Return to a world where the rich can afford the best in super hero protection, but the poor have to get by with the heroic equivalent of third party, fire and theft
Fame! They build you up just to knock you down. When the down on their luck employees of Heroes 4 Zeroes find themselves the subject of a reality TV show they become the target of a group of religious fundamentalists who are decidedly more than meets the eye. How will they cope when a plot to overthrow the government leads to a world without heroes and brings out the wild side in one of their own? Conventions, Reality TV, Politics, Religion, The Monarchy…nothing is sacred this time!
#11 – Disposable Heroes: A World Without Heroes – Sentinel Force leads a march of super villains on Westminster, but with super heroics now illegal, who can possibly stand in their way? Meanwhile, who’s pulling the strings of this arch manipulator, can The Loner thwart the theft of some truly excellent boxes and will Flame-O survive his first day at his new job?
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Zakk Ridley, pilot, smuggler, rogue, rapscallion…he’d like to think he’s a nice guy. Zakk dreams of an easy life roaming the galaxy and making a fast buck or two, but those dreams are thrown into disarray when he and his robotic first mate, Dan, get involved in a simple delivery that goes awry. Before they know it they’re caught up in an intergalactic conspiracy to keep the galaxy in fear of a constant war on terror.
Will they heed Kyouri Denan’s pleas for help in exposing this gross perversion of democracy? Of course they will…eventually… The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley is a rip roaring adventure across the galaxy, stopping off at a few of it’s seedier dives on the way…
Written by Ian Sharman and Peter Rogers and beautifully painted by willing art slave, Ewan McLaughlin, click HERE to download The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley right now for a whopping 60% off! And that’s 60% off the digital price, not the print price…so you can get the whole gosh darn book for just $1.60/£1.22!
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Alpha Gods: Revelation #2
Chapter Two: Consequences
The Alpha Gods face the consequences of their reaction to Revenant’s secret and Outrage and Juice’s relationship, as Juice pushes Eclipse away. Meanwhile, rebel Nephilim have hatched a plan to thwart the plan to free the Grigori. The stakes get higher as everything falls apart.
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Alpha Gods: – Revelation #1
Chapter One: The End
On the run from their former masters in the Department of Extra-Human Affairs, Revenant is forced to reveal his secret when a tragedy hits. Meanwhile, the shape shifting Nephilim have recruited the Merovingian Prince to fulfil an ancient prophecy and finally free their fathers, the Grigori, from their extra-dimensional prison. How will the Alpha Gods cope with pressures that threaten to tear the team apart?
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‘Peruse – that’s a good word. Put that in your report.’ Holly Rose nudges me conspiratorially. ‘Peruse our comics,’ we coo alternatingly, scanning the milling convention crowds for another victim to be ensnared by our sales pitch. Happily for Orang Utan Comics, the event is the London Film and Comic Con and the eager and the willing comic aficionado is in rich supply. The bright and beautiful covers of our books do half the work for us.
It’s three o’clock on Saturday and the Olympia Grand Hall is heaving. A neon-green dreadlocked cyberpunk glides past a Dovahkiin. Elsewhere, a father clutches a life-size Gremlin replica, letting his bright-eyed sprog steer him towards Star Trek merchandise.
‘We only have three Hypergirl hardbacks left,’ Ian Sharman, the co-writer of the science fiction fantasy adventure, states, marking the sales book. That Hypergirl has drawn positive public response isn’t at all surprising; the art and the vivid colours are bright wrapping for a package that delivers adventure and optimistic encouragement to the reader. It’s a coming of age story, detailing how the plot’s protagonist, the teenage Charley Matthews, lost in foster care finds her inner hero and the bravery to hold her own in the bizarre world of Weirdsville.
David Wynne, the comic’s artist sharing the writing duties, would later tweet “7 year old girl just came to table (with mum, obv) & basically fell in love with Hypergirl. Which is kind of the point of all this” At this particular moment, however, he has barely time to nod an acknowledgement; he’s half-way through his three-minute speed sketch challenge. The dark knight of the OUC table is a mysterious specimen, seemingly fuelled solely by coffee. It’s a busy weekend; needs, musts.
‘What if you don’t finish it in three minutes, what happens then? Do I get my money back?’ jokes a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle enthusiast, watchful of the timer on his iPhone and the flurry of pencil and marker a few feet away.
‘It hasn’t happened yet,’ David signs a headshot of Donatello with a flourish. Another happy customer. The speed sketches are attracting a lot of interest. Mr Wynne would later reflect that challengers with a wilder, more elaborate request often get a less finished and less detailed sketch than those with simpler orders. Aside from xenomorphs, ninja turtles and Batmen (it’s always a plural for David) it was the Borg Locutus who was the trickiest to fulfil.
‘How are the commissions going so far?’ I ask him later. His answer is a satisfied pat of his coin and note laden pocket.
The OUC is doing well too, with such a variety titles on offer the Indy label manages to tick a box for every corner of geekdom. There are zombies and horror in Dead Men and superhero satire in Hero: 9 – 5 (‘political boobs’ as one recent review described it), there’s futuristic science fiction with Alpha Gods: Emergence.
This weekend another title joins the roster, as Shrapnel: Case Files issue one (brought to you by the imagination of Holly Rose, art of Katrine Rasmussen, colours by Yel Zamor and letters courtesy of Ian Sharman) leaps onto the OUC scene. The story inhabits Hypergirl’s universe, albeit with a distinctly darker and grittier twist, and introduces Shrapnel; Weirdsville’s boy vigilante and, Lalla Olivier; a bored young secretary who stumbles across more than she has bargained for.
“…you’re about to jump as gracefully as possible into the wonderful, wacky world of Weirdsville; you’re about to learn all about Shrapnel.” Writes Holly Rose in the preface. “You are also about to learn that as much as superheroes and beating thugs up is fun, people and their little lives are far more interesting and important.”
Truly, there is more than meets the eye for Shrapnel and we invite you to take your first steps into his world with Case Files #1.
It’s late afternoon on Saturday and it’s time to depart; more comic work awaits at home. But, as I cast a glance back at our OUC base, I see more than books and banners flying high above them, what I see is a group of cyberspace drifters, creatives who have gravitated towards each other through a shared passion for art and storytelling. Ask many of our comrades and they will agree that comics is a nutty place to call home, but its rewards are like nothing else.
The remaining hardback copies of Hypergirl all found their homes on Sunday.