The Geeky Brummie Pull List with 2000AD Prog 2350
Welcome back to the Pull List, and what a bumper week we have for you. Our Comic of the Week title is 2000AD #2350 from 2000AD and Rebellion. We have 5 other comics on the List coming from IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel Comics. Our On The Radar selection includes 10 comics from Image Comics, DC Comics, AWA Inc and 2000AD/Rebellion. And in MEANWHILE… news of 2000AD mega-signings and a new British War comics exhibition.
Now on with the comics…
Script – Ken Niemand, Geoffrey D. Wessel, Karl Stock, Arthur Wyatt, Chris Weston and Gordon Rennie
Art – Simon Coleby, Nick Dyer, Paul Marshall, Jake Lynch, Chris Weston and Dan Cornwell
Colours – Matt Soffe, John Charles, Quinton Winter and Dylan Teague
Letters – Annie Parkhouse, Jim Campbell and Simon Bowland
2000AD Prog 2350 Judge Dredd Megazine #460 ask the question – what would 2000AD have been like if it had merged with stablemate Battle Action in the 1980s?
This fantastic stand-alone crossover event merges legendary characters from 2000AD with classic characters from its former stablemates, the groundbreaking Battle Picture Weekly and the controversial Action: Judge Dredd meets ‘Kids Rule O.K.!’ in “Juves Rule”, El Mestizo meets Major Eazy in “The Treasure of Solomon”, there’s ‘Death Game 2049’, ‘Hellman of Hell Force’, and more!
I’ve really been enjoying the recent Battle Action revival, as readers of this column are no doubt aware. And whilst it doesn’t feature as much as it should, the Prog is riding high right now, with some fantastic stories and a wealth of extremely talented creators. This one-off merging of both titles, is a brilliant idea, especially for older fans, who will remember comics merging with both horror and fascination. The creative teams here are top notch and I’ll looking forward to seeing the fun they have with these cross-overs. Look out for the Megazine this week too, it features below in the On The Radar selection.
TMNT x Stranger Things
IDW Publishing/Dark Horse Comics
Script – Cameron Chittock
Art – Fero Peniche
Colours – Sofie Dodgson
Letters – Rus Wooton
Enter the Upside Down! Leo, Mikey, Will, Lucas, and Dustin enter the Upside Down to learn more about the Demodogs running around NYC. However, as the Turtles enter new territory, they’ll find something familiar. And in Baxter Stockman’s lab, Eleven must wrestle control of her mind away from the mad scientist. Luckily, she’ll have help in this battle of minds from the Turtle with the most mental restraint: Raphael! Wait, what?
There is lots of fun to be had with this book. The way these characters have seamlessly joined together is delightful. I would love to see more of this in the future, so I hope this run is the hit it deserves to be.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Script – Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Art – Alex Lins
Colours – Kike J Diaz
Letters – Cory Petit
THE ORIGIN OF GROOTFALL! One year ago, the Guardians were more than a team, they were the galaxy’s SUPER HEROES… Now the Guardians are outlaws, guns for hire roaming the frontier in hopes of stopping one of their own. How did the Guardians fall apart, and what changed Groot into the monster he is now? The untold story is finally revealed!
Interesting to see Alex Lins stepping in for Kev Walker this issue. Even more interesting to finally discover the origin of Grootfall. I hope the change in art is used to really push that.
Script – Ed Brisson
Art – Scott Godlewski
Colours – Matt Milla
Letters – Travis Lanham
REBEL ALLIANCE! NORTHSTAR, AURORA, NEMESIS and FANG must be stopped! But what are these former ALPHA FLIGHT heroes up to that’s unleashed the fury of DEPARTMENT H and their all-new weapon: the BOX SENTINELS?!
Issue 1 was a fun read, so I’m sticking around to see what happens next. Look out for the the Dan Panosian homage variant cover, it’s a doozy.
Script – Paul Allor
Art – Alessandro Miracolo
Colours – Annalisa Leoni
Letters – Clayton Cowles
CAPTAIN MARVEL VS. CYCLOPS! Drawn to the Alaskan wilderness by magics neither of them understand, Captain Marvel and Cyclops duke it out! Agatha Harkness’ plan for the Darkhold is slowly taking shape…but will it come at the expense of two of the world’s greatest heroes?! And what can an energy-blasting mutant do against a woman who can absorb the energy of the sun?!
I have absolutely no idea what has been going on in the other Contest of Chaos Annuals, so I may be at a disadvantage here. Hopefully the story will be able to stand on its own, we shall see.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Script – Zeb Wells
Art – Patrick Gleason
Colours – Marcio Menyz
Letters – Joe Caramagna
SPIDER-MAN’S HUNT CONTINUES! Who is Peter’s next victim? The penultimate chapter of a story you’ll never forget!
This has been a pretty interesting story, so I’m curious to see how it all plays out before we head in to the Gang War story. The John Romita Jr cover is pretty specular.
On the radar, some other comics not on the Pull List but well worth checking out:
Script – Brian K. Vaughan
Art – Fiona Staples
Letters – Fonografiks
Wonder Woman #1
Script – Tom King
Art – Daniel Sampere
Colours – Tomeu Morey
Letters – Clayton Cowles
THE AMAZON WARRIOR IS NOW A WANTED OUTLAW! A NEW ERA FOR THE AMAZON WARRIOR BEGINS, FROM THE SUPERSTAR TEAM OF TOM KING AND DANIEL SAMPERE! After a mysterious Amazonian is accused of mass murder, Congress passes the Amazon Safety Act, barring all Amazons from U.S. soil. To carry out their plans, the government starts a task force, the Amazon Extradition Entity (A.X.E.), to remove those who don’t comply, by any means necessary. Now, in her search for the truth behind the killing, Wonder Woman finds herself an outlaw in the world she once swore to protect! Writer Tom King (BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE, SUPERGIRL: WOMAN OF TOMORROW) and superstar artist in the making Daniel Sampere (DARK CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, ACTION COMICS) join forces for this action-packed relaunch and the beginning of what will undoubtedly become a groundbreaking run on the character.
Script and Art – Jeff Lemire
Franny Fox continues to assist the strange fugitive after his wild metamorphosis while elsewhere in Belle River, the residents of the town continue to search for the perpetrator that shot young Paul DuPuis.
An extra-special extra-length issue from JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth) comes a new tale of small-town surrealist horror.
Big Game #3
Script – Mark Millar
Art – Pepe Larraz
Colours – Giovanna Niro
Letters – Clem Robins
Nemesis is murdering his way through all your favorite Millarworld characters. The Chrononauts are down, but now Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, and Huck are in his sights. Will the Kingsman spy organization be able to stop him before he follows through on his master’s wishes to wipe every single super off the face of the Earth?
Klik Klik Boom #4
Script – Doug Wagner
Art – Doug Dabbs
Colours – Matt Wilson
Letters – Ed Dukeshire
Dillinger holds Serena and Beatrix hostage in an evacuated hospital, the building now a death trap designed specifically for Sprout. The only chance Sprout has to rescue her newfound friends? A supply closet full of surgical stabby-stabby stuff.
In Hell We Fight #4
Script – John Layman
Art – Jok
Hunted by demons, monsters, giants, and vengeance fiends, and, yet, the biggest danger they face is one another. Life in hell ain’t no walk in the park!
Script – Alex de Campi and Cliff Bleszinksi
Art – Ryan Kelly
Colours – Jordie Bellaire
Scrapper grapples with his legacy with Daisy the Raccoon’s help. Using his new powers and Daisy’s skills, Scrapper pushes toward an ambitious assault on a SMITE laboratory. But finding out what SMITE is up to may cost them everything…
Immortal Sergeant #9
Script – Joe Kelly
Art – J.M. Ken Niimura
SERIES FINALE This is the end of the road. Think we took you this far to blow it in a solicitation? Just read it.
Rumpus Room #1
Artists, Writers and Artisans Inc
Script – Mark Russell
Art – Ramon Rosanas
Colours – Ive Svorcina
Letters – AndWorld Design
Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Russell (NOT ALL ROBOTS) returns to AWA with his latest dark satire, with art by Ramon Rosanas (YEAR ZERO VOL. 1).
Meet Bob Schrunk, technocrat billionaire, collector of bad art, and victim of a hideous skin condition that can only be treated with a highly illicit and definitely not FDA-approved face cream that must be…harvested. From human beings.
Bob isn’t unfair, though. He’s happy to let his guests select who will be next to be sent from the Rumpus Room to their doom. There’s just one thing Bob doesn’t know: One of his current guests is an undercover cop-and she’s carrying a concealed gun.
Judge Dredd Megazine #460
Script – Kenneth Niemand, Karl Stock, Mike Carroll, Alec Worley, John Wagner, Brian Ruckley, Garth Ennis, Dan Abnett and Mike Carroll
Art – Nick Percival, Kieran McKeown, Staz Johnson, Patrick Goddard, Dan Cornwell, Alberto Ponticelli, Keith Burns, Phil Winslade and John Higgins
Colours – Quinto Winter, Gary Caldwell, Jim Boswell, Dylan Teague, Stephen Downer, Jason Wirdie and Sally Hurst
Letters – Annie Parkhouse, Simon Bowland, Jim Campbell, Tom B. Long and Rob Steen
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd!
The Battle Action drama crosses over into the Dredd universe with one-off stories for Judge Dredd by Ken Niemand and Nick Percival, behind the Sov lines thrills courtesy of Mike Carroll, and more.
Plus there’s more thrilling drama in Lawless by Abnett & Winslade, Dreadnoughts by Carroll & Higgins, and Spector by Wagner & Cornwell, the next chapters of Johnny Red by Ennis and Burns, and Rogue Trooper by Brian Ruckley and Alberto Ponticelli, and interviews, features and much more!
2000 AD Announces Mega-Signing Day on 23rd September 2023
Six stores and 19 creators – don’t miss the 2000 AD Mega-Signing Day on 23 September, Earthlets!
2000 AD are beyond zarjaz to announce a Mega-Signing Day on Saturday 23rd September 2023, taking place across the UK and featuring some of our most beloved current and classic creators!
The event celebrates not just the release of the 2000 AD/Battle Action crossover on the 20th September, taking place across both 2000 AD Prof 2350 and Judge Dredd Megazine 460, but also September’s releases of The Best of Tharg’s Terror Tales and The Thirteenth Floor Vol.4.
The mega-signing day is the chance to meet your favourite creators and get them to sign copies of your favourite comic!
Check out the creator lists for stores in Cardiff, London, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton and – for the first time – Dunfermline in Scotland, get the day in your diary, and head along for a mega time!
Where and When
Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics exhibition to open next month
New exhibition showcases the best of British war comics
- Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics goes on show from1st October 2023 – 30th April 2024
- Drawing on comics such as War Picture Library, Battle Action, to explore the art and history of British war comics
- Original comic cover and panel artwork on public display for the first time
- A collaboration between Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and Oxford-based Rebellion, publisher of beloved British comics series such as 2000AD, Roy of the Rovers and Battle Action.
Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics will open to visitors at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, from 1st October 2023 to 30th April 2024.
The county’s military history museum is collaborating with Oxford-based Rebellion Publishing on the new exhibition which will offer visitors a chance to explore the history of British war comics through the archives of classic comic titles such as War Picture Library and Battle Action.
Hugely popular today, Britain has been publishing comics continuously for over 130 years. During that time, conflict has remained a staple of comic book storytelling and by the 1960s and 1970s war stories were the most popular genre.
The exhibition, featuring original comic artwork on public display for the first time, tells the story of war comics decade by decade. From satirical comic strips and patriotic illustrated story papers of 19th Century and early 20th Century, to the revolutionary comics of the 1970s, which presented much more gritty, authentic and emotionally-charged stories.
Long-time readers of comics will be given a nostalgic look back at some of their favourites, while younger and more recent fans will gain an insight into how their favourite medium has developed over the years.
Action Packed Exhibition
Drawing on Rebellion’s extensive archives, the exhibition features artwork from the very best of British comics – taking in spectacular covers and action-packed panels from the War Picture Library, Battle Picture Weekly and Battle Action.
Battle Action, which Rebellion have recently revived with the work of renowned comic writers and artists such as Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Keith Burns (Commando Comics, Johnny Red) and Dab Abnett (Warhammer 40k, Marvel Comics) features heavily throughout. The comic, which was known as Battle Picture Weekly before merging with Action comics in 1977, notably featured the series Charley’s War by Pat Mills and Jo Colquhoun – regarded as one of the greatest war comics of all time.
Following its working-class hero from underage recruit in 1914 through almost every major event of the war, the strip sees Charley lose friends in battle, portraying the human cost of war through the eyes of an ordinary soldier.
Artwork on Display
The incredible artwork on display will includes original 1983 Charley’s War panels by Mill and Colquhoun, alongside full colour original artwork from Jordi Penalva (Bulldog Breed, 1965), Giorgio de Gaspari (Spy 13, 1959) and Graham Cotton (Gun Duel, 1967).
Alongside much to capture the interest and imagination of adults, the exhibition will offer younger visitors the chance to discover how comics are made and have a go at creating comics themselves.
Into Battle: The Art of British War Comics has been proudly sponsored by Ridge, multidisciplinary property and construction consultants. Partner Mark Richards said of the exhibition,
‘Ridge is delighted to support the local community near its Oxford office with a new exhibition showcasing the best British war comics. Supporting this exhibition on British war comics celebrates the rich history and honours the bravery and sacrifices of soldiers while promoting cultural engagement and education in our community. This exhibition will showcase the best of British war comics, providing a platform to appreciate the storytelling, artwork, and historical significance they offer, which Ridge is proud to be a part of.’
Your Local Comics Shops
Britain has some of the best comics shops in the world. This updated lists features just a few of the shops you can pop in to for your geek fix. Check out you own local shops and if they don’t appear on this list let me know and we can add them.
WORLDS APART BIRMINGHAM (part of FPI)
Birmingham’s premier comic book store and Pokestop.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09:30 – 17:00
Wednesday, Friday: 09:30 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 18:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN Tel: 0121 643 0143
FORBIDDEN PLANET (BIRMINGHAM)
Graphic novel/comic store with merchandise & T-shirts, plus character figures & toys.
Monday to Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
74 Bull St, Birmingham B4 6AD Tel: 0121 236 3026
GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)
A mean little comics shop in the heart of London.
Open Daily: 10:30 – 19.00
1 Berwick St, London W1F 0DR Tel: 0207 437 0187
OK COMICS (LEEDS)
Twenty Year Old, Eisner Award Nominated Comic Book Shop in the beating heart of Leeds City Centre, UK.
Open Monday to Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 15.00
19 Thornton’s Arcade, Briggate, Leeds LS1 6LQ Tel: 0113 246 9366
PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)
UK Comic Shop created & curated since 1994 by Stephen Holland, Comics Laureate 2021-23.
Open Monday to Saturday: 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00
Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
9 Market St, Nottingham NG1 6HY Tel: (0115) 9508045
TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)
Travelling Man Is The UK’s Friendliest Comic & Games Shop Since 1991. Shop Online Now! Explore The Rich Genres & Worlds That Games, Comics & Independent Press Have To Offer. Since 1991.
Open Monday to Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 11.00 -17.00
32 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE Tel: 0113 245 0822
74 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF Tel: 01904628787
43 Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5JE Tel: 0191 261 4993
4 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW Tel: 0161 237 1877
MEGA CITY COMICS (LONDON)
Mega City Comics, was established in 1981, initially as a mail-order business, supplying comics, graphic novels, and collecting supplies. After 6 years of mail-order and trading through the comic marts, we opened our shop in Camden Town in 1987.
Open Monday to Friday: 11.00 -18.00
Saturday: 10.30 – 18.00
Sunday: 11.00 – 18.00
18 Inverness Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ Tel: 020 7485 9320
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (VARIOUS)
A trio of comic shops in Bedford, Northampton and Peterborough.
20 Allhallows, Bedford MK40 1LJ Tel: 01234 270777
Open Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 17.30
Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
29 Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE Tel: 01604 602311
Open Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday: 10:00 – 19.00
Thursday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:30
Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
25 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1SQ Tel: 01733 892827
Open Tuesday: 10:30 – 17:30
Wednesday: 10:30 – 18:00
Thursday to Friday : 10:30 – 17:30
Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30
THAT COMIC SHOP (PRESTON)
Retailers of new Comics weekly, Magic the Gathering Card Games, Board Games, Toys, T-Shirts plus loads more.
Open Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00 – 17:00
Friday: 10:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
116 Friargate, Preston PR1 2EE Tel: 01772 204287
PARADOX COMICS (DORSET)
Comic book shop in Dorset, dealing in graphic novels, statues, action figures, card games, limited edition comics and more
Open Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 – 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
19 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1AB Tel: 01202 661346
WAKEFIELD COMICS 616 (WAKEFIELD)
Comic Book Shop in the centre of Wakefield. Stocking the latest comics direct from the US.
Open Monday: 9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 9:00 – 16:30
Wednesday to Saturday: 9:00 – 17:00
3 The Springs, Wakefield West Yorkshire WF1 1PU Tel: 01924 375234
COMIC BOOK GUYS (BELFAST)
Comic Book Guys – Northern Ireland’s newest independent comic book store also stocking movie memorabilia, toys & other collectibles… excelsior!
Open Monday to Saturday: 10.00 to 17.00
130 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BG Tel: 02890 080169
RAYGUN COMICS (RICHMOND)
A welcoming and friendly comic book shop. Comics, toys, books, games and merchandise for all ages.
Open Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
26 Red Lion Street, Richmond TW9 1RW Tel: 0208 948 8476
DAVE’S COMCIS (BRIGHTON)
Dave’s Comics, The Graphic Novel Shop.
Open Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 09:30 – 18:00
Sunday: 11.00 – 17:00
5 Sydney St, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 4EN Tel: 01273 691012
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