Hot on the heels of a move from Leicester to Birmingham, Time Bomb Comics has announced a number of forthcoming one-shots and graphic novels currently in development, including work by DC Thomson stalwart Keith Page.
The Last Ride of Henry Golden: is a graphic novel written by Derby-based Alex De-Gruchy, with line artwork by Giorgio Ianotti (one of the artists on the Magic City project), and colour art by Rebecca Labor. Set in Glory, Nevada. 1871 it opens with Sheriff David Samuels hunting down Henry Holden, a man who took what was rightfully his from the corrupt and ruthless landowner, John Kelly. Three weeks later, Samuels rides back into Glory with a dead man on his horse and a weight on his soul he knows he can never shake off...
Kelly is happy that all is once again as it should be in his town. But he's wrong. Sheriff Samuels knows he has damned himself - he isn't looking for any kind of redemption. But with innocent blood on his hands and a tin star on his chest he no longer deserves to wear, Samuels knows that one way or another, a reckoning is coming. And if it's one that costs him his life, well, that's just fine with him.
Skylark is a graphic novel by Jonathon Darque, with art from Katja Lindblom, who contributed to another Timebomb title, Bomb Scares. In the realms of supernatural investigations during the 19th Century, Skylark is legendary. A true adventurer from a bygone age, a man's man and somebody who left countless mysteries behind when he disappeared without a trace.
In the aftermath of the Great War, his son Gabriel has enjoyed a less than stellar reputation - labelled a fraud by the press and a disappointment by his father's peers. Yet it is Gabriel who on a routine investigation finds himself suffering for his father's sins and only he can turn back a threat older than time itself.
"Ever since my childhood years I've had a fondness and fascination for drawing as well as writing stories," says Katja of her work. "When I became a teenager it struck me what an ingenious thing it would be to combine the two. Now I'm striving towards world domination."
Angels of the Somme: is a graphic novel written by Alec Robertson with artwork by Bruce McLaren, set in the Great War - a war which began for Private Doherty joined the Seaforth Highlanders wanting to do his bit for king and country, just like any other ordinary man. But ordinary men shouldn't have to face the horrors of the trenches and the grim battlefields of the Somme.
Fed up with fighting but with nowhere to go, Private Doherty joins a deserter regiment - A rag-tag unit of men from all sides just trying to survive.
Based on historical facts, Angels Of The Somme features the fascinating story of the forgotten deserter regiments of World War One. One for Charley's War fans to check out, perhaps?
Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague: is a one-shot written by Steve Tanner and artwork by Andrew Dodd, a long-awaited follow up to Dick Turpin and the Restless Dead released back in 2008. Notorious highwayman Dick Turpin and his associate Tom King the gentleman thief are living the high-life in nineteenth century London. But Turpin's getting itchy feet and their coin is getting low, so there's just time for one last job before hitting the roads again. Who could have known that the upmarket brothel they decide to rob is infested with the curse of the Crimson Plague?
Finally, there's London Calling: is a graphic novel written by Stephen Walsh, with artwork by Keith Page, due October 2010 featuring Keith's wonderful female detective Charlotte Corday.
There are vampires afoot in London's Highgate Cemetery and only Charlotte and the garlic-toting, stake-swinging coppers of the Metropolitan Police's V-Squad can stop them!
Channelling the spirit of traditional British adventure comics from yesteryear, with a dose of Hammer horror and Ealing Studios thrown in, London Calling features classic black and white storytelling from respected Commando artist Keith Page.
It's a an impressive line up, and we're sure the Time Bomb team will be on hand at Bristol to tell fans more about their plans this weekend.
• For more information visit: www.timebombcomics.com
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