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Essential reading for life-long fans and newcomers alike, Comic Heroes is the only magazine dedicated to all things comics - everything from graphic novels through to the films and videogames they inspire. It features the best in creator interviews, chats with the stars of blockbuster movies plus comprehensive reviews, as well as practical advice for aspiring writers or artists.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
Back issue only

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1 min.

And a big hello to readers new and old. We’re back, with our first new issue since July 2014. Frankly, it’s a pleasure to be here. This magazine started life as a special issue of SFX magazine way back in 2010. It proved so popular that it immediately became a regular title in its own right. We ran for four years until, like Captain America, we were temporarily put on ice. But just like Cap it was merely a hiatus... We may have a new look but we’re very much the same magazine at heart. We love comics and we want to celebrate them in all their glory. In this issue alone we’ve got features on everything from All-New, All-Different Marvel to the Vertigo relaunch, James Bond and Grant Morrison’s gritty reinvention…

1 min.
comic idol!

Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar is set to launch a global talent search to find a new generation of comics writers and artists. The winners will be granted the opportunity to write or draw a strip in a Millarworld anthology. From 28 September, creators will be able to upload an example of their work to the Millarworld website. Six writers and six artists will be picked out, partnered up and given the chance to create a story using some of the Millarworld cast of characters. “There seems to be a disconnect between genuinely talented students at schools, colleges and universities getting into the comic-book industry,” says Millar. “I want to provide a platform to enable these people to showcase their talents.” Millar himself will be sitting down to judge the entries as they…

4 min.
mark millar

What spurred you to start this new talent search? It just seemed like a nice thing to do. There used to be loads of easy places to start. But, especially in the States now, it’s hard for people to start out without investing their own money. If you’re self publishing then you take a financial risk and you have to work for free. If you’re trying to get noticed by a publisher you kind of have to do a four-issue series or maybe put something online. Even then you have to compete with so many other things. Marvel, DC and Image are bringing out a record number of books. So my idea was to find people with good samples, just commission them and make sure that they actually get paid for…

2 min.
late knight tales

There’s a grand tradition of comics running late, but few have been quite so tardy as Batman: Europa. Announced way back in 2004, it’s finally due out this November. Probably. Written by Brian Azzarello and Matteo Casali, with pencils from Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli, the limited run series finds the Dark Knight running out of time as he contracts a deadly virus. He has one unlikely hope: the Joker. Together the two archenemies go on a European road-trip to try to find a cure. There’s no word, as yet, on whether they’ll be stopping off at the Louvre or taking in some shows along the way. Getting Jim Lee back on a Bat-book is a pretty big deal – though there seems to be a subtle caveat. DC’s solicitation for the…

2 min.
red not dead

Auspiciously debuting in Battle #100 in 1977, Johnny Red was one of the weekly war comic’s most popular stories during its 13-year existence. Consigned to the Russian Front, crack RAF fighter ace Johnny Redburn is set to soar through the skies again in a new Titan Comics miniseries written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Keith Burns. Having previously explored the impact of the Second World War in creator-owned series like Battlefields and War Stories, the Preacher scribe is relishing the opportunity to revive one of his childhood favourites. “At its best,” Ennis told us with evident enthusiasm, “Johnny Red stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Darkie’s Mob and HMS Nightshade, and is really only eclipsed by Charley’s War. I like Johnny’s scruffy demeanour, his get-the-job-done attitude and his enjoyment of life as a fighter…

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in the frame

LORDS OF THE RING The next ongoing series from Joe Keatinge and artist Nick Barber is Ringside. Set in the world of professional wrestling, it deals with the struggles both inside and outside the ring, but Barber insists it will have appeal to everyone, not just sports fans. It’s on sale 25 November from Image. MORE MANGA You only need to glance at the shelves of a Forbidden Planet to see how big sales of manga are. Dark Horse has taken notice too. It’s stated, in an interview with AnimeNewsNetwork, that it plans to increase its manga output by 25 percent by 2016. FEELING HORNS-Y? Charles Vess’s first published work, The Horns Of Elfland, is getting a long-overdue reissue this year from Archival Press. Originally published in 1979, these tales of faeries and witches should…