The Villains & Vigilantes superhero RPG is returning to shelves after more than 20 years of absence, when Monkey House Games signed a distribution deal with British-based publishing company, Cubicle 7 Entertainment.

Cubicle 7 will be distributing all of the book-length products released by Monkey House Games, starting with Villains and Vigilantes 2.1 and Intercrime: Hostile Takeover for V&V. The publisher would also be carrying Living Legends, the point-based superhero roleplaying set in the V&V universe.

With Cubicle 7 as the distributor for the V&V product line, Monkey House Games has also announced that they will be permanently shutting down its print-on-demand operations at Lulu effective on June 30, 2011.

“We’ve admired what they do for a while now, from their impressive handling of the Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings properties and their own line up of unique original games to their creation of a powerful distribution network. We are so excited to be working with them to bring our game back into stores again, and we look forward to a long and successful collaboration,” said Monkey House Games co-founder Jack Herman, who created Villains and Vigilantes with Jeff Dee in 1979.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is a British-based publisher of games such as Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, Victoriana, Legends of Anglerre, SLA Industries and The Laundry and the forthcoming Lord of the Rings RPG “The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild”, Primeval and Airship Pirates RPG, a steampunk game based upon the worlds of Abney Park.

Cubicle 7 also publish a wide range of games on behalf of a number of partners including Arc Dream Publishing, Contested Ground Studios, Adamant Entertainment, Gun Metal Games and Rite Publishing.

Also not forgetting that V&V is making a comeback in more ways than one…