Butch and Sundance! Bonnie and Clyde! Laurel and Hardy! History is
littered with great double acts, but the ultimate boy-meets-ghost odd couple is
no more as Fergie and Sid go their separate ways. While Sid heads off to look
up old mates, Fergie finally meets his dad in London Calling: “To the Imitation Zone.”
In northern England, Fergie’s mom
Julie gets a fatal blow—while in London, Sid and Fergie… hit the pub? Plus, we take
a trip back to 2002 to learn the true story of why Fergie’s father disappeared,
and how super spy Dorothy Culpepper was involved. Hint: it’s basically all her
In the spirit of awkward house calls, Fergie and Sid’s urgent quest for Fergie’s long-absent father finds them holed up in a dilapidated London boozer… where they meet some unwelcome old enemies and make an interesting new friend. Back in Preston, Dorothy Culpepper of The Department of Extra-Usual Affairs gets a proper wallop and Fergie’s mom Julie and kinda-girlfriend Natalie end up with blood on their hands. The spirit of ’77 is alive by night with power chords and psychic grenades in London Calling: “To the Faraway Towns.”
Teenage geek Fergie Ferguson and his BF Sid,
the ghost of a punk rocker who only Fergie can see or hear, are on the lam for
a murder they didn’t exactly commit. They’ve made it to London but on their
tail are the police, the quirky paranormal investigation agency the Department
of Extra-Usual Affairs, and some really freaky magpie monsters, so there’s not
(much) time for sightseeing.
While Fergie tracks down his long-absent
father to get answers about his powerful new “abilities” (Sid calls them
“psychic grenades”), DfEUA’s old-school mod super spy Dorothy Culpepper and her
sensible young partner Asif Baig uncover evidence that links Fergie to the
underworld. Fergie’s mum Julie and his not-a-girlfriend Natalie also join
forces to save Fergie from life in prison… but with a psychopathic serial
killer showing an interest, everybody might soon be running out of time.
How does any of this connect to a visually
searing three-chord apocalypse? Never mind the bollocks—another season of the
critical darling PUNKS NOT DEAD is
here with endless pints of anarchy and social distortion!
PUNKS NOT DEAD: LONDON CALLING is a five-issue miniseries written by David Barnett (Calling Major Tom) and illustrated by Martin Simmonds (Friendo, Marvel: Jessica Jones, and Quicksilver covers). Featuring a variant cover by fan-favorite Rafael Albuquerque (Batgirl, A Study in Emerald). FC • 32 pages • $3.99
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(W) Al Ewing (A) Joe Bennett, Martin Simmonds (CA) Alex Ross
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
• Carl Creel was just trying to live. But sometimes trying isn’t enough.
• Now, to save the life he built for himself – and maybe everything else – Carl Creel has to do the impossible.
• The Absorbing Man has to kill the IMMORTAL HULK.
As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old wasn’t enough, suddenly “Fergie” Ferguson can see ghosts. Well, one ghost specifically… a certain punk rocker named Sid.
Sid’s spirit has been trapped in London’s Heathrow airport for 40 years, until the day he meets Fergie. Now Sid’s ghost is stuck to Fergie, and Fergie has to content with an unruly Ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new “abilities.” How does the father Fergie never knew fit into all this? And why is the Department of Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest? Never mind the bollocks—all of this, plus fish fingers, chunky chips, and endless pints of anarchy in the critically-acclaimed series that collects Punks Not Dead issues #1-6.
Vault Comics has announced that Friendo #1 has sold out at the distributor. The issue will receive a second printing that features a brand new Vault Vintage cover by artist Nathan Gooden and designer Tim Daniel.
Vault Vintageis a line of alternate covers that celebrate the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary professionals of the comic book industry. For Friendo #1’s second printing, Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel pay tribute to Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s jarring Daredevil issue 184 cover.
Frank Miller changed the game when he embarked upon his Daredevil run in May, 1979. Working closely with inker Klaus Janson, Miller’s deep blacks and evocative line work darkened the series and raised the stakes for Matthew Murdock. The violence in Hell’s Kitchen became all too real and far too costly.
Friendo #1 was originally published on September 26, 2018. Created by writer Alex Paknadel and artist Martin Simmonds with colors by Dee Cunniffe and letters by Taylor Esposito.
Peter Milligan, Rob Davis, David Barnett, Tini Howard & various (w) • Rob Davis, Martin Simmonds, Philip Bond & various (a) • Philip Bond (c)
Shock and delight in spades as we stretch out the long, hot summer for all it’s worth and bring grand conclusions to Tales from The Black Crown Pub and CUD: Rich and Strange. Plus: Hey, Amateur!, Beat Surrender, previews and interviews with local street celebs in this compendium of comics, culture & cool.
The Kickstarter campaign for Death Sentence Liberty starts today, written by Monty Nero with art by Martin Simmonds . It’s the third story in the series and both were fantastic and entertaining reads.
Death Sentence Liberty tells of three characters afflicted by an STD that kills them in six months but gives them superpowers.
Verity’s the beating heart of the story. Frustrated and unfulfilled she longs for something more than cheap thrills and empty sex – to be a great artist and achieve something timeless. With no fuck’s left to give she’s a dangerous maverick rallying against an increasingly aggressive government.
Weasel is a rockstar drug-addict desperate to reconcile with his family and record a legendary album before he dies. His G-plus powers are as unreliable as he is, spreading chaos or comedy – which is why Verity dumped him.
Roots is half-woman, half-plant, and 100% badass – an ex drug dealer using her burgeoning G-plus powers to protect her hood from police and gang violence.
Additionally, Jeb is an FBI agent infiltrating the UK’s top-secret G-plus research facility to steal their secrets – a family man in far worse trouble than he realises.
Monty Nero is an award winning Comics Masters graduate from Dundee University. He co-created the hit graphic novel Death Sentence with artist Mike Dowling (2014), and its sequel Death Sentence: London (2016) with Martin Simmonds. He’s also written for 2000ad, Vertigo and Marvel, including Hulk, Amazing X-Men, and X-men Gold.