Apocalypse War secrets set to shatter Judge Dredd’s world in 45th anniversary 2000AD story, out in February

Award-winning comics writer John Wagner is returning to 2000AD for its special 45th birthday issue in February, with a brand new Judge Dredd story, “The Citadel”, drawn by Dan Cornwell.

2000AD 2270 - Judge Dredd - "Citadel" by John Wagner and Dan Cornwell
2000AD 2270 - Judge Dredd - "Citadel" by John Wagner and Dan Cornwell
2000AD 2270 - Judge Dredd - "Citadel" by John Wagner and Dan Cornwell

Within the intimidating walls of Iso-Block 1, a prisoner is scheduled to die after decades in isolation. But he has a tale to tell – one that may blow Judge Dredd’s world apart!

The Citadel” takes Judge Dredd back to the events of The Apocalypse War, in which he led the desperate fight against the invading armies of the Sov mega-cities.

As the Apocalypse War rages, Judge Dredd leads a squad of Cadet Judges into battle – launching an assault upon The Citadel, where the invading Sov forces have set up base.

But now, 40 years later and on the day of his execution, former Cadet Judge Winterton will tell the truth about what happened during the war, why the mission was subsequently covered up, and reveal the secret that Judge Dredd himself has been hiding for the past 40 years.

Master writer and co-creator of Judge Dredd, John Wagner, returns to 2000AD in its anniversary year with this thrilling new Judge Dredd story, drawn by Dan Cornwell (Rok of the Reds), with colours by Dylan Teague (Madi) and letters by Annie Parkhouse, the new story begins in 2000AD’s 45th birthday issue, on sale in February.

“The Citadel” will begin in 2000AD Prog 2270, the landmark issue celebrating forty-five years of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. The special 48-page issue hits newsstands on 23rd February 2022.

The story will also be collected in an eponymous 128-page paperback graphic novel edition in July 2022 (ISBN: 9781786185686), also crediting Colin MacNeil and John Higgins, available from all good book and comic book stores, as well as online retailers and the 2000AD webshop and app.

Judge Dredd - "Citadel" by John Wagner and Dan Cornwell

Matt Smith, editor of 2000AD, said: “’The Citadel’ is a rip-roaring, unmissable story that will have readers on the edges of their seats. Serving up action and intrigue in the only way John Wagner can, and with Dan Cornwell providing some career-best artwork, it proves that even after forty-five years that 2000AD and Judge Dredd can still deliver the goods.”

The first issue of 2000AD hit newsstands in mid-February 1977 and Rebellion plans to mark forty-five years of groundbreaking comics with special collections, signing events, and online celebrations.

John Wagner has been scripting for 2000AD 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 2000AD, his credits include Star Wars, Lobo, The Punisher and the critically acclaimed A History of Violence.

Dan Cornwell’s early work was on titles such as Futurequake, Dogbreath, 100% Biodegradable. His big break came in 2014, when John Wagner and Alan Grant spotted his work and offered him the chance to illustrate a new sci-fi story, Rok of the Reds. Since then, he’s worked on characters including Judge Dredd, Judge Fear, Max Normal and others for 2000AD and Judge Dredd The Megazine. He also illustrated Dredd for the Cursed Earth card game and Crime Files mobile game.

Recent work includes the critically acclaimed sequel to Rok of the RedsRok the God, again written by John Wagner, and Roy of the Rovers illustrations for Rebellion’s fiction novels. He continues to work with 2000AD on stories including “Department K” – and is also working with former Tharg, Steve MacManus, on his latest comic, Blazer!

2000AD Prog 2270, a 52-page Special issue celebrating 45 years of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic goes on sale on 23rd February 2022

Judge Dredd: The Citadel will be collected in an eponymous 128-page paperback graphic novel edition in July 2022 (ISBN: 9781786185686), also crediting Colin MacNeil and John Higgins, available from all good book and comic book stores, as well as online retailers and the 2000AD webshop and app

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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