Thursday, November 15, 2018

It's full of festive cheer, the Christmas VIZ is here!

Yes, you know it's November when the Christmas issue of Viz hits the shops, and 52 pages of festive frolics await you from today! 

You'll have seasonal fun with Roger Mellie, The Fat Slags, Johnny Fartpants, 8 Ace, The Drunken Bakers and all your regular rude chums in jolly adventures with snow on the logos and that. 

Plus you get a free full-colour calendar too! Not bad eh? 

Viz No.281, out now, £3.50. 

Out today from Panini UK...

THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #9. On sale 15th November. £4.50.
We celebrate the life and art of Marie Severin, Marvel’s First Lady! Don’t miss a special 5-page feature on her career, rare artwork and some of her best Marvel humour stories!

A new series begins! The Thing and the Human Torch are still in despair over the end of the Fantastic Four – but Doctor Doom has plans for them both! By Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung!

The Guardians of the Galaxy go in search of the Infinity Stones – with a couple of unexpected stowaways! By Gerry Duggan and Rod Reis!
Hawkeye enters the lair of the Take Back Control cult! By Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero!

A Marvel classic! Doctor Strange confronts the Dread Dormammu for the first time! By Stan Lee and Steve Ditko!

The Aging Spidey-Man battles Gnatman and Rotten! By Stan Lee and Marie Severin! 

The Inedible Bulk tries to remember his own origin! By Gary Friedrich and Marie Severin!
The fantastic back cover to MWOM. A gallery of Marie Severin's classic covers!
Plus! Marie Severin reveals all her secrets in… “How to be a Comic Book Artist!”
Featuring material first printed in Marvel Two in One #1, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12, Hawkeye #32, Strange Tales #126 and Not Brand Echh #2, 3, and 11.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN #8. On sale 15th November. £4.50.

The ‘Mojo Worldwide’ saga begins now! The maniacal madman kidnaps both the Gold and Blue X-Men teams, and throws them into a nightmarish series of their greatest battles!

Featuring material first printed in X-Men: Gold #13-15 and X-Men: Blue #13-14.

DEADPOOL UNLEASHED #21. On sale 15th November. £4.50.
76 pages of the Merc with the Mouth!

Deadpool makes a deal with Cable to take down Stryfe – but the sinister clone has a few tricks of his own! Also: will Deadpool actually kill Cable for real this time?! By Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish!

The conclusion to ‘Too Soon?’ is here! Deadpool teams up with the Punisher, Doctor Strange, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Ham and Howard the Duck to take on a shadow demon! By Joshua Corin and Todd Nauck!

Featuring material first printed in Despicable Deadpool #289-290 and Deadpool: Too Soon? #4.

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE No.532. On sale 15th November. £5.99

84 pages. Exclusive interview with Mandip Gill in issue 532 of Doctor Who Magazine! Plus previews of the final four episodes of Series 11, Ray Holman's Team TARDIS cosplay tips, Bernard Cribbins answers questions from our TARDIS tin, comic strips and much more!


The latest Doctor Who graphic novel from Panini Publishing is here, collecting the acclaimed comics series from the award-winning Doctor Who Magazine!

The Phantom Piper stars the Twelfth Doctor (played on TV by Peter Capaldi) and his companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie). The Doctor and Bill are plunged into four incredible adventures…

The Doctor and Bill land on Saturn’s moon and encounter the crazy quadrillionaire Rudy Zoom, classical poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the deadly plant creatures called the Haluu!

A journey to America’s Wild West leads the Doctor and Bill into a lethal showdown with a myth come to life: the legendary were-owls known as the Stikini!

Bill finds herself in the alleyways of the spaceport Corncucopia, and meets the streetwise Kaballus Kids!

The Time-travellers arrive in the lunar city Athenia, home to the world-famous code-breaker Alan Turing – and the android race called the Galateans! But a malevolent creature from humanity’s darkest dreams is ready to strike… The Phantom Piper!

Stories and art by Scott Gray, Martin Geraghty, Staz Johnson and Mike Collins!

Also: a 15-page commentary section by the creators, revealing the secrets behind the stories! Featuring never-before-published artwork, photos and character designs!

148 pages – full colour
ISBN: 978-1-84653-926-8

On sale November 14th

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Preview: Doctor Who Magazine No.532

The new issue of the official Doctor Who Magazine is published tomorrow (15th November) and is another packed issue with 84 pages of Who-related features and strips. 

This time, the interviews include Mandip Gill and Bernard Cribbins, there are previews of all the remaining episodes for this season, John Freeman reports on the new 13th Doctor display at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, and much more.

Comic strips? Yes indeed, with Scott Gray, John Ross, and James Olfredi doing fantastic work on part two of The Warmonger...

...and another Daft Dimension strip by me, this time featuring T'Zim-Sha (or Tim Shaw if you prefer). 

Doctor Who Magazine No.532, published by Panini UK and available from WH Smith, supermarkets, comic shops, and various newsagents. £5.99

Christmas incentive for fans of Ken Reid

The Power Pack of Ken Reid is a stunning two-volume set of hardback books published by Irmantas Povilaika earlier this year under license. They reprint Ken Reid's entire strip contribution to Wham!, Smash! and Pow! in the 1960s, covering Frankie Stein, Jasper the Grasper, Dare-A-Day Davy, Queen of the Seas, and The Nervs

Regular readers of this blog will have seen me singing the books' praises before, and deservedly so. It really is Ken Reid at his peak, and some of the best work to ever appear in comics. The good news for any of you who haven't bought them yet is that copies are still available, and as a Christmas incentive, if you order them now you'll also receive new prints shot from Ken Reid's original artwork.

Irmantas explains...
"It's a total of 4 prints, each measuring 297 x 190 mm, so they are smaller than those that came with the books during the crowdfunding campaign. They will fit perfectly inside the books so won't have to be folded when packed.
All 4 are of Frankie Stein - 2 complete episodes. I will include 2 prints per book."

You can order them directly from Irmantas at his website here:

Remember, these are limited edition books, so they're not available in High Street bookshops and won't turn up in The Works in a sale after Christmas, so don't delay in ordering your copies!

New issues of Commando out today

5175: Home of Heroes: Michael’s War

While his family fought on land and the sea, Lieutenant Michael Weekes took to the sky in his Armstrong Whitworth FK8, sweeping over German archies in the lead up to the Saint‑Mihiel offensive. Reconnaissance and fighter, Michael’s plane did more than its fair share of shooting.

But after crash-landing behind enemy lines, armed with only his Webley revolver and wits, Michael Weekes came face to face with a front of a different kind…

Issue 2 of ‘The Weekes’ War’

| Story | Richard Davis | Art | Morhain & Defeo | Cover | Ian Kennedy |

5176: Gold Collection: Flames of War

A line on a map separated British and German colonies in East Africa, but that meant nothing to Tom Denning and Hans Block. They had always been friends as boys, but when war came in 1914, they were put on opposite sides. It made them enemies.

And then they were both posted to France to experience the horrors of trench warfare at first hand. There their friendship would face its toughest test ever in the flames of war…

| Story | Ian Clark | Art | Ibanez | Cover | Ibanez |
Originally Commando No. 2918 (January 1996).

5177: Action and Adventure: Billy’s War

Lieutenant Billy Weekes wanted desperately to see some action aboard the British Destroyer HMS Meadfoot. He had two brothers in the trenches, one in the skies, and a sister on the front line as an ambulance driver. They would all have amazing stories about their war experiences, but Billy… all he had to talk about was the weather reports.

That is, until a U-boat went rogue after ignoring the order to return to port, and the HMS Meadfoot was tasked with bringing it in.

Issue 3 of ‘The Weekes’ War’

| Story | Heath Ackley | Art | Klacik & Defeo | Cover | Ian Kennedy |

5178: Silver Collection: The Condemned Men

The chances of survival were poor for the officers and men in action in the trenches during the First World War. They all knew it, and courageously got on with the dangerous job at hand.

One British officer found this harder than most, though. He was as brave as the next man, but he had a secret he knew he must try to keep to himself – a secret so frightening it will chill your blood…

| Story | Sean Blair | Art | Olivera | Cover | Ian Kennedy |
Originally Commando No. 3257 (July 1999).


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