2000AD, Treasury of British Collections and Specials – 2024

A guide to all announced 2000AD and Treasury of British Collections and Specials for 2024 so far. Links where available are AmazonUK Affiliate Links – using these helps support downthetubes, thank you – but of course all these books will be available from comic shops, book shops and Rebellion direct – and the 2000AD and Treasury web shops offer exclusive editions, unavailable elsewhere.

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Last Updated: Friday 5th January 2024

January 2024

Essential Judge Dredd: Tour of Duty Book One
By John Wagner (Writer) Colin MacNeil, Kev Walker, Patrick Goddard, Rufus Dayglo (Artists)
Out: 3rd January 2024
Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781837860951

Essential Judge Dredd: Tour of Duty by John Wagner and Colin MacNeil

After Dredd’s discovery of a mutant branch of his bloodline during Origins, the lawman has started to take a closer look at Justice Department’s treatment of those unfortunates warped by the legacy of the Atomic Wars. Mutants are currently forbidden entry into Mega-City One, and exiled to facilities and townships in the irradiated wasteland, but Dredd believes it’s time the law was changed – but is even he prepared for the turmoil he’s about to unleash?

The stories collected in this volume have affected the Dredd strip for years, and feature work by writer John Wagner (Button Man) and artists Colin MacNeil (Essential Judge Dredd: America), Kev Walker (Star Wars), Patrick Goddard (Battle Action), and Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl).

Black Max Volume Three
Writers: Ken Mennell, Frank Pepper,
Art: Alfonso Font
Out: 18th January 2024
Paperback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861026

Black Max Volume Three by Ken Mennell, Frank Pepper, et al. (2024)

German World War One flying ace Baron Maximilien Von Klorr returns and this time he isn’t on his own!

Evil scientific genius, Doctor Gratz has formed an unholy alliance with the giant bat-controlling Baron and together the two sinister fiends have formulated a plan to destroy Paris!

Featuring the stunning artwork of Alfonso Font, this third instalment marks the final adventures of the original Black Max comic strip run.

Judge Dredd Case Files 43
Writers: John Wagner, Gordon Rennie, John Smith, Si Spurrie
Art: Colin MacNeil, PJ Holden, Carlos Ezquerra, Laurence Campbell, Simon Fraser, Paul Marshall, Peter Doherty, Inaki Miranda, Lee Garbett
Out: 18th January 2024
Paperback, 304 pages
ISBN: 978-1837860944

Judge Dredd Case Files 43

In this volume of the best-selling Complete Case Files series, Dredd uncovers the House of Pain, a no-way-out, brutal torture prison for serial perps, and must stop Orlok from spreading a lethal bio-virus – from beyond the grave! And, after a mysterious package is delivered to the Grand Hall of Justice, Dredd ventures into the Cursed Earth in search of answers that will unveil the history of the Judges, and their ascent to total power.

The Crimson Sea
Writers: Donne Avenell, Fred Baker, Alf Wallace, E. Evans Art: Hugo Pratt
Out: 31st January 2024
Hardback
ISBN: 978-1837861996 

The Crimson Sea (Treasury of British Comics, 2024), various creators including Hugo Pratt

The title story of this collection, “The Crimson Sea”, first published in War Picture Library 50, written by Donne Avenell, tells the tale of a younger brother of an officer, both survivors of the sunken HMS Grapnel, who feels he must step out of his brother’s shadow with astonishing acts of bravery. 

There are three other stories in this collection; “Pathfinder” (War Picture Library 40, written by Fred Baker) focuses on an Australian pilot joining the RAF; “Up the Marines” (War Picture Library 58, written by Alf Wallace) features tales of Royal Marine Commandos being sent on daring missions behind enemy lines; and in Dark Judgment (War Picture Library 92, written by E. Evans), two rescued POWs are suspected of not being who they claim to be.

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February 2024

Strontium Dog – Search and Destroy 3: The 2000AD Years
By Alan Grant, John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra
Out: 1st February 2024
Hardback, 192 pages
ISBN: 978-1837861033

Strontium Dog - Search and Destroy 3: The 2000AD Years

In 2150 a catastrophic war led to 70 percent of Britain’s population being wiped out. Strontium 90 fallout led to an increase of children being born with strange mutations. Hated by average humans, the mutants faced terrible oppression when politician, Nelson Kreelman, introduced a series of anti-mutant laws enforced by a brutal police force.

In 2167 the mutants decided to fight back. Amongst their ranks was a young boy with named Johnny Alpha with white blank eyes and a mutant power that grants him a series of powers, including the ability to see through many surfaces. Driven by tragedy, Johnny has a very personal reason wanting to topple the regime and bring Kreeler down.

Co-written by Alan Grant (Batman) and John Wagner (A History of Violence) and featuring the artwork of Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd), this collection features the explosive origin of Johnny Alpha in ‘Portrait of a Mutant’, a tale widely considered to be the greatest Strontium Dog story of all.

Best of 2000AD Volume 5: The Essential Gateway to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic
Writers: Al Ewing, Gordon Rennie, John Smith, John Wagner, Rob Williams
Artists: Evan Cagle, Henry Flint, Sean Phillips, Frank Quitely, Chris Weston, Annie Wu
Out: 15th February 2024
Paperback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837860937

Best of 2000AD Volume 5: The Essential Gateway to the Galaxy's Greatest Comic (Rebellion, 2024)

Best of 2000AD is a landmark series from the cult comic, bursting with our greatest stories for a new generation of readers. Every edition contains a mix of modern classics and gems from the vault. In each edition you’ll find an explosive new Judge Dredd adventure, fresh essays by prominent popular culture writers, a graphic novel-length feature presentation by global legends and a vintage Dredd case.

In this volume: Judge Dredd raises only the law when Mega City One’s super-rich consider themselves above it all in Elevator Pitch; crash-land on a Death Planet as Al Ewing (The Immortal Hulk) and Henry Flint (Eerie) introduce the monstrous, weaponised (but dead polite) Zombo; go Swimming in Blood with occult detective Devlin Waugh as he investigates a vampire outbreak in an underwater prison by John Smith (Hellblazer) and Sean Phillips (Reckless, Night Fever); ride out into the Godless wasteland of the Cursed Earth and witness Gordon Rennie (Doctor Who) and Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman) preach faith through firepower in Missionary Man.

Boasting brand new covers from an all-star line-up of artists including Annie Wu (Hawkeye, Black Canary) and Evan Cagle (Dune, Detective Comics) with designer Tom Muller (X-Men), Best of 2000AD is the essential gateway into the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.

Rob Williams is the writer of Suicide Squad and Martian Manhunter for DC Comics, Unfollow for Vertigo and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor for Titan Comics. His previous work for 2000AD includes Judge Dredd: Titan, The Grievous Journey Of Ichabod Azrael (And The Dead Left In His Wake) and The Ten-Seconders, and he is currently writing Roy of the Rovers for Rebellion.

Chris Weston has drawn a vast array of 2000AD and Megazine stories, including Indigo Prime, Downlode Tales, Future Shocks, Canon Fodder, Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Nikolai Dante, Pulp Sci-Fi, Robo-Hunter, Rogue Trooper and Vector 13. Beyond 2000 AD, Weston’s work includes Fantastic Four: First Family, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, The Filth, The Invisibles, Ministry of Space and Garth Ennis’s War Story: Johann’s Tiger.

Al Ewing has been a Judge Dredd aficionado since the age of nine, and is best known in the UK for his work on Dredd in 2000 AD, where he also co-created Zombo and Damnation Station. In addition, Ewing has written various novels for Solaris and Abaddon Books, including The Fictional Man, Pax Omega and Gods of Manhattan, and is currently writing Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard for Marvel Comics.

Superstar artist Frank Quitely first wowed 2000 AD fans with his work on Shimura and Missionary Man. He broke into the US comics’ scene, working with 2000 AD writer Grant Morrison on Flex Mentallo and JLA: Earth 2. The pair would continue to collaborate on such titles as New X-Men, We3 and All-Star Superman, the latter two titles winning various Eisner Awards between 2005-2007.

John Wagner has been scripting for 2000 AD for more years than he cares to remember. His creations include Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Ace Trucking, Al’s Baby, Button Man and Mean Machine. Outside of 2000 AD his credits include Star Wars, Lobo, The Punisher and the critically acclaimed A History of Violence.

Battle Action Volume 2
Writers: Garth Ennis, John Wagner, Rob Williams, Dan Abnett (Author), Torunn Gronbekk
Artists: Keith Burns, Chris Burnham, Henry Flint, John Higgins et al
Out: 29th February 2024
Hardcover, 160 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837860968

Battle Action Volume 2 - Final Cover

BATTLE ACTION RETURNS WITH A COLLECTION OF TWELVE NEW STORIES!

Air Ace Johnny Red and Angel of Death Nina Petrova face off against the Nazi invaders, lethal British agent Dredger deals with the abduction of the only person dear to his stony heart, and the louche Major Eazy must lead his men through the Devil’s Garden of El Alamein. There’s action aplenty with roguish British commandoes Rat Pack, along with Death Squad, their equally deadly German counterparts. And the hellish arctic ocean is the setting for HMS Nightshade, the classic tale of war at sea.

Writer Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) is joined by an incredible roster of top-tier talent, with stories by original Battle Action writer John Wagner (Judge Dredd, Robo-Hunter), Torunn Gronbekk (Thor, Red Sonja), Rob Williams (Suicide Squad, Petrol Head) and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Lawless), and featuring art by industry greats like Keith Burns (Out of the Blue), Chris Burnham (Batman, Doom Patrol), Henry Flint (Hawk The Slayer) and John Higgins (Watchmen, Dreadnoughts). There’s blazing Battle Action on every page!

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 21
Written by John Wagner, Dan Abnett
Art by Carlos Ezqeurra, John Higgins and Trevor Hairsine
Out: 27 February 2024
Paperback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861064

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 21

With over half a million copies sold and featuring the best British comics talent of the 21st century, The Complete Case Files is the comprehensive collection of Judge Dredd, the lawman of the future!
In the future metropolis of Mega-City One, the judges keep order. Empowered to dispense summary justice, these 22nd-century cops enforce the law in a society riven by violence and rampant crime. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd, a man who has dedicated his life to stemming the tide of chaos… But in a shocking turn of events Dredd is himself about to be arrested and sentenced to Titan. Find out the full cataclysmic story in this 21st volume of the bestselling Case Files series, featuring the work of John Wagner (Button Man), Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog), Trevor Hairsine (Cla$$war), Ian Gibson (Halo Jones) and more.

March 2024

Judge Dredd: A Penitent Man
by Kenneth Niemand (Writer), Tom Foster (Artist)
Out: 14th March 2024
Paperback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837860975

Judge Dredd: A Penitent Man (Rebellion, 2024)

Former Judge, Kyle Asher, returns from the penal colony on Titan after serving twenty years. Working as a third-class sludge technician he is determined to prove that he can still serve the city he swore an oath to, Judge Dredd is not so sure of him, and questions whether there is such a thing as a penitent man in a place like Mega-City One. However the SJS, the Judges Internal Affairs division, are determined to run Asher out of town, and Dredd wants to know the reason why.

A Forces brat, Kenneth Niemand’s first exposure to the world of Judge Dredd was through random copies of 2000AD circulating in various RAF bases around the world. He now writes radio comedy, video games and, increasingly, bits and pieces of the world of Judge Dredd.

Essential Rogue Trooper: Genetic Infantryman
By Gerry Finley-Day (w) Dave Gibbons, Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy (a) Bill Nuttall (l)
Out: 26th March 2024
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781837861088

Essential Rogue Trooper: Genetic Infantryman

The first of a new series in the Essential line featuring 2000 AD’s legendary war machine, Rogue Trooper!

Rogue Trooper is the last of the G.I.s – genetically-engineered infantrymen designed to withstand the noxious atmosphere of Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by the conflict between Norts and Southers. A lone survivor of the Quartz Massacre, equipped with the bio-chips of his fallen clone brothers, he crosses the war-torn landscape in search of the Traitor General, the man responsible for their deaths – and will not rest until he has his revenge!

Hellman of Hammer Force: Downfall – including The Early Adventures: 2
by Gerry Finley-Day (Writer), Mike Dorey (Artist)
Out: 28th March 2024
Paperback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837860982

Hellman of Hammer Force: Downfall - including The Early Adventures: 2

There has never before been an anti-hero like Hellman of Hammer Force in British comics!

From the invasion of Poland in 1939 through to the fall of Berlin in 1945, Hellman of Hammer Force saw action on many fronts, and this collection contains all the hard-hitting war stories told through the eyes of Hellman which were published in Battle from 1977 through to 1978.

This ground-breaking series of thrilling combat is written by Gerry Finley-Day (Rogue Trooper) and drawn by Mike Dorey (Ro-Busters) and Patrick Wright (Day of the Eagle).

One of the most prolific writers in the comic’s history, Gerry Finley-Day holds a special place in many 2000AD fans’ hearts as the creator of classics like Rogue Trooper, Fiends of the Eastern Front and The V.C.s, as well as Harry 20 on the High Rock and Ant Wars. A keen “ideas man”, Finley-Day’s concepts of the horrors future warfare had in store were key to both Rogue and The V.C.s’ continuing popularity, ensuring that their recent return to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic was well-received. Finley-Day also scripted episodes of Judge Dredd and Dan Dare, and co-scripted much of Invasion! (and entirely scripted the prequel story, ‘Disaster 1990!’).

Mike Dorey joined 2000AD following its merger with rival action comic Tornado, where he pencilled Victor Drago. Following his move to greener pastures, he pencilled several Future Shocks and a Time Twister, as well as M.A.C.H. 0, M.A.C.H. 1, Ro-Busters, Invasion!, Rogue Trooper and Tharg the Mighty.

April 2024

Joe Pineapples: Tin Man (A.B.C. Warriors)
by Pat Mills (Writer), Simon Bisley, Clint Langley (Arists)
Out: 11th April 2024
Hardcover, 96 Pages
ISBN: 978-1786184931

Joe Pineapples: Tin Man (A.B.C. Warriors)

Stranded for millions of years on an asteroid is hard work – especially when you only have a sewage droid for company! Joe Pineapples, the hotshot robotic sniper who never misses and former member of the A.B.C. Warriors – a team of war robots sent to first conquer and then protect Mars – looks back over his life as he seeks to unravel the mystery behind an I.D. plate that he has carried around since his days as an X-terminator fighting in the Volgan War.

This brand-new, stand-alone A.B.C. Warriors story marks the return of Simon Bisley (Lobo, Batman/Dredd: Judgement on Gotham) to the characters for the first time with 1988’s classic Black Hole story, which kickstarted his comic career, but now in glorious painted colour reminiscent of Bisley’s work on Slaine: The Horned God. Clint Langley, who has drawn A.B.C. Warriors stories for the last 15 years, completes this final tale of Joe Pineapples in his own unique style.

Pat Mills is the creator and first editor of 2000AD. He developed Judge Dredd and is the writer-creator of many of 2000AD’s most popular stories such as Sláine, Nemesis and A.B.C. Warriors. Amongst his credits are Marshal Law (Marvel and DC Comics), co-created with Kevin O’Neill, the French graphic novel series Requiem, Vampire Knight with artist Olivier Ledroit, and Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! The Secret History of 2000AD and Judge Dredd. His current projects include Joe Pineapples: Tin Man, illustrated by Simon Bisley and Clint Langley, Spacewarp, and Kiss My Axe! The Secret History of Sláine the Warped Warrior.

Simon Bisley occupies an almost unique place in 2000AD history, as one of the first UK artists to popularise the fully-painted style pioneered by Argentinian artist Alberto Brecchia. His highly dynamic artwork made his two major series in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic — A.B.C. Warriors: The Black Hole and Sláine: The Horned God — very popular, as they remain to date. He also illustrated Heavy Metal Dredd in the Megazine, an ultra-graphic, adults-only take on the lawman, before going on to pencil the hugely successful first Batman/Judge Dredd crossover story, Judgement on Gotham. Bisley has provided countless pin-ups and short pieces across an astonishing variety of comics, from legendary fantasy anthology Heavy Metal to anarchic DC superhero series Lobo, and has an even more extensive CV in Europe, where his painted style enjoys enormous success.

Clint Langley began his 2000AD career with the fully painted artwork of his co-created series Dinosty. He quickly went on to illustrate Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Outlaw, Sinister Dexter and Tales of Telguuth. His striking mixture of fully painted art and digital manipulation on Sláine and the ABC Warriors has made him a firm favourite with fans. As well as working for 2000AD Langley has produced covers for Games Workshop and Marvel (with striking covers for The Punisher, Wolverine and Ghost Rider, amongst others), produced art for World of Warcraft and Magic: The Gathering, and is the winner of the 2007 Inquest Gamer Fan Award.

40 Years of Scream!
Writers: Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman, Alan Grant, Alan Moore, Ian Rimmer, Tom Tully, John Wagner et al
Artists: Eric Bradbury, Cam Kennedy, Jose Ortiz et al
Out: Thursday 25th April 2024
Hardcover, 464 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861071
Read our news item about this collection here

40 Years of Scream!, offered through Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics imprint in slipcase and standard formats, the new celebratory collection of the entirety of Scream!, includes every single strip published in 1984 from issues 1-15 of the original run. 

The collection is due to be published on Thursday 25th April 2024. There’s no indication in advance information as to whether the collection will include material such as the lost “The Nightcomers” discovered and previously published under license by Hibernia Comics in their It’s Ghastly! Comic Archive in 2016.

The webshop-exclusive slipcase edition is designed by David Roach, making it an even more ghoulishly exciting for true horror afficionados.

• Order 40 Years of Scream! Slipcase Edition direct from the Treasury of British Comics web site

• Order 40 Years of Scream! Standard Edition direct from the Treasury of British Comics web site

• Order 40 Years of Scream! Standard Edition from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Lowborn High: Volume 1
by David Barnett and Anna Morozova
Out: 25th April 2024
Paperback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861095

Lowborn High: Volume 1

For as long as anyone can remember, Wychdusk Manor has been the school to which all the top magical novices are sent, where they are trained to become the world’s greatest wizards. Androgeus Frost, part of one of the wizarding worlds’ most esteemed families, always thought it was a sure thing he’d get in, but somehow finds himself dumped at Lowborn High.

David Barnett is a novelist, comic writer and journalist, based in the North of England. He has written Chopper, Lowborn High and other strips for 2000AD, Books of Magic for DC, and Punks Not Dead and Eve Stranger for IDW — the latter is being developed by BBC Studios for television. His novels include The Handover, Alien: Colony War, and, in 2023, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. He writes features for the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Tortoise, BBC Culture and many other outlets.

Anna Morozova is a Russian-born freelance comics artist and illustrator from Estonia, who now lives and works in Scotland. Following graduation from a Comics Masters in Dundee, she produced work for various comics publishers and commercial clients. As well as co-creating Viva Forever with David Baillie, Anna’s contributions to 2000 AD so far include illustrating Future Shocks and a Black Museum episode for the Judge Dredd Megazine.

May 2024

Essential Judge Anderson: Satan
Writer: Alan Grant
Art: Arthur Ranson, Mick Austin
Lettering: Annie Parkhouse
Out: 9th May 2024
Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN: 978-1837861859

Essential Judge Anderson: Satan

Judge Cassandra Anderson of Psi Division is one of the greatest minds on the Judges’ roster. As a precognitive telepath and empath, her quirks, such as her sense of humour, are tolerated by the otherwise oppressively strict Justice Department.

In the second volume of her Essential line, Anderson grapples with matters of faith and damnation, as a chance at eternal life comes at the cost of losing her mind forever, while her pursuit of a just system leads her to investigate a religious cult, and ultimately to engage in a battle of the minds with the most formidable of foes: Satan himself!

Robot Archie and the Time Machine
by E. George Cowan (Writer), Ted Kearon, Mike Western (Artists)
Out: 23rd May 2024
Paperback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861699

Robot Archie and the Time Machine (Rebellion, 2024)

Originally built by Professor C.R. Ritchie, the mechanical being known as Robot Archie was employed to battle injustices around the world, particularly in the jungles of Africa and South America.

The automated action hero has worked with the Professor to create’The Castle’ – a fully-functioning time machine! Together with the Professor’s nephew, Ted Ritchie and his best friend Ken Dale, Archie is ready to embark on a journey through time that will bring him into conflicts with medieval knights and a terrifying, dystopian future where aliens have conquered the Earth!

Before entering the comic industry Ted Cowan worked as a lab assistant at Shell-Mex then enlisted into the RAF as World War Two broke out. Forced to re-enlist with the army after a crash, he became a dispatch rider, but another accident saw an end to his career in the services. After picking up a comic and being unimpressed by the writing inside, Cowan wrote to Stan Boddington, then editor of Champion. Boddington gave him a chance and Cowan started on “Ginger Nutt” – a successful strip about a young Australian boy, which ran for almost seven years. Cowan’s next strip – “The Jungle Robot” – appeared in the first issue of Lion. Many adventures featuring Robot Archie were to follow. While working for Lion, Cowan scripted many popular strips including “Paddy Payne”, “Adam Eterno” and, of course, “The Spider” which he co-created and wrote the first two complete stories for.

Ted Kearon was a prolific artist who contributed many strips to IPC, particularly in the 1950s. Best known for co-creating “Robot Archie” for Lion in 1952, he also illustrated “Zip Nolan”, “The Day the World Drowned” and “Steel Commando”. Kearon also provided strips for DC Thomson, including “Morgyn the Mighty” for the Victor.

Widely regarded as one of the best artists to ever grace the British comic industry, Mike Western began his career on Knockout, having already spent time working for GB Animation. During the 1950s he shared art chores with Eric Bradbury on the popular western strip “Lucky Logan”. In 1960 he moved onto TV Express where he drew “No Hiding Place” and “Biggles”. Buster and Valiant followed: where Mike found himself drawing long-running strips such as Wild Wonders. In the 1970s he was very prolific, illustrating Buster’s “Leopard from Lime Street” and several key strips for Battle, including “Darkie’s Mob”, “The Sarge” and “HMS Nightshade”. Mike made an impact on the iconic Roy of the Rovers, illustrating the newspaper strip which ran in the Daily Star during the 1990s.

The Iron Fist
Writers: V.A.L. Holding, W. Howard Baker, Alf Wallace, A. Carney Allan Art: Hugo Pratt
Out: 29th May 2024
Hardback
ISBN: 978-1837862009 

The Iron Fist (Treasury of British Comics, 2024), various creators including Hugo Pratt

The Iron Fist, completes the Treasury of British Comics collection of Hugo Pratt’s British war comic strips, leading with the eponymous “The Iron Fist“, written by V.A.L. Holding, first featured in War Picture Library No. 25, published in September 1959, which focuses on the lives of the crew manning the Goliath and the battles they fight, ranging from El Alamein to the D-Day landings – the tank crew rely on each other to get through the hellish situations. 

Also included in this collection are “The Big Arena” (War Picture Library No. 133), written by W. Howard Baker, featuring Australian soldiers fighting in Egypt, and “Strongpoint” (War Picture Library No. 62), written by A. Carney Allan, featuring sappers in Italy.

June

Best of 2000AD Volume 6: The Essential Gateway to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic
Creators: Robbie Morrison, Henry Flint, John Smit, Edmund Bagwell, Ian McQue, Anand Radhakrishnan,Tom Muller
Scheduled for: 4th June 2024
Paperback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837862023

Best of 2000AD Volume 6: The Essential Gateway to the Galaxy's Greatest Comic

Best of 2000 AD is a landmark series from the cult comic, bursting with our greatest stories for a new generation of readers. 

Every Best of 2000 AD contains a mix of modern classics and gems from the vault. In each edition you’ll find an explosive new Judge Dredd adventure, fresh essays by prominent popular culture writers, a graphic novel-length feature presentation by global legends and a vintage Dredd case. 

In this volume: Judge Dredd makes a Tempus Fugitive of literature’s most famous time-travel enthusiast; tremble as Robbie Morrison and Henry Flint deliver galaxy-wide carnage at the hands of the retribution of a dead race, Shakara The Avenger; during a long, hot summer something rots at the heart of a council estate in John Smith and Edmund Bagwell’s Cradlegrave; Dredd sends his cadets into the Cursed Earth to face The Hotdog Run; The government agents of Ice Station Delta find their problems snowball when they tangle with Shako, the only polar bear on the CIA death list! 

Boasting brand new covers from an all-star line-up of artists including Star Wars concept designer Ian McQue and Eisner-award winner Anand Radhakrishnan (Blue in Green) with designer Tom Muller (X-Men), Best of 2000 AD is the essential gateway into the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.

The Steve Dillon Apex Edition
Out: 19th June 2024
Hardback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837862016 (Standard Edition)

The 2000AD Art of Steve Dillon Apex Edition

The 2000 AD Art of Steve Dillon: Apex Edition will be released both as a Standard Edition available from comic book stores via Diamond Distribution and the 2000AD webshop; and as a webshop-exclusive edition with special slipcase.

One of the most admired artists in comics history, Steve Dillon is rightfully considered to be one of the definitive 2000 AD artists, with his extensive work for The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic including pencils on A.B.C. Warriors, Bad Company, Judge Dredd, Harlem Heroes, Ro-Busters, Rogue Trooper and Tyranny Rex.

The 2000 AD Art of Steve Dillon: Apex Edition contains pages from throughout his 30+ year career working at 2000 AD, including his art on Rogue Trooper and Harlem Heroes. His prolific and defining work on Judge Dredd is showcased with a range of stories including his incredible artwork for the classic Block Mania alongside the Emerald Isle storyline, one of his first collaborations with Garth Ennis.

Also included in this book is the complete art for Alan Moore’s sole A.B.C. Warriors story, Red Planet Blues, with painted colour by Watchmen artist John Higgins.

Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland: Masterpiece Edition
by Brian Bolland
Scheduled for 20th June 2024
Paperback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861941

Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland: Masterpiece Edition

Reprinting the immediately sold-out Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland Apex Edition, this new paperback Masterpiece Edition is expanded and reformatted for a wider audience!

Acclaimed as one of the greatest artists of his generation for his work on such titles as Camelot 3000 and Batman: The Killing Joke, Brian Bolland’s work on Judge Dredd helped catapult both the series and Bolland himself to international acclaim. 

This book will include pages from Judge Dredd epics including The Cursed Earth, The Day the Law Died, The Judge Child Quest, and Bolland’s masterpiece Judge Death Lives. Also included is a gallery of covers ranging from 2000 AD to the Judge Dredd reprints published by Eagle Comics – which brought Brian to the attention of American readers and show off his inventiveness and sardonic humour.

Co-creator of both Judge Anderson and The Kleggs, Bolland’s highly detailed style made him one of the most admired artists in comics history, and perhaps the most popular 2000 AD artist of all time. His clean-line style and meticulous attention to detail ensures that his artwork on strips including Dan Dare, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd and Walter the Wobot looks as fresh today as it did when first published.

Kelpie the Boy Wizard: 60th Anniversary

Kelpie the Boy Wizard: 60th Anniversary
By Ken Mennell with art by John M. Burns
Out: 20th June 2024
Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN: 9781837861705

Rebellion is to publish a 60th anniversary collection of “Kelpie the Boy Wizard“, first published in the weekly anthology comic Wham! in 1964 and 1965, written largely by Ken Mennell with art, and a new cover, by John M. Burns.

In days of old, when King Arthur reigned over Britain, there was at royal Camelot an apprentice sorcerer by the name of Kelpie.

Together with his venerable master, the great and powerful Merlin, Kelpie uses his magic to protect the kingdom from evil doers including The Raven and the Weird Sisters of Doon.

First published sixty years ago by Odhams Press in Wham!, the complete saga of “Kelpie the Boy Wizard”, a new 96-page collection, “channels Arthurian legend through a Harry Potter filter”, say Rebellion, which, it has to said, is a little bit odd given that the strip predates JK Rowling’s boy wizard by some 30 years.

The strip, presented throughout its weekly run in black and white, was the work of John M. Burns, whose death has, sadly, just been announced, but who created a new cover for the collection before he passed.

Ken Mennell had an extensive career as an editor for Fleetway, working on a variety of classic comics. He had a hand in creating several strips, including “The Steel Claw” and “Black Max”.

However, he wasn’t the only writer on the strip. Editor and writer Keith Chapman, also known as Chap O’Keefe, who now lives in New Zealand, who knew colleague Ken Mennel as a script editor during his early days as an editorial junior at Fleetway, wrote the “Kelpie” story in the first Wham! Annual 1966 published in two colour, and tells us he doesn’t know if this was the only Kelpie yarn not to come from Ken Mennell. “Burns’ depiction of my Macbeth-like witches was superb!” Keith told The Tainted Blog back in 2011.

John M. Burns’ painted art graced several 2000AD series, notably “Judge Dredd” and “Nikolai Dante”, as well in as his own co-creation, “The Bendatti Vendetta”. He also contributed to “Black Light”, “Doctor Sin”, “The Scarlet Apocrypha”, “Vector 13” and “Witchworld”. Outside the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, he pencilled Eclipse’s ESPers and the James Bond miniseries, A Silent Armageddon.

July

Rogue Trooper: Blighty Valley
by Garth Ennis and Patrick Goddard
Scheduled for 2nd July 2024
Hardcover, 96 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861958

Rogue Trooper: Blighty Valley

An all-new standalone Rogue Trooper graphic novel, written by Garth Ennis (The Boys, Preacher), perfect for readers unfamiliar with the character and for old fans of Rogue Trooper’s classic adventures in 2000AD.

Nu Earth is the site of a galactic war between the Norts and the Southers, and the Genetic Infantrymen like Rogue Trooper have been created solely for this war. However, after the betrayal of the Traitor General Rogue is the last of his kind, and together with biochip buddies Helm, Gunnar and Bagman, they’re searching for the traitor that sold them out. 

But now the black hole above Nu-Earth causes a time-rift, and Rogue must team up with British soldiers from World War One to fight both the Hun and the Norts, fix the time barrier, and get back to his original mission. 

Garth Ennis writes this new, standalone Rogue Trooper adventure – melding together historical action with the sci-fi adventure that is the core of 2000AD – drawn by Patrick Goddard, who brings the character back in a style reminiscent of the classic Rogue Trooper artists.

2000AD Vs Battle Action: Comics Collide!
by Kenneth Niemand, Geoffrey D Wessel, et al.
Scheduled for 16th July 2024
Paperback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861897

2000 Ad Vs Battle Action: Comics Collide!

THE CROSSOVER 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

What if the old Battle Action comic was merged with 2000 AD in the early ’80s? That’s the question posed by this all-new collection that reveals the answer is – action-packed thrills by the bucket-load. It takes old Battle Action strips and reworks them as 2000AD-appropriate adventures, while remaining true to their original concept and continuity. 

This kick-ass crossover sees Judge Dredd feature in a reimagining of Action’s most controversial strip – Kids Rule O.K., and also includes Darkie’s MobDeath Game 2049 and Major Eazy, amongst others. 

Written by Ken Niemand (Judge Dredd), Geoffrey D. Wessel (War Birds), Chris Weston (Rogue Trooper), Karl Stock (Fiends of West Berlin), Arthur Wyatt (Dredd), Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd), Mike Carroll (Dreadnaughts), Alec Worley (Robo-Hunter) and Alex De Campi (Archie vs. Predator), with art by Simon Coleby (The Authority), Nick Dyer (Tales from the Black Museum), Paul Marshall (Sinister Dexter), Jake Lynch (HAVN), Dan Cornwell (Rok of the Reds), Nick Percival (Slaine), Kieran McKeown (Crime Syndicate), Staz Johnson (Vikings) and Patrick Goddard (Battle Action).

The Leopard From Lime Street – Birthright
by Simon Furman (Writer), Laurent LeFeuvre, Nick Roche and PJ Holden (Artists)
Out: 18th July 2024
Paperback, 144 pages, £9.99
ISBN: 978-1837861910

The Leopard From Lime Street - Birthright

A new breed of super-hero emerges!

Billy Farmer may look like your average teenager, but he has a big secret: he’s a super-hero! After being scratched by a radioactive leopard (happens all the time, right?), young Billy soon discovered he had the powers of the mighty jungle cat – but is there more to this power than he thinks?

Taking to the streets to fight crime as “The Leopardman”, Billy soon finds himself up against a whole horde of spooky villains intent on stopping him and hatching some pretty evil plans. Teaming up with his long lost sister, the vigilant hero “Alleycat”, the dynamic duo must uncover the fate of their family and the source of their powers – before it’s too late!

Writer Simon Furman (Transformers) and artists Laurent LeFevure (Fox Boy), PJ Holden (Department K) and Nick Roche (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) unite to breathe new life into a classic, British comics character completely reimagined for readers of today.

Part of the Monster Fun Collection, spinning from the pages of the hit UK comic, this brilliant range of books aims to inspire children to love reading through incredible stories and cool characters.

Best known for writing Transformers comics, Simon Furman was instrumental in making Marvel UK a success. During the 1980s and 1990s he worked on many titles for them, including the aforementioned Transformers and also Action Force, Thundercats, Doctor Who Magazine as well as two series he helped create – Dragon’s Claws and Death’s Head. More recently he has written the Annihilation: Rohan miniseries for Marvel US and the ten issue maxi-series To The Death series, drawn by his Transformers workmate, Geoff Senior.

Belfast based Paul J. Holden has illustrated “The 86ers”, “Judge Dredd”, “Tharg’s Future Shocks”, “Rogue Trooper” and “Johnny Woo” for 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine.

Laurent Lefeuvre was born in Britanny in 1977 and grew up a comic book fan, including French reprints of the original Leopard from Lime Street series from Buster. He made his first mark on the industry illustrating the Franco/Belgium book Tom et William. Inspired by comics from his childhood, he created the French superhero, Fox-Boy. The popular series is published by Delcourt – the premiere French publishing house.

Steel Commando – No Time To Lose!
Out: 18th July 2024
by Ned Hartley (Writer), Dan Boultwood (Artist)
Paperback, 144 pages £9.99
ISBN: 978-1837861903

Steel Commando - No Time To Lose!

A time travel story like never before!

Get ready for time travelling adventures in this epic graphic novel as heroic robot soldier Steel Commando battles his way across past, present, and future to stop the forces of evil and save the day!

Created by Professor Brayne, The Steel Commando is a robot created at the height of World War Two. Fighting giant bats whilst riding a missile above London the story only gets more awesome from there, with the nefarious Doktor Von Hoffman sending his minions after Professor Brayne’s new secret weapon plans! Together with his friends, Ernie and Penny, Steel Commando will have to travel into the future, the past and modern day London, battling the powerful Mark II Robot and the villainous Maxine Von Klorr in order to stop Von Hoffman from winning the war. Heavy metal mayhem awaits!

Part of the Monster Fun Collection, spinning from the pages of the hit UK comic, this brilliant range of books aims to inspire children to love reading through incredible stories and cool characters.

Ned Hartley is an author and comic writer for both adults and children. Ned is the writer of the best-selling Marvel Origins: Spider-Man, the Marvel Museum, the Ladybird Big Book of Dead Things, several Star Wars annuals, Together We Can, the Spider-Man Museum, Great Lives: Albert Einstein, Dark Tales: Hound of the Baskervilles, the Marvel Universe: An Atlas of Marvel, Marvel Heroes and Villains and many more books. Ned writes “Bananaman” for the Beano every week, and has also written for 2000AD, Buster, Monster Fun and Wallace and Gromit comic.

Dan Boultwood is a British comic book illustrator and writer. He has been very prolific over the last two decades, producing quality work for The Phoenix, Monster Fun and Chu for Image Comics. Other work includes Newbury & Hobbes, It Came! and Warhammer Adventures, amongst others.

Slaine: The Horned God – Anniversary Edition
by Pat Mills and Simon Bisley
Scheduled for 30th July 2024
Paperback, 208 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861934

Slaine: The Horned God - Anniversary Edition

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sword and sorcery adventure that changed 2000AD with this newly restored oversized edition.

Sláine: The Horned God returns to print in a massively-oversized edition just in time for the 35th anniversary of the ground-breaking and industry-altering story. Written by the character’s co-creator, Pat Mills, and featuring fully-painted art the likes of which had never before been seen in the pages of 2000AD

“The Horned God” is the definitive Sláine storyline, its appearance in the pages of 2000AD marked a creative high-point for the comic, and the work inspired artists for generations with its incredible painted scenes of epic battles evoking the work of Frank Frazetta, but in the medium of comic art. 

This anniversary edition has been rescanned from the original film, and printed at a size that more closely matched the actual artwork, so now you can become fully entranced by the art and story of the greatest Sláine epic.

August

Lawless Book Five: Ballots Over Badrock: Volume 5
by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade
Scheduled for 1st August 2024
Paperback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861729

Lawless Book Five: Ballots Over Badrock: Volume 5

VOTE METTA FOR BETTA!

As Marshal of Badrock, Metta Lawson saved the town she has come to love from being annihilated by the corrupt corporation Munce Inc., established it as a thriving haven of free trade, and brokered an uneasy peace with the enigmatic Zhind race. Now, having resigned her position as Marshal, Metta faces a new kind of fight, a political battle for the mayorship of Badrock.

But without Metta enforcing the law, things aren’t looking good for Badrock. The mysterious Mr Roke continues to establish a hold over the citizens of the town through his protection racket, the town’s major employer, Getz, is conducting shady experiments with potentially disastrous consequences, and the SJS continues to work to undermine the fragile balance that Lawson managed to establish before her resignation.

The Spider vs. the Crime Genie (aka Jerry Siegel’s Syndicate of Crime vs. the Crime Genie)
Creators include artist Reg Bunn
Scheduled for 13th August 2024
Paperback, 112 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861767

The Spider vs. the Crime Genie (aka Jerry Siegel's Syndicate of Crime vs. the Crime Genie)

The Spider is a fabulous intellectual adventurer who straddles both sides of the law and uses a whole host of super equipment to stay one step ahead of his enemies. 

When small-time hoodlum Steve Gurko unwittingly releases a magical entity from captivity, he quickly gains the kind of power he could only ever dream about. Embarking on a crime spree, Gurko soon finds himself on the Spider’s radar. But the astounding crime fighter is about to face his toughest opponent to date because the Crime Genie won’t be enslaved by a fool like Gurko for long. Once unleashed, this mystical menace possesses enough might to enslave the human race forever!

In 1944 Reg Bunn survived a serious car accident which rendered him paralysed from the neck down, he recovered and went on to take part in the 1949 Amalgamated Press talent search which would gain him work for The Comet. He is renowned for his work on Lion, and his greatest creation is The Spider with writer Ted Cowan.

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 22
Writers: by John Wagner, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar
Art: Carlos Ezqeurra, Mick Austin, John Burns
Scheduled for 13th August 2024
Paperback, 304 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837861965

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 22

On the mean streets of Mega-City One, the Judges are the law. Charged with executing justice in this futuristic metropolis, these individuals are the best of the best battle-hardened warriors dedicated to their cause. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd – a lawman who doesn’t know how to quit! In this volume of the bestselling Case Files series, Dredd travels back to 2001 New York City in order to destroy a deadly space parasite capable of wiping out all known life on Earth. And the alien action continues in Crusade, where Dredd competes with other Mega-City Judges to recover a long-lost Justice Department craft that has recently crash-landed in the South Pole. Stories from 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine, from December 1994-May 1995.

September

Smash!: The Broxteth Devil
By Paul Grist  (Writer), Tom Foster  (Artist), Anna Morozova, Jimmy Broxton and V V Glass 
Scheduled for 12th September 2024
Paperback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 978-1837862627

Smash!: The Broxteth Devil (Rebellion, 2024)

An action-packed team-up featuring a host of classic British comics characters – The Spider, Janus Stark, The Steel Claw, Jane Bond, Adam Eterno – written by Paul Grist (Jack Staff) with art by Tom Foster (Judge Dredd), Anna Morozova (Lowborn High), Jimmy Broxton (Goldtiger) and V.V Glass (The Last Witch).

THE EVIL WITHIN!

In Victorian London, when Janus Stark traps a demon in a stone idol he creates a prize too alluring for criminal masterminds to resist. Enter the King of Crooks – The Spider – who tasks his infamous Crime Syndicate with stealing the statuette.

Thus begins a six decade-spanning adventure featuring a host of British comics’ finest heroes as The Steel Claw, Jane Bond, Robot Archie and Adam Eterno – with a little help from Maxwell Towers’ rogue AI – team up to ensure The Spider never lays his hands on the idol.

Date To Be Announced?

Kelly’s Eye Volume One
Art by Solano Lopez

Kelly's Eye original double page artwork (1971) by Solano Lopez from Valiant, cover dated 18th August 1971. Tim Kelly with the Eye of Zoltec takes on Wisemann, a tyrannical leader of the half-civilised giants.
Kelly’s Eye original double page artwork (1971) by Solano Lopez from Valiant.

Rebellion dropped a trailer for their first “Kelly’s Eye” collection into the third Janus Stark collection, but no release date has been announced.



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