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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Planet Jimbot: Good Cop Bad Cop #3 PLUS a competition to win signed issues of Wolf Country


PART ONE - GOOD COP BAD COP


A couple of days ago I was contacted by an old friend of 5D (though he would probably deny even knowing me), comics writer, Jim Alexander who wanted to know if I would like a peek at his latest release, GoodCopBadCop. 

For those of you in the know, you will be fully aware of my past ravings about the work of Jim and his press label, Planet Jimbot. However, if you are completely oblivious to my words of wisdom on many things Jimbot, well you can find a couple of prime examples of my scribbling attempts HERE & also HERE.

In a nutshell, Jim has written "Judge Dredd", "Calhab Justice", "O'Rork" and "Pandora" for the Judge Dredd Megazine and "The Grid" for 2000 AD in the early-mid 1990s. Since then he was worked for Marvel, DC, Tokyopop and Metal Hurlant. 

In 2012 he set up a small-press label called Planet Jimbot. Its publications include Amongst the Stars (drawn by Mike Perkins), Wolf Country (drawn by Luke Cooper), the anthology Amazing & Fantastic Tales and Savant (drawn by Will Pickering and Fin Cramb; originally conceived for Strip Magazine). GoodCopBadCop and Gabriel have also been rebranded as Planet Jimbot comics Click Here for more info.

So, my impatient reader, yes I can hear you say, "You could actually tell us something about GoodCopBadCop, you know"

Well, the story returns for the all-new Casebook#3: ‘Only Pigs and Horses’ Part 1.  The book has reverted to publisher Planet Jimbot.  The first two volumes are still available from Rough Cut. If you haven't read the them, don't worry because volume 3 can easily be read as a stand-alone piece of work which will in turn lead very nicely into this new volume of stories. However I would heartily recommend that you find the earlier at your earliest convenience, they really shouldn't be missed in terms of pure experience. Essentially, the tale is a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where the good cop and the bad cop are the same person.  This is not a story about a good man turned bad, or indeed a bad man turned good.  Both good and bad arrived at the very same time. Casebook#3 will be told over 3 issues which sees Detective Inspector Brian Fisher and his ‘bad cop’ alter-ego driven further down into the hell that is the Glasgow underworld.  Be warned me hearties, there is a distinct mature theme here, so those of a nervous disposition or the many in the world who seem to be daily waiting to be offended by just about anything and everything - well let's just say that GoodCopBadCop may not be for you. Bless your fragile hearts.

This is a deliciously twisted, gritty and violent story set in the equally twisted, gritty and violent underbelly of the Glasgow criminal world - not that I actually know much about Glasgow's underworld....... obviously. Yes, my dad was born and bred there, however his nefarious criminal activities amounted to nothing more than an unpaid overdue library book and some particularly unseemly business on the 18th hole of the local golf course after a drunken night with his friends. Apart from that he was as clean as a whistle.

Anyhow, back to the story. I must admit that I do like my characters to have certain shades of grey in their personality make-up. I simply cannot abide cardboard cut-out black and white figures.........boring!! I think it's safe to say that Detective Fisher has more than his fair share of grey texture as he battles with a sadistic figure from his own mysterious past, the wonderfully named 'Horse Peter' who seems keen to wreak his own particular brand of horror on the local police and populace.

GoodCopBadCop is a hugely enjoyable no-holds-barred romp of unhinged psychosis and violence (and I'm not just talking about the bad guy). The dialogue, curtesy of Mr Alexander is as crisp and dynamic as ever which provides a nicely authentic feel of that area of the world without ever falling into Rab.C. Nesbitt territory of pastiche. It also needs to be mentioned in dispatches that praise too should be heaped upon Aaron Murphy for his stunning artwork which at times is simply mesmerising.

As I've already mentioned, this is a violently harsh tale (though it must be said,not without its humour) that deals with subjects that some may find challenging in their grim depiction. I personally found the reading experience completely pleasurable and simply cannot wait for part two of this tale. Highly recommended. 


GoodCopBadCop is written by Jim Alexander (Batman 80-Page Giant, Marvel Milestones, Metal Hurlant) with stunning interior art by new kid on the block Aaron Murphy (The Yorkshire Cowboy). The stunning cover is by rising indie star Luke Cooper (Hollow Girl, Wolf Country). The Jimbot people be launching the book at the Geek-aboo comic mart (74 High Street, Glasgow) on Saturday 23rd of January between 11am-3pm.  In attendance will be writer Jim Alexander and Editor and Publisher Ed Murphy.  

Alternatively you can order the book online from the Planet Jimbot shop:



PART TWO - COMPETITION TIME! 

5D works closely with a variety of people from organisations big and small. These people often send me presents to have a look at which allows me to offer my readers the opportunity to get their hands on some great swag. 

So, for the inaugural 5D competition on the still very new and updated 5D website Jim Alexander has very kindly donated the first four issues (signed by the man himself) of his excellent series, Wolf Country as a prize for the lucky winner. 

There are just a few days to go for the competition deadline - you can win by answering the question below and putting your answer into the box in the form on the competition page on the 5D website at www.5d-blog.com.

Please don't forget to include your contact email address or your submission won't be counted.

Question: What is the name of Judge Dredd's brother?

Prize: The first four comics in the Wolf Country series (all personally signed by Jim)

Good luck!!

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