Out Now: Zarjaz #31

Summer, here in merry old Blighty, sees a new issue of Zarjaz hitting the streets, featuring something pretty exciting for me...


So, yeah, as that cover kinda tells you... Steven Denton, Bolt-01 and me join forces for a very special, one off tale of The Grand Master of Termight himself, Tomas de Torquemada!


Before he became a phantom in a transporter accident, Tomas de Torquemada ruled Termight with an iron fist. However, not everyone was happy with this arrangement...

This is a bit a of a dream come true for me. I've wanted to do something with Torquemada since I got involved with Zarjaz, but wasn't able to until fairly recently, when the guys over at The Galaxy's Greatest Fanzine got permission from Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill to use Nemesis and his world. I was hoping to land the first Nemesis story in Zarjaz, but I was beaten to it (that was in the 2016 Summer Special, which is, unfortunately, sold out). Still, I can take some solace in the fact that this is the first Torquemada solo story.

For this little jaunt to Termight, I'm joined by Steven Denton - who captures the mood and anarchy of the world of Termight brilliantly, it must be said. I don't want to give too much of the story away, but I will say the finished pages left me with a huge smile on my face.

Be sure to check out Steven's work over on his blog.


Heads You Lose wasn't always planned to be a one off, though: the original idea was to go big and have two Torquemada stories, set in different periods of his life, with Heads You Lose being set before he became a phantom, and the second one - Fear & Loathing - set before the events of Deathbringer, where Torquemada is in an alternative 1980's Britain. The two Torquemada's were to meet at some point, but - try as I might - I just couldn't make it work, so I decided to scrap the second story and keep this one as a self-contained tale.

But I digress...

Zarjaz #31 - with that rather glorious Steven Austin cover - is available from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £3.00 (+ shipping). If you think you can handle the extra Thrill Power, you can also grab back issues from the same shop.

Remember: it ain't called Zarjaz for nothin'!