Plagued: The Miranda Chronicles – issue one (spoiler light)


Plagued: The Miranda Chronicles
Issue 1

Published by Black Hearted Press
July 2014
Available in print £2.95
Available Digitally on Comicsfix

Writer: Gary Chudleigh
Artist: Tanya Roberts
Letters: Colin Bell

Genre – Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Still catching up with comics I bought at Thoughtbubble in November 2015. I picked this up at the BHP table, a table I had sought out due to the fact they’ve signed John Wagner, Alan Grant and Carlos Ezquerra to produce a new comic together for the first time in decades, you can read more elsewhere on this blog. Since then they’ve also signed Dan Cornwell to illustrate another John Wagner story, I’ve reviewed Dan’s work in Dogbreath issues 28 & 29.

There are three preview pages below that I have ‘borrowed from Plagued’s Twitter Account, follow them to keep up to date. You can ‘Like’ them on Facebook too if you like.

You might consider this a Young Adult title, like Harry Potter or Hunger Games. In this case it is a post apocalyptic tale of Witches and Witch Hunters,
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Judge Dredd Mega Collection – Issue 2 – 4th February 2015 – includes preview pages

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Judge Dredd
Mega Collection
Published by Hachete & Rebellion

Issue 2
4th February 2015

Available in UK & Ireland only
In Stores £6.99


This series was originally announced some time ago and I wrote about it on 11th December. I wrote a preview of the first issue, America. Here’s more detail on issue 2.

This series is scheduled to run for eighty issues with each book approximately 200 pages of reprinted material from 2000AD or Judge Dredd Megazine. Instead of reprinting the stories in order each book is themed. Issue 2 deals with Judge Dredd’s answer to RoboCop – which itself was of course based on Judge Dredd. There are spoilers below, I consider them to be mild as these are reprints, the preview pages are after the list of contents.

A TV campaign starting 20th January 2015, oddly I’ve yet to see it on TV. Continue reading

Judge Dredd Birthday Bash – Saturday February 28th in Leeds (an update)

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2000AD Nort Contingent
Dredd Birthday Bash

Arranged by Judge-Tutor Semple Blog
Facebook Event Page

Saturday 28th February 2015
Approx 12:00 to 18:00 (tbc)

The Victoria Hotel Leeds
28 Great George Street, LS1 3DL Leeds

A month away now. This event is open to all fans of Judge Dredd and 2000AD. Whether you found Dredd through the comics or film this is an event for you.

This is an informal gathering where like-minded individuals can meet and discuss Judge Dredd. It isn’t a convention, no talks or stalls. But feel free to bring things along to show to others. Continue reading

TimeRiders:The Infinity Cage by Alex Scarrow – Book 9 in a 9 novel series

TR9TimeRiders Book 9
The Infinity Cage

By Alex Scarrow

Published by Puffin
6th November 2014

Cover Art: James Fraser
Photography: Neil Spence

This is the ninth book in a series of nine.

I’ve been along for the full journey from the first book. You can read my TimeRiders Series So Far and a review of Book 7, The Pirate Kings and an Interview with Alex Scarrow elsewhere on this blog. I can’t explain my lack of review for Book 8, The Mayan Prophecy.

I’ve also reviewed Alex’s Ellie Quin series and his Doctor Who novella Spore. So it is easy to see that I’m a fan of Alex’s work.

This is ‘Young Adult’ fiction but as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games proved it is perfectly acceptable for Adults to delve into this genre. More precisely this is SciFi, as is Ellie Quin. SciFi is something Alex does well.

If you haven’t read any of this series there are spoilers in the article, though no spoilers of Book 9 itself. So if you haven’t read any I suggest you read the ‘Series So Far’ and pick up Book 1. Continue reading

Star Trek vs Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive issue 2 – spoiler light (includes preview pages)

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Star Trek vs The Planet of the Apes
Issue 2 of 5
Published by Boom! Studios
21st January 2015

Writer: Scott Tipton & David
Artist: Rachael Stott
Colours: Charlie Kirchoff
Letterer: Tom B Long

Cover by Rachael Stott
Colours by Charlie Kirchoff

Genre – Sci-Fi, Film tie-in

Star Trek and Planet of the Apes are two of the most enduring classics in Sci Fi film and TV.

You can read my preview of Issue one. Boom! also have a tie-in to the new films currently on sale Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set between the two latest films.

This story is set in the worlds of the original Star TrekTV series, as you will see from the look of Kor, the Klingon. The crew of the Enterprise have travelled through a wormhole to a parallel Earth, some years in their future. They have arrived in the world of the original Planet of the Apes film series.

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2000AD Prog 1915 – spoiler light (preview pages)

1915 Cover12000AD Prog 1915

Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release
Saturday 24th January 2015

General release in print & digital
Wednesday 28th January 2015
Available in all good stockists,  2000AD iOS App & 2000AD Shop

Genre – Sci-Fi

Here’s the line-up for this Prog.

1915 Contents

Last Prog was Prog 1914. No Letters page.

Tharg bigs upDark Justice and talks about the forthcoming release of a Judge Dredd action figure from 3A. Continue reading

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes issue 2 – spoiler light

Dawn PotA 2Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Issue 1 of 6

Published by Boom! Studios

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Cover by Christopher Mitten

Genre – Sci-Fi, Film tie-in

You can read my review of Issue 1 of this comic and my comments on the film that the comic is based on:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes issue 1

In this review I refer Planet of the Apes as PotA, the two latest films as Rise and Dawn and when I refer to the comic it will be by issue name only.

This six part series plugs the gap between Rise and Dawn. There is a ten year span and as yet it is not clear how much of that gap will be filled. I have marked this review as Spoiler Light as much of the outcomed of the paths the characters take in this miniseries are known from the two films. I am assuming most readers have seen both. Continue reading

2000AD Digital Services expand – iOS, Android and Webshop

Digital2000AD has had a digital store for quite some time now, variably referred to as Webshop or Futureshop by customers. There is a wide range of products available to order including back issues and collections of classic material. subscriptions to 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine, subscribers receive their physical copy in the post on the Saturday prior to general release on the following Wednesday.

Many items are also available to download from the Webshop as DRM free PDF or CBZ files.

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Spread the Dredd

Lots of Dredd goodies out today. So if you know a lapsed reader or a potential new reader why not buy an extra copy of something as a gift?

Out today:

2000AD Prog 1914 in store UK & Ireland & digitally Worldwide
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Judge Dredd Megazine 356 in store UK & Ireland & digitally Worldwide

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Judge Dredd Classics – Dark Judges issue 1 in store Worldwide (? certainly in UK/Ireland/USA/Canada))
IDW Death C Cover

Judge Dredd Mega Collection (In Store & Subscription UK & Ireland only)
JD Mega C 1 Cover

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IDW Judge Dredd Classics – Dark Judges (spoilers including preview pages)

IDW Death C CoverJudge Dredd Classics: Dark Judges
Published by IDW
21st January 2015

Script: J ohn Wagner (as John Howard)
Art: Brian Bolland
Letters: Tom Frame

Scripy: John Wagner & Alan Grant (as T.B. Grover)
Art: Brian Bolland
Letters: Ton Frame

This Edition:
Colours: Charlie Kirchoff

Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 149-151 & 225

The original Judge Death story and the sequel, Judge Death Lives, introduced one of the most iconic villains of Judge Dredd history.

Here those originals are presented, colourised but in the original ratio. You’ll see how that is handled in a US format in the preview pages that follow. These 5 pages are the first episode of Judge Death from 2000AD Prog 149, dated 26th Jan 1980. There are spoilers below, I’d say they are minor. For more spoilers you can read my ‘Who are The Dark Judges‘ article. Continue reading