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Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Action 1000 hardcover, Thanos lead comic shop advance reorders as February begins – For those following the horse race.

CBR – 2000 AD To Publish First All-Women Creators Issue – Good.



IGN – Amazing Spider-Man #795

IGN – Batman #40

Talking Comics – Hungry Ghosts #1

Comic Book – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Seattle PI – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Comic Attack – Is’Nana The Were-Spider Vol. 2 #1

The Outhousers – Spider-Man #237

IGN – Star Wars #43

IGN – The Walking Dead #176

IGN – X-Men: Red #1

Judge Dredd Apocalypse War 1:6 Scale Action Figure

2000AD and ThreeA celebrates 40 years of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic with this unstoppable Apocalypse War Judge Dredd in 1:6 scale! The visual appearance of the Apocalypse War Edition harkens back to one of the most pivotal moments for Judge Dredd and the future of Mega-City One, and is inspired by the epic storyline by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Carlos Ezquerra. The 1:6 scale action figure stands about 12 1/3-inches tall and has 29 points of articulation. Apocalypse War Judge Dredd features a vintage blue Judge uniform, red copper armor, RAD cloak for the irradiated aftermath, and comes equipped with an arsenal of weapons designed to dish out justice to all creeps, perps, and the invading enemies from East Meg One who dare stand in his way!

Accessories include:
2x Interchangeable faces – standard scowl and gritted teeth
4x Sets of interchangeable hands
1x Lawgiver MKI features removable ammo magazine
1x Stub Gun
1x Daystick
1x RAD cloak with hood.

Pre-order the figure now!




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Kicking Off Euro Thursday

tintin-mainsupportingcharactersFor our first Euro Thursday, I’ve debated for a few weeks as to exactly what I’d like to do. I was thinking I’d keep it simple and just do a review or two… but why make things simple? Thinking through the long term I came to a realization that other than receiving review copies from publishers like Titan Comics or Humanoids (and a few others) I really have no idea about European comics, so I should probably learn to better inform me going forward.

So what defines a “European com” beyond where it’s been created?

First, as I’ve noticed in a few physical copies I get that the format of the comics is a bit different. The product itself is 8.4 inches x11.6 inches which differs from the standard “American” size of 6.63 inches x 10.25 inches. Ok, they’re bigger. They’re also bigger in length as they tend to be 40-60 pages and 100+ pages is common again compared to the “American” 22 page comic. So they’re longer too.

The roots of European comics go far back to the 18th century caricatures and illustrated pictured books. In Scout McCloud’s Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art he states that early 19th century Swiss artist Rodolphe Töpffer is regarded as the “father of modern comics” by many and Töpffer’s Histoire de M. Vieux Bois is sometimes called the first “comic book.”

But, there’s not really one “European comic.” In reality, the term as a whole is made up of various scenes and locations scattered across the continent. Primarily dominated by Franco-Belgian comics, Belgian comics, Spanish comics, and Italian comics, there’s also British comics (which I as an American probably have the most familiarity with), Czech comics, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, and Spanish! That’s a lot of different types of comics… did I bite off more than I can chew with this!?

The most famous Franco-Belgian comics are probably Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo and The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, and The Smurfs by Peyo. Known as bandes dessinées or BDs in French and “strips” in Dutch, these are primarily for Belgian and French audiences. There’s also Flemish Belgian comics which have their own style.

Belgian comics took off in the 1920s and in 2000 40 million comics were printed in Belgium each year with 75% of those exported. That’s a lot of comics!

The influence of British comics and creators in America could fill a column on its own. 2000 AD, Action Man, Andy Capp, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, are just a few off the top of my head I could name. The history goes back to the 19th century, so there’s a lot to cover in future columns.

The rest, I can honestly say I know little about and am looking forward to exploring more, the point of all of this!

Now, here’s a question to you all, where should I start? What would you like to see? What should I review? Sound off in the comments!

Warlord Games Gets the 2000AD Miniatures License

Warlord Games has announced they’ll be producing a new line of miniatures and games based on the British comic series 2000 AD.

The deal covers miniature games, scenery, and collectible miniatures sets. It also covers over 40 years of characters, so expect Judge Dredd to return to the miniature tabletop.

Warlord Games is known for their miniature games which spans historical to futuristic sci-fi. Some of their most well-known games include Bolt Action, a 28mm World War II miniature game, Konflikt ’47, a World War II alternate take with crazy technology, and Terminator Genisys, based on the popular series.

This isn’t the first time the world of 2000 AD and Judge Dredd specifically have come to gaming. A game was released based on the world in 1982 by Games Workshop, best known for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k. In 2002 Mongoose Publishing acquired the rights and released role-playing games using the d20 rules system. In 2009 they released a new version using their Traveller rules set. In 2011 a miniature game was released by the same company. Games Workshop had previously released miniatures.


(via Warlord Games)

Review: Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01

Dredd01Looking to get into Judge Dredd? I say start at the beginning. Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01 including 2000 AD Progs 2-60 should be your next read. The lack of color may cause others to pass, but fear not for artist Carlos Ezquerra, Mike McMahon and Brian Bolland are able to provide a stunning amount of detail.

In short as Judge Dredd proclaims he is the law. After reading this you will see there is so much more. A depth of moral struggle to be tough yet fair is entwined with a satirical view of society cast in a post-apocalyptic city where Judges replace the executive branch of government to maintain peace and order. Violent crime and over population in a sprawling city where citizens work only a few hours a week if at all calls for tough measures and harsh punishments. Half way through the book you will find my favorite cell in all of comics. As Dredd cruises along his internal commentary explains the lowest form of crime. Getting kids hooked on old comics.

This collection includes several stories that resolve in a few pages starting out and evolves into the multipart epics that are cornerstones of the Dredd universe.  Brace yourself for war with robots. Then hang in there with Walter, Dredd’s faithful robot servant. He ends up being a pivotal character whose bravery and comic relief will grow on you after a few pages. The same however cannot be said for Maria the cleaning lady. Highlights include Call Me Kenneth, the rookie trial of Judge Giant, the return of Rico and the 22nd Century Futsie. Ah, the futsie. A criminal driven mad by an inability to cope with the speed of space age life. Excused for his crimes due to his condition receives treatment instead of jail time seems out of place where even petty crimes will land you in an ISO-cube.

Story: John Wagner Art: Carlos Ezquerra, Mike McMahon and Brian Bolland
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Reviewer purchased his copy to stay compliant with Mega-City penal code A34-G78. Ignorance to the law is no exception.

Judge Dredd Takes on Mega-City Two

This January, duty calls Judge Dredd to the West Coast, in the destructive new miniseries Mega-City Two: City of Courts! After entering a partnership with Rebellion/2000 AD, IDW has explored Dredd’s past in Year One, and taken him “Into the Cursed Earth” in his ongoing title, but with a truly unique creative team on Mega-City Two, Dredd will go up against the unfamiliar and depraved like never before!

Mega-City Two marks the comics-writing debut of Eisner Award-winning journalist and Dredd aficionado Douglas Wolk. Art chores will be handled by powerhouse Ulises Farinas, whose precise linework showcases the oddities of Judge Dredd’s world in stunning detail. Rounding out the creative team, colorist Ryan Hill brings the incredible structure in Farinas’ work to life. Mega-City Two will also feature homage variant covers that pay tribute to iconic films, with art by Joe Corroney, NAR!, E.J. Su, and more!

In the year 2094, a secret mission puts Dredd behind the wheel of a Lawcruiser in Mega-City Two, the West Coast megalopolis that sprawls around what was once Los Angeles. And he’s about to discover that the rules—and the laws—are very different in a city where image is everything…

Judge Dredd has had a busy year at IDW in 2013, and 2014 already looks to be filled with boot-stomping action with Mega-City Two!

Rogue Trooper Enlists His Creative Team!

As announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, the genetically modified G.I., Rogue Trooper is returning! Expanding the relationship started with the successful Judge Dredd series, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD will return to the frontlines of Nu-Earth and Rogue Trooper with an outstanding creative team!

After storming the world of fiction with his debut fantasy novel, Winterbirth, the first book in The Godless World Trilogy, Brian Ruckley will report for duty as the writer of the brand-new series. Joining Ruckley, and bringing his dynamic and monstrous style back to IDW, Alberto Ponticelli will be handling the art for the series. In addition to the standout creative team, Rogue Trooper will feature covers by esteemed artists Glenn Fabry and James Stokoe.

On the war-torn world of Nu-Earth, Rogue Trooper trudges across the poisoned planet in search of answers and justice. Haunted by betrayal, Rogue Trooper accepts a mission that defies the war that has ravaged the stategically important location.

Co-created by Gerry Finley-Day and renowned artist Dave Gibbons in 1981 for 2000 AD, Rogue Trooper became a showcase for some of Britain’s top artistic talent. In addition to Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy, Brett Ewins, and Chris Weston have contributed art to the popular strip.

Beginning in 2014, Rogue Trooper will return to the comics page not only in this brand-new series, but additionally, IDW will begin re-producing the classic series from 2000 AD. Look for both in the coming year!

Rogue Trooper Joins the Fight!

Following the success of Judge Dredd, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD have expanded their thriving relationship with the addition of Rogue Trooper to their publishing slate! IDW will launch an all-new Rogue Trooper series in 2014, and also offer newly colored re-presentations of past Rogue Trooper comics, too.

Co-created by Gerry Finley-Day and renowned artist Dave Gibbons in 1981 for 2000 AD, Rogue Trooper became a showcase for some of Britain’s top artistic talent. In addition to Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy, Bret Ewins, and Chris Weston have contributed art to the popular strip.

A future war has poisoned the entire atmosphere of Nu-Earth, prompting one side to create Genetic Infantrymen: blue-skinned soldiers who can breathe the toxic air, equipped with bio-chips to record their personalities in their final moments for eventual re-corporation. But a traitor sold the G.I.s out, and all but one were slaughtered. Now he stalks Nu-Earth on a mission of revenge, aided by his dead friends now “living” in his gun, helmet and backpack. He is the last G.I.—the Rogue Trooper!

Classic Rogue Trooper strips will be seen in a whole new light in full-color comics and collections with hues provided by colorist Adrian Salmon, best known for his work on Doctor Who and Judge Dredd. The all-new series in the offing will follow the tradition of IDW’s successful Judge Dredd series by Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel. Creator names and details will follow at a later date.

With a rich history to build upon, IDW will add to the proven franchise, bringing Rogue Trooper into the 21st century for an all-new audience.

Sinister Dexter Comes to IDW!

tumblr_mn7natp7Cy1s0pt79o1_1280It was announced that the exploits of 2000 AD’s Finnigan “Finny” Sinister and Ramone “Ray” Dexter will be hitting American shores when the long-running world of Sinister Dexter is reprinted by IDW in 2014!

The pair of futuristic “gun sharks”—read: hit men—will be roaring in hot from Downlode, the European mega-city they call home, and they’ll be bringing an unbelievable cast of characters with them! From the original stories written by Dan Abnett and drawn by Andy ClarkeSinister Dexter chronicles a vibrant, madcap world of futuristic intrigue and action. Deadly ninjas, acrobatic flying car chases, shape-shifting robot assassins, a devious Yakuza? All in a day’s work, dear reader. All in a day’s work.

This continues the expansion of IDW’s relationship with 2000 AD and bringing their classic characters and material to a whole new audience in the United States.

While specific plans have yet to be announced, it’s certain that between the thousands of pages of explosively excellent material, there are more than a few worthwhile collections to be had!

SDCC 2012 – IDW and 2000 AD Invite You to the Realm of Zilk

[Zaucer of Zilk Image]2000 AD and IDW Publishing announced a collection of Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy’s The Zaucer of Zilk and comes this October.

When a despondent, alienated young man finds himself in a mysterious Technicolor candy shop, his world changes forever! Thrust into the magical, psychedelic world of Zilk and finding himself atop the throne of the legendary Zaucer! Mind blowing adventure abounds in the wildly imaginative way that can only the creative genius of 2000 AD and their creators can cook up, and IDW is proud to bring The Zaucer of Zilk’s fantastic trip to American readers!

The Zaucer of Zilk #1 of 2 (32 pages, FC, $3.99) will be in stores October 2012. Diamond order code: AUG120394.

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