Subscribers will already have a copy, but those of you in the UK are now able go out and buy the first issue of Comic Heroes, a quarterly magazine spinning out of SFX that is, as the name suggests, entirely comics-related. The release date is technically the 16th, but people have already got their copies off the shelves so go look now to avoid disappointment. The cover price is a fairly heft £8, but you do get a free poster, a comic and fridge magnets with that, so once you factor those extras in, it’s actually cheaper than most magazines!
Needless to say, it’s a rare thing indeed to see a comics-focussed magazine in the UK, let alone one that’s guaranteed to be available in WH Smiths shops up and down the country, so I’d like to emphasise: go and buy a copy. Despite what the cover suggests, the magazine is definitely aimed at comics readers, and there are notes about writing for comics, a guide to the DC Universe and its various crises and a huge article about John Constantine, as well as the stuff you’d expect about Iron Man 2 and Kick Ass. If this catches on, it can only be a good thing for the comics-buying public and the British comics industry as a whole. I don’t think there’s a dedicated site at the moment, but you can go and discuss it on the SFX Comic Heroes forum, and become a fan on Facebook.
Also – just to declare my interests (and show off a little) I have contributed a piece about the top 10 Iron Man stories to this issue, which I understand accompanies the Iron Man 2 lead feature. It’s like reading this site, only you have to pay for it! In fact, if you’ve read it, feel free to let me know what you thought. I’ll be buying my copy tomorrow!