Rogue Trooper issue 3 from IDW – spoiler light including 7 page preview

RogueTrooper03_cvrSUBRogueTrooper03_cvrRogue Trooper
Issue 3

Published by IDW
2nd April 2014

Writer: Brian Ruckley
Artist: Alberto Ponticelli
Colour: Stephen Downer
Letters: Tom B Long

Left – Glenn Fabry
Right – James Stokoe

Issue Two saw Rogue reach Strongpoint Charlie delivering Breaker/Virgin safely to his unit. It was hear that the GI and his Bio-Chip buddies discovered Rogue’s nickname. All Issue 1 the Bio-Chips didn’t mention a name and their ally ‘Angel’ called him ‘Blue’.

Norts were closing in on Strongpoint Charlie and Souther Command had sent a group of MPs to capture Rogue.

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ABC Warriors Mek Files 1 – out 8th May

CoverWritten by: Pat Mills

Art by:
Kevin O’Neill, Mick McMahon, Brendan McCarthy, Dave Gibbons, Carlos Ezquerra, Simon Bisley, Brett Ewins, SMS

Lettering by:
Peter Knight, John Aldrich, Tom Knight, Dave Gibbons, Steve Potter, Jack Potter, Steve Parkhouse

304 pages
ISBN 978-1-78108-258-4
Release date: May 8
RRP: £25

ABC Warriors created by Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill, Mick McMahon and Brendan McCarthy

It was 1979 when ABC Warriors started and re-reading this it brings conflicting recollections. This isn’t the firs re-read, I’ve re-read the Progs that these stories were originally printed in several times. This is the first time I’ve read these stories this century though.

So conflicted recollections? 1979 was during my childhood but I recollect these stories from my teens as well.

I’m reviewing this from a PDF so I can’t comment directly on what the pages look like. However what i can tell you is that this isn’t resized or recoloured. It is presented in the original size. Unedited, so the original titles are there, the ‘next prog’ boxes are there. So also no lettering appears to have been moved, no touch ups.

Frankly on screen it looks great so it is down to the paper stock. I think this’ll look great.

There are a few spoilers below but they are fairly mild. Continue reading


I like writing and I decided I needed to flex my skills a bit. I am a member of the 2000AD Forum and there are loads of skilled artists on there. So i came up with an idea.

I posted a challenge to Artists. I asked for an original unpublished picture, preferably with non-copyrighted characters. My side of the bargain? Within a week I’d write a 500 word story.

500 words isn’t a lot, that is why I didn’t really want any copyrighted characters. To get the feel of, for example, Spiderman you already lost words in the word count. To get a feel of a unique character, much less wordage required. After all I wanted to try to get a decent story to give as trade for the art.

Archie brought me a great image, one I instantly had connection with. A few years ago I created characters for the game Darkwood from Tower Games. Some of my work ended up in free handouts, one made the final rule book. I’m credited as Play Tester in the Rule Book, for that is what I was. I also did a short story that was up on the website.

Darkwood is set in 12th/13th Century Britain and is centered around Nottingham. The idea is that the players in the RPG are fighting evil nasty Normans and end up being part of the Robin Hood myth (without ever doing anything actually from the Robin Hood story, just that kinda thing). So when I saw the picture Archie had drawn… well you’ll see why I came up with the idea I wrote.

Archie has done a second picture so, after asking his permission, I am going to publish the story here with the image.

This page will hold links to the stories. Hopefully Archie will do a Part 3 drawing when I’ve done my Part 2 writing.

There Are Others Out There – Part 1 by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett


There Are Others Out There – Part One – by Neil McClements and Steve Hargett

totc06_zps92926e2eSébastien paced the chapel silently, as he breathed out slowly his breath misted in the early evening air. The Templar was late, what could have delayed him?

It was getting dark and though Sébastien was used to his own company the sounds of the nearby forest were unusual to his ears. Raised in Paris, trained in Rome he now resided in Nottingham. He was used to the noises and smells of a city and its streets, not the wilderness of Britain on a cold autumn evening. 

The monks that had been living here up to a month ago had reported odd sounds in the night. One, then another, had claimed to see bright lights at the window to their cell. No torch would shine through such a window, it being ten foot off the ground.

Gregor, one of the lay brothers, was found gibbering about ‘The Green Man’ one morning a few months ago. Soon after the deaths started. One death each night that the moon was new and another on the full moon. Each monk, dead by strangulation, found in a locked cell.

Monsignor Tomas had charged him personally with this task. This was his calling, though some questioned his practices. To consort with demons was not something most God fearing people would do. They needed him and his like; those that could see what others could not. 

He had examined the cells and he was certain something had reached down from the high window and throttled the sleeping monks. Something that did not want the holy order here.

Sébastien stepped out into the open air, the full moon bathed the road in a blue hue and it was lighter out here than within. The Templar was bringing the sword that was required. Sébastien had the tallow and bell prepared. Whatever foul entity was here he would exorcise it in the name of the Lord.

The road however was still empty.

Unlike Gregor, Sébastien knew what manner of foul beasts there were out there in the forest. The sight of the entity he was here to slay would not leave him a mindless wreck. Out there were older things, older than his masters in Rome. Older than Rome itself.

Out in the wild woods there were beings that defied all logic.  Sébastien had slain a number in a number of lands. He could see some now, small ones with little or no power. They were more scared of him than he needed to fear them.

In the distance he heard wolves howl. Wolves of many types were in this forest, man and beast.

He realised that the Templar was not coming. He sensed it, the Templar had been slain by something out there, death was fresh on the air. There was another scent too, unnatural. It was close.

He concentrated on the near treeline and fingered the dagger he always carried.

Behind him were the sanctified halls that the foul beast intended to encroach. Behind him… behind him… behind…

Easter Tournament – Saturday 19th April 2014 – a review of the day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first day of this years Easter Tournament, competing for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Horn. Here seen in the parade before the final in 2013.

The Golden Jubilee Horn was commissioned  by the Royal Armouries Leeds in 2002 to mark the 50th year of Queen Elixabeth II’s reign. presented to her at Harewood House the queen offered it back to the Royal Armouries as a prize for Jousting Champion. This competition is the only Joust sanctioned by the Queen.

The current Champion from 2013 is Andy Deane.

The horses, ground crew and all but one of the mounted squires for this event are provided by Atkinson Action Horses.

There are three parts to each round in this Tournament. The Skill at Arms by the Mounted Squires. Trick Riding by the Mounted Squires and the Joust of Peace by the Knights.

There are a number of photos below some by myself and some by my friend Kelly Fowler. Continue reading

Lawgiver – a spotlight on our Judges


Lawgiver: A Celebration of Dredd
Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2014
Birmingham UK
Tickets on sale now

I already released a video of some of our Judges that will be our Official Contingent at Lawgiver but here is a new version with our six Judges.

The voice over is from Jared Butler who provided VO talents for the Judge Minty fan film that will be screened at Lawgiver. We will also be screening Dredd (2012). Continue reading

Brass Sun – six issue miniseries from 2000AD in US Format – Issue 1 28th April 2014


BRASS SUN 1Brass Sun

Published by Rebellion

32 Page US Format
28th May 2014
$3.99 (£2.99)

Ian Edgington

I.N.J. Culbard

Ellie De Ville

This is second US Format excursion from 2000AD following the success of Dredd: Underbelly.

Set in the Orrery, a clockwork solar system in trouble. Global warming isn’t an issue, the sun is dying.

This story follows the travels of Wren, granddaughter of Cadwallader who has a telescope. He can’t have a telecope because they were all destroyed years ago. They live in a Theocracy where the rulers deny science and deny that the sun is dying.

Cadwallader has secrets and he gives some to Wren and sends her away. He knows it is time… but time for what? Continue reading