Sentinel Issue 6 – Pocket Book – Live in Kickstarter – Spoiler Light Preview

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Sentinel Issue 6
Bad Kitty

Self Published via Kickstarter

Previous Issues available on Etsy

Writer:
Alan Holloway
Artist:
Morgan Gleave
Book Design:
Ed Doyle

I’ve been backing Sentinel on Kickstarter for most of their issues. Kickstarter is a great place to find Comics. This was the case before Covid but for some it has become more important. 

On Kickstarter you can find Creator Owned comics from well known names. You can also find books like this which Publishers may be reliuctant to take risks on due to sales of similar products.

Sentinel is inspired by DC Thompson’s ‘Starblazer’. 64 Page Pocket Books were very popular in the 1970s, few still exist. Commando is probablyt the best known which has continued through the years. 

Sentinel was planned quite a while before Issue 1 was launched in May 2020. I am aware Alan Holloway had already scripted several issiues and had Artists lined up in advance.

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Sentinal Issue 5 – all colour special – live on Kickstarter

Sentinel 5 cover.jpgSentinel Issue 5
Self Published via Kickstarter

Kickstarter currently live
Story:
Ed Doyle & Chris Atkins
Script:
Alan Holloway
Artist & Letterer
Ed Doyle

Kickstarter is a cool place to find things. I’ve backed quite a few Comics on there now. I recently did as YouTube video for Thought Bubble Fringe about comics on Kickstarter.

This series of books looks so great physically in paper. They come from the creators’ love of Starblazer published by the UK publisher DC Thompson between April 1979 and January 1991,

20201031_194241.jpgSquarebound pocketbooks the same scale as Commando, also from DC Th0mpson. There were variations of format but the widest recalled is a full length SciFi or Fantasy story.

Ed Doyle is behind the design and the printing really delivers. The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendatr didn’t come with Issue 4.

These would stand out in a Newsagents.

Launched through funding on Kickstarter you can get previous issues through Get My Comics. I think Isue 1 may be current,y unavailable but not sure.

There are a few preview pages at the end of this areticle

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2000AD Prog 2206: Regened – Spoiler Light preview of the All Ages issue (preview pages)

Rejuve cover.jpg2000AD Prog 2206
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 31st October 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 4th November 2020

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

Cover: Alex Ronald

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:
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2000AD started out as a comic aimed at children, though it [pushed boundaries and though my parents though I was mature enough for the content some parents were less sure. The comic has overall aged with the readers and is now aimed at older teens and Adults.

Every now and then 2000AD put outr a bumper weekly issue with one-off stories for ‘Allm Ages’ that bdoesn’t strictly mean ‘for Children’ but refers to low violence and straightforward storylines.

Unlike my regular Previews of 2000AD all the Preview Pages are at the end of the article.
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Death Squad by Alan Hebden, Carlos Ezquerra and Eric Bradbury – spoiler light (6 preview pages)

DeathS CoverDeath Squad
Published by Rebellion

Writer: Alan Hebden
Artists: Carlos Ezquerra & Eric Bradbury

UK and DIGITAL: 
RELEASE DATE: 24 November
PAPERBACK, 128 pages
PRICE: £14.99
ISBN: 9781781087688
Avai;lable from mast stockists 
Treasury of British Comics Website, & apps for iPadAndroid and Windows 10

There is an introduction from Alan Hebden to this book. I think I need to mention part of that because if you look at the Preview pages at the end of the article youn may spot that Alan is not credited.

Published weekly in Batle from July 1980nti June 1981 the story started Alan had another story in Battle. Historically there were no Credits in British Comics but by this time that had changed. Editorial didn’t want to show the same Writers too often so they decided to use a Psuedonym. – 

Challenging the usual narrative the heroes of this story are the Germans. Punishment regiments were thrown at the Eastern Front, in some ways disposble units. Their enemy were the allies of Britain, the Russians.

Language in this book includes negative racial comments and reflects both the time it was printed as well as the period it is set. Soldiers after all speak like Soldiers.

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2000AD Prog 2203 – Spoiler Light Preview (preview pages)

2000AD Prog 2203
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 10th October 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 14th October 2020

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

Cover: Jake Lynch

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:

British Comics have traditionally been Anthology titles and 2000AD has been on the scene for 43 years now. Each issue is referred to as a Prog and there was a convenient ‘Jump on Prog’ with Prog 2200 where most of the current stories started. Continue reading

2000AD Prog 2202 – Spoiler light (preview pages)

22022000AD Prog 2202
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 3rd October 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 7th October 2020

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

Cover: Dylan Teague

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:

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All five stories are advancing at different paces. 2000AD’s strength  historically has been the variety of stories not only in the setting, sub-genre, etc but also in the varied Writers and Artists. That is on show this Prog. Continue reading

2000AD Prog 2201 – Preview Pages (spoiler light)

2201 cover2000AD Prog 2201
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 26th September 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 30th September 2020

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

Cover: Tiernen Trevallian

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:

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After last week;s bumper Jump-om Prog this is a standard issue. Four stories are at Part 2 continuing from last issue. Starting this Prog is Fiends of the Eastern Front: Constanta. Continue reading

Major Eazy v Rat Pack – Alan Hebden and Carlos Ezquerra – Spoiler Free Preview

Major Easy Rat Pack CoverRat Pack Vs Major Eazy
Published by Rebellio
1 October 2020

HARDCOVER, 48 pages
PRICE: £14.99 (UK)
ISBN: 9781781088555

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & Treasury of British Comics Shop

Script: Alan Hebden
B Surrell (The Orphan)
Art: Carlos Ezquerra 

Originally serialised in Battle from 29th June 1977 – 23rd April 1978
Including The Hidden Bomb’ and ‘The Orphan’ 5th July 1980 & 12th July 1980

Major Eazy was co creates by Alan Hebden and Carlos Ezquerra. I am not certain who created Rat Pack, I think Gerry Finlay-Day and Carlos Ezquerra. Most episodes were illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra and Alan Hebden must have written more than any other Writer.

Battle was a UK anthology Comic published by IPC between March 1975 and January 1988. In those days comics were often firmly aimed at demographics split by gender, Battle was aimed at Boys.

Created by Pat Mills and John Wagner together with talent they recruited such as writer Gerry Finlay-Day. Steve MacManus and David Hunt developed Battle as Pat and John moved on; with Doug Church coming in later as Creative Director. Doug Church slso assisted Pat Mills the creation of 2000AD in 1977 and Starlord in 1978.

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AMERICA: LOST & FOUND – THE REDISCOVERED SCRIPTS

America lost and foundAMERICA: LOST & FOUND – THE REDISCOVERED SCRIPTS
Published by Rebellion
30 September (print & digital

HARDCOVER, 128 pages
PRICE: £19.99
ISBN: 9781781088944
Available in digital from: Amazon Kindle, Nook, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Script: John Wagner
Art: Colin MacNeil

Introductons by
Garh Ennis
John Wagner

A pivotal story bringing Judge Dredd in to a ‘modern era’ this was a story chosen to lead the Launch of Judge Dredd Megazine in October 1990.

A risky move in some ways as Dredd is a support Character. The official title is America so this storyh wasv not collected in the Judge Dredd omnibus collection. It has of course been reprinted several times.

Why this version? This version includes scripts for comparison to the final story. Comments on this from John Wagner gives extra insight.

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2000AD Prog 2200 – New Readers Start Here – Preview

2200 Cover.jpg2000AD Prog 2200
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 19th September 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 23rd September 2020

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

Cover: Tim Napper

Genre – Sci-Fi

This Prog’s line-up:

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2000AD is a British Anthology Comic, the home of Judge Dredd, that has been in print since February 1977. Since the year 2000 the comic has been owned by Rebellion, a Computer Game developer, who now own the largest back catalogue of British Comics spanning over 100 years.

There are usually 5 stories per issue with 4 to 6 pages in each issue of 2000AD. This is a bumper issue with a total of 52 pages cover to cover. There are adverts for other comics from Rebellion in this issue, adverts are rare in regular issues. There are 43 pages of comic strip in this issue, a very decent package.

With any long running comic new or lapsed readers can struggle knowing when to start picking up regular issues. An Anthology can be even trickier as stories may be at different points to each other. 2000AD solve this with regular ‘Jump On’ points.

This issue is designed as such.

Usually all stories start at Part 1. In this example there is a story that concludes rather than begins but over all it is still a great place to start.

There are preview pages at the end of this article, including a reveal of the secret referred to in the introduction in the Contents page above. Continue reading