Dan McDaid takes on the art duties on IDW’s new Judge Dredd series next month, in a new ongoing series written by Ulises Fariñas and Erick Freitas. After a bit of a break from their take on Dredd, the US publisher is really pushing out the boat with this relaunch, announced at Comic Con earlier in the year, with several variant covers, including an Archie 75th Anniversary Variant by Francesco Francavilla, tying in with celebrations for the iconic American high schooler.
In “Mega-City Zero”, Judge Dredd awakens to find that Mega-City One has been sent back to the Stone Age, with city blocks overgrown and nary a citizen to be found. Witness as Dredd struggles to unravel the mystery as he copes with being just an ordinary Joe…
An artist and writer who meticulously blends genres, styles, and universes, Ulises (who drew Judge Dredd: City of Courts written by Douglas Wolk) depicts super-saturated, hyper-detailed worlds in his work, breaking down the walls between imagination and reality, where heroes and monsters are as fantastic as the landscapes they inhabit. As well as Judge Dredd, he is also the cowriter of the much-praised pulp-throwback anthology Amazing Forest, available on Comixology and soon to be published by IDW.
He is the artist and cowriter, of Gamma, a one-shot comic previously serialized in Dark Horse Presents. He also has drawn Catalyst – Agents of Change, written by Joe Casey. Follow him on Twitter @ulises_f – and check out Amazing Forest on Patreon.
Erick Freitas, Ulises co-cospirator on “Mega City Zero” and the Monkey Brain Amazing Forest project, launched in 2013, which has offered a platform to some great creators, such as Angelica Blevins, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Julien Dufour, Melody Often, Matt Rota and Yumi Sakugawa. (There’s a 2013 interview with the pair about the project here on Comics Alliance). He also co-wrote IDW’s Godzilla in Hell drawn by Buster Moody.
Writer and artist Dan McDaid should be well known to downthetubes readers, with credits that include Doctor Who Magazine, Jersey Gods at Image Comics, Planet of the Apes for Boom! Studios and Catalyst Comix at Dark Horse. He’s a terrific artist and I think his work is perfectly suited to drawing Dredd, so I’m looking forward to seeing the book, especially given the teasing he’s been featuring on his tumblr. Follow him on Twitter @danmcdaid.
Here are all the variant covers to Judge Dredd #1, including the retailer incentive wraparound variant cover by Paul Hanley (whose tumblr you should really check out if you’re a Who fan).
• Judge Dredd #1—”Mega City Zero”
Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (Writers) • Dan McDaid (Artist)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
• As well as a Blank Sketch Variant IDW is also offering the Judge Dredd: Mega City Two Trade Paperback alongside the new launch. ISBN: 978-1-63140-080-3
• More about IDW at www.idwpublishing.com