IDW’s Judge Dredd: Deviations “Howl of the Wolf” by John McCrea coming in March 2017

John McCrea's splash page for Judge Dredd: Deviations, coming in March 2017, which the artist describes as his tribute to Steve Dillon

John McCrea’s splash page for Judge Dredd: Deviations, coming in March 2017, which the artist describes as his tribute to Steve Dillon

Coming in March 2017 from IDW is Judge Dredd: Deviations, written and drawn by  John McCrea, coloured by Mike Spicer, a project the comic creator describes as a tribute “to the late, and oh so very great, Steve Dillon”.

Judge Dredd fans will already know that earlier this year, IDW released a number of one-shot “Deviations” books which, just like Marvel’s What If and DC’s Batman Elseworlds titles, posited different paths for well-known characters if things happened differently in stories of their classic characters. These included the GI Joe-inspired tale “What if Cobra Commander won?” and “What would happen if the Ghostbusters never crossed the streams?”

Judge Dredd Deviations - Howl of the Wolf

Art by John McCrea and Andrew Currie

Judge Dredd Deviations - Howl of the Wolf

Variant cover by Ryan Brown

A new set of “Deviations” is on course for release next year – a five-week Deviations event – which will launch with a Judge Dredd story, “Howl of the Wolf!”, by John McCrea that takes a sideways look at one of the more celebrated Dredd stories and sees a different outcome to the classic “Cry of the Werewolf” story that appeared in 2000AD progs 322 – 328 back in 1983, the work of John Wagner, Alan Grant, Steve Dillon and Tom Frame.

While that story saw Dredd beat off the werewolf threat from Mega City One’s under city, John McCrea asks what Mega City One would be like if its toughest lawman had never recovered from that time he was briefly a werewolf…

• Judge Dredd: Deviations will be available from all good comic shops in March 2017. Check with your local store about ordering information through Diamond PREVIEWS

Judge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf

Mega-City One a vast urban nightmare built upon the post-apocalyptic ashes of North America s east coast. Beneath her lies the Undercity ruined remains of what was once known as New York City. Now it is a deadly environment where only the most ruthless creatures can hope to survive. One such creature a flesh-eating werewolf, has managed to find its way out into Mega-City One, so Judge Dredd must go down into the Undercity to investigate, ensuring that no others can make their way to the surface.

Plus three other Dredd-verse werewolf stories.

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