I did have a wee bit of a panic on for a bit there when I thought I wasn't going to be able to get a new issue out in time for Christmas but thankfully the lettering is all going to fall into place after all
*breathes sigh if relief*
so here's a look at that cover again - Mignola inspired art by Dave Candlish, coloured by Jim Cameron.
And inside the comic? We have 44 pages of fantastic art and stories;
Greg Meldrum and Stephen Prestwood combine their talents to bring you a new Spencer Nero tale,
Mark Howard and Chris Askham have a Jikan story set on a famous sailing ship, Demeter,
El Bigote returns by the original creators, Matt McLoughlin and El Chivo,
HdE and Jim Cameron give us a one off tale with a twist called The Biggest Stick
and our cover story is a new serial, Bludd & Xandi, by Mark Howard and Tom Newell
So I just read the Shadow Now #2 which was 22 glossy pages of glossy decompressed story interspersed with 10 pages of adverts plus covers. It took less than 15 minutes to read and cost £2.80 from Forbidden Planet. Throw in the option of variant covers and you've got everything that is wrong with US comics in a nutshell.
You could spend that much on an unsatisfyingly milky coffee from Costabucks and it would last as long.
This is why I prefer small press comics;
Zarjaz have just released their latest issue. It may be A5 in size but at least it has no adverts in.
Martillo is a one character book of short stories featuring a priest fighting evil in Franco's Spain.
The new PARAGON (out next month) has 44 pages (plus covers), A4 in size, 5 separate complete stories and no adverts - and all for £2.50
So tell me, what's your preference? US comics you can skim through?
Or a a hearty UK product to see you through the Winter months?