The second volume of the best-selling Best of 2000AD hits book and comic book store shelves on 31st January – and to celebrate, there are great events on both sides of the Atlantic with some of the top talent featured in this volume.
Cover artist Becky Cloonan will be signing at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon on 8th February, and the following Saturday webshop exclusive cover artist Charlie Adlard, artist INJ Culbard, and writer Al Ewing will be at Worlds Apart in Birmingham for a special launch talk and signing.
Every Best of 2000AD contains a mix of modern classics and gems from the vault, intended as a gateway into the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic for a new generation of readers. Each edition includes a new Judge Dredd adventure, fresh essays by prominent popular culture writers, a graphic novel-length feature presentation by global legends – and a vintage Dredd case.
The first volume of Best of 2000AD sold gang-busters, and had to go to reprint two weeks before its publication date, and was the third best-selling graphic novel in the UK last September.
We’ve seen an advance copy, and it comes simply crammed with great comic strips from across 40-plus years of 2000AD.
In this volume, Judge Dredd hunts untraceable assassins firing “Magic Bullets” by Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) and Colin Wilson (Blueberry); even robots get the “Red Planet Blues” from Alan Moore (Watchmen), Steve Dillon (Preacher) and John Higgins (Judge Dredd); SF adventure in “Brink” by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard; not even Mega City One’s brightest can escape “The Vampire Effect” by John Wagner (A History of Violence), Alan Grant (Batman) and Mick McMahon (The Last American); and join the front line of the resistance against intergalactic bigots in the Gothic masterpiece, Nemesis The Warlock by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill.
Supporting that, we’re also treated to a critical essay about “Nemesis the Warlock” by Tom Shapira, author of Curing the Postmodern Blues (Sequart, 2013) and The Lawman (PanelxPanel, 2020). His articles about comics have appeared in The Comics Journal. Haaretz, Shelfdust, PanelXPanel and others. If you want a taster of his work, check out his recent review of The Last American by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and McMahon, over on the Solrad web site.
“It’s clear from all the feedback we’ve had that it’s achieving its goal of reaching new audiences,” 2000AD’s Michael Molcher tells us, which is great to hear.
• Best of 2000 AD Volume 2 Release Party & Signing
Wednesday 8th February 2023 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, USA
Guest: Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy, Punisher)
• Best of 2000 AD Volume 2 Launch Signing & Talk
Saturday 11th February 2023, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Worlds Apart Birmingham, 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN
Guests: Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), INJ Clubard (Brink), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), series editor Owen Johnson and comic journalist Olly MacNamee
• Best of 2000 AD Volume 2 is released on 31st January 2023, available from all good book and comic book stores, as well as digitally from the 2000AD webshop and apps | Pre-order either edition here from the 2000AD web shop