In 2010 Future Publishing launched Comic Heroes, a bimonthly newsstand magazine dedicated to the world of comics. Cynics predicted it would bomb, citing its £7.99 cover price as too expensive. However the magazine proved to be successful enough to maintain a good run of four years, albeit changing frequency to quarterly towards the end. Its final issue, No.24, was in July 2014.
And that was that. Until today.
Comic Heroes is now back on the shelves of newsagents, with a quarterly frequency and a redesign but continuing the numbering with issue 25. The relaunch issue is a large size 148 page glossy mag and its declaration is that it's "Serious about comics". Hopefully not too serious.
The issue is packed with a variety of features. Here's a few examples:
• Interviews with UK comics creators such as Grant Morrison, Paul Cornell, Jessica Martin, Mike Carey and Mike Perkins.
• A preview of the new Johnny Red comic.
• A look at Marvel's all-new, all-different relaunches.
•Joel Meadows looking at the new range of Vertigo comics.
• Stephen Jewell previewing Dynamite's new James Bond comic.
• Paul Gravett on the Frech artist François Boucq.
• Leah Moore reporting from a convention in Mexico.
• David Barnett looks at Aces Weekly.
Plus reviews and tons more stuff.
I think there's a certain joy for anyone interested in comics to be able to wander into a newsagents and buy a magazine dedicated to the medium. I hope Comic Heroes is here to stay this time. Although a British magazine, its content is mainly American-focused because that's the stuff that its target audience is following and America is generating more comics than the UK. That said, it's clear that the mag is definitely willing to cover the UK and international scene as well.
All in all, it's great to see Comic Heroes back and it's a magazine that anyone with a genuine interest in modern comics should be reading.
Comic Heroes No.25, 148 pages, £7.99. Out now!