First Look! Strontium Dog- No Choice At All.

Art By David Broughton– click to see larger.

Currently being worked on by artist David Broughton for Dogbreath, Strontium Dog- No Choice At All has been written by Lee Robson and is currently scheduled for Dogbreath #31, on sale spring 2016.

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INCOMING! Judge Dredd- The Epiphany of Treasure Highland

Art by Daniel Dwyer– click to see larger.

Coming soon to the pages of Zarjaz, Judge Dredd- The Epiphany of Treasure Highland is by writer Mark Howard and artist Daniel Dwyer.

Mark “is struggling manfully against life’s slings and arrows.”

Daniel ” won 2000 AD’s portfolio competition at Thought Bubble 2014, and got his first professional gig drawing a Future Shock for prog #1932. www.danielpdwyer.com

Judge Dredd- The Epiphany of Treasure Highland
is scheduled to appear in Zarjaz 25– on sale November, just in time for Thought Bubble!

FIRST LOOK: Hershey- A Day In The Life.

Art by Conor Boyle– Click to see larger.

A first look here at a strip that is currently only a work in progress.

Hershey- A Day In The Life is written by Santiago Mayaud and is currently being worked on by artist Conor Boyle. I think you will agree that if the rest of the strip looks as good as this, then we are in for something special.

Thanks to Conor for sharing.

Incoming: ORIONID!

Art by Neil Sims– Click to see larger.

Coming later this year to the pages of FutureQuake- ORIONID is by writer Virgil Yendell and artist Neil Sims.

Virgil “edits the anthology T4L Comic about fantastic and strange happenings on transport in London. Other imminent releases include Knights of Cademus with Unseen Shadows and Serial Comic in Something Wicked.”

Neil “has worked as an artist in numerous fields over 20 years, predominantly sculpture, currently tattooing. LOVE creating stories, hope you enjoy my work. Check out Neil Blackbird Sims on Facebook.”

ORIONID is currently slated to appear in november as part of FutureQuake #28.

In Review: Wolf Country 04

Art By Luke Cooper- Click to see larger.

Wolf Country 04 by Jim Alexander & Will Pickering (letters by Jim Campbell)

Wolf Country 03 review.

I’m getting closer to actually reviewing things when it is relevant, which is good for me as it means I’m getting to read some flippin’ good comics. I’ve said plenty of nice things about Planet Jimbot in the past, and this time is no different. The main plot of the book is carried on, as Settlement is under attack by a big ol’ force of Werewolves and the special forces lads step up to deal with things.

Art by Will Pickering- click to see larger.

Meanwhile in the city, Halfpenny, the leader of settlement has got his hands full in a street brawl that made me think of Deadwood (Where Dan takes on Herst’s man- yeah?) and the gore factor is as high as that might lead you to think.

For the new reader there is now a ‘previously’ box in the inside cover, so now there is almost no excuse not to get stuck in.

In fact, over at the Planet Jimbot store on ETSY, they are doing a combo pack of all four issues for a tenner. That is solid value and highly recommended.

Really looking forward to the next issue.

In Review: AMONGST THE STARS

Amongst The Stars by Jim Alexander, Mike Perkins & Will Pickering.

From the publisher blurb:
Following on from the success of GoodCopBadCop at last summer’s True Believers/Eagles awards, I’m delighted to say that ‘Amongst the Stars’ has made the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance (SICBA) shortlist for Best Graphic Novel 2015.

The 64-page trade is written by Jim Alexander (Metal Hurlant, Star Trek Manga) and drawn by Mike Perkins (Stephen King’s The Stand, Astonishing X-Men, Deathlok).

To celebrate we’ve put together a wee PDF sampler of the book, which features 5 pages of the story. This is absolutely free to everybody, so please feel free to publish/share/comment on as you wish. Also, the book is on sale at the Planet Jimbot online shop for a special SICBA price of £5.50 plus P&P.

For the Amongst the Stars PDF sampler, click on the following link
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mcab4gr8utanu7/ATS_SICBA_Sampler.pdf?dl=0

Amongst the Stars is available at the Planet Jimbot shop:
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PlanetJimbot

For details of how to vote check out the official SICBA site:
http://www.sicba.org.uk/

Review:

As usual I’m ridiculously late at this (Jim sent me the press release a month ago for gosh-sakes) but having read the book a second time I feel better placed to actually talk about it.

As a high concept Sci-Fi this is as ambitious as anything I’ve read in the last few years. It boils down to (In my opinion) A race of beings who have transcended the physical to exist between the stars and live as beings of pure consciousness. They discover that rarest of things- life- on our planet. Of course our sheer chaotic physicality is too ‘alien’ for them and causes their very life support system to fail. Trapped inside the minds of human beings there is little hope for escape, unless we, the very humans who are unaware of their existence, can help them.

I hope that enough folk out there have read this book in time for the voting for SICBA, as I think it deserves to do well for Jim.

The story rewards paying attention, and Mike Perkins’ art is really well suited to the strip- able to convey the reality of the human world and the transcended reality of the Tchailling.

Also included is a short by Jim and Will Pickering featuring a one-shot about what happens when a father lets things get out of hand. Absolutely hilarious and well worth inclusion.

Highly recommended.