Bad Company Returns to 2000AD 30th September 2015 – 2000AD Prog 1950- includes Preview Images

BC2Bad Company was created by Peter Milligan (writer), Brett Ewins (pencils) and Jim McCarthy (inks) and premiered in Prog 500 in December 1986. This return was planned before the sad death of Brett Ewins in February 2015.

Rufus Dayglo is now on Pencils and he has dedicated this to his friend, Brett.

This is a future war story featuring a mix of mind blowing, reality bending settings an circumstances. The characters were a diverse set and we were led in to all of this by a young, raw recruit, Danny Franks.

Bad Company were fighting a war against an alien race – the Krool. Continue reading

We Stand Guard from Image – a 6 issue series (mild spoilers)

WeStandOnGuard_01We Stand Guard
Published by Image

Issues 1 to 3
July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd 2015

Script: Brian K Vaughan
Art: Steve Skroce
Colours: Matt Hollingsworth
Lettering: Fonographics

Cover: Steve Skroce

Genre – Sci Fi

I can’t recall where I first heard of this series, I thought on Twitter but I can’t be certain. I missed the start but I’m fully caught up now. It was the cover that drew me in.

As the cover suggests this series is about a war between Canada and USA. There has been such an event already of course, some time ago in 1812. Continue reading

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar – Spoilers (don’t read until you’ve watched)

DW2015 2First Aired BBC1 19:40 26th September 2015

Writer: Stephen Moffat
Director: Hettie Macdonald

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman
Missy: Michelle Gomez

This is the second part of the opening two-parter to the latest season of Doctor Who.

I haven’t frequently reviewed Doctor Who but I intend to review this current season. Below is a brief description of the previous episode, spoilers for that episode are in the full article, as well as spoilers for this episode. Only go further if you’ve seen both episodes or if you actually like spoilers.

Previously we saw the Doctor send a message to Missy (The Master) alerting her to the fact he considered his final days were approaching. Missy and Clara tracked him down to Britain during the Dark Ages where he was contesting with Bors (a member of the Round Table?).

The Doctor was captured by Colony Sarff and taken to Skaro at the bidding of Davros. Continue reading

Blood Moon – Amazing natural phenomenon in UK around 01:00 to 03:00 Monday 28th (Worldwide timings included)

Blood MoonThe Blood Moon is often a result of a Total Lunar Eclipse.

We are due a Total Lunar Eclipse in the next few hours. This article includes a table regarding the time-zones that this phenomenon should be happening worldwide.

The Full Lunar Eclipse should be visible in Western Europe, Eastern North America, South America and West Africa. While in the Western half of North America, the rest of Europe and Africa, the Middle East and South Asia there will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse.
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England Rugby Union – World Cup Woes

England RugbyEngland’s opening match against Fiji may not have seemed a good win to those unused to Rugby Nations. Fiji entered the tournament ranked 9th in World Rugby; England – 4th.

Granted England’s performance might not threaten the Southern Hemisphere power houses; New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

South Africa have dropped in standings from 3rd to 6th after defeat by Japan, boosting England, Wales and Ireland.

So yesterday, Saturday 16th September 2015, England lost against the team immediately below them in world rankings.

Perhaps to novices that puts things at least a little in perspective. Though Rugby Union is played around the world it is most prevalent in Western Europe and the Commonwealth. In the top 10 countries only Argentina are outside that description, they are currently ranked 8th.

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2000AD Jump on Prog 1950 – All new stories – spoiler light with Preview Pages

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2000AD Prog 1950
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 25th September 2015

General release in print & digital Wednesday 30th September 2015

Available in all good stockists,  2000AD iOS AppAndroid Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Chris Burnham
Colours: Nathan Fairbairn

Genre – Sci-Fi

This Prog’s line-up:
1950 contents

Tharg bigs up the line-up in this Jump-on Prog. Four all new stories to make it easy for new or returning readers to get started.

He also mentions a 10p increase in the cover price. I subscribe so won’t notice it, Tharg has frozen the Subscription price, so it makes even more sense to subscribe. Continue reading

Batman issue 44 – Snyder, Azzarello, Jock, Loughridge (spoilers)

batman 44Batman Issue 44
Published by DC

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Script: Scott Snyder & Brian Azzarello
Art: Jock
Colours: Lee Loughbridge
Letters: Deron Bennett

Cover: Jock

Genre: Superhero

This issue has garnered quite a bit of interest in the media due to the social comment included in the story. The shooting of a unarmed 15-year old black boy by the police. A innocent with no connection to gang activities, a young man only trying to save the family business.

Comics can make very relevant comments. British Anthology 2000AD has a long history of political commentary. It isn’t something I’d expect from DC. So while I haven’t read much Batman in the past decade I decided to give this issue a go.

There are spoilers below but out of sequence and I don’t reveal the ending, just give some details.

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Vertigo brings 12 new comics in 12 weeks, starting October 7th

Vertigo 1sVertigo 12 New #1s
One new title per week From 7th October 2015

From the talents of:

Lauren Buerkes, Dale Halvorsen, Ryan Kelly, Gilbert Hernandez, Darwyn Cooke, Gail Simone Jon Davis-Hunt, Shaun Simon, Michael Allred, Rob Williams & Mike Dowling, Si Spencer, Max Dunbar, Ande Parks, David Baile, Meghan Hetrick, Erike Kripke, John Higgins, Tom King, Mitch Gerads, Peter Milligan, Brett Parson, Holly Black, Lee Garbet, Simon Oliver, Rufus Dayglo

Vertigo are adding twelve new titles from 7th October. All commissioned by Executive Editor Shelly Bond.

I’m particularly interested in a few of these.

Initially I became interested when I heard that Rob Williams and Mike Dowling had a new title called Unfollow coming out – I preordered that straight away. Today I heard about the free Preview edition that Vertigo have released to publicise the release of these titles, more on that plus a full list of titles, dates and creators below. Continue reading

Death Sentence: London issue 4 by Montynero and Martin Simmonds

Death Sentence L4Death Sentence: London
Issue 4
A creator owned project
Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling

Published by Titan Comics
9th September 2015

Writer: Montynero
Art: Martin Simmonds
Letters: Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt & Albert Deschesne

Cover: Montynero

I’m behind reviewing this series. I’ll be honest I’m behind quite a bit on reviewing…

Death Sentence was a smash hit when the first mini series came out in 2013, the 1st issue debuted on 9th October (my 46th birthday). My blog was still pretty new then really, just in to the second year. In fact my first Comic review was in December 2012. So from that respect my blog wasn’t even a year old.

Montynero had really caught my interest well before publication and I pre-ordered issue 1. It was one of the two comics I’d ever pre-ordered at a Local Comic Store (LCS), the other was Department of Monsterology. I’d ‘reserved’ comics at Newsagents before, but only mainstream UK comics like 2000AD. You don’t get Death Sentence in any Newsagent in Rawdon… Continue reading

Department of Monsterology: Sabbaticals – Digital series to be followed by a collected edition in print

Department of Monterology: Sabbaticals

Sabbaticals-1Published by Renegade Arts Entertainment
Digital every four weeks on Comixology
Issue 1 30th September 2015
Collected volume in stores 30th November 2015

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

Editor: Alexander Finbow

Cover: Pye Parr

This is the second volume of Department of Monsterology from the same team.

Department of Monsterology is about a Dunsay College research team , correctly known as the Department of Cryptozoology, Mythological Studies, Parapsychology and Fortean Phenomena. Easy to see why people refer to it as the Department of Monsterology.

I really enjoyed the first series but it did suffer from a slow pick up from the buying public. You can easily catch up on the series through Comixology. I’ve preordered the collection from my Local Comic Store (LCS). I think it is extra important to do this with the smaller independent publishers.

Don’t under estimate how important preordering is – and that three months before issue 1 hits the shops a publisher may already be considering the future of a comic you haven’t read yet. So anytime you think ‘I’ll try that new title’ try to Pr-Order at least 3 Months in advance. Continue reading