Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two issue 4 – by Wolk & Farinas – 7 page Preview included

JDMC2 4 coverJudge Dredd: Mega-City Two
Issue 4 (of 5)
Published by IDW

Writer: Douglas Wolk
Artist: Ulises Farinas
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Tom B. Long

Cover Art: Ulises Farinas

Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra

The penultimate issue following Dredd on his secondment to Mega-City Two.

It is 2094 and Dredd is not the old man we are used to. In fact this is before we first met him in 2000AD.

That said it is recognisably Dredd. This is of course IDW’s continuity. There are seven pages of preview at the end of the article.

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The First Musketeer – Score unvailed

The title track from the forthcoming web-series The First Musketeer has been unveiled. Composed by Paul Cartledge and Philip Jewson from yellow Boat Music it has an epic feel to it.

The film is a prequel to the books with several new characters added to the line up. I understand that the series will be six episodes long.

Starring Edward Mitchell as Athos, Charles Barrett as Porthos and Ryan Spong as Aramis.

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

church5_zps1006f61aSébastien felt it behind him as it closed in for the kill.

He leapt upwards, higher than a human should be able to. The Ancients of this land called it a Salmon Leap, Sébastien received his powers from elsewhere and had no need to name the move.

The creature’s swipe cut the air beneath his feet. Sébastien came down hard on what passed as a wrist for the foul beast. There was a cracking sound but the limb didn’t give way. Continue reading

The Royals: Masters of War by Rob Williams – issue 3 (spoilers)

Royals 3The Royals: Masters of War
a six issue mini-series

Published by Vertigo April 2014

Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Simon Coleby
Colorist: JD Mettler
Letters: Wes Abbott

Cover: Coleby & Mettler

Continuing the WWII story set in an alternate timeline. The Royals have ruled their countries due to their bloodlines having superhuman powers. Long ago they agreed to keep out of conflicts between nations.

The Royals are no longer keeping out of the war. First Prince Henry took to the skies. Then He and his elder brother Prince Arthur visited USA in an attempt to garner assistance in fighting Germany

Last issue saw Prince Akishino of Japan invite the US Navy to meet the Japanese Fleet in open water. With no Royals of their own the result was obvious so they stayed in port at Pearl Harbour…

Henry and Arthur assisted to repel the Japanese. Now they take the battle to Midway. Continue reading

What I Did On My Holidays – by a short story by Michael Carroll – a review

What I Did on My Holidays
by Jason Scott, Class 8

A New Heroes (Quantum Prophecy)
short story
by Michael Carroll

Illustration by Michael Carroll

The latest Novel ‘Hunter’
Available to Pre-order on Amazon
out 1st May

Michael is one of the current Writers for Judge Dredd in 2000AD and if you look to the top of this Blog the Judge Badge you see there was made by Mike for me to use on this Blog. Mike has also written six earlier books in the New Heroes series as well as a Judge Dredd novella that I have reviewed on this blog – Cold Light of Day.

Hunter is a jump on point for this series and you don’t need to know anything about the setting to enjoy this short story, you can read it on Mike’s website and I encourage you to have a look round while you are there. Continue reading

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

Covers
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 first 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.

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Challenge

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.

(Edit Saturday 10th May 2014)

Part 3 is ready. There may be a bit of a gap between parts 3 & 4 as Neil is busy. I hope anyone that reads these is enjoying them. I’m certainly enjoying writing them.

The idea is now that we’ll continue doing these for as long as we are satisfied with it.

(Edit Sunday 18th May 2014)

Part 4 wasn’t delayed as you can see… Neil took a new direction, I think I took it a bit further – take a read and see what you think

totc06_zps92926e2eThere Are Others Out There – Part 1
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

A recently abandoned monastery in the forest miles from Nottingham. Something has been killing off the Monks and Sébastien has been sent to find a solution.

church5_zps1006f61aThere Are Others Out There – Part 2
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

Mano y mano the two adversaries come to blows. Sébastien stands victorious with the missing sword in hand. Perhaps the Templar arrived after all.

There Are Others Out There – Part 3Others 3
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

Sébastien smashes through the roof of the Abbott’s Keep surrounded by mystical energy.
His companion mutely looks on, unable to come to his aid.

Others 4There Are Others Out There – Part 4
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

Davith realises that not everything is good in the world.

In fact he is concerned about the future of two worlds.

 

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.  Continue reading

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