Illuminations: April 2016 Solicitations and more

Illuminations 2016 02: Dredd - Dust

The second edition of Illuminations, our free webzine, is now live!

This latest issue features all of the eagerly anticipated new series and one-shots from the big five publishers (Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and IDW), plus a smattering of fine choice cuts culled from the many independents.

Dredd: Dust is our cover star, heralding the new two-part story from the world of the fabulous Dredd movie. Inside, you’ll find details on books such as Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Aliens: Defiance, The X-Files, Harley Quinn’s April Fools Special, Xena, Warrior Princess, Vikings, Strawberry Shortcake and The Fix. There are forty-two titles listed, so you’ve plenty of new reads to choose from.

Fight Club 2, Pretty Deadly Vol.2, The Twilight Children, The Complete Emily The Strange, How To Talk To Girls At Parties and Paul Dini‘s Dark Night: A True Batman Story all appear within the pages of our ‘Novel Ideas’ feature.

This month, Biff has a couple more Marvel recommendations, and looks at the increasing number of TV and movie related comic books finding their way onto the market.

Illuminations finishes with January’s ‘Top 20 Graphic Novels Chart’, listing the best-selling books at ACE Comics for the start of the year.

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Vikings, Dredd, Xena, Aliens and more join April’s Subscriptions

New Subscriptions for April 2016

Eight new comic subscriptions have been added to the online store, all beginning in April 2016!

Michael Hirst‘s epic History Channel series Vikings makes the leap to comics for the first time. The creative team of Cavan Scott and Staz Johnson will chronicle a new saga of glory and plunder, featuring Ragnar, Lagertha, Rollo, and their legendary kin. What’s intore? Politics, intrigue, betrayal and, of course, axe-wielding, blood-spraying, sword-swinging combat!

Arthur Wyatt and Ben Willsher bring us another movie sequel comic to the amazing Dredd! Titled ‘Dust’, this two-part special focuses on a ruthless gang slaying committed by an extraordinary perp. Dredd’s quest for answers leads beyond the walls of Mega-City One and into the inhospitable irradiated wasteland called The Cursed Earth!

Following an eight year absence for comic store shelves, Xena, Warrior Princess returns to the medium in April with American science fiction and fantasy writer Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman) and artist Ariel Medel (John Carter: Warlord of Mars) on creative duties. After the Twilight of the Gods, the world is precariously uncertain. The power of Rome is growing and Caesar is determined to conquer by lies what he can’t conquer by force. Xena and Gabrielle scramble to stop him before they have to wage war against a man they once called a friend.

Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys is a six issue miniseries from Frank Tieri, Jimmy Palmiotti and Mauricet featuring the story of her strange new army of assistants! Despite being on the job for just a few months, the Gang is ready to stand up and show what they can do without Harley …and they just might have to, because she’s been kidnapped!

Writer Brian Wood (The Massive, Rebels) and artist Tristan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road, TMNT) team up to take on the xenomorphs in the new twelve-part Aliens series Defiance! It follows struggling Colonial Marine rookie Zula Hendricks as she goes AWOL on a dangerous journey across the stars to protect Earth from an unknown alien species.

The Ninth Doctor is back, and this time he’s ongoing! Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor, by Cavan Scott (see Vikings above) and Adriana Melo, begins with ‘Doctormania’ as the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack uncover a mysterious video which takes the Doctor to a planet where he is, inexplicably, a celebrity!

Gold Key: Alliance, by Phil Hester (Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, The Bionic Man) and Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats, Legenderry: Green Hornet), brings together the legendary heroes Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Solar: Man of the Atom and The Mighty Samson in an adventure where they all share the same time and the same world – ours! Struggling with the perils of the twenty-first century, they must unite when a greater evil is approaches for a battle that will change them all forever!

Finally, the legend that is Bruce Lee is resurrected for The Dragon Rises from Darby Pop. Co-written by Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee and Jackie Chan Adventures executive producer Jeff Kline, with art from Brandon McKinney (ElfQuest, Godzilla), the book is set in a current-day world where Bruce Lee never died. And he hasn’t aged. But there are still a large number of “thugs” who want a piece of him!

Find more information on each of the series below…

New Marvel Subs including Poe Dameron, Gwenpool and Black Panther

New Subscriptions for April: Marvel Comics

Among the list of new comic series beginning in April 2016, Marvel have announced the following five fantastic features…

Leading the attack is Star Wars: Poe Dameron, a brand new book featuring the hero pilot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Charles Soule (Star Wars: Lando, Daredevil) and Phil Noto (Star Wars: Chewbacca, Black Widow) bring you the ongoing adventures of the best pilot in the galaxy, hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on covert missions against the First Order. His backstory is revealed as Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force…

Featuring in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther stars in a brand new ongoing series from MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between The World And Me) and artist Brian Stelfreeze (Shadow of the Bat, Domino). A superhuman terrorist group called The People has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of African nation Wakanda. The current Black Panther, T’Challa, knows the country must change to survive – the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?

Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru are the team on Gwenpool, another new ongoing series. Breaking out from her first appearances in 2015, Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you, until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel’s least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!

Empress is the new, seven issue miniseries from Mark Millar (The Authority, The Ultimates, Civil War, Kick-Ass) and Stuart Immonen (Ultimate X-Men, New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man). The story centres on the wife of a galactic dictator and her plan to leave him and take her three children – Aine, Adam and Puck – with her, armed only with her wits, her bodyguard, and three guns. As an added twist, the planet of which she is queen is Earth, 65 million years ago!

Rounding out the quintet is the return of Moon Knight by Jeff Lemire (All New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men, Old Man Logan) and Greg Smallwood (A+X, S.H.I.E.L.D.). Moon Knight, Marc Spector, wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime’s worth of medical records. Has he really been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years? Something is wrong, but is that something Marc Spector himself? Find out when his whole identity/indentities are called into question!

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Illuminations: March’s New Series, Graphic Novels, Biff’s Bit and more

Illuminations 2016 01: International Iron Man

The new edition of our free webzine Illuminations features the hot new series and one-shots heading your way in March!

Look out for cover star International Iron Man, Predator: Life And Death, Spider-Man / Silk: The Spiderfly Effect, Rivers Of London: The Night Witch, Independence Day, Mockingbird and IDW’s Deviations series among the forty-four listed comic books.

There are sixteen more recommended graphic novels in ‘Novel Ideas’ including Star Wars: Vader Down, Paper Girls, Danger Girl: Renegade, Star Trek / Green Lantern, Tokyo Ghost and Absolute Preacher.

Biff shares his thoughts on the passing of icon and legend David Bowie in ‘Biff’s Bit’ and we have December’s Graphic Novel Top 20 Chart rounding off the issue.

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Illuminations: January’s new books in detail, Biff’s Bit and more

Illuminations 2015 11: Hellboy

Looking ahead to next year, the latest edition of Illuminations features all of January’s key new series and one-shots!

From cover star Hellboy: Winter Special, to Swamp Thing, Star Wars: Obi-Wan And Anakin, Faith, Spider-Man / Deadpool and Pencilhead, you’ll find twentyseven new titles from the big five publishers along with a handful of choice independent books on offer.

‘Novel Ideas’ coughs up another sixteen selected graphic novels including Witchblade: Borne Again Vol.3, Batman: Arkham Knight – Genesis, Nameless, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and Color Your Own Deadpool.

‘Biff’s Bit’ is well worth a read as he looks at Tom Hart’s beautiful and heartbreaking upcoming book, Rosalie Lightning.

You can also see October’s Graphic Novel Top 20 Chart, featuring Star Wars, Jupiter’s Circle, Fables, Injection and Bitch Planet.

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New Miniseries for January 2016

Star Wars: Obi-Wan And Anakin

Following the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at cinemas in December, January sees the debut of Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan And Anakin, a six-issue miniseries set a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young “chosen one”. Called to a remote planet for assistance, the Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point!

Sticking with the movie-related theme, Suicide Squad: Most Wanted – Deadshot / Katana also begins, with stories written by Brian Buccellato and Mike W. Barr. This extra-sized six-issue series follows the two ‘Squad’ members on spectacular solo adventures!

Renae De Liz writes and draws The Legend Of Wonder Woman – a nine-issue miniseries set before Hippolyta’s daughter fulfills her destiny and brings that new world to life. Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

And our fourth featured miniseries is Swamp Thing, an all-new six-parter written by his co-creator, legendary writer Len Wein! Having received an ominous warning, Swamp Thing finds himself under attack from the forces of dark magic, but there’s something much worse looming on the horizon for Alec Holland!

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