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PRESS RELEASE: New Collected Edition of UK Webcomic Vanguard

Vanguard by Dan Butcher

In the near future, a small team of genetically engineered meta-humans defend our country’s interests at home and abroad.

They are the Vanguard.

Set predominately in the UK, Vanguard is the story of a team of genetically enhanced meta-humans employed by the British government to protect the nation’s interests, at home and abroad. It is set in the not too distant future, where the world is becoming more politically and economically unstable. There are food riots, water and power shortages, and a rising crime rate as day-to-day living becomes more of a struggle.

What starts as a simple rescue mission reveals a new, terrifying threat – an unseen enemy with a vast array of terrible weapons and access to seemingly unlimited resources. Can our heroes uncover who they are and stop their diabolical machinations before the world is plunged into chaos?

This book collects the complete issues 1-5 of the webcomic Vanguard, previously published on

Book one cover pencils/inks by Chris Imber, Colours by Dan Butcher

Vanguard was created, written, and illustrated by Dan Butcher.


Vanguard is a huge old dollop of bash ’em up fun’.

Antony Esmond –


‘An increasingly complex and compelling story, full of action and intrigue.

In short, this is good stuff.’

Robert Wallis – A Place To Hang Your Cape


‘A devastatingly bleak, highly self aware, post-modern take
on the superhero genre.’

Alex Thomas – Pipedream Comics


Author bio:

Dan Butcher started, as a lot of comic artists do, by drawing/creating characters and comic strips at an early age. Studying art through school,  he ended up earning a degree in Illustration and Design.   

After a short career as an animator (realised drawing the same image over 200+ times wasn’t for him), he defected to the ‘Dark Side’ and began working as a graphic designer, which he now does as his ‘proper’ job.  

Dan has worked on various comics including Our Supermom, Madius’ Comics – Papercuts and Inkstains, Assault On Fortress Doom among many others. He currently writes and illustrates his own superhero webcomic, Vanguard.


The book will be going on sale to the public at the London Super Comic Con, which is to be held at the Excel Centre in London on the 20th and 21st of February.

RRP £17.99

Copies bought at LSCC will also include a signed sketchbook and a signed, glossy print of the of the front cover.  


Contact Information:

Dan Butcher

Twitter: @VanguradComic


About the author

Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

You can find Alex's first book, Dodger's Doorway, on Amazon!