Doctor Who leads June’s new series in ‘Illuminations’

Illuminations - Free Webzine

Worth waiting for, we have the latest edition of our free webzine, Illuminations!

Featured this month is the arrival of Titan‘s brand new tandem Doctor Who series, plus all of the big debuts heading your way from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW and a whopping two-pages of Indies!

Biff evaluates the collectible nature of comics in Biff’s Bit and we have the Top 10 Bestselling Graphic Novels listed to boot!

Click on the image below to open the pdf file, then either read it online or save it for later (file size is 3.41MB, so you may have to wait a couple of minutes to load, depending on your connection speed).

Visit our Illuminations page, for previous issues.

Previews #307 Preorders (Comics shipping from June 2014)

Previews #307 - Superman #32

Previews #307

April’s Previews catalogue is now available to read through and we have a spreadsheet csv order form with UK prices for you to download and fill in!. There is a wealth of comics, books, magazines, clothing, toys, statues, games and more available. If you’re interested in getting hold of anything in the catalogue, just follow the steps…

Step One: Have a look through the catalogue textfile.

Step Two: Download the order form (ACE Order Form no.469).

Step Three: Indicate the items you want in the csv order form and attach it to a return email or fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page with the order numbers and descriptions of the items you want.

After these steps have been completed, we can set you up with a FREE Advance Order Account. Once we have taken your payment details, you will be able to place any Previews orders with us from now on!

Please note the cut-off date for placing orders from Previews #307 is 25th April 2014..

Previews’ recommendations are listed below. If we have the item available for subscription in our online shop you’ll be able to add it to your basket using the relevant buttons…

SUPERMAN #32
Geoff Johns | John Romita | Klaus Janson
DC COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 469/0188

“The Man Of Tomorrow” Chapter 1! A new era for Superman begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!

STAR TREK: CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER #1
Harlan Ellison | J. K. Woodward | Juan Ortiz | Paul Shipper | Various
IDW PUBLISHING
ACE ITEM CODE: 469/0345

For the first time ever, a visual presentation of the much-discussed, unrevised, unadulterated version of Harlan Ellison’s award-winning Star Trek teleplay script, “The City on the Edge of Forever!” This Hugo- and Writer’s Guild of America Award-winning teleplay has been much discussed for decades but only here can you see the story as Mr. Ellison originally intended!

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1
Robert Kirkman | Paul Azaceta | Elizabeth Breitweiser
IMAGE COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 469/0481

New horror series from the Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman!

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.

ORIGINAL SIN #3
Jason Aaron | Mike Deodato | Julian Totino Tedesco
MARVEL COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 469/0626

Answers at all costs. In the wake of last issue’s explosion of secrets, the heroes of the Marvel U are reeling, leaving Nick Fury to stand alone. He Who Holds the Eye is still on the run, and now we meet his boss, the villainous mastermind behind the raid on the Watcher’s lair. And in deep space, the Winter Soldier leads a team that uncovers the most bizarre murder of all.

Goon - One For The Road

THE GOON: ONE FOR THE ROAD (ONE-SHOT)
Eric Powell | Jack Davis
DARK HORSE COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 469/0016

Goon and Franky meet a sailor on the hunt for his buddy… but trouble ensues when the trio go bar to bar in genre-hopping pursuit.

Created by Eisner-award winner Eric Powell with the cover by one of the greatest humor cartoonists of all time, Jack Davis!

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: £1 Graphic Novel Sale!

Free Comic Book Day 2014 - £1 Graphic Novel Sale

For the first time ever on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, we are holding a £1 Graphic Novel Sale from old and acquired stock!

There are close to five hundred selected hardcovers, softcovers, graphic novels, collected editions and annuals available from Batman and the Beano to Wanted and Wolverine!

The Graphic Novel Sale is a Colchester Store Exclusive and the books are limited to single copies, so you may have to get in early on May 3rd to make sure you don’t miss out!

All of the events running instore and online throughout the day can be found on our FREE COMIC BOOK DAY page.

Beyond the Batman Arkham Videogames

Batman: Arkham videogames

Often the subject of derision, the superhero videogames genre received a huge boost back in 2009 thanks to Rocksteady Studios and their game, Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Garnering near universal critical acclaim, there have been two further entries in the franchise, 2011′s Arkham City and 2013′s Arkham Origins, while the latest title, Arkham Knight (trailer below), is scheduled for released in late 2014.

For fans of the Batman: Arkham franchise, DC have produced a number of books set in the same Bat-Universe as the games.

First up is Batman: Arkham City, a book bridging the gap between the first two entries, written by Paul Dini. Following on from this was the Arkham Unhinged 15-issue comic series written by Derek Fridolfs. Unhinged acts as an expansion on the Arkham City game, with stories spinning directly out of in-game events or acting as pre-game flashbacks. Finally DC also released Arkham City – End Game, a tale set after the events of the second game.

These great stories are collected in the Arkham City and Arkham Unhinged trade paperbacks, all available from us via our online store and retail outlets. They are also available digitally in our ComiXology Digital Store.

So, if you’re ready to extend your stay in Arkham City, visit the links below…

See all of the hardcover and softcover editions available here.

Buy the Batman Arkham Stories in our Digital Store

Previews #306 Preorders (Comics shipping from May 2014)

Previews #305 - New 52: Future's End

Previews #306

March’s Previews catalogue is now available to read through and we have a spreadsheet csv order form with UK prices for you to download and fill in!. There is a wealth of comics, books, magazines, clothing, toys, statues, games and more available. If you’re interested in getting hold of anything in the catalogue, just follow the steps…

Step One: Have a look through the catalogue textfile.

Step Two: Download the order form (ACE Order Form no.468).

Step Three: Indicate the items you want in the csv order form and attach it to a return email or fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page with the order numbers and descriptions of the items you want.

After these steps have been completed, we can set you up with a FREE Advance Order Account. Once we have taken your payment details, you will be able to place any Previews orders with us from now on!

Please note the cut-off date for placing orders from Previews #306 is 28th March 2014..

Previews’ recommendations are listed below. If we have the item available for subscription in our online shop you’ll be able to add it to your basket using the relevant buttons…

NEW 52: FUTURE’S END #1
Keith Giffen | Patrick Zircher | Ryan Sook | Various
DC COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 468/0164

Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52′s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member dies!

TREES #1
Warren Ellis | Jason Howard
IMAGE COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 468/0475

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

ORIGINAL SIN #1
Jason Aaron | Mike Deodato | Julian Totino Tedesco
MARVEL COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 468/0615

Who shot The Watcher?

The Watcher, the mysterious space-god who’s been watching us from the moon for as long as we can remember… is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel Comics history.

As Nick Fury leads the heroes of the Marvel Universe in an investigation, other forces are marshaling as well and other questions are arising. Why is Black Panther gathering a secret team of his own, including Emma Frost, the Punisher and Dr. Strange? Who is the Unseen? What was the Original Sin? What was stolen from the Watcher’s lair? And most importantly, who now holds the Marvel Universe’s darkest secrets in the palm of their hand?

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL – SON OF DATHOMIR #1
Jeremy Barlow | Juan Frigeri | Mauro Vargas | Chris Scalf
DARK HORSE COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 468/0018

Getting cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and being rejected by his former Sith master Darth Sidious isn’t going to defeat Darth Maul. In fact, it only makes him mad enough to take on the galaxy-with an army of Mandalorians!

A part of The Clone Wars season 6 you never saw!

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1
Brian Michael Bendis | David Marquez
MARVEL COMICS
ACE ITEM CODE: 468/0697

Part One of the biggest Spider-Man story of the year “Revival”!

Miles is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life! A big, big, big villain from Peter Parker’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down! The last page will have Ultimate Spider-Man fans screaming! This issue can’t be missed!

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See May’s new comics and more in ‘Illuminations’

Illuminations - Free Webzine

The latest Illuminations is here and it’s a bumper, fifteen-page edition featuring all of the big five’s new comics and one-shots, plus a smattering of indies and graphic novel selections!

You can also check out our History BookLocke & Key: Welcome To Lovecraft – and read through another fantastic Biff’s Bit as Biff discusses Marvel‘s movements in the digital comics medium.

Click on the image below to open the pdf file, then either read it online or save it for later (file size is 3.35MB, so you may have to wait a couple of minutes to load, depending on your connection speed).

Visit our Illuminations page, for previous issues.