Durham Red returns to 2000AD in 2018, with a new take on the character from Alec Worley and Ben Willsher

A Durham Red cover for 2000AD (Prog 1261) by Ben Willsher, publised in 2001
A Durham Red cover for 2000AD (Prog 1261) by Ben Willsher, published in 2001

Created by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Carlos Ezquerra for the legendary 2000AD strip “Strontium Dog”, Durham Red returns in a brand new solo series “Born Bad” by writer Alec Worley (Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and artist Ben Willsher (“Judge Dredd”, Doctor Who).

This eight-part series sees the mutant vampire bounty hunter struggling for work following the closure of the Search/Destroy Agency. Forced to take on whatever job may come her way, Durham is hired by a dying gangster to track down his long-lost mother – a woman prepared to take deadly measures to cover her tracks.

“This is a brand-new take on the classic 2000AD character, revamped for modern readers,” Alec tells us. “New direction! New costume! New readers welcome!

“There will be blood…”

London-based Alec spent several years as a projectionist in the picture palaces and fleapits of London’s West End, before jacking it all in to become a movie journalist writing for Sight & Sound, Empire, Total Film, SFX, and others. In 2005 he published the book, Empires of the Imagination: A Critical Survey of Fantasy Cinema from Georges Méliès to The Lord of the Rings.

Alec got into comics through the slush pile at 2000AD and has written “Judge Dredd”, “Judge Anderson” and “Robo-Hunter”, as well as created two original series: paranormal comedy “Dandridge” (with artist Warren Pleece) and urban fantasy saga “Age of the Wolf” (with artist Jon Davis-Hunt). He hs written Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Wars for younger readers, as well as Realm of the Damned, a series of horror graphic novels most definitely for grown-ups.

He’s written a popular trilogy of books about the early adventures of Judge Anderson and also writes for Games Workshop/ Black Library’s Warhammer 40,000 series.

One of 2000AD‘s best-known artists, Ben Willsher‘s knowledge of the Galaxy’s Greatest comic’s lore and Mega-City history is vast and he always enhances his incredible artwork with in-jokes and Easter Eggs for the fans. Hand-picked by writer Andy Diggle to replace the mighty Jock on “Lenny Zero” his credits include the Sinister Dexter story, “Relode”, the Judge Dredd tales “The Skinning Room” and “California Babylon”, Strontium Dog and covers for Judge Dredd Magazine and 2000AD.

• The first part of Durham Red: Born Bad will be published in 2000AD Prog 2073, available in stores and online from 21st March 2018

Check out Durham Red collections on amazon.co.uk

• You can follow Alec on Twitter @alec_worley

• Ben Willsher is online at www.benwillsher.co.uk

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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