You're not mistaken at all Semi-Automatic Steve, it's the start of 40 more pages of exciting adventures for you and your pal, the unmistakable Combat Colin! Fans of Marvel UK's Transformers comic like I was will be in their element here with the first selection of Lew Stringer's humour strips from that title from 1988 and '89. Originally created for the weekly Action Force comic, Colin came along for the ride when it merge into the Robots in Disguise from issue #153 onwards and was an instant hit with his new readers.
I came on board from #192 so Colin was all I ever knew as far as the comic's humour strip went and it was only from friends giving me their old issues years later that I was introduced to Lew's original strip, Robo-Capers, episodes of which you can read here and here. It all meant when Lew released #1 of his new Combat Colin collection the vast majority of the strips were brand new to me, having been printed originally in the pages of Action Force. It was a great read, very funny and a top quality comic to boot:
Well now Lew has finally released the news we've all been waiting to hear, with the publication of the sophomore edition, collecting the first eighteen months worth of strips from the newly merged comics. Now, about ten or so years ago I did read through the Transformers comics from beginning to end (which I'm currently showing off through photographs on Instagram, with catch-ups on the blog) so surely I can't be looking forward to this next issue as much as I did the first? I've read all of these already after all. Yes, but that was a long time ago and, when you've just hit 40, comics you read when you were 30 seem like an awful long time ago and I'm going to relish rereading all of these again. I have every faith these strips will be just as much fun as last time. Of course, having them all collected together into one volume is also a huge bonus and the main selling point here:
Speaking of selling, that's exactly what Lew is ready to do. #2 is available right now from his site's online shop for the great value price of only £3.50 (plus £2 postage), where you'll also find #1 still available too either individually or as a bundle with the new issue to save on postage. He's also written up some further details on his two blogs, links to which are below. My own issue is on its way (thanks Lew!) so expect a write-up very soon. I can hardly wait myself!
You can also purchase both issues of Combat Colin in a bundle with Brickman Returns (read my write-up here), in which Colin guest stars in several strips.
Also(!) Derek the Troll (there's a write-up for this one too) is getting a second printing and will be available again very soon!