From 1940s Hollywood occult to kicking Tolkien – 2000AD’s Christmas special is out next week!

2000AD Prog 2011

Once upon a time, 2000AD annuals would languish beneath the Christmas tree until the big day, creating an agonising delay before readers could tuck into the Thrill-powered delights inside…

But these days, publishers Rebellion don’t force readers to wait until 25th December to unwrap their presents – the 2000AD Christmas Special is out next week!

2000AD Prog 2011 sees the return of Chris Weston (The Invisibles) to “Judge Dredd” and a brand new cover by veteran artist Cliff Robinson, plus everything from everyone behaving themselves in Mega-City One (briefly) to giant trans-dimensional worms and the continued rise of the Dark Judges!

We’ll have a review for you on day of release, but we can reveal this bumper 100-page issue is a veritable festive selection box of Thrill-powered treats, including traditional staples like “Judge Dredd’ and “Ace Trucking Co.” alongside new favourites such as “Aquila”, “Kingdom”, “The Order” and “The Fall of Deadworld”.

Plus, two brand new series debut this issue – in “Kingmaker”, writer Ian Edginton (Hinterkind), artist Leigh Gallagher (Defoe) and letterer Ellie De Ville (ABC Warriors) take the long-worn tropes of JRR Tolkien and smash them into Star Wars for a cross-genre tale about rebellion and ancient evil.

In noir magical thriller “Hope” by writer Guy Adams (Goldtiger), artist Jimmy Broxton (Knight and Squire) and letterer Simon Bowland (James Bond), it’s a 1940s Hollywood where victory in World War Two was achieved by occult means. Magic is now a part of daily life, but the costs can be high – especially for Mallory Hope, a magician and private investigator who only wants to find his wife and son.

And, last but not least, there’s a history of the 1980s’ ‘horror comic for girls’, Misty, as well as a special preview of “Read Em and Weep”, the new serial killer novel by Pat Mills set in the world of British comics, with illustrations by Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)!

The full line-up of Prog 2011 is:

· “Judge Dredd: Boxing Day” by Rob Williams (Writer) Chris Weston (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
· “The Fall of Deadworld: Winter Break” by Kek-W (Writer) Dave Kendall (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
· “Kingmaker” by Ian Edginton (Writer) Leigh Gallagher (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
· “Aquila: Mors Venetiae” by Gordon Rennie (Writer) Paul Davidson (Artist) Gary Caldwell (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
· “Ace Trucking Co.: The Festive Flipflop” by Eddie Robson (Writer) Nigel Dobbyn (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
· “Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven” by Dan Abnett (Writer) Richard Elson (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
· “The Order: Wyrm War” by Kek-W (Writer) John Burns (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
· Hope: … For The Future” by Guy Adams (Writer) Jimmy Broxton (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)

2000AD Prog 2011 is priced at £4.99/$9.99 and will be available from all good newsagents and comic book stores in the UK and Ireland on 14th December 2016, and all good comic book stores in North America next month. It will also be available digitally worldwide from the 14th from the 2000AD DRM-free webshop and the Apple, Android, and Windows 10 apps!


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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