Staffordshire Hoard coming to Royal Armouries, Leeds from 27th May 2016

Staffordshire_hoard.jpgThe Staffordshire Hoard

A selection will be on display at:
Royal Armouries, Leeds

27th May to 2nd October 2016

Programme of activities including hands-on archaeology sessions, storytelling, handling sessions, crafts, art and combat demonstrations

I’m a fairly regular visitor to Royal Armouries and I am excited about this collection visiting Leeds.

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure haul ever found. It was unearthed at Johnsons Farm near Brownhills, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 5 July 2009.

The hoard consists of around 4000 items which are predominantly decorations stripped from military gear. The hoard weighed over 6Kg of Gold, Silver, Garnet and other stones. It dates from the first half of the 7th Century.

The treasure is owned by Birmingham City Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cared for on their behalf by Birmingham Museums Trust and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Continue reading


2000AD ex-Editor Steve MacManus Memoirs


The Mighty One: My Life Inside The Nerve Centre
Published by 2000AD
by Steve MacManus

8th September 2016
Pre order from 27th January 2016

Special signed hardback edition (limited to 200 copies) £20
– available only from 2000AD Webshop
Standard paperback edition £9.99
– available from all good book shops and Amazon

Back when Steve MacManus was Editor I didn’t really take any interest in who was at the helm, I just read the comic.

MacMabnus was Editor of 2000AD from 1978 to 1987. He took over from Kelvin Gusnell to become the third Editor of ‘The Galaxy’s greatest comic’. After 2000AD’s creator, and first Editor, Pat Mills many see Steve MacManus as one of the most important people in 2000AD’s history. Continue reading

Brit-Cit Noir – spoiler light (includes preview pages)

BC Noir coverBrit-Cit Noir
Published by 2000AD

7th April 2016
Paperback 96 Pages

John Smith, John Reppion & Leah Moore
Colin MacNeil & Tom Foster

Strange & Darke created by John Smith & Colin MacNeil
Storm Warning created by John Reppion, Leah Moore & Tom Foster

There are are three and a half years between these stories in publication history. Strange & Darke debuted in January 2012 and Storm Warning debuted in July 2015.

The connections are obvious. Both are set in Brit-Cit and more specifically in the Brit-Cit’s Psi Division. Both deal with Judges that are not popular among their colleagues. Both deal with the supernatural, granted that is the main topic Psi Div are associated with but it isn’t all they do. To find out what else links the two stories you’ll need to read them both.

There are a few preview pages of each story after the full contents & credits at the end of this article. Continue reading

Overrun – Issues 1 to 4 (with Preview Pages)

Overrun 1Overrun
Issues 1 to 4

Published by Treemondo
January 2016

Writers: Andi Ewington, Matt Woodley
Artist: Paul Green
Letterers: A Larger World Studios Troy Peteri & Joshua Cozine

Cover Artist: Kinetic Underground Cosmo White

Genre – SciFi, Action, Zombie

Overrun is a four issue miniseries that will be dropping as a ‘Netflix style event’ any moment now. All four issues will be released as a limited 250 edition run. Digital copies will also be available for Kindle, iBook, Madefire and possibly on Comixology.

This is a creator owned project published by the Creators’ own publishing house, Treemondo.

This story is an introduction to a setting as much as to a set of intriguing characters.

Preview pages are at the end of the article. Continue reading

The Amazing Screw-On Head And Other Curious Objects – Artist’s Edition Announced by IDW

screwonhead.jpgMike Mignola’s
The Amazing Screw-On Head
and Other Curious Objects

Published by IDW
June 2016

144-pages Artist’s
12” x 17,”

Reproduced from fresh scans of the original art at the original size. Collecting the Eisner Award winning short story, The Amazing Screw-On Head, as well as a number of other stories of the same ilk. Continue reading

André The Giant: Closer to Heaven – A Graphic Biography

AndreAndré The Giant:
Closer to Heaven

Published by Lionforge
18th November 2015

Writer: Brandon Easton
Artist: Denis Medri
Colourist: Davide Cachi
Letterer: AW’s Adrian Martinez

Edited by Shannon Eric Denton

Genre – Biography

This is an authorised biography of André Roussimoff, better known to the world as André the Giant. There is a frank introduction from his daughter, Robin Christensen Roussimoff.

Andre creditsI used to watch the odd bit of WWF and I saw André a few times on TV. He also entertained me as Fizzig in the wonderful film The Princess Bride. What I didn’t know at the time was that he’d also entertained me as Sasquatch in the Six Million Dollar Man.

This book looks behind the scenes at the man André Roussimoff.

There are five preview pages at the end of this article. Continue reading

Judge Dredd from IDW issue 2 – Preview Pages included

jd zero 2Judge Dredd Issue 2
Published by IDW
20th January 2016

Writera: Ulises Farinas & Eric Freitas
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Chris Mowry

Cover Art: Dan McDaid
Cover Colours: Ryan Hill

Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra

jd zero 2 contents.jpgThis is the second run of ongoing Judge Dredd comics from IDW. The first story arc is called ‘Mega City Zero’ and comes from ideas from artist Ulises Farinas, co-writing with Eric Freitas.

Only two covers for this issue. The standard cover has some relevance to the plot, the Subs one doesn’t. I by far prefer the one by Farinas.

Following this contents page there is a page with ID images of Judge Dredd and the support cast, three feral Juves that Dredd met last issue. There is also a ‘story so far’ synopsis. That page isn’t available for preview.

Last issue Dredd was called to a case in Angela Davis Block. After entering the block he woke in a wilderness, unable to recall how he had arrived there. He met three Juves, seemingly wild and speaking in an odd dialect. They led him to Ang Avi, a large monolith reminiscent of a City Block.

Dredd attempted to enter Ang Avi nut met resistance from what seemed to be Mechanismo robots. After dealing with them he made his way inside with the three girls.

There are a few minor spoilers below and 5 preview pages are at the end of this article. Continue reading