Five brand new 2000AD audio adaptations heading your way from Penguin Audio

Penguin Random House will publish five brand new dramatic audio adaptations of the best-selling 2000AD graphic novels on Thursday 8th September 2022, including Judge Dredd: Origins and Judge Anderson: Shamballa.

All five stories can be pre-ordered via Audible now and will also be available on Apple Books and Google Play.

Following on from last year’s launch of the first star-studded audiobooks, these five new dramatic adaptions are performed by an ensemble cast, and accompanied by an original score and immersive soundscapes, bringing to life some of 2000AD’s most critically acclaimed and beloved stories.

Colin Salmon voices Judge Fargo, Adam Basil Judge Dredd, Amber Rose Revah Judge Anderson, and Keith Allen, Torquemada, in the Penguin Audio 2000AD adaptations

A host of exciting talent are involved in the project, offering thrilling adventures will be accompanied by an original score and immersive soundscapes. Recorded and produced at Penguin Studios, the complete character list across these new collections will comprise over 750 different voices, performed by an experienced cast of British acting talent.

One of the world’s most physical actors, Adam Basil, voices Judge Dredd. With a huge range of credits to his name, he’s perhaps best known for is playing roles such as Venom and Carnage in Marvel’s Venom 2, and The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Baloo in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. He also played the lead “Death Trooper” in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The themes in these graphic novels, some published up to 30 years ago, are perhaps more prescient than ever before; including politics and voter fraud (and some listeners might find the eccentric President Booth in Judge Dredd: Origins a little too familiar…) as well as the exploration of a broken politics system, which brings about the rule of the Judges.

Dredd: Origins also explores the spectre of future genetic manipulation. Judge Anderson brings the dissection of religion, and the rise of cult figures, while in Rogue Trooper, we are immersed in a post-apocalyptic and war-torn planet which is no longer suitable for human habitation. It’s a haunting look at a possible future…

“We have published some of the biggest science fiction audiobooks of the last few years, from Star Wars and Stranger Things to Ready Player One, and this partnership has enabled us to take all of that experience and apply it to these new productions.’ says James Keyte, Senior Commissioning Editor. ‘Working closely with the Rebellion team, our aim has been to create an authentic and immersive listening experience for both long term fans, and new listeners alike.”

Judge Dredd: Origins

John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s incredible journey back to the birth of the Judges, brought alive as a brand new audio adaptation. An unusual delivery is made to the Grand Hall of Justice, a package that will force Dredd to lead a mission into the Cursed Earth and into the darkest recesses of the history of the Judges and Mega-City One…

Approx run time: Two hours
Judge Dredd: Adam Basil
Judge Fargo: Colin Salmon
Bad Bob Booth: Stuart Milligan

Narrator: Doug Cockle

Doug Cockle is an award-winning American actor, director and acting teacher living in the UK. With 20+ years’ experience, Doug has worked extensively in the video games industry and is primarily known for his work as Geralt of Rivia in the Witcher video game series, a character he has been voicing since the series began in 2007.

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Judge Dredd: Dreddd vs Death

The crime is life! The Judgement is death! When Judge Death enters Mega-City One from a parallel dimension, his plan is simple: to sentence every single living citizen – to death! These critically acclaimed stories are a perfect jumping on point for new listeners to John Wagner, Alan Grant and Brian Bolland’s chilling stories.

Approx run time: One hour
Judge Dredd: Adam Basil
Judge Anderson: Amber Rose Revah
Judge Death: Peter Serafinowicz

Narrator: Doug Cockle

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Judge Anderson: Shamballa

When a brutal murder is discovered – seemingly of unnatural origin – in Mega-City One, it seems that the world is on the brink of a psychic apocalypse! Psi-Judge Anderson must travel into to find the source of the disturbance. This collection bring together the very best of Alan Grant’s (Lobo) and Arthur Ranson’s (Button Man) work on this iconic comics character.

Approx run time: 1.5 hours
Stars: Amber Rose Revah, Adam Basil

Narrator: Doug Cockle

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Nemesis The Warlock Books 1-4

Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill’s stunning satirical space opera, brought to life in a brand new audio adaptation. Listen as the diabolically evil human despot Torquemada, intent on purging all alien life from the galaxy and punishing ‘deviants’, is challenged by Nemesis the Warlock, alien freedom fighter and champion of the coming rebellion!

Approx run time: 3.5 hours
Nemesis: Patrick Warner
Purity Brown: Natalie Simpson
Torquemada: Keith Allen

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Rogue Trooper: Welcome to Nu Earth

The wartorn worlds of Gerry Finley-Day, Dave Gibbons, and Cam Kennedy come alive in this brand new adaptation.

On the battle-ravaged world of Nu-Earth, genetically-engineered war machine, Rogue Trooper, searches for the traitor General responsible for the deaths of his clone brothers. Together with his three ‘dead’ bio-chipped comrades, Gunner, Bagman and Helm, he won’t stop until he has succeeded in his personal mission of revenge!

Approx run time: Two hours
Rogue: Chuku Modu
Bagman: Ako Mitchell
Gunnar: Rupert Degas
Helm: Vaughn Joseph

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.



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