2000AD, Treasury of British Collections and Specials – 2022

A guide to all announced 2000AD and Treasury of British Collections and Specials for 2022 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.

Last Updated: Wednesday 28th July 2021

Please note: As of July 2021, Rebellion’s full titles for 2022 had not been announced – expect much more to come! We aim to add and revise this page if new items, are announced or release dates change.

But we will say that it sounds like the Treasury of British Comics will be bringing us further great classic material 2022!

• Check out our full guide to 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics releases in 2021 here

• Check out our guide to all Roy of the Rovers collections, new books and graphic novels here

JANUARY 2022 RELEASES

• Unless otherwise stated, links below 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

Karl the Viking
Art by Don Lawrence
Out: Exact Date TBA

“Karl the Viking” from Lion, issue 463 cover dated 18th February 1961
“Karl the Viking” from Lion, issue 463 cover dated 18th February 1961

Rebellion have told us their Trigan Empire collections are easily their most successful Treasury of British Comics series yet, which has prompted the planned release of a collection of “Karl the Viking” in January 2022, a stunning Viking strip first published between 1961 and 1964 in the weekly adventure comic, Lion, that went on to achieve huge success in Europe.

Launched in Lion in October 1960 as “The Sword Of Eingar” (in Issue 447, cover dated 29th October 1960), this terrific adventure strip was retitled “Karl the Viking” with Issue 463 (cover dated 18th February 1961). It was later reprinted in both Lion and SMASH, and one story even got an outing in the Action Holiday Special in 1980.

While the Don Lawrence Collection has previously released all 18 tales in English, back in 2008, in a stunning deluxe format, I think we can expect the Treasury editions to have a more affordable cover price.

“‘Karl the Viking’ was one of the most remarkable comic strips to appear in a British comic in the early 1960s, its memory far outlasting the four years it ran,” comics archivist Steve Holland noted in his enthusiastic foreword for the DLC edition of the first volume. “In Europe, the stories were reprinted in weekly titles and collected into albums, giving the strip a measure of permanence which it never achieved in its home country.”

February 2022

The 2000AD Encyclopedia
Compiled by Scott Montgomery
Out: Exact Date TBA

The 2000AD Encyclopedia

Written by writer and journalist Scott MontgomeryThe 2000AD Encyclopedia, compiled from entries first published in Judge Dredd Megazine, with additions and amendments, promises to become the definitive, go-to resource for the hundreds of creations that have appeared in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comics over the past four decades including comprehensive sections on Sláine, Nemesis the Warlock, A.B.C Warriors and many more.

Scott is of course no stranger to writing 2000AD guides – back in the 1990s, he provided a then complete chronology of everyone’s favourite blue-skinned super soldier for the 1996 Rogue Trooper Action Special, a project he recalled with fondness for downthetubes when the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic celebrated its 35th birthday in 2012.

The Brian Bolland Apex Edition

Brian Bolland Apex Edition
Out: Exact Date TBA

Showcasing the Judge Dredd work of one of 2000AD’s greatest creators. This deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition will feature new high-resolution scans of Bolland’s original art from 2000AD, showing his delicate inking brushwork in unprecedented detail.

As one of the first creators in the ‘British Invasion’ of the American comic book industry in the 1980s, Bolland’s work on series such as Camelot 3000 and Batman: The Killing Joke, and covers for Wonder WomanGreen LanternBatman, and many more, have made him one of the most distinctive and famous artists in comics. This Apex Edition, which will be available in an exclusive edition through the 2000AD webshop and a standard edition through comic stores via Diamond Distribution, will provide fans with unprecedented insights into his original art in an edition befitting such a landmark talent.

March 2022

The Best of John Wagner
Out: Exact Date TBA

The Best of John Wagner's Judge Dredd

The mainstay of 2000AD since its second issue, Judge Dredd is one of the world’s most famous comic book characters, not only spawning two major movie adaptations but becoming a cultural icon and a breeding ground for generations of creators who have helped transform comics as we know them. To mark Dredd’s 45th anniversary, 2000AD will honour his co-creators, writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, with two collections that bring together some of their best work for the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. 

The Best of John Wagner (published in March) and The Best of Carlos Ezquerra (published in May) will give long-time fans and those new to the work of these two giants of British comics the opportunity to enjoy and savour some of the highlights from two talents that helped seal 2000AD as a cultural trailblazer, with Wagner’s action-packed, terse, and often blackly comical writing paired with the gritty and dynamic art of Ezquerra, who sadly passed away in 2018.

Judge Dredd: Blaze of Glory
Out: Exact Date TBA

Judge Dredd: Blaze of Glory

Showcasing the work of one of the best writers of the new generation of Judge Dredd scribes – Al Ewing. Beginning his career at 2000AD, Ewing quickly established himself as one of comics’ most unique voices.

A master of character, plot, and wit, Ewing’s work on Judge Dredd sealed his reputation as one of 2000AD’s most exciting creators, as he has gone to work extensively for Marvel Comics on critically-acclaimed titles such as Immortal Hulk and Guardians of the Galaxy. The Blaze of Glory collection will bring together his best stories of the ‘lawman of the future’ and provide fans with an overview of his energetic and enthralling writing.

May 2022

The Best of Carlos Ezquerra
Out: Exact Date TBA

Carlos Ezquerra receives the Gran Premio de cómic aragonés in recognition of his career at the 2014 Salón del Cómic de Zaragoza
Carlos Ezquerra receives the Gran Premio de cómic aragonés in recognition of his career at the 2014 Salón del Cómic de Zaragoza

The Best of Carlos Ezquerra will give long-time fans and those new to the work of a giants of British comics the opportunity to enjoy and savour some of the highlights from his work with John Wagner, that helped seal 2000AD as a cultural trailblazer, with Wagner’s action-packed, terse, and often blackly comical writing paired with the gritty and dynamic art of Ezquerra, who sadly passed away in 2018.

45 Years of 2000AD
Out: Exact Date TBA

To mark 2000AD’s galaxy of characters, forty-five popular artists from the worlds of comics and illustration will give their unique takes on some of 2000AD’s most famous characters. 

The brand new collection will feature work by David Aja (Seeds), Michael Allred (X-Statix), Jamie Smart (Bear), Colleen Doran (Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples), Annie Wu(Hawkeye), Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd), Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Rachael Stott (Doctor Who), Chris Weston (The Filth), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd) and many, many more.

August 2022

The Best of Gerry Finley-Day
Out: Exact Date TBA

No conversation about 2000AD’s first great “golden age” is complete without one name – Gerry Finley-Day. The co-creator of Rogue Trooper as well as the distinctive writer on series such as “Blackhawk”, “The VCs”, “Fiends of the Eastern Front”, “Dan Dare”, “Ant Wars”, “Harry Twenty on the High Rock” and many more, The Best of Gerry Finley-Day (published in August) will delve into this punchy, high-powered writing of one of the comic’s greatest ‘ideas men’.

September 2022

Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law
Out: Exact Date TBA

A selection of issues of DC Comics’ Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law
A selection of issues of DC Comics’ Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law

Never before reprinted, September 2022 will see the first ever collection of DC Comics’ Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law. Capitalising on the hoped-for success of the Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone and modelled on the Batman series Legends of the Dark Knight, this mid-1990s series bought in Dredd writers John Wagner and Alan Grant to jettison most of Dredd’s established continuity and focus on the lawman’s earliest exploits.

This unique collection will finally bring the 13-issue series together, with art by Brent Anderson(X-Men) Tommy Lee Edwards (Marvel 1985), John Byrne (Superman), Barb Kaalberg (Planet of the Apes), Gary Martin (Nexus), and Anthony Williams (Judge Dredd).

October 2022

Mick McMahon Apex Edition
Out: Exact Date TBA

Mike McMahon's first published "Judge Dredd" strip for 2000 AD, published in Prog 2 in 1977. The first panel is a stat of art by Carlos Ezquerra, who designed the character, co-created with John Wagner
Mike McMahon’s first published “Judge Dredd” strip for 2000AD, published in Prog 2 in 1977. The first panel is a stat of art by Carlos Ezquerra, who designed the character, co-created with John Wagner

Rounding off 2000AD’s 45th birthday celebrations, October will see the eagerly-anticipated Mick McMahon Apex Edition. Few artists have stamped their signature on Judge Dredd the way McMahon has; the artist on the first published Dredd story in 2000AD Prog 2, he was initially hired to imitate Ezquerra’s distinctive style but soon developed his own kinetic, visceral style, which evolved into the chunky, powerful ’big boots’ style. 

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.

• Check out the 2000AD web shop for exclusive covers, new books and more here

• Check out our 2021 Rebellion Publishing Checklist here

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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4 replies

  1. Lots of excellent collections coming our way, but where is the Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire vol.4..?

    • Hey, hey, don’t panic! This checklist is at an early stage as of July 2021 – with only “Karl the Viking” and “Kelly’s Eye” announced so far as just part of the Treasury of British Comics releases. But readers have been asking for a guide to Rebellion’s 45th anniversary projects, so I thought it best to start an easily-found page now, rather than later.

  2. Since Trigan Empire is so successful (and Karl the Viking will easily ride that success too I’d say, as it is an excellent story), I wonder if the next logical follow-ups might be Bala the Briton (from Jet) or Wrath of the Gods (from Boys’ World)?

    • Good choices. I always look forward to learning what the full line-up of new collections will be, and I think Rebellion’s licensing of reprint rights to companies like Hibernia Comics and Book Palace further aids the cause of bringing long overlooked classic material back into print.

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