X-Files Year Zero – issue 3 – spoiler light (5 preview pages)

XFiles_YZ03_cvrX-Files Year Zero issue (3 of 5)
Published by IDW
1st October 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

Continuing the origin story of the X-Files.

The case that Mulder and Scully are investigating in the present is connected directly to the very first case. In1946 that case was investigated by FBI Special Agent Bing Ellison and ‘Special Employee’ Millie Ohio, remember there were no female Agents at that time. Continue reading

2000AD Prog 1901 – spoiler light

2000AD PROG 19012000AD Prog 1901

Published weekly in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release
Saturday 27th September 2014

General release in print & digital
Wednesday 1st October 2014
Available in all good stockists, 2000AD Futureshop & the 2000AD iPhone Ap

Cover: Nick Percival

Reviewing this from my subscription copy

Tharg bigs up the line-up of current stories. Joining the three from last Prog are Ichabod Azrael (abbreviated title) and Greysuit. We get confirmation that this is planned to be the final outing for Ichabod. As these are both returning stories there is a recap but it is obviously quite brief.

A ‘New Thrill’ is announced. Orlock, Agent of East-Meg One: Eurozoned by Arthur Wyatt and Jake Lynch. This debuted in this year’s Sci Fi Special from the same team. Continue reading

The Grievous Journey Of Ichabod Azrael (And the Dead Left in his Wake): One Last Bullett – starts 2000AD Prog 1901

IchabodThe Grievous Journey Of Ichabod Azrael
(And the Dead Left in his Wake): One Last Bullett

Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Mike Dowling
Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

Part one in 2000AD Prog 1901

– Saturday 27th September 2014

In stores, 2000AD iAp & Digitally worldwide day & date
– Wednesday 1st October 2014.

One of the logest titles for a comic story…

This story debuted in Prog 1677 in 2010 telling the tale of a mean spirited gunslinger with no respect for any authority. He had been a bushwacker during the American Civil War (Southern soldiers employing guerrilla tactics) and descended in to crime. His crimes catch up with him in the end and he is gunned down. That’s where the story started…

Rob Williams is one of the current stable of writers for Judge Dredd. He wrote the critically acclaimed Ordinary, illustrated by D’Israeli. With artist Simon Coleby he penned The Royals: Masters of War.

On the first two stories the artist was Dom Reardon, also known for  Caballistics Inc, written by Gordon Rennie in 2000AD. This time round the artist is Mike Dowling, artist on last year’s smash hit creator owned mini series Death Sentence, written by Montynero.

I’ve had advance site of the episode from Progs 1901 and 1902.

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The Crow: Pestilence issue 1 – spoiler light

Crow P 1 sub Crow P 1The Crow: Pestilence 1
Published by IDW
24th September 2014

Writer: Frank Bill
Artist: Drew Moss
Colourist: Oliver Lee Arce
Letterer: Shawn Lee

Cover Art:
Right – James O’Barr
Far Right – Carlos D’Anda

The Crow was created by James O’Barr

The Crow might be widest known from the film series and the tragic death of the film’s star Brandon Lee.

The original comic was written and illustrated by James O’Barr as an attempt to deal with the loss of his fiance, killed by a drunk driver. The original set up to the story was based on an account he read of a murder of a young couple for $20 engagement ring.

This is a new origin for a new Crow. Salvadore, ex-Marine turned boxer Continue reading

Exit Generation – issue 3 of 4 – spoiler light

Exit Generation 3Exit Generation – A Creator Owned Project

Writer: Sam Read
Artist: Caio Olivera
Cover Artist: Ramon Villalobos
Colours: Marissa Louise
Letters: Colin Bell
Editor: Adam P Knave

Print available at OK Comics, Leeds and other retail outlets
Digital available from Read French Comics £1.00

You can read my review of Issue 1 and Issue 2.

Written by Sam Read who works at OK Comics, my local comic store (LCS). If one can’t support one’s LCS who can one support? That said I only review a comic, book, film, etc if I like it. So while I bought issue 1 to support someone who works in my LCS I reviewed issue 1 & continued buying the comic as it is an enjoyable read.

The story so far – 2055, 20 years after 95% of the population of Earth evacuated the ‘dying planet’ the Earth is recovering from the damage Humans had caused. Jack, born after Exit, is bored and wants something more. While out and about with his adoptive brother Mo man-eating aliens kidnap most of his community, including Mo’s family. Jack & Mo find a mechanic, Scrap, and a pilot, Hanna, who have a prototype Exit Shuttle. They set off to rescue their loved ones. Continue reading

Judge Dredd & 2000AD fan sites (not exhaustive…) 2

Judge Dredd DofC Fallout cover bare2000AD_logoIn August I wrote about four different sites in my first article about Judge Dredd & 2000AD Fansites it wasn’t intended to be exhaustive, I just picked four that had different themes. There are quite a number of sites out there dedicated to these topics.

Some may wonder why I separate off Judge Dredd in the title. Simply that is because judge Dredd has a wider audience. More people have heard of Judge Dredd than 2000AD, due to the 1995 Stallone film and the (much better) 2013 Karl Urban film.

The above image of Dredd is by Christ Weston from the cover of Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Fallout. Continue reading

Strontium Dog Fan Film project announced

SD Fan FilmThe team behind the amazing Judge Minty Fan film today announced that they are now working on a Strontium Dog fan film.

Strontium Dog is from the same creative team that brought Judge Dredd to 2000AD. John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra created Judge Dredd in 1977 for 2000AD and though Strontium Dog is now connected to that comic it started life in Starlord in 1978, Starlord later merged with 2000AD and Strontium Dog was one of the stories that made the transition.

I’m a huge fan of both Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog in comic form. I’m also a big fan of Judge Minty so this is exciting news to me and the many fans of these characters.

I learnt earlier today, via the 2000AD Forum, that John Wagner actually asked the team behind this film if they would do a Strontium Dog film. That’s brilliant. John Wagner has publicly supported Judge Minty from the outset and he’ll be confident that his creation is in good hands. Surely not many fan films are made at the behest of one of the creators.

Judge Minty led to the creation of Planet Replicas who market official reproductions of Judge Dredd uniforms, badges and weapons. So fans will now be hoping for similar Strontium Dog replicas in the future.

I have written quite a few articles about Judge Minty, including several interviews with cast and crew. In my interview with Writer/Director Steve Sterlacchini the possibility of a Strontium Dog or Rogue Trooper film was mentioned.

If you want an idea of what this team are capable of you can watch Judge Minty on You Tube

If you use Facebook take a look at their Facebook Page for more information, including some early 3D animations.

Department of Monsterology: Monsterology 101 – spoiler free

monsterology 101Department of Monsterology:
Monsterology 101

Published by Renegade Arts Entertainment
8th October 2014
128 Pages £14.99/$19.99

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: PJ Holden
Colours: Steven Denton
Letters: Jim Campbell
Editor: Alexander Finbow

Created by Gordon Rennie and PJ Holden

This trade paperback collects the four part series from 2013, published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Also included is the Prologue, published in the UK in Judge Dredd Megazine and in USA Today over in the States. Rounding out this book is a follow-uo story The Trouble with Harry.

Creator owned from a publishing house specialising in creator owned projects. A cracking read this one.

Gordon Rennie and PJ Holden are possibly familiar to you for their work in 2000AD, both have worked on Judge Dredd. Gordon has also created Absalom for 2000AD and currently writes Jaegir. PJ Holden worked with Gordon on the 86ers in 200AD among other titles. You can read an interview with PJ Holden about Department of Monsterology, you can also read an interview with Gordon, mostly about Jaegir.

I’ve reviewed work by Steven Denton in The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel and Jim Campbell in Hoax Hunters & Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht. Actually there is a lot of Jim Campbell on this blog (yes, including an interview).

So as you can tell, it is a group of creators whose work I regularly enjoy.

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2000AD Prog 1900 – spoiler free review – new readers start here!

COVER 19002000AD Prog 1900

Published weekly in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release 20th September 2014

General release in print & digital 24th September 2014
Available in all good stockists, 2000AD Futureshop & the 2000AD iPhone Ap

Cover: Greg Staples

This is the much heralded ‘Jump on Prog’ where all the stories are new. It is an ideal place for new readers to start or lapsed readers to get back in the fold.

A new titles logo and cover layout. On the inside cover there is an editorial address from Tharg and a brief explanation of the background to the stories in this issue.

Only three stories this issue, two more start next issue to round the line-up to the standard five stories that is usual for 2000AD. Continue reading

Exit Generation – issue 2 of 4 – spoiler light

Exit_Generation__2_CoverExit Generation – A Creator Owned Project

Writer: Sam Read
Artist: Caio Olivera
Cover Artist: Ramon Villalobos
Colours: Marissa Louise
Letters: Colin Bell
Editor: Adam P Knave

Print available at OK Comics, Leeds and other retail outlets
Digital available from Read French Comics £1.00

You can read my review of Issue 1.

Self publishing isn’t an easy task and for Sam Read it has been made more complicated by the success of his co-creators, There is a change of colourist between Issues 1 & 2 due to Ruth Redmond getting more work from Marvel UK.

Keep an eye on these names, there will be more from most of them in your LCS shortly.

There is lots of Sam Read in my LCS, he works in OK Comics. Check out his blog where he talks about Exit Generation, OK Comics and more.

Last issue saw the chosen of humanity leave the dying planet. Chaos must have ensued and I imagine many left behind died in the chaos. Twenty years later the story brought us Jack and Mo, two friends born after Exit.

Issue 1 ended with aliens visiting Earth and taking Mo’s parents, Jack’s foster family. Continue reading