FEATURE: 2013 The Year That Was Part 3

Welcome back to ICN’s run down of releases for 2013. We have the first two parts of the feature posted here and here. Just as before, whilst every effort was made to include what we knew was released, there may be someone who may have been excluded. If you know of anyone who should be in here please drop us a line at [email protected] and we will happily rectify. So let’s get on with July.

July

Argo 5 #8

Though not released by an Irish company, Argo 5 #8 featured a cameo appearance by The Celtic Clan’s The Citizen. Earth’s premiere megahero team, Argo 5, take on threats from intergalactic to mystical to the greatest challenge of them all… social relationships. Can these megaheroes defend the earth and still handle the drama of social interaction?

But it here: http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=8622

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Lightning Strike #3

Lightning Strike #3 got its launch at Arcade Con in July and featured a cool cover by Luca Pizzari and slimmed down contents inside with four stories inside.

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Them #3

In the third part of Tommie Kelly’s regular release, things go from bad to worse as Roman begins to think he is losing his mind.

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August

Lightning Strike Presents: Company Man #1

Company Man from creator Pete Hernandez got its European debut this summer and signifies Lightning Strike’s first foray into single story publication following on from their two highly acclaimed anthology issues of this Spring and last. This issue of Company Man from Pete Hernandez represents a real detailed entry point for readers to indulge themselves in a Brooklyn of 2025 and the world of Nick Reyes, a kid who ten years earlier received an injection that the books blurb tells you changed his life forever.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/04/advance-review-lightning-strikes-company-man-1/

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Jennifer Wilde: The Wild Hunt #1

This is a one-shot which takes place just after the first Jennifer Wilde series. Jennifer has decided that a change of scenary is in order and she, along with Oscar, visit the West of Ireland. This story is different kind of story to the first series but still fits comfortably in the world created by Maura McHugh and Stephen Downey.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/08/review-jennifer-wilde-the-wilde-hunt/

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Big Bastard #0

The year is 1899. The place, Ireland. A mystical and destructive shockwave has torn through the country. Strange and dangerous creatures have appeared in its wake. It is up to four unlikely human specimens and one mysterious, big ol’ bastard to try and save the world. Let’s see if they can manage. written by Danny McColgan and is illustrated by Neil O’Driscoll the number zero issue got its release at Dublin Comic Con in August.

Site: http://bigbastardcomic.com/

League of Volunteers: Return of the King #1

Previously, the Druid gathered a team of heroes including the Archer, the Glimmerman, the Blood Rose and Fionn Mac Cumhaill to fight an ancient evil Bocanach He was defeated but with the heroic sacrifice of the Black Scorpion. Afterwards, the heroes learn that there are more threats both domestic and foreign that have to be dealt with.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/06/review-the-league-of-volunteers-the-return-of-the-king-1-of-3/

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Innocent Tales #1

This is the first issue from Green Monkey Comics and writer Gavin McCumiskey who provides the three scripts for the tales within. Bringing on board two artists who are pretty well-known in Ireland in Anthony O’Neill and Ger Hankey along with new artist S. Rhoades, McCumiskey set out his stall as someone to watch with this three strip issue about to showcase his and others talents.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/08/review-innocent-tales-1/

Site: http://www.greenmonkeycomics.com/

Glimmer Man #1

Glimmer Man is set during the Spanish civil war and deals with the characters origin story with plot by Robert Curley and Darrin O’ Toole, script by Darrin O’ Toole, art by Luca Pizzari.

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September

Artos #2

The first part of The Wren/Artos crossover had been in the planning stages for a while and saw the light of day at D.I.C.E in September set in the west of the mythical land of Hibernia and focuses on Conor McMahon who comes from a long line of protectors to the sacred Aillwee Caves.

New design for Artos by Jason Connors

Big Bastard #1

Big Bastard was a hit at DICE when it got its launch courtesy of Danny McColgan and Neil O’Driscoll. Taking place at the tail end of the 19th century and covering much of the geography of Ireland, Big Bastard centres around a quartet of people who are called upon following a mysterious shockwave that rips through Ireland revealing an otherworld plethora of strange creatures.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/09/advance-review-big-bastard-1/

Site: http://bigbastardcomic.com/

The Celtic Clan #2

After the introduction phase of the characters in the opening issue and with the team let loose here it feels like the story is beginning to hit its stride thanks to Nigel Flood and Frank J. Right.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/07/advance-review-celtic-clan-2/

Lady Babylon #1

Darrin O’Toole and the immensely talented Alan Hurley bring us a book that tells the story of the romance of Leila Waddell and Aleister Crowley and what happens after they die. Waddell was an accomplished writer, magician, violinist and muse to Crowley who was a notorious English occultist, magician, poet and mountaineer.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/09/advance-review-lady-babylon-issue-one/

Site: http://www.darrinotoole.com/

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Earthruler

The Kickstarter funded book got its launch at DICE also with writer Darrin O’Toole and Shawn Langley. As with all great sci-fi, the story is not without its twists and turns. This volume contains issues one to three and, as there is more to come, we are left with the cliffhanger ending.

REVIEW: http://www.irishcomicnews.com/2013/10/review-earthruler-book-one/

Site: http://www.darrinotoole.com/

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Zara Rogers Teaser

The now aborted Zara Rogers teaser issue was released at DICE. From Tommie Kelly, its a huge pity that we won’t see where it goes.

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Join us again next time when we will cover the final three months of the year and thanks once more for reading.