The Geeky Brummie Pull List with Billionaire Island.
Hello comic fans. The schedules slowly return to normal but it’s a fairly limited selection of comics arriving in UK comic shops again this week. In this weeks Pull List it’s the two comics I’ve actually got on my regular order at Worlds Apart Birmingham. They are the latest issues of the awesome Billionaire Island from Ahoy Comics and Marvel’s New Mutants. I’ve still to collect or have mailed out the books I’ve missed since lockdown began so I’ve yet to read these comics but they are bound to be good ones.
The all new section Meanwhile also continues this week with more comics related news.
Now on with the comics…
Title: Billionaire Island
Publisher: Ahoy Comics
- Written by Mark Russell : Art by Steve Pugh
From the Publisher:
The stakes rise in this timely satire by Mark Russell (SECOND COMING, The Wonder Twins) and Steve Pugh (The Flintstones)! A daring escape from the super-rich Billionaire Island leads quickly to a cowardly return. Meanwhile, Trent’s fate rests in the hands of…Business Dog!
Mark Russell continues to be one of my favourite comic creators, and not just for the writing he does. Billionaire Island with artist Steve Pugh might have sounded ridiculous just 5 months ago but now it sounds far to plausible. At this time I’ve only read issue 1 and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to getting caught up once I pick up my standing order.
Title: New Mutants
Publisher: Marvel Comics
- Written by Ed Brisson : Art by Flaviano Armentaro
- Genres : Superhero
From the Publisher:
Helping young mutants in crisis ain’t all sunshine and rainbows—and recently, it’s been downright nightmarish. But maybe the NEW MUTANTS’ luck is changing…
Marvel have been doing something right with the merry mutants since Jonathan Hickman took over. Instead of having to read all the interconnecting titles you can quite happily read the one that feature your favourite teams or story styles. For me outside of the main X-Men title, New Mutants is my go to X book (sorry Excalibur) just because it stars some of my favourite X-Men and it is willing to have some fun with its stories. The more cosmic side of things is lighter and funnier but the shift to the Earth based stories reminds us of the struggles mutants still have to face. It’s a great little book and you should definitely give it a try.
How do you pronounce BRZRKR?
Boom! Studios is releasing a comic book written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt called BRZRKR which will be illustrated by Alessandro Vitti and Bill Crabtree.
The man known only as Berzerker is half-mortal and half-God, cursed and compelled to violence…even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the world for centuries, Berzerker may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, Berzerker will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.
This is a first for Reeves and looks to be a project worth watching. The preview artwork shows Reeves is clearly the inspiration for the look of the main character. BOOM! plans to reveal more over the coming months and with Bill and Ted 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 due for release this year the Keanu Reeves hype machine shows no signs of slowing down. The 12-issue comic book series is due to hit stores in October 2020.
Stuck Between Floors 12 and 14
Having recently appeared in the final chapter of The Vigilant in the pages of the Judge Dredd Megazine, the homicidal computer Max is set to return in a new collection of The Thirteenth Floor, featuring never-before-reprinted classic strips. The Thirteenth Floor was one of the best strips from the short-lived British horror weekly Scream!. Created by John Wagner and Alan Grant, with suitably eerie artwork from José Ortiz. Whilst The Thirteenth Floor first appeared in Scream!, this new collection features the stories ripped from the pages of Eagle after the two titles merged in 1985. Also included are tales from the Scream! 1982 Holiday Special and the Eagle Holiday Special from 1986. Many of these strips are being reprinted for the first time in this collection.
The Thirteenth Floor returns in all-new, never before reprinted delights with Volume .02 in October 2020. Volume .01 featuring the early Scream! stories is available now.
You’ve got red on you
Finishing off this triple of titles dropping in October 2020, The Walking Dead is being re-released but this time in full colour. First appearing 17 years ago the Image Comics title, written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Terry Moore went on to take the world by storm. Moore left after 6 issues and British artist Charlie Adlard took over, remaining as artist until the series ended last year.
The new editions of the comic are coloured by Dave McCaig, and the initial issues by Moore look incredible. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle Adlard’s art in later issues as his style feels so perfect already in its black and white form. McCaig will have his work cut out making it look any better.
Each new issue will include Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and elements that changed as the series progressed.
Set to debut with a host of variant covers, this new more obviously bloody version of The Walking Dead is scheduled for release on Wednesday October 7th from Image Comics.
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!
FORBIDDEN PLANET (VARIOUS) – includes Birmingham Megastore
All stores are now open. Check their website for more information –
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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