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Comic Heroes Issue 30

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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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Happy new year! I hope you all had suitably festive break and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s glad to see the back of the year of despair that was 2016 (though at the time of writing I’m still living through it – please send help. Was Doctor Who any good?). We’re welcoming in the new year with a massive preview of some of the hottest new comics of 2017. From the most exciting superhero titles to the best creator-owned works, it should give you plenty of ideas for fresh new books to check out (incidentally, as a long time fan of Strangers in Paradise, I’m really digging Terry Moore’s Motor Girl. It’s not on the 2017 list, but is reviewed on page 120). It’s certainly going to be a…

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wasp factory

“EVEN IN THE FACE OF THE EVIDENCE, SHE MAKES THE DELIBERATE DECISION THAT SHE CAN AND WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER” Move over, Riri Williams, Ironheart isn’t the only new teenage superhero now flying solo in the Marvel universe. After debuting in last year’s Free Comic Book Day issue, new Wasp Nadia Pym is branching off into her own monthly title, and with her intuitive aptitude for technology and troubled background, The Unstoppable Wasp shares much in common with the latest Invincible Iron Man. “Nadia’s strengths both as a hero and a person are her intelligence and optimism, as so often our modern perspective associates science and intelligence,” says writer Jeremy Whitley, who is probably best known for his independent titles, notably Princeless. “But, partially because of her isolated upbringing,…

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not a revamp

Relaunching in February with a special low-price first issue, Vampirella is receiving a radical makeover thanks to the former Knight and Squire team of Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton. However, according to Cornell, the latest version of the alien vampire – created by Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins, first published by Warren in 1969 and licensed by Dynamite Entertainment since 2010 – is not a reimagining. “We’re saying that everything that has happened before is still true,” says Cornell. “Vampirella is one of those characters who has been reinvented too many times, so it’s about time somebody just dug in and put some growth into where she is right now. I actually think reinventing is sometimes rude to the previous creators, so I didn’t want to do that – I…

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in the frame

GOOD GUYS A variant cover of Southern Bastards #16 will benefit charity. Proceeds from the “Don’t Be A Bastard” variant by co-creator Jason Latour will be split between the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU. It’s on sale 11 January. WAR STORIES If Marvel’s constant expansion of the Star Wars universe hasn’t left you satiated, you’ll be pleased to note that the 1979-1984 newspaper strips are being reprinted in complete form for the first time ever in April. IDW will be publishing three volumes of the strip, including each Sunday title header and bonus panels, all beautifully restored. GOLD MINING Another 50th anniversary – enjoy the very first Star Trek comics again in IDW’s Star Trek Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular in February. Rockets on full! VALIANT GAMING Remember the hit Turok and Shadow Man videogames from…

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road rage

“SHE FINDS HERSELF IN THE WASTELANDS, DRIVING TO SURVIVE” Remember the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series of the ’80s and ’90s? Well, one of their most popular entries has been adapted into comics form and will be racing to publication in May. Post-apocalyptic adventure Freeway Fighter is the tale of Bella De La Rosa. “She’s a former racing driver who finds herself in the wastelands, driving to survive,” says writer Andi Ewington (Just Cause 3), who is collaborating on the series with artist Simon Coleby (2000 AD) and original author and Fighting Fantasy co-creator Ian Livingstone. Based on the 13th entry in the series, originally published in 1985, there’s more than a hint of a certain Australian action movie in the story’s DNA... “Mad Max proved there’s an appetite for post-apocalyptic settings,” says Ewington.…

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crystal world

“PARENTS THINK IT’S A KIDS’ FILM, BUT IT’S TERRIFYING” The sequel to fantasy classic The Dark Crystal has been a long time coming and when it does finally arrive, in February, it’s not going to be on cinema screens. Instead, The Power Of The Dark Crystal will be a 12-issue series, adapted from the screenplay of the aborted film and published by Boom! Studios. “I first saw The Dark Crystal when I was about 12 years old, and like a lot of people, all I remember is this sensation of horror,” says Cry Havoc creator Si Spurrier, who is scripting the series. “My parents bought it for me because they thought it was a kids’ film but actually it’s rather terrifying. So it was the moment I twigged that just because something…