Three Fourteens and a number 4. Today sees a few of my comics hit their 14th issue including Head Lopper, New Mutants and Once and Future. Promising young newcomer We Only Find Them When They’re Dead (I love that title) reaches issue 4.
In Meanwhile… we take a look at the huge list of titles coming in 2021 from The Treasury of British Comics.
Now on with the comics…
Title: Head Lopper
Publisher: Image Comics
Written and Illustrated by Andrew MacLean : Coloured by Jordie Bellaire
From the Publisher:
The Head Lopper, with Agatha and friends, locate the lost Hammer of Arnak Pluth. But much to their dismay, it has fallen under the watchful eye of the deadly gorgon, Medusa. Always quarterly. Always oversized.
This is a book that might slip you by thanks to its quarterly release schedule but Andrew MacLeans epic fantasy tale is one you shouldn’t miss. With a cast of wonderfully diverse characters this title has built up a loyal following. I love Andrew’s fluid and dynamic art which is beautifully simple but packs so much in to each page. This latest story arc sees our heroes in pursuit of the lost Hammer of Arnak and the Martan Keystone. Like all good fantasy stories each issue opens with a map of the World of Narschlahn so we know Tolkien would approve. Accept the quest to read great comics and go grab your copy today.
Title: New Mutants
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Written by Vita Ayala : Art by Rod Reis
From the Publisher:
Lost in the shuffle! On the edge of Krakoan society, the NEW MUTANTS are loose in the Wild Hunt! Going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who gets crowned king of the mountain. But something lurks in the trees — something old… and HUNGRY… and its favorite prey is young mutants…
New series writer Vita Ayala kicks of a new story arc in the wake of X of Swords. It’ll be interesting to see how the events of that story affect these young mutants. How will Warlock cope without Doug? I’ve enjoyed this series up until now and I hope that will continue.
Title: Once and Future
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by Kieron Gillen : Art by Dan Mora : Coloured by Tamra Bonvillain
From the Publisher:
Gran, Duncan and Rose are on a new quest to learn more about Merlin’s plan when they come face-to-face with another mysterious knight of legend. But if they want to track down the powerful Nimue and stay one step ahead of their enemy, it seems the trio will need to play this knight’s game, whether they like it or not…
If you know me, then you’ll know I’m a big fan of Captain Britain. Part of that fascination was down to the inclusion of magic and Merlin in the mix. In some ways this series reminds me of the Alan Moore Captain Britain stories with the way it plays with English folklore. There is lots to love about this series and this new arc got off to a great start in the previous issue and Dan and Tamra are knocking it out of the part with the art. This series comes highly recommended.
Title: We Only Find Them When They’re Dead
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by Al Ewing : Art by Simone Di Meo
Genres: Action/Adventure/Science Fiction
From the Publisher:
The final showdown between Malik and Richter has begun on the surface of the God they’ve discovered. But will Malik survive long enough to find a living God — or has he doomed his crew to an unimaginable fate?
Al Ewing is on fire. Now don’t worry about Al, he is not literally on fire but he is writing a whole bunch of absolutely great comics. He is writing some of the best Marvel titles right now and this creator owned series at BOOM! really allows his to let loose. This is bonkers, widescreen sci-fi at its best. If you’ve been enjoying Al’s work at Marvel be sure to grab a copy of this wonderful book.
2021: A Year to Treasury
From long lost classics to new adventures – Rebellion is proud to announce the full schedule of Treasury of British Comics graphic novel titles for 2021!
Acclaimed by critics and readers, the Treasury of British Comics is bringing classics from the world’s largest archive of English language comic books back into print for young and old alike, and also reinventing some of the world’s most thrilling and enthralling characters for new generations.
The schedule for 2021 includes never-before-reprinted classics, as well as new volumes in on-going series, and collections of Rebellion’s new comics inspired by legendary titles.
These collections will be available from all good book and comic book stores, as well as online retailers, and digitally from the Treasury of British Comics webshop and the 2000 AD app.
Lovingly restored by Rebellion’s in-house reprographics team, next year will see new archive editions of The Steel Claw (February), in which a scientist’s prosthetic hand allows him to become invisible; the early misadventures of the laconic war hero Major Eazy (March); the first stories of the terrifying master criminal, The Spider (April); the time-hopping escapades of alchemist Adam Eterno (May); and the battles of Tiger tank commander, Hellman of Hammer Force (December).
There are also collections for new audiences, including the stunning reinvention of Britain’s greatest superheroes in The Vigilant (April) by Simon Furman and Simon Coleby, while a host of established creators and new talent bring back two of the country’s most popular comics aimed at girls – Tammy and Jinty – with Tammy & Jinty Remixed (June), an anthology of stories from Rebellion’s popular specials.
The incredible legacy of legendary artist Hugo Pratt will continue to be revealed with more of his forgotten war comics for the British market in two new hardcover volumes, Night of the Devil (February) and Battler Britton (June).
In November, two groundbreaking creators receive special tribute collections that showcase the very best art British comics has to offer, master of comedy Tom Paterson and Spanish comics maestro Jaume Rumeu. The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection (November), showcases Scottish-born Paterson’s unmistakable work for titles such as Buster, Whoopee!, Jackpot, Whizzer & Chips and Oink!, which established him as one of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics has ever produced. Lesser known but no less talented, Jaume Rumeu’s work for the girls’ horror comic Misty is nothing short of stunning. Misty Presents: The Jaume Rumeu Collection (November) will collect his short horror stories and the stories of one of the most iconic villains in British girls’ comics – the lethal Mrs. Webb, a raging femme fatale with killer style and a bone to pick with the British Establishment!
The Treasury list will continue to focus on bring continuing series back into print, including the bestselling title of 2020 – Mike Butterworth and Don Lawerence’s The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire (July). This third volume continues to reproduce Lawrence’s lush painted comic art, which cemented his reputation as one of the greatest comic book artists of all time. This volume also includes the series’ never-before-reprinted short stories. There will also be new collections of Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra’s searing political polemic, Third World War (January); the bizarre adventures of World War One German air ace Black Max (October) and his giant bats; and The Thirteenth Floor(September)reaches its chilling conclusion with the third volume of John Wagner and Alan Grant’s wildly popular horror series from the pages of Scream!, featuring the malevolent caretaker computer Max!
There’s football action classic, new, and funny as the popular series of archive collections of classic Roy of the Rovers (March & June) stories continue into the 1970s and 1980s, with the mystery of who shot Roy! The most sensational storyline in Roy of the Rovers history sees an attempt on the life of the star strike, leaving him in a coma! Can Melchester Rovers survive without him? Meanwhile, in Rebellion’s reboot of the legendary footie strip, in Roy of the Rovers: New Digs (October) it’s the start of a terrific new season for Melchester Rovers, with a new kit, new owners and a fabulous new stadium. Rocky Race and her brother Roy couldn’t be happier – but a personal tragedy and an appalling incident will push the footballing siblings to the limit!
And just in case things get too serious, there’s sporting laughs aplenty with the first collection of Ken Reid’s Football Funnies (August). The first time that many of these uproarious strips have been reprinted, Football Funnies collects silly scores and chucklesome kick-offs from the imagination of one of Britain’s greatest cartoonists! Drawn for Scorcher and Score between 1970 and 1972, this collection joins the Treasury’s bestselling collections of Reid’s other classic comics, Faceache and World Wide Weirdies.
Editor Oliver Pickles said: “2020 was full of challenges but was nonetheless the Treasury of British Comics’ best year so far, so we’re very excited about our schedule of new titles for next year. We’ve tried to strike a balance between our continuing mission to bring comics from the archives back into print, often for the very first time, while also giving new creators the chance to breath new life into classic characters. We think there’s something for everyone next year!”
Third World War Book Two
Written in the late ‘80s by Pat Mills (Marshal Law), this incendiary second volume of the ground-breaking political comic not only contains contributions by legend Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd, Preacher) but also introduces international comics stars Sean Phillips (Criminal, Kill or Be Killed) and Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy, Kid Eternity). After her eye-opening experiences of corporate interference in Central America, Eve returns to Britain with a renewed political drive and determination to fight for what she believes in.
Release Date: 05 Jan 2021
Format: standard paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Sean Phillips
Night of the Devil – War Picture Library by Hugo Pratt
Two exciting and explosive war stories lushly illustrated by Hugo Pratt, comics legend and creator of iconic character, Corto Maltese. In Night of the Devil, take a hallucinatory trip through the oppressive heat of the Burmese jungle along with British soldiers engaged in desperate skirmishes with the enemy. In Bayonet Jungle, Private Jack Green’s presence is seen as an omen of bad luck but he struggles to prove himself to the experienced soldiers of Third Platoon as they fight against the Japanese army that surrounds them.
Written by stalwarts of the British comics industry, Ken Bulmer (Jet-Ace Logan) and Tom Tully (Roy of the Rovers, Janus Stark) and illustrated by the legendary Spanish artist, Jesús Blasco (Capitán Trueno), Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics is proud to present the first in a series of graphic novels collecting together for the first time every strip of 1960s adventure comics like none other! Louis Crandell was but a lowly lab assistant with a prosthetic, steel hand until an experiment gone awry results in a horrific explosion. Surging with electric charge which bestows Crandell the power of invisibility with the exception of his steel hand, so commence a series of uncanny thrills!
Release date: 02 Feb 2021
Format: Standard pperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Brian Bolland
Major Eazy: The Italian Campaign
Before Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog for 2000 AD, comic maestro Carlos Ezquerra created an iconic star character of bestselling British war comic, Battle. Now, collected in order for the first time, Rebellion is proud to present all of Major Eazy’s adventures remastered and from the beginning. From pulse-pounding invasion of Sicily to the German surrender at Brenner Pass, Major Eazy Volume 1 collects all of the character’s adventures across the Italian arena of war.
Release date: 02 Mar 2021
Format: Standard paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by John McCrea
Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1970s Volume 2
The second outstanding archive collection of the classic Roy of the Rovers comics! This volume collects some of the best stories from the Roy of the Rovers comic, including Roy becoming a father and being offered the job of England Manager!
Lost in the mists of time, home-grown British superheroes once entertained and enthralled millions of kids… Now, the likes of Adam Eterno, Blake Edmonds, Thunderbolt the Avenger, and The Leopard from Lime Street are back for a new generation of readers! This volume collects the trilogy of The Vigilant stories written by Simon Furman (Transformers) and drawn by an all-star roster of artists including Simon Coleby (Dark Souls), DaNi (Coffin Bound), Henrik Sahlstrom (The Thirteenth Floor), Warwick Fraser-Combe, Staz Johnson (Spider-Man), Will Sliney (Spider-Man 2099) and Jake Lynch (Judge Dredd).
Enter The Spider – comics’ lost Golden Age supervillain from the co-creator of Superman, Jerri Siegel! Equipped with a razor-sharp mind, superb athletic ability and a vast array of cutting edge gadgets, The Spider has his sights set on taking over the New York underworld and establishing a ‘Syndicate of Crime’. Join the menacing Spider on his earliest adventures, recruiting other fiends into his fledging empire and seeing off competition from other villainous foes, including the master of illusion, Mirror Man! Fully remastered and collected for the first time, this volume presents many of the super-crook’s exciting 1960’s adventures which featured the most popular British comic book villain and sprang from the imagination of Superman co-creator, Jerry Siegel.
Release date: 15 Apr 2021
Format: Standard paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Chris Weston
From the high seas of 1770 to the Western Front in 1916, follow Adam Eterno’s earliest adventures from the pages of Thunder. 1580, London – Adam Eterno was working as an assistant to the great alchemist Erasmus Hemlock who had just achieved his life’s goal – creating the ‘Elixir of Life’! Adam swallowed the potion, defying his masters orders. With his last breath, Erasmus placed a curse upon Adam, wishing him immortality. Unless Adam is struck over the head with a solid gold object, he is, “doomed to wander through the labyrinths of time…!”
Release date: 27 May 2021
Format: Paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover
Battler Britton – War Picture Library by Hugo Pratt
The master of Euro comics, Hugo Pratt, meets the classic comic book air ace who’s as skilled a fighter on land as he is in his Spitfire! In this thrilling collection, Britton helps resistance fighters smuggle gold from Nazi occupied Yugoslavia, before escorting a ballistics expert on his mission to analyse an unexploded V2 rocket in Poland! Reprinted in graphic novel form for the first time, these two fast-paced Battler Britton stories from 1960 – Wagons of Gold and Rockets of Revenge – are drawn by the legendary artist behind Corto Maltese.
Collecting the critically-acclaimed Tammy& Jinty specials from 2019 and 2020, this 112 page anthology includes contributions from some of the most exciting female creators working in the industry today. New characters such as Rocky Race, ace footballer are showcased with updated classic characters like Cat Girl, Bella at the Bar and the Justice of Justine. A range of stories are included, from a mysterious boarding school that caters to just two pupils to action packed roller derby escapades, this collection pays tribute to the past while blazing a trail for girls’ comics of the future! This collection also includes exclusive new interviews and features, plus a reprint of the fan favourite classic Cat Girl strip.
Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1980s – Who Shot Roy Race?
Collecting the most sensational storyline from Roy of the Rovers history! The dawn of this new decade was one that Melchester Rovers would want to forget. The 80/81 season was far from their finest hour with the threat of relegation snapping at their heels all throughout the season and exits from the F.A. Cup and the European Cup leaving the trophy cabinet bare. For star striker Roy Race it couldn’t be worse. His obsession with the team had caused a strain on his marriage and fractured his relationship with teammates like the hot-headed Vic Guthrie. And then there was an attempt on his life… After being shot in December 1981, Roy lay in a coma for several weeks while Sir Alf Ramsey stepped into the dugout for Melchester. Life in a lower division beckons, but at least the Rovers will be the most stylish team on the pitch with their new Gola sponsored kits!
The third thrilling omnibus of the lost Sci-Fi classic from the 1960s. This is the epic story of the Trigan Empire’s rise and fall, and of how Trigo, often alone, had to fend off usurpers and monstrous threats to save his people. The lush painted comic art that Don Lawrence produced in this period would solidify him as one of the greatest comic book artists of all time. Collected within are all the Trigan Empire stories published in chronological order including the never before reprinted short stories not illustrated by Don Lawrence, to give you the complete saga of the Trigan Empire.
Release date: 20 July 2021
Format: Paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Chris Weston
Ken Reid’s Football Funnies: The First Half
Go football crazy with comics’ comedy master, Ken Reid! The first time that many of these uproarious strips have been reprinted, Football Funnies collects silly scores and chucklesome kick-offs from the imagination of one of Britain’s greatest cartoonists. Drawn for Scorcher and Score between 1970 and 1972, this collection includes strips such as Sub, Manager Matt, Hugh Fowler and the Football Forum pundits.
The thrilling conclusion to the classic 1980s horror comic strip! Max the maniacal computer is back in Maxwell Tower, dishing out his twisted form of retribution on anyone who dares to cross his beloved residents! From a conniving milkman to thuggish street urchins, anyone who enters Max’s territory looking for trouble is going for a one-way trip to the thirteenth floor! However, Max’s past exploits have not gone unnoticed. The K.G.B. have sent their own super-powered computer called Boris to make Max an offer – help them conquer the world or face obliteration!
Release date: 16 September 2021
Format: Paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover
Black Max Volume 2
Thrilling supernatural war comics from the pages of classic British comics Lion and Thunder! Ace fighter pilot Baron Maximilien Von Klorr is the scourge of the skies, menacing the Allied forces during the bloodiest battles in WWI. Skilled, ruthless and in possession of two giant, mutated kingbats who fight by his side, Von Klorr AKA Black Max is almost unstoppable. Only the brave pilots of the Royal Flying Corps, including Lieutenant Tom Wilson, oppose the Black Max’s complete dominance of the air…
Release date: 4 October 2021
Format: Standard paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Ian Kennedy
Roy of the Rovers: New Digs
It’s the start of a terrific new season for Melchester Rovers. They are now a Championship club with a new kit, new owners and a fabulous new stadium. With Sowerby now fully integrated into the club, Rocky and Roy Race couldn’t be happier. But a personal tragedy and an appalling incident during a Melchester Rovers match in Europe, will push the footballing siblings to the limit.
The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection
Scottish artist Tom Paterson is one of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics have produced. Inspired by the work of George Martin, Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid, Tom’s work was unmistakable – packed with visual comedic gags and giving each one that instant re-readability. This collection features some of Tom’s outstanding work for IPC/Fleetway from titles like Buster, Whoopee!, Jackpot, Whizzer & Chips and Oink! amongst others. With quotes from the man himself and some extra, added treasures, this is a must have for fans of British humour comics both young and old!
Release date: 25 November 2021
Format: Standard hardcover and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Tom Paterson
Misty Presents: The Jaume Rumeu Collection
Black widows, mad scientists, femme fatales and giant spiders abound in this collection of horrifying Misty stories, all drawn by comics maestro Jaume Rumeu Perera! This collection celebrates one of the most iconic villains in British girls’ comics: the lethal Mrs. Webb, a raging femme fatale with killer style and a bone to pick with the British Establishment. Determined to take over the country with her army of giant arachnids, only two schoolgirls stand between her and global domination! Full of stunning artwork, terrifying twists, beautiful – but deadly – women, and, of course – giant spiders, this is an essential comic for any horror connoisseur.
This isn’t your grandad’s war comic – never had there been an anti-hero like Hellman of Hammer Force! One of the major highlights of the controversial 1970s comic, Action, Major Kurt Hellman is a Panzer commander in the 1940 German invasion of Belgium. But this man is no Nazi – he avoids taking life wherever possible, all while facing foes without and treachery within! Collected for the first time, and from the very beginning, this groundbreaking series of thrilling combat is written by Gerry Finley-Day (Rogue Trooper) and drawn by Mike Dorey (Ro-Busters).
Release date: 9 December 2021
Format: Standard paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover
Dimensions: 276×210 mm
You’ll be able to find these titles and more on the Treasury of British Comics website – here.
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