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Comic Heroes 28

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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
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Hello you, and welcome back. (Or, if you’re reading us for the first time thanks to our “Total Film Presents” promotion, it’s great to have you with us. Like many of you, I’m sure, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the artist and writer Darwyn Cooke back in May. I first read Darwyn’s work in DC’s The New Frontier and was blown away by its elegance and beauty, but also the warmth and love for the material that it conveyed. It’s so easy to be cynical in this world (especially in a year that seems determined to rob us of our heroes), but Cooke’s art had a magical way of smashing down the walls of adulthood and making you feel like a kid again. I’m proud…

3 min.
sith happens

“ WE ALWAYS SAID IT WAS A STORY WITH A MIDDLE, A BEGINNING AND AN END ” Darth Vader, penned by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, is by far the best book currently being published under the Star Wars banner. A complex tale full of rich characters and moral ambiguity, it’s a fan favourite and regular bestseller. So why end it? “We always said it was a story with a middle, a beginning and an end,” said Gillen when we caught up with him to find out more. “We realised during [Star Wars crossover arc] Vader Down that it was actually heading towards the end sooner than we’d expected. Clearly we could have spun it out, but when that would only have weakened the material, it would be a foolish…

2 min.
mars attacks

Handily coinciding with the 150th Anniversary of HG Wells’s birth, Ian Edginton and Matt ‘D’Israeli’ Brooker’s The War of the Worlds- inspired Scarlet Traces is coming to the pages of 2000 AD. “Matt and I had been discussing doing more Scarlet Traces for a few years now,” says Edginton, of the series which was originally published by Dark Horse in 2002, and followed by a sequel and an adaptation of Wells’s original novel. “Because we’d done so much work for 2000 AD, it seemed like the perfect fit.” With Edginton describing War of the Worlds as “a thrilling alien invasion story that’s also a meditation on the arrogance of empire,” its themes appear more relevant than ever. “At the time, the British Empire seemed unassailable but Wells purposefully had the arrival of…

1 min.
in the frame

HELL PIG We didn’t see this one coming. Cerebus, Dave Sim’s long-running aardvark adventure series is due to return in a September one-shot. Cerebus In Hell picks up after the titular character’s death. Sim is no longer able to draw, so the art will be a collage made with the assistance of Sandeep Atwal. NEW FABLES SPINOFF Vertigo’s Fables ended last year, but a new monthly spy thriller spinoff is on its way. Everafter: From The Pages Of Fables is written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus, with art by Travis Moore and Tula Lotay on covers. RIVERDALE EXPANDS Archie are further populating their New Riverdale universe with two new books. Betty & Veronica is written and drawn by Adam Hughes and Josie & The Pussycats by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio, art by Audrey…

2 min.
uncharted territories

“ I WAS INTRIGUED BY THIS EX-ROMAN SOLDIER, WHO THINKS DIFFERENTLY FROM HIS CONTEMPORARIES ” Britannia is set at a time when this country was on the very edge of the so-called civilised world. Written by Peter Milligan, with art by Juan Jose Ryp, it centres around Antonius Axia, the world’s first “detectioner,” who is sent by the Emperor Nero on a perilous mission to British shores. “I had this idea, and I thought it would be a good fit for Valiant,” says Milligan, who believes that the four-issue mini-series is closer in tone to the Eternal Warrior series he penned for Valiant than his stint on Shadowman. “Britannia is a bit darker. As we’re rooting so much of it in history – although we do stray into pure fiction – it…

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toy story

In the words of Cullen Bunn, what’s really cool about Revolution is that “it’s not a superhero crossover, although there’s still something pretty ‘super’ about these characters.” Co-written by Bunn and John Barber, with art by Fico Ossio, the five-issue event brings together not only Transformers and G.I. Joe but also Rom, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and Action Man for an event which encompasses all of IDW’s various Hasbro properties. “I’ve always maintained that it’s great if the Transformers and G.I. Joe comics take place in the same world, as I love shared universes,” says Barber. “There’s a lot of exciting stuff that can grow out of the opportunities that are created when characters bump into each other.” Intriguingly, the series springs out of a plot detail from the Simon Furmanscripted Transformers #0, IDW’s first…