A stunning-looking Black Metal-infused gothic horror series “Realm of the Damned“, written by Alec Worley and drawn by Simon “Pye” Parr, will debut in Judge Dredd Meagzine Issue 369, on sale from 17th February.
The Megazine has established an impressive reputation for premiering stunning new series set outside of the world of 2000AD and Judge Dredd, including Andy Diggle and Jock’s “Snapshot”, Paul Grist’s “Demon Inc.”, Rob Williams and D’Israeli on “Oridnary”, and Alan Martin and Rufus Dayglo on “Tank Girl”.
“Realm of The Damned” continues this tradition, blending music and madness into a world where the forces of darkness that once stalked the fringes of reality have finally taken over the world.
The supernatural defence agency known as ‘The Congregation’, a covert wing of the Catholic Church, has been destroyed and its sole surviving operative, legendary monster-hunter Alberic Van Helsing, is now a fugitive and addict. Now he’s been recruited by the so-called Vampire Elite to help them destroy an ancient evil that threatens them all.
The eight-part series is sure to appeal to both horror comic and heavy metal fans, and is another strong new series for the Megazine. With Parr’s gruesome and gory visuals and Worley’s in-your-face script, Realm of the Damned is definitely the comic that your mother warned you about!
Aside from this new horror project, comic book and fiction writer Alec Worley writes for children as well as adults, notably for Panini’s bestselling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, but he’s probably best known for my work on 2000AD, where his credits include “Judge Dredd” and “Robo-Hunter“, as well as conceiving and writing two original series, “Age Of The Wolf” and “Dandridge“.
Simon “Pye” Parr spent over 13 years as the Graphic Designer for Rebellion – publishers of 2000AD, and the genre novel imprints Solaris, Ravenstone and Abaddon Books. He left 2000AD last year to pursue a freelance career, which he says is as terrifying as it is exciting, but having gotten a sneak peek at “Realm of the Damned” at Malta Comic Con last year I have to say I don’t think he needs to be too worried , because it looks stunning.
“Pye’s artwork is phenomenal,” agrees writer Alec Worley. “Every spread I’m seeing is more amazingly demented than the last.
“This is going to be one hell of a debut graphic novel. Readers of the Prog and Meg have only had a taste of what this droid can do. Now they’re in for a feast!”
• “Realm of The Damned: Tenebris Deos” launches in Judge Dredd Megazine 369, out at all good comic shops and newsagents from 17th February in the UK, as well as digitally from 2000AD’s webshop and apps. Check out 2000AD at www.2000adonline.com
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