and Miranda’s comics deserve a much higher profile.

Her strips include GOBI and Briz de Mar which combine sequential art and accompanying soundtracks. In 2019 her short comic Hydroglyphs to Mania was published in the legendary science fiction anthology Heavy Metal. You can read a BF interview with Miranda here last year.

You can visit her site here and her online store here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.

Nic Mac

I knew in January 2019 when she was a guest artist at the Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw that I wanted Nic Mac on the next ‘Six to Watch’ list. I’ve never decided that far in advance before but her comic zine ØMIT – which explores issues of anxiety and depression through the visual metaphor of a protagonist who has a house for a head – just screamed “unique new voice” at me with its mix of tactile narrative interaction and eerily bizarre yet oddly relatable drama.

I reviewed ØMIT here at Broken Frontier calling it “unsettling but not unhopeful, dreamlike but nevertheless rooted in a symbolic reality that many readers will no doubt find familiar.” Nic is currently working on a follow-up which you can see teasers from on her social media accounts.

Social commentary is often at the heart of Nic’s work and she’s another artist on this list whose practice is notably wide-ranging. From murals to graphic narrative through to her attention-grabbing illustration there’s something very special going on here and I seriously cannot wait to see what directions she takes the comics side of her practice in this year.

You can visit her site here and her online store here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.

Pigeon

Pigeon, aka UK-based Polish artist Kamila Król, is another name you may have seen cropping up on social media over the last year or two with often haunting but colourful imagery and compositions Her minicomic zine Floating last year captured and communicated her state of mind at the time on a markedly empathetic and instinctual level.

What I love about Pigeon’s illustrations is the imaginative way in which she embeds whole potential narratives within a single image, and her use of colour to emphasise mood, theme and tone is also exemplary. And, while, her comics output to date has been more limited there’s again just so much obvious potential in what she has produced to date bursting off each and every page.

Pigeon has also been working on a longer-form sequential work Rusalka which taps into her research on Slavic folklore.

You can visit her site here and her online store here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.

 

Shangomola Edunjobi

Shangomola Edunjobi is perhaps the most established artist in this year’s ‘Six to Watch’ line-up and he’s on this list because I was so impressed with the sheer craft of his work when I covered it at Broken Frontier last year. Shangomola is a truly gifted storyteller, much in evidence in his one-shot Miseyieki – a coming-of-age story about a 16-year old Maasai girl in Kenya – in the way that it invests you so deeply in the lives, relationships and hopes of its characters.

I reviewed Miseyieki here at BF, describing it as “carefully and rather beautifully paced, confounding expectations with an inherent humanity that is both introspective, thoughtful and non-judgemental.” The comic took the Silver position in the International Manga Award and his The Dream Catcher won the Manga Jiman competition in 2017.

I called Shangomola “a creator we all need to be keeping a very, very close eye on” last year and I’m delighted we’ll be able to give you all the opportunity to do just that over the next twelve months here!

You can visit his ComiXology page here. You can also follow him on Instagram.

Tal Brosh

Graphic designer and illustrator Tal Brosh is another artist on this year’s list whose comics output may have been limited to date but, regardless, was one who was immediately pencilled in for inclusion when I read Flat Filters, her collaboration with writer Chino Moya, last summer. When I attended the comic’s launch in London a few weeks later and saw some of the original pages I knew I had made the right decision!

Flat Filters is the story of a young man who wakes up to a strangely altered reality where not only have the other residents of his apartment block disappeared but the world outside has been replaced by a wasteland. Its captivating Twilight Zone-style feel came to haunting life through Tal’s visuals and I said of her Flat Filters pages here at BF: “Brosh, in her first comics work, shows remarkable promise juxtaposing urban reality with the almost clinical nowhere that initially encroaches and then becomes all-pervading. Her page compositions are an integral part of the book’s disconcerting atmosphere, panels giving a feeling of scope and contrast, with the confines of the building standing out against the unrelenting conformity of the landscape as a constant motif. Clever shifts in perspective in tighter internal sequences also build up a sense of space with the stark colour choices of the seemingly endless world outside giving an ironic aura of the claustrophobic and the oppressive”

Tal has further comics collaborations (including another with Chino Moya!) currently in the pipeline.

You can visit her site here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on Instagram. You can buy Flat Filters online here.

For regular updates on all things small press follow Andy Oliver on Twitter here.

Article by Andy Oliver

 

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The King – John Tucker’s Eccentrically Amiable Tale Combines the Downright Bizarre with Themes of Family and Responsibility http://www.brokenfrontier.com/king-john-tucker-true-believers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=king-john-tucker-true-believers http://www.brokenfrontier.com/king-john-tucker-true-believers/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:25:55 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89440 John Tucker’s The King is perhaps more illustrated story than pure comics but this eccentrically amiable tale has an idiosyncratic charm that makes it well worth picking up if you’re...

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John Tucker’s The King is perhaps more illustrated story than pure comics but this eccentrically amiable tale has an idiosyncratic charm that makes it well worth picking up if you’re attending this year’s True Believers, where it debuts in just a few short weeks on February 1st. This is a difficult story to review in many respects as it hinges on an unlikely twist that takes the narrative off in an unexpected direction, and one that it’s certainly not my place to reveal here. But, suffice to say, this is a witty and warm story that touches on themes of family, love and loss with an understated depth.

In the 1960s Gwen left her family in the UK behind to start a new life in the music industry in America. There she carved out a career managing bands and even met the legendary Elvis Presley. Years later, though, her sister learns that Gwen has died when she is bequeathed a mysterious golden egg her sibling was given by the King himself. When the egg hatches, though, it brings a very unlikely addition to their family and a commitment that the couple could never have expected…

The King reminded me of the madcap satirical nonsense of one of my favourite episodes of wacky 1970s sitcom The Goodies. It’s a quite lovely contrast of gentle everyday observational comedy with the utterly bizarre, made all the more likeable for the quiet message at its heart. As the couple’s newfound charge grows and becomes a vital part of their lives, Tucker neatly mirrors the pop cultural inspirations for his story with a knowing nod and wink in the readers’ direction.

Funny yet touching, The King makes use of largely one-page illustrations with clever shifts in perspective and strong facial characterisation to remind us of the oddness of its premise but without ever overplaying its hand. It would be very easy to descend into ostentatious silliness here but Tucker is wise enough not to give into temptation and lurch into pantomime. The King certainly benefits from that economy because, by its end and for all its endearing daftness, it’s said something far more profound than we initially realised about the nature of family, responsibility and community.

For more on the work of John Tucker visit his site here. You can pre-order The King from his online store here.

Review by Andy Oliver

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Staff Picks for January 15, 2020 – Third World War, Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, Second Coming and More! http://www.brokenfrontier.com/crisis-infinite-earths-dc-third-world-war-rebellion-treasury-british-comics-mills/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crisis-infinite-earths-dc-third-world-war-rebellion-treasury-british-comics-mills http://www.brokenfrontier.com/crisis-infinite-earths-dc-third-world-war-rebellion-treasury-british-comics-mills/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:44:40 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=89331 It’s nearly Wednesday, and you know what that means: a fresh load of comics and graphic novels! With so many publications hitting your local comics store, comics event or digital...

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It’s nearly Wednesday, and you know what that means: a fresh load of comics and graphic novels! With so many publications hitting your local comics store, comics event or digital storefront, the BF team are here to lead you through the woods with our weekly staff picks. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Comic of the Week

Third World War Book One

It’s no exaggeration to say that Pat Mills was a huge influence on my developing social conscience as a child, with his original ABC Warriors run making me think about corporate greed, exploitation and privilege in ways that may otherwise have passed me by. In my late teens his work on Third World War in the pages of the UK Crisis anthology (and alongside a stellar array of collaborators) took that a step further with its game-changing approach to socially active comics. Now we can all finally revisit this landmark strip in the new Rebellion collection.

Described as “a searing political satire on capitalism, commercialisation, imperialism, and exploitation that still rings as true today as it did in the ’80s” Third World War has been long overdue for contemporary consideration in a format like this. Follow recent graduate Eve, conscripted into a corporate military in South America in the first book of what will hopefully be a complete collection of the series.

Pat Mills & Angela Kincaid (W), Carlos Ezquerra & D’Israeli (A) • Rebellion/Treasury of British Comics, £19.99

– Andy Oliver

Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence

As a cartoonist, educator and advocate, Joel Christian Gill has shone a light on overlooked black lives and achievements in book series such as Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History and Tales of the Talented Tenth.

In Fights, he looks back to his own early life for what Oni describes as a “visceral and deeply affecting memoir” of his passage into manhood in the 1980s. Against a backdrop of urban deprivation and domestic abuse, the sensitive and confused young Joel finds himself lashing out and resorting to violence to deal with his problems. However, as he develops a sense of his place in the world, he faces the challenge of moving from conflict to compassion.

Gill’s book promises a timely focus on questions of race, masculinity, violence and identity, as well as a message of optimism about the power of self-determination and human kindness in even the hardest of circumstances.

Joel Christian Gill (W/A) • Oni Press, $19.99

– Tom Murphy

Second Coming #6

It’s the grand finale of the Broken Frontier Award-nominated miniseries and DC’s loss has very much proved to be Ahoy’s gain as the mischievously satirical storyline comes to a close. This tale of a returned Jesus flat-sharing with Superman-style super-hero Sunstar has been brilliantly offbeat in its knowing humour and deserved all the accolades it has received.

In this extra-sized final instalment Sunstar and Shiela are off on honeymoon and Satan is about to start tempting Jesus once again. If you’re a “wait for the trade” kind of person make sure the inevitable collection is right at the top of your must-buy list

Mark Russell (W), Richard Pace (A), Leonard Kirk (F), Andy Troy (C), Rob Steen (L) • Ahoy Comics, $3.99

–  Andy Oliver

Over My Dead Body TPB

If there sometimes feels as if there aren’t enough characters like John Wick around on comics shelves near us these days, Over My Dead Body brings us the dodgy Markham. He’s a contract killer, but also happens to be the kind of conflicted character that allows a talented writer to bring nuance into what could very well be a run-of-the-mill slash and gore thriller.

Jay Faerber’s work as a writer has often been described as sharp, but it’s probably the art by Simone Guglielmini (for those familiar with the Near Death series) that will make a lot of readers happy.

Jay Faerber (W), Simone Guglielmini, Gigi Baldassini, Ron Riley & Charles Pritchett (A) • Image Comics, $16.99

– Lindsay Pereira

Derek the Sheep: Danger is My Middle Name!

Gary Northfield’s Bog Eyed Books has been such a joy over the last few years, publishing album-style collections of all-ages comics aimed primarily at the kids market. It’s collected work published online and in anthologies like The Phoenix, and has included such faves as Jim Medway’s Sgt. Chip Charlton and Mister Woofles of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Tor Freeman’s Welcome to Oddleigh.

Its flagship title has been Northfield’s own Derek the Sheep series, originally featured in The Beano and BeanoMAX between 2004 and 2011. It features the disaster-prone Derek, his animal chums and their anarchic farmyard escapades. A new volume of Derek adventures is always a welcome treat. You can read a review of the first volume here at Broken Frontier.

Gary Northfield (W/A) Bog Eyed Books, £9.99

– Andy Oliver

Hellboy Winter Special 2019

From Arbaz M. Khan’s upcoming review at Broken Frontier:

Serving as a three-in-one, this trio of stories bring a joy to the season. Hellboy has always succeeded with its flexibility and ability to play with the idea of the meandering. Mignola’s universe has succeeded through this narrative momentum; one that is both enriching and yet consistently plays within the cultivated world of the Mignolaverse.

For this issue Dark Horse managed to pull out all of the stops, by using former Hellboy and BPRD creators to celebrate the 2019 season. For each of the three short comics stories, the three teams display fantastic ingenuity. Ironically, Hellboy is only in one story of the three. Despite the lack of his presence, the other two stories manage to create an ethos that helps in developing the world around Hellboy.

Scott Allie, Chris Roberson & Mike Mignola (W), Leila del Luca, Mark Laszio & Andrea Mutti (A), Lee Loughridge, Michelle Madsen & Dave Stewart (C) • Dark Horse Comics, $3.99

– Arbaz M. Khan

Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant #1

A vehicle to promote the current The CW Crisis TV crossover rather than the original continuity-shattering comics series, this latest publication in DC’s Giants series will nevertheless doubtless have an appeal to the nostalgists out there.

Featuring a lead story by Crisis on Infinite Earths writer and Arrowverse Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim it also includes an original back-up and reprints from the ‘80s epic which once promised to clean up DC continuity once and for all but has been endlessly recycled by DC every few years in the intervening three and a half decades. There’s something eerily resonant about the red skies of a Crisis for fans of a certain age, though, and no doubt many will be picking this up on that basis alone.

Marv Wolfman & Marc Guggenheim (W), Tom Derenick, Tom Grummett, Trevor Scott, Dany Miki & George Perez (A), John Kalisz & Chris Sotomayor (C), Wes Abbott (L), Jerry Ordway and Alex Sinclair (CA) • DC Comics, $4.99

– Andy Oliver

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The 2020 previews and publishing announcements have been coming in fast and furious over the last week here at Broken Frontier Towers. Below we have the latest communication from Rebellion HQ about their 2000 AD line for this year.

Welcome to the future – 2000 AD unveils its graphic novels for 2020!

From folk horror to sci-fi fantasy mash-ups, from new series to old favourites – 2000 AD’s graphic novel schedule for 2020 is a high-octane blast of the very best in comics!

Leading the way in encouraging younger readers to pick up the comic book habit is 2000 AD Regened (September) with a collection of all-ages re-imaginings of the legendary anthology’s greatest characters by creators such as Alex De Campi, Alec Worley, Chris Weston, and Neil Googe.

Kingdom: Alpha and Omega
Dan Abnett, Richard Elson
ISBN: 9781781087534
6 February (UK)
UK £15.99 // US $19.99
Pages: 144 // Paperback

The latest collection of 2000 AD’s latest breakout success from the mind of New York Times bestselling SF and Warhammer author Dan Abnett! A high octane wide-screen action series, perfect for fans of the films Aliens and Dog Soldiers! After dragging Gene to their faltering cryogenic space station and abandoning his pack to the swarming insect “Them”, the masters are how holding Gene in idyllic V.R. suspension. Rescued before execution by an old friend, and joined by a terrorist working to undermine the master’s grip on the world below, Gene forms a tenuous alliance. The three must work together to infiltrate the master’s security systems and steal the codes to their massively destructive arsenal. But Gene might not be prepared for what else he finds…

Judge Dredd – Mechanismo: Machine Law
John Wagner, John McCrea, Colin MacNeil
ISBN: 9781781087541
5 March 2020 (UK) 3 March 2020 (US)
UK £10.99 // US 13.99
Pages: 96 // Paperback

A buddy cop tale like no other! Man and mechanismo, on the mean streets of Mega-City One. The next chapter in the legendary Judge Dredd epic, penned by incomparable Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner! With art by renowned DC Comics artist John McCrea (Deadpool, Wonder Woman), this is the new blockbuster collection from Judge Dredd’s co-creator. With Mega-City one eating Judges faster than they can be replaced, the Justice Department prepares once more to trial a radical solution for their manpower shortage: The Mark-8 RV Mechanismo unit, robotic judges programmed to deal with everything the city can throw at them. Judge Dredd has never hidden his feelings on robot Judges, but the responsive, resilient and ultimately expendable machines may be the answer to the justice department’s problems. Dredd is ordered to put aside his prejudices and conduct an assessment with one of the latest models, nicknamed HARVEY…

Kingmaker
Ian Edginton, Leigh Gallagher
ISBN: 9781781087572
2 April (UK) 7 April (US)
UK £14.99 // US $19.99
Pages: 144 // Paperback

The Magic is Gathering! The inhabitants of the nine kingdoms fought hard to liberate their world from the tyranny of Ichnar the Wraith King. Little did they suspect that a greater threat would soon fall upon them in the form of the Thorn – a race of aliens intent on stripmining all of the magic from the world. Now old enemies have formed an alliance – Wizard Ablard, ork Crixus and the dryad Princess Yarrow have set aside their differences and are seeking to use the Ebora world spirit against the invaders… The first book in a thrilling post-modern fantasy action saga, written by one of 2000 AD’s modern masters Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Brass Sun).

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #35
John Wagner, Alan Grant, Gordon Rennie, Richard Elson, John Higgins, Ian Gibson, Siku, Ben Willsher, Colin MacNeil, Kevin Walker, Paul Marshall, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087541
14 May 2020 (UK)
UK £19.99
Pages: 304 // Paperback

The latest in the smash-hit, best-selling graphic novel series! Almost half a million copies sold! The floating multi-story metropolis of illegal delights known as “Sin City” has anchored outside Mega-City one, and Dredd has seemingly been sent aboard to keep what order can be kept on a lawless floating city. His real task? Locate Ula Danser, the De-Megification terrorist determined to destroy the Mega-Cities at any cost! But Danser isn’t working alone – Dredd’s old enemy Orlok is coming to meet her, and he’s carrying a cargo intended to pay back everything Dredd did to East-Meg one – with interest! The latest in the world-wide best-selling, flagship 2000 AD graphic novel series which has become a perennial classic. Includes artwork by some of 2000 AD’s very best, including Cam Kennedy, Ian Gibson, Carlos Ezquerra, and Marvel artist Kev Walker!

Sláine: The Horned God Collector’s Edition
Pat Mills, Simon Bisley
ISBN: 9781781087626
28 May 2020 (UK) 26 May 2020 (US)
UK £19.99 // US $24.99 // CAN $33.99
Pages: 208 // Paperback

Rediscover one of the most influential graphic novels ever, with the Sláine: The Horned God – Collector’s Edition. Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of its first publication, this new, larger edition of the bestselling 2000 AD collection, written by industry visionary Pat Mills, features the groundbreaking fully-painted art of comics legend Simon Bisley. One of the most popular stories ever published in the pages of 2000 AD, The Horned God is a heady mix of Celtic mythology, extreme violence, and beautiful artwork. As well as Mills’ fascinating characters and saga-like storytelling, the stunning enormity of Bisley’s work on the series cannot be understated, with epic battles and vast landscapes evoking everything from the work of Frank Frazetta to Gustav Klimt. This deluxe collector’s edition returns us to the mist-wreathed realm of Tír na nÓg, the ancient land suffering under the dominion of the Drunes; strange druids who have poisoned the land with their magic. Sláine has had enough of their tyranny and, through the Earth Goddess, he learns some shocking truths about the priesthood and his own future. Now Sláine must unite the four kings of Tír na nÓg and use their mystical weapons as he and the Sessair tribe prepare for all-out war!

Strontium Dog: Search & Destroy
John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087657
26 June 2020 (UK)
UK £19.99
Pages: 144 // Hardcover

The earliest adventures of one of 2000 AD’s greatest series – Strontium Dog – are to be reprinted in colour for the first time in decades. Reprinted with its original colour pages, Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy is a sumptuous hardcover 144-page collection collecting the origins of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s hard-hitting story of prejudice and violence. 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 collection is a must for fans and collectors alike, restoring this series to its rightful place as one of the key series in the annals of British comics. Originally published in Starlord, 2000 AD’s sister comic, these early stories had a profound effect upon readers, including future film director Edgar Wright. After the comic merged with 2000 AD, Johnny Alpha quickly became a fan favourite character and Strontium Dog remains one of the most iconic strips in the history of British comics!

Judge Dredd: Control
Rob Williams, Chris Weston
ISBN: 9781781087770
9 July 2020 (UK) 7 July 2020 (US)
UK £14.99 // US $19.99 // CAN $26.99
Pages: 128 // Paperback

Writer Rob Williams follows up his smash hit Judge Dredd: Small House with a brand new collection that sees him at the mercy of Judge Pin – his most sinister opponent since Judge Death! The psychopathic SJS Judge murders officers that fall short of her standards, and Judge Dredd is in her sights in this collection of stories featuring flesh-eating Kleggs, hijacking ape gangs and out of control war robots reprogrammed by insane accountants in tales ranging from deathly serious to outrageously funny, all from one of the most popular contemporary Dredd creative teams – Rob Williams and Chris Weston. Entirely drawn by Weston, the talented artist for DC Comics (The Filth), Image (Ministry of Space) and Marvel Comics (The Twelve), this storyline is a game changer for the Dredd universe.

Hope … Under Fire
Guy Adams, Jimmy Broxton
ISBN: 9781781087718
20 August 2020 (UK) 18 August 2020 (US)
UK £9.99 // US $9.99 // CAN $12.99
Pages: 64 // Paperback

The second volume of the dazzling 2000 AD debut – mixing Hollywood noir and occult magic! In an alternate post-war 1940s Los Angeles, where dark magic is a fact of life, Mallory Hope is a private detective haunted by his past…and by the occult forces he uses. An inspired new classic in the making, a stylish supernatural detective noir for fans of The Fade Out (Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips) and the novels of Raymond Chandler, James Elmore and Dashiell Hammett.

2000 AD Regened
Alex De Campi, Alec Worley, Chris Weston, Neil Googe
ISBN: 9781781088135
27 August (UK) // 25 August (US)
UK £10.99 // US $13.99
Pages: 96 // Paperback

Your old 2000 AD favourites break out with an all-new all-ages bumper adventure package! 2000 AD Regened is a one-off, bumper, all ages instalment of the Galaxies Greatest Comic! Join Cadet Dredd in three astonishing adventures (one of which is brand new for this collection), discover how Johnny Alpha became a Strontium Dog in ‘Trial Run’ and meet the teenage intergalactic bounty hunter and her family in ‘Full Tilt Boogie’, plus many other new takes on old favourites!

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 36
John Wagner, Gordon Rennie, Andy Diggle, Henry Flint, Ben Willsher, Ian Gibson, John Ridgeway, Mick McMahon, Jim Baikie, Simon Fraser, PJ Holden, Carl Critchlow, Staz Johnson, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087695
3 September (UK)
UK £19.99
Pages: 304 // Paperback

The best-selling Judge Dredd graphic novel series continues with the most popular crossover story in its history! Mega-City One – a nightmarish enclosure located along the Eastern Seaboard of North America. Only the Judges – powerful law enforcers supporting the despotic Justice Department – can stop total anarchy running rife on the crime-ridden streets. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the law and these are his stories… Judge Dredd has brought countless monsters to justice but now the ultimate killing machines, cinema’s most famous xenomorphs, surface in Mega-City One and it may well be more than the Justice Department can handle! Features action-packed stories from some of 2000 AD’s greatest, including Carlos Ezquerra (Preacher), Mick McMahon (Hellboy, Slaine), Ian Gibson (Halo Jones) and Henry Flint (Haunted Tank)!

Essential Judge Dredd: America
John Wagner, Garth Ennis, Colin MacNeil, John Higgins
ISBN: 9781781088609
September
UK £19.99 // US $25 // CAN $34
Pages: 160 // Paperback

Beginning a brand new series of essential stories from one of the greatest ever comic characters, the Essential Judge Dredd is the perfect jumping on point for new readers! In Mega-City One, the Judges are the law – acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city… bar the odd, negative encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation known as Total War, which has the Justice Department in its sights! This dark and complex tale is considered to be one of the best stories to ever come out of the Judge Dredd universe. Now it has been contextualised with contemporarily thematic stories and recoloured art by John Higgins (Watchmen).

Fiends of the Eastern Front
Gerry Finley-Day, Carlos Ezquerra, Ian Edginton, Tiernen Trevellion, Dave Taylor, Dave Kendall
ISBN: 9781781087749
October
UK £19.99 // US $24.99 // CAN $33.99
Pages: 176 // Paperback

Sink your teeth into the collection of the classic supernatural war stories from the pages of 2000 AD – now expanded and updated! Buried deep underground are the remains of Wehrmacht soldier, Hans Schmitt, and his diary, which journals his eerie encounter with the Romanian Captain Constanta and his platoon of blood-sucking freaks! Back in 1943, with the Russians willing to fight until their last man in order to defend Stalingrad, Panzergrenadier Richter discovers Constanta’s secret and learns than sometimes your allies can be just as dangerous as the enemy! This fiendishly-fun collection features the breathtaking art of Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd) and Colin MacNeil (America, Chopper: Song of the Surfer), with stories from Gerry Finley Day (Rogue Trooper), David Bishop (Thrill-Power Overload), and recent classics from Ian Edginton (Stickleback, Scarlet Traces), and Dave Kendall (Fall of Deadworld), that takes the blood-soaked story of Constanta back into history!

Essential Judge Dredd: Origins
John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781088630
November
UK £19.99 // US $25.00 // CAN $34.00
Pages: 192 // Paperback

The origin of Judge Dredd, and the Mega-City One Justice system – This is Judge Dredd: Year One! An unusual delivery is made to the Grand Hall of Justice, a package that will force Dredd to lead a mission into the Cursed Earth and into the darkest recesses of the history of the Judges and Mega-City One… In this acclaimed epic, history is written by Dredd co-creators John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog) with a special introductory tale featuring the art of Kev Walker (ABC Warriors: Khronicles of Khaos). Now presented as part of the Essential line of Judge Dredd stories, this book is the ultimate introduction to the Judge Dredd universe.

Thistlebone
Tom Eglington, Simon Davis
ISBN: 9781781087787
3 December (UK)
UK £12.99
Pages: 64 // Hardcover

The first volume in an all new creepy folk-horror series, beautifully painted by the popular Sláine artist Simon Davis! England, 2019. The secluded rural village of Harrowvale holds a dark past — that years earlier, on a farm bordering the vast tracts of woodland, it hosted a cult that was seeking to escape civilization and find purity in the old ways, namely worshipping an ancient deity called THISTLEBONE. Led by the charismatic Jasper Hillman, their pagan beliefs grew ever more radical to the point where they held the young Avril Eason captive with the intention of sacrificing her. But Avril escaped.

This year’s list combines the best of 2000 AD’s newest output while presenting old classics in fresh ways, including a new Collector’s Edition of Pat Mills and Simon Bisley’s seminal industry-changing Sláine: The Horned God (May) and revisiting the beginning of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s mutant bounty hunters Strontium Dog with Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy (June), a sumptuous hardcover featuring restored colour pages.

Science fiction with a twist has been 2000 AD’s raison d’être for more than 40 years and two collections this year reinforces the comic’s place at the bleeding edge of sci-fi publishing – Kingmaker (April) by Ian Edginton and Leigh Gallagher, which brings an alien invasion crashing into a Tolkien-esque world, and the fourth volume of Dan Abnett and Richard Elson fan-favourite epic Kingdom (February), with more dark secrets uncovered by dog soldier Gene the Hackman.

There’s plenty to keep those who enjoy horror happy too, with the break-out folk horror hit of Thistlebone (December) by Tom Eglington and Simon Davis, Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton’s 1940s magic noir thriller Hope … Under Fire (August), and a new collection of 2000 AD historical slasher classic Fiends of the Eastern Front (October) with new stories from Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor, and Tiernan Trevallion that take arch-vamp Captain Constanza to new conflicts.

For fans of the greatest lawman of the future, the latest hit Judge Dredd stories from 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine are collected for the first time, with John Wagner, John McCrea, and Colin MacNeil’s Judge Dredd – Mechanismo: Machine Law (March) while Rob Williams and Chris Weston introduce a Judge even more deadly than Dredd himself in Judge Dredd: Control (July). Meanwhile, the best-selling Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files series continues publishing the law in order with Volume 35 (May) and Volume 36 (September)

And as part of 2000 AD’s mission to introduce new readers to its greatest character, the brand new Essential Judge Dredd series launches in September with two books revisiting the most important stories from more than four decades of Dredd – Essential Judge Dredd: America (September) and Essential Judge Dredd: Origins (November).

“Our books for 2020 really are the best of old and new,” said senior graphic novels editor Keith Richardson, “and reflect the fact that 2000 AD continues to produce the best comic books out there. Whether you’re a veteran fan or a new reader looking to dip your toe in, from prestige editions of classics like Sláine: The Horned God and Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy to new series like 2000 AD Regened and Thistlebone, we’ve precision-engineered this year’s schedule to make sure there’s something for everyone!”

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