Titan Comics Adds “Legends of Today” to The Bilal Library

Bilal: Legends of Today, released by Titan Comics on February 16, brings together The Cruise of Forgotten (1975), The Stone Vessel (1976) and The City That Did Not Exist (1977) in a 128-page hardcover.

Antagonised by an enigmatic character with supernatural powers, which serves as a theme for the trilogy, the three stories delve into the lives of various traditional communities (a village of the Landes, a Breton fishing port, a small working-class town in the North) as they fight against the police, the army, and all those in power, whose action, at the time, was very controversial.

Bilal: Legends Of Today is illustrated by Enki Bilal (The Nikopol Trilogy, Exterminator 17, Monster), in collaboration with Pierre Christin, the multiple award-winning comics writer. Bilal is regarded as one of the leading European comics creators working today, and his most famous work, The Nikopol Trilogy, has been released as both a videogame and a film (directed by Bilal) called Immortal, starring Charlotte Rampling.

Ten pages of interior art follow the jump.

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Moorcock’s Elric The Eternal Champion in New Comics Collection

Titan Comics adds another volume to The Moorcock Library with its Elric The Eternal Champion Collection.

Iconic sword-and-sorcery author Michael Moorcock weaves magic, heroism, and wonder as his legendary Eternal Champion Elric features in two rarely seen adventures illustrated by French artist Phillippe Druillet and veteran Moorcock interpreter James Cawthorn.

In Druillet’s “Return to Melniboné,” Elric, armed with his sentient runeblade Stormbringer, returns to the Dragon isle of Melniboné and to his cousin and lover Cymoril. Unbeknown to Elric, dark forces are gathering and there is a sinister conspiracy to steal Stormbringer and bring chaos to Melniboné.

James Cawthorn’s “Stormbringer” sees Elric’s wife, Zarozinia, kidnapped by servants of Chaos and ransomed for the runeblades, Mournblade and Stormbringer. Elric must enter the World of Chaos and confront Chardros the Reaper, Mabelode the Faceless, and Slortar the Old – the three most powerful Lords in the Realm of Chaos – and fight not just for the life of Zarozinia, but for all of mankind.

  • Writer: Michael Moorcock
  • Artists: James Cawthorn, Philippe Druillet
  • Publisher: Titan Comics 
  • Hardcover, 56pp, $19.99, £17.99; On sale January 2021; ISBN: 9781785869556

About the Creators:

  • Michael Moorcock is a prolific and award-winning writer with more than eighty works of fiction and non-fiction to his name. He is the creator of Elric, Jerry Cornelius and Colonel Pyat, amongst many other memorable characters. In 2008, The Times named Moorcock in their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

    Philippe Druillet is known for his innovative approach to visual design. Since the start of his career in 1966, Druillet has won multiple awards, including the European Sci-Fi award for comics in 1972, The Grand Prize for a Science Fiction Franchise in 1976, in 1990 he was inducted into the European Science Fiction Society Hall of Fame for his artistry, and in 1996 he won the National Art and Graphics Grand Prize.
  • James Cawthorn has had a long working relationship with Michael Moorcock, illustrating his prose serials, and the comic strip Planet Peril, and writing the three-part serial Handar the Red in Tarzan Adventures, and illustrating for the Sexton Blake Library. He drew graphic novels adaptations of Moorcock stories, including Stormbringer, The Jewel in the Skull, and The Crystal and the Amulet.

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Missy #1 Launches in April

Cover by David Busian

Titan Comics announced that this April they will launch a brand-new series in the Doctor Who comics line featuring one of the Doctor’s darkest nemeses in Missy #1.

Following on from the huge success of the Doctor Who Comic crossover adventures, starring the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors as they battled iconic villains like the Weeping Angels, Skithra, Sea Devils and Autons, this new story sees the series expand its horizons even further with the first appearance of the Twelfth Doctor’s arch-rival Missy (as played on TV by Michelle Gomez). 

MISSY wages war on the Doctor, but this time she’s not alone! Can the combined brilliance of the Third and Twelfth Doctor avert her deadly scheme, or will she get her hands on a secret weapon capable of wreaking havoc on the universe? This special story, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Master’s first appearance, will feature more Doctors and Masters than ever before.

This new series will also see the return of the critically acclaimed creative team behind the Doctor Who comics with Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Spider-Man), illustrator Roberta Ingranata (Witchblade), and colorist Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

For writer Jody Houser, this upcoming arc has been a long time coming: “I wrote a few pages of Missy way back in The Road to Thirteen, and I’ve been dying to write more of her ever since. Her ineffable cunning and sense of fun make her the most delightful sort of monster.”

Missy #1 will debut with a selection of amazing variant covers, including the first of a stunning four-part Masters connected cover set by Claudia Caranfa featuring Michelle Gomez, John Simm, Roger Delgado and Sacha Dhawan as well as a cover by the fan-favorite artist David Busian (Star Wars Adventures). 

Doctor Who: Missy #1 hits stores and digital devices April 2021. Pre-order the comic ahead of its release in April 2021 (February Diamond Previews) from your local comic shop, from Forbidden Planet (UK & Europe), or digitally at Comixology.

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Titan Comics Latest Issue of Doctor Who

Cover by Peach Momoko

Doctor Who returns in Issue #2 with the comic debut of iconic Seventies TV villain.

After narrowly escaping the Weeping Angels and the Autons in 1960s London, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor must team-up once again to save present-day Earth from being overrun by the classic aquatic villain, the Sea Devils!

Who else can they turn to for help but Rose Tyler: leader of the human resistance!

Enjoy the art.

  • Author(s): Jody Houser
  • Artist(s): Roberta Ingranata
  • Date/Price: December 16, 2020; $3.99

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Philosophy of Spider-Man
Blog Tour Visits File 770

File 770 today is celebrating one of the Twelve Days of Spider-Man on Titan Comics’ blog tour, featuring art highlights from The Philosophy of Spider-Man, including a page exclusively unveiled here.

Swing into the marvelous mayhem of Spider-Man’s thoughts, wise-cracks, and web-fueled wisdom! A lavish collection of everything that makes Spidey tick.

Is your spider-sense tingling? This wonderful little book reveals all the quirks and quick-wittedness that the scarlet spider revels in and dispels it for your pleasure

How funny is Peter Parker really? How does he cope with J. Jonah Jameson’s incessant barking? Is an upside-down kiss as easy as it looks? All this and more as the mind of the most popular superhero of recent history is unwebbed!

With great power comes a great number of jokes, jibes and jovial wordplay as you delve into some of Spider-Man’s most comedic comic book moments, laudable cover art, and pure Spidey-(non)sense.

The volume follows the success of last year’s The Philosophy Of Deadpool.

Here’s our debut page from the book:

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Horizon Zero Dawn Blog Tour
Visits File 770

Horizon Zero Dawn Vol 1: The Sunhawk, released November 24, is a fully authorized expansion of the world of the epic, game. It explores a new adventure with fan favorite characters Talanah and Aloy, and collects issues 1-4 of the single comics. 

Horizon: a far-future Earth full of epic natural beauty and forgotten ruins, where awe-inspiring, animal-like machines are the dominant species and humans struggle to survive in pre-industrial tribes. In the aftermath of a titanic battle that almost laid waste to the capital city of Meridian, Talanah, one of the greatest machine-hunters in the land, struggles to find her place in the rebuilding effort. Making matters worse, Aloy, her trusted friend and confidant, has disappeared. When a new threat emerges in the hinterlands, she must decide how best to serve her tribe, her friends, and herself.   

File 770 is hosting the second day of Titan Comics blog tour, featuring some of the art highlights in the collection.


HORIZON ZERO DAWN

Writer: Anne Toole, winner of Writers Guild Award, was one of the writers on the Horizon Zero Dawn video game. The game earned critical acclaim for its writing and won the Golden Joystick Award for Best Storytelling. She also created the hundred-episode series Alles Liebe, Annette and wrote for the Emmy-winning webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. She also contributed writing to the videogame The Witcher.

Artist: Ann Maulina is an up and coming artist based in Indonesia. She is the author and artist for her own webcomic Raruurien.

Titan Comics; Softcover, 112pp, $16.99, £13.99; ISBN: 9781785861260

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Whovian Review

By Cat Eldridge: Jodi Houser’s Doctor Who: A Tale of Two Time Lords, Vol. 1: A Little Help From My Friends

This graphic novel from Titans Comics involves my two favorite Doctors from the modern era, the Tenth and Thirteen Doctors. Written by Jodi Houser who’s also written Faith for Valiant Comics, Max Ride: Ultimate Flight and Agent May for Marvel Comics, and Orphan Black for IDW, it’s splendidly illustrated by Roberta Ingranata, an Italian artist who’s mainly worked for a European comic publisher I’ve never heard of until now.

Note that Doctor Who: A Tale of Two Time Lords Vol. 1: A Little Help From My Friends is the beginning of a series and not a one-off, so we can expect more delightful tales involving these two Time Lords.

This story ties into the fan-favorite Tenth Doctor “Blink” episode which was written by former showrunner Steven Moffat. With her Companions (Yaz, Ryan and Graham), she battles the Weeping Angels – assisted by the Tenth Doctor! It’s set in the swinging Sixties London, which makes for a good background for a Whovian story.

Ok so how does it read as a Who story? Quite brilliantly, actually. Houser has a deft sense of the Doctors as characters so her script feels right, and Ingranata’s art, though not exactly representative of how I think they look, captures their feel well enough. Tennant’s easy to illustrate as is Whittaker and that helps here. The premise is that during ‘Blink’ the Tenth Doctor and his companion Martha were transported by the Weeping Angels back to 1969 where they will encounter the Thirteenth Doctor. And together they will battle another ancient enemy of the Time Lords.

I’m not going to give anything away but will note that if you like Doctor Who, I think you’ll like this story. Her Doctors  are believable and the story is told very very well with the artwork good enough to carry her story excellently.

Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors Team in New Comics Series

Following Titan Comics’ Time Lord Victorious mini-series, and after narrowly escaping the Weeping Angels in 1960s London, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor must team-up once again to save present-day Earth from being overrun by a race of aquatic villains.

Who else can they turn to for help but Rose Tyler, leader of the human resistance?

Written by Jody Houser, interior art by Roberta Ingranata, and an array of variant covers.

Issue #1 goes on sale November 18, just ahead of Doctor Who Comics Day – November 21.

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The Knights of Heliopolis Coming from Titan Comics in April 2021

Titan Comics will make the latest release from acclaimed creator Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, Technopriests, Metabarons) available for the first time in English in April 2020.

The 18th century. In a monastery in the North of Spain hides the sacred temple of the Knights of Heliopolis: an assembly of immortal alchemists cut off from the world. As disciple Seventeen prepares to complete his training and integrate order, his master Fulcanelli reveals to the other knights the terrible secret of his origins – Seventeen is actually the hidden son of King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette! Will the young heir claim the throne or remain in the shadows, faithful to the millennial precepts of Alchemy?

This Dumas’ classic tale The Man in the Iron Mask is brilliantly rewritten as a grand esoteric fable, with stunning artwork from Jérémy (Barracuda, La Complainte des Landes Perdus). 

About the Creators:

  • Alejandro Jodorowsky is a French-Chilean film-maker, playwright, actor, author, musician and comics writer, best known for his controversial avant-garde films and as a notable comic writer with The Incal, created in conjunction with the late Moebius, often cited as the greatest comic ever written.
  • Jérémy, born in 1984, started alongside Philippe Delaby as a colorist at just 17 years old. While working on coloring projects, he took the time to produce a comic strip about pirates, Barracuda, written by Jean Dufaux. On the death of his master Philippe Delaby, Jérémy agreed to complete the 21 remaining plates from volume 4 of the second cycle of La Complainte des landes perdus. 

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Wika, A Comic Combining Steampunk and Fairies,
Coming in 2021

Wika, a baroque steampunk fairy tale written by Thomas Day and with art by Olivier Ledriot, is coming from Titan Comics in March 2021.

After narrowly escaping an uprising that claims the lives of her parents, Wika, the last of a royal line of fairies, must evade the assassins on her trail long enough to discover the secret of her lineage. Uncover Thomas Day’s first comic book story – a dark tale of magic and mystery, with fairies, dwarves, goblins and elves, in a stunning epic fantasy world brought to life by the beautiful illustrations of Olivier Ledroit.

Thomas Day, born in Paris, is a French-language SF and fantasy writer. He has published fifteen novels since 2002. His novel Way of the Sword was adapted as a comic strip by French publisher Glénat (soon to be released in English by Titan Comics’ Statix Press line), and received the Julia Verlanger Prize in 2003.

Olivier Ledroit is a French comic book artist who studied for two years at the Duperré School of Applied Arts in Paris. He is best known for his work on The Black Moon Chronicles and In June 1997, he adapted the new Deadly Enemies by Philip K. Dick. He has teamed with comics auteur Pat Mills on two occasions: Sha and Requiem: Vampire Knights, for which he won the Favorite European Comics Eagle Award in 2007.

Several pages of Wika’s beautiful artwork follow the jump.

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