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The GB Pull List – Adventureman 12th August 2020

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The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Adventureman.

With publishers catching up on schedules it feels like books are coming out quicker than normal. This week sees the release of the latest issues of two books I’m really enjoying – my pick of the week is Adventureman which continues its pulp style adventures with some absolutely beautiful art. Then we have the new issue of Billionaire Island which is going from strength to strength.

The all new section Meanwhile also continues this week with more comics related news.

Now on with the comics…

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Title: Adventureman

Issue: 3

Publisher: Image Comics

Written by Matt Fraction : Art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson & Clayton Cowles
Genres : Action/Adventure
From the Publisher:
The rebirth of Adventureman’s legend and legacy continues—but with it follows the foes that once fought him to the edge of fatality! How can Claire and her family survive?

Expect more rip roaring adventure from this latest issue of Adventureman. This is a series that rewards close attention to the details. The plot develops in a way that draws you in and makes you fall for the eclectic set of characters. Matt Fraction is doing a great job of tying the past and present together in one compelling story and Terry and Rachel Dodson are producing some career high artwork – every pages is a delight of style and detail. This Image book may have escaped your attention but I highly recommend you pick it up and join us for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Title: Billionaire Island

Issue: 4

Publisher: AHOY Comics

Written by Mark Russell : Art by Steve Pugh
Genres : Comedy
From the Publisher:

Plots and plans abound in this month’s Billionaire Island, from the cocreator of Second Coming! With Trent’s fate in the, uh, paws of Business Dog, his future plans become flea-bitten. Elsewhere, Shelly and Falco plot a daring escape. Every AHOY comic also features extra prose stories and illustrations.

It’s only a couple of weeks since issue 3 hit the stands and now here comes issue 4 hot on its heels.  It seems strange to be reading this book in 2020, a year that seems to have been ripped from the pages of a comic book itself.  I wonder if Mark Russell has access to a crystal ball? Steve Pugh delivers page after page of art that makes the book soar. Strong writing and art combine to make this book a delight to read. Plus this issue promises to give us more of, someone who I feel will be the stand out character in this story, Business Dog. Highly recommended – go read this one.


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Do You Want To Start Something Harker!

 

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UK comic publisher Time Bomb Comics acquired the rights to Harker, originally published by Ariel Press in 2007 and reprinted in 2010 by Titan Comics, earlier this year. Created by Roger Gibson (Torchwood, Gravestown, Mad Girl) and artist Vincent Danks (Doctor Who Magazine, Red Dwarf Magazine), Time Bomb are set to revive the series. Starting with re-publishing the first two original Harker graphic novels (The Book of Solomon and The Black Hound) in full colour across four volumes, they will then continue the series with brand new adventures in the future. You can back the first of the reprint volumes via the latest Time Bomb Kickstarter. At the time of writing the campaign has already smashed its initial goal and is well on its way to opening up a whole bunch of stretch goals.

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When the discovery of a disembowelled corpse close to the British Museum points to ritualistic murder, DCI Harker and his assistant DS Critchley are called to London to solve the case. The trail seems to lead to a shadowy group of occultists, but Harker has his own ideas. This is just the beginning of one of Harker’s most disturbing cases – the first volume of a two part story, printed in full colour for the first time.

Harker is written by Roger Gibson and drawn by Vincent Danks, with colours by Ben Lopez.

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You can pledge on the Harker Book One Kickstarter here – Harker – The Book of Solomon Part One

DC Loses

 

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It’s been a turbulent year for comics, particularly for DC in recent weeks. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter both DC Universe and DC Comics will significantly reduce in size with many staff made redundant. While DC Universe always looked as if it would disappear after the introduction of HBO Max, the redundancies at DC Comics are more surprising.

Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras, Senior Vice President of Publishing Strategy and Support Services Hank Kanalz, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services Jonah Weiland, Vice President of Global Publishing Initiatives and Digital Strategy Bobbie Chase, Senior Story Editor Brian Cunningham, Executive Editor Mark Doyle, and one third of the editorial staff have been axed. Jim Lee is no longer publisher and appears to be moving to a different role within the company. In addition to the changes in DC Comics, DC’s consumer products group, DC Direct, is being shut down entirely. This all appears to stem from DC’s parent company WarnerMedia wanting to focus on its other media outlets. The company makes a lot of money from the TV and films based on its comic characters but WarnerMedia don’t seem to want to invest in the printed page. This all seems to add fuel to the rumours of DC Comics disappearing completely. Of course, much of this action will be blamed on the current Covid-19 pandemic but it may just have forced the execs to pull plans forward. This news will certainly make the next few weeks very interesting indeed – see our next topic.

Whatever this all means for the comic part of DC,  I love the characters, the stories, and the people who create this amazing comics. This is a difficult time for a lot of people and I wish the best for everyone affected. I’ll leave you with this image posted by Clay Mann on Twitter.

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FanDome or Don’t

DC FanDome

The news above is sure to have an impact on the reception of the upcoming DC FanDome event. Currently scheduled for 22nd August 2020, DC FanDome was supposed to be a 24 hour virtual celebration of all things DC. This could now be seen as a way to focus attention on the TV and film aspects of DC and away from the monthly comic publishing. It’ll be interesting to see what will be announced during the event and how the recent news affects the company as a whole. Anyway, here is what you can expect from DC FanDome

EXPLORING THE DC FANDOME

The epicenter of the DC FanDome is the Hall of Heroes, where you can experience special programming, panels and content reveals from a wide variety of films, TV series and games, available in several languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.  From there, navigate deeper into the DC Multiverse, exploring five additional satellite worlds, each with its own localized content and unique activities and one world fully devoted to our younger fans!

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You can sign up to be part of DC FanDome here – DC FanDome


Your Local Comics Shops

Comic shops are open but things will be quite different for a while yet. Until things settle down I’ll continue to keep this section as a list of comic stores around the UK you can support.

So let your local comic shop know you are here for them. Contact them to pre-order titles, new collections or back issues from them and arrange either to collect or have your comics mailed out to you.

Here are a few of the great comic shops in the UK so get in touch and see how you can order comics and continue to support their stores –

FORBIDDEN PLANET INTERNATIONAL (VARIOUS) – includes Worlds Apart Birmingham

Stores reopened 15th June 2020 – please check with store for any changes to opening times and services.

Follow the stores social media pages for updates!

Our Stores

FORBIDDEN PLANET (VARIOUS) – includes Birmingham Megastore

All stores are now open. Check their website for more information –

https://forbiddenplanet.com/stores/

GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)

Store is now open again. Check their website for more information –

https://goshlondon.com/the-gosh-blog/the-gosh-authority-130620-reopening-news/ and https://twitter.com/GoshComics

OK COMICS (LEEDS)

OK Comics is now open. Follow the stores social media pages and website for updates!

http://www.okcomics.co.uk/ and https://twitter.com/OKComics

PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)

Page 45 reopened this week. Check their website for more information –

http://www.page45.com/ and https://twitter.com/PageFortyFive

TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)

Travelling Man has opened its doors again . Check their website and social media for more information –

https://travellingman.com/ and https://twitter.com/TravellingManUK

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