Mars Attacks Complete Collection
Published by IDW
Written and Lettered by John Layman
Art by John McCrea
Coloured by Andrew Elder
Originally published as MARS ATTACKS issues #1–10.
I’ve reviewed Mars Attacks Judge Dredd and Mars Attacks: First Born previously.
As I said in the preview of Mars Attacks: First Born:
“Many people in the UK think that the Tim Burton film in 1996 is where Mars Attacks started. That’s not the case as many others know, Mars Attacks started in 1962 as a collectible trading card series with 55 cards in the set sold in packets of five for 5c.
The film brought the title to the mainstream public but before that there was a failed comic series in 1988, it only lasted four issues.”
I re-watched the film recently and several people I talked to about it needed educating on the above facts.
This book has two stories each of which was previously published over five issues. Same creative team throughout. I’m not familiar with John Layman but know John McCrea’s work from 2000AD & Judge Dredd Megazine. John BcCrea was the artist on Mars Attacks Judge Dredd. Continue reading
Published by 2000AD
Hardback 112 Pages £20.00
Black and White, some colour
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Steve Yeowell
Letterer: Mark King
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 535-550
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 558-559
Also included in this book are original design sketches by artist Brendan McCarthy who created the look and style for the characters in this story.
Zenith was a little controversial when it debuted in the pages of 2000AD in August 1987. 2000Ad had no superheroes, though the non-comic reading public often misrepresent their characters such as Judge Dredd as ‘Superheroes’. Many readers were opposed to a superhero story being in 2000AD. Nevertheless Zenith went on to run for four books, or ‘Phases’.
There was a complete collection published in December 2013 in a limited run of 1,000 copies which retailed at £100.00 and was available only from 2000AD’s Future Shop. Phases 1 to 4 will now see publication as four hardback volumes with Phase 2 due out December 2014 and the second two Phases due out in ‘early’ 2015. Continue reading
Boudicca vs the Romans – an immersive experience
Kings Cross, London
Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August 2014
Romans and Britons clash this weekend in the modern English capital
Back then the capital of England was Camulodunum (modern Colchester) and Boudicca’s army had sacked the capital before marching on Londonium (London). Both cities were razed. Continue reading
Night Flight of Terror
A Horror Anthology
Edited by Dave Candlish
Featuring the talents of:
Dave Candlish, John Caliber, Kelvin Green, Tim West, Pictsy, Jim Campbell, Si Spencer, Tom Newall, HdE, Sean Brink, Dave Metcalfe-Carr, Jim Cameron, Tom Proudfoot & George Coleman
Dave Candlish is the Editor of the ongoing anthology Paragon, yiu can find reviews of Paragon elsewhere on this Blog.
When I say ‘Featuring the talents of’ it is important to look at some of those names closer.
Si Spencer wrote a number of Judge Dredd stories in the 1990s for 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine. His stories include Creep (and several sequels).
Jim Campbell co created Inspectre with Kev Walker for Judge Dredd Megazine, co-writing the stories with Kev Walker. He is now a professional Letterer on titles such as Hoax Hunters and Department and Monsterology as well as the amazing Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht.
Steven Denton is the colouristfor Department and Monsterology and coloured Tharg’s 3rillers: Voodoo Planet. Steven also has his own anthology series, including Massacre for Boys.
I’v singled out some of the more recognisable names to highlight the quality on offer. Continue reading
The Final Charge
Performed by Atkinson Action Horses
At Royal Armouries Leeds
Preview Stunt show – 12:00
Main feature – 15:30
Adults – £8.00
Concessions – £6.00
The title picture of this article is from the Royal Armouries site and is used for review purposes. All other photos in this article were taken either by myself or Kelly Fowler.
Atkinson Action Horses are a professional team of horse stunt performers. They provide trained horses to Jousting events and have been seen in a number of TV shows and motion pictures. For example one of the riders was a double for the lead in BBC’s Merlin TV series and several of the cast, human and equine, were recently in the tv series Jamaica in and will soon be seen in the new Poldark series.
I’ve seen the team a number of times at the Armouries and always enjoy the show. You can read other articles about them on this blog here. Continue reading
Published by Rebellion
32 Page US Format
27 th august 2014
Diamond order code JUN141396
Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Simon Coleby
Colours: Len O’Grady
Letters: Simon Bowland
Editor: Matt Smith
Rogue Trooper was created by Gerry Finlay-Day and Dave Gibbons
This is a new story set in the 2000AD continuity of Rogue Trooper but full knowledge of that background isn’t essential. However those reading this story who have read the original Rogue Trooper (not Friday) will see extra levels in some elements.
The main difference is that the central character is a member of the opposing side in the war. Nordland
Kapiten-Inspector Atalia Jaegir is an officer of the Nordland State Security Police working for The Office of Public Truth. Her task, seek out and bring to justice War Criminals
X-Files Year Zero issue (2 of 5)
Published by IDW
19th August 2014
Written by: Karl Kesel
Art by: Greg Scott and Vic Malhotra
Colors by: Mat Lopes
Letters by: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Executive Producer: Chris Carter
Cover art by Carlos Valenzuela
The X-Files created by Chris Carter
This is the origin story for the X-Files. Not Mulder’s origin or Scully’s but the FBI section itself.
Issue 1 introduced us to the mystery of a strange man who passes messages to the FBI via intermediaries. A current FBI informant is passing details from a Mr Zero and the first case for the X-Files was in 1946 regarding messages passed to the FBI from a Mr Xero.
Issue 1 started in the present day with Mulder and Scully, this issue picks up the story in 1946 with Bing Ellison and Millie Ohio. Continue reading