Rejoice, mortals, for the UK’s best-loved horror comics of the 70s and 80s are making another appearance this Halloween following their triumphant return last year.
If you follow the UK comics scene you probably know that 2000AD publishers, Rebellion, acquired a huge chunk of IPC Fleetway’s back catalogue last year and have been drip feeding hungry vintage comic fans with classic, as well as brand new, content from those titles under the banner of The Treasury of British Comics. After testing the waters with lovingly compiled Monster and The Dracula File collections, to the surprise and delight of readers, they announced that two beloved properties, Scream! and Misty would be joining forces for a one-off Halloween special. This release of all new stories resurrected favourites such as The Sentinels and The Thirteenth Floor, characters from other Fleetway properties (such as Black Max of Thunder) and was also used as a launching pad for their new superhero title The Vigilant.
As with last year’s release, two variant covers will be available, depending on which title you prefer. Kyle Holz (best known for his work on Doctor Strange and the official illustrated Tobin’s Spirit Guide) will provide the Scream! headlined version while Lenka Šimečková (of the webcomic The Sorrowful Putto of Prague) illustrates the Misty edition.
The new volume sees The Thirteenth Floor and Black Max return as well as three brand new original tales. The Holz illustrated edition will be hitting newsagents shelves on 31st October but Šimečková’s version is a web-only exclusive. Both cost £4.99 for the print edition and will also be available in digital format from the day of release. Due to the overwhelming demand last year it is recommended to pre-order. Print copies of the 2017 edition are sold out but a digital copy can still be purchased for £2.99 from Rebellion’s webshop.