With a dramatic Judge Dredd cover by Clint Langley, 2000AD Prog 2242 hits the UK news stands today, as old stoney face investigates a series of badge-slayings. The Mega-City being the Mega-City, you can imagine that when it comes to killing Judges, there are more than enough suspects…
Next month sees a tranche of new collections from 2000AD and the Treasury of British Comics titles, and there are plenty of fantastic books coming soon, including Megatropolis, out in October, and Dreadnoughts, out in November, two great adventures exploring the world – and alternate worlds – of Mega-City One.
Megatropolis is a simply stunning-looking title, offering the chance to experience the iconic city of Mega-City One as never before, thanks to Kenneth Niemand (Judge Dredd) and Dave Taylor (Judge Dredd, Batman). In this radical reimagining of the world of Judge Dredd, join disgraced Officer Amy Jarra and Detective Joe ‘choirboy’ Rico as they navigate the crime-ridden underbelly of the glamorous Metropolis, attempting to solve the murder of undercover Detective Fisher.
Transforming Mega-City One into an art deco cityscape, Niemand and Taylor spin a tale of futuristic noir with luscious art and jaw-dropping set pieces. This over-sized hardcover collection includes a terrific gallery of cover art, and never seen before concept sketches.
Of course, if what’s coming up for the rest of this year isn’t exciting enough, no-one at Rebellion ever seems to sleep, and they’ve already begun teasing projects for 2022. In particular, those marking the 45th anniversary of 2000AD, so we’ve just added a guide to book releases next year, which so far include Treasury of British Comics collections of the Lion strip “Karl the Viking“, drawn by Don Lawrence, and “Kelly’s Eye“.
There’s plenty more to come, yet to be revealed of course, so you may want to book mark the page now!
On Sale This Week from Rebellion
2000AD Prog 2242
Cover: Clint Langley
Judge Dredd: Now That’s What I Call Justice! by John Wagner (w) John Higgins (a) Sally Hurst (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Home to over 160 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal and violent crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a knife-edge and only the zero tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, an outfit called Justice Watch is executing Judges who it says killed cits…
Department K: Cosmic Chaos by Rory McConville (w) Dan Cornwell (a) Len O’Grady (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Justice Dept has many divisions tasked with dealing with the threats that face the metropolis, and DEPT K is a branch of Tek-Div, whose brief is to tackle interdimensional enemies. Headed by Kirby, and comprising of intern Afua, droid Estabon and the alien Blackcurrant, they’re now helping a neighbouring reality. But members of the cult the Valox are trying to destroy the multiverse…
Skip Tracer: Eden by James Peaty (w) Paul Marshall (a) Dylan Teague (c) Jim Campbell (l)
The Cube, the 27th century. This vast city floating in the depths of space was once a monitoring station, but has been refitted by the Earth-led Consociation as a solution to a universal housing problem. It’s now home to every kind of undesirable and wanted criminal. That’s where SKIP TRACER Nolan Blake comes in, a former soldier turned psi-tracker. Now, Nimrod has been tasked with bringing in Blake’s infant daughter…
Aquila: The Rivers of Hades, Book One by Gordon Rennie (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Dylan Teague (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Following Spartacus’s failed revolt against his Roman masters, his rebel army was crucified. Amongst these was the slave-turned-gladiator Aquila, who cried out to the gods for vengeance — and was answered by Ammit the Devourer, a deity that gifted him with immortality in return for keeping her fed with evil men’s souls. Now, Aquila has travelled into Hades to seek out the spirit of Nero, who knows Ammit’s location…
Sinister: Its Own Devices by Dan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) John Charles (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Gun-sharks Finnigan Sinister and Ramone Dexter were the best hitmen money could buy in the future city of Downlode. Having whacked Holy Moses Tanenbaum, a ganglord from an alternate dimension, they found killing him reset the continuum, meaning no one knew who they were. But now a rogue A.I. is at large, which took control of Sinister, forcing Dexter to kill him. While Dexter flees with Carrie and Billi, Sinister has been resurrected…
• Available in print from: 2000AD webshop, book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond
Black Beth and the Devils of Al-Kadesh
Publication date: 23rd June 2021
After her appearance in Rebellion’s previous Scream! & Misty Specials, the sword-swinging Black Beth is back, a character that whose first appearances was in a 1988 Scream! special, a strip drawn by Blas Gallego whose author remains unidentified – but was probably intended for a more adult title that never got off the ground.
Written by Alec Worley (Durham Red) and drawn by DaNi (Coffin Bound), Beth is a warrior-woman born in anger and forged in rage. She and her blind aide Quido have travelled to the wicked city of Shadrivar, in search of the evil witch Anis-Amuun.
Many think that she is long dead, but a mage called Estevan believes otherwise. He charges Beth with a quest to destroy the witch, initiating a sea-spanning quest which pits Beth’s curved blade against all manner of mystical creatures…and possibly Anis-Amuun herself!
The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Volume Three
Creators: Mike Butterworth, Don Lawrence
Out: 20th July 2021
Format: Paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Chris Weston
The third thrilling omnibus of the lost SF classic from the 1960s that the New York Times noted had “highly detailed visions of fantastic worlds” This is the epic story of the Trigan Empire’s rise and fall, and of how Trigo, often alone, had to fend off usurpers and monstrous threats to save his people. The lush painted comic art that Don Lawrence produced in this period would solidify him as one of the greatest comic book artists of all time.
Collected within are all the Trigan Empire stories published in chronological order, including the never before reprinted short stories not illustrated by Don Lawrence, to give you the complete saga of the Trigan Empire.
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Volume 37
Release Date: 22nd July 2021
Dimensions: 259 × 187 mm
He’s been a thorn in Dredd’s side since the Apocalypse War, but will Orlok the Assassin finally be brought to justice? The latest in the best-selling series of Judge Dredd’s adventures sees the future lawman and the Sov killer come face-to-face for what could be the last time. Will justice be served? Or will Orlok escape again? Meanwhile, Dredd investigates the twisted machinations of Judge Edgar, the Machiavellian head of the Public Surveillance Unit, and superstar writer Garth Ennis returns to write his final Dredd story, drawn by John Higgins.
AUGUST 2021 TITLES
Bad City Blue (Digital Only)
By Alan Grant and Robin Smith
Release Date: 4th August 2021
Bader City is a crumbling ghetto built into an asteroid in the depths of space. Crawling with armed gangs, chaos is kept at bay by brutal hit men like Blue, who work for the city’s elite. This gritty science fiction classic from 2000 AD legends Alan Grant and Robin Smith is collected in digital graphic novel format for the first time.
Ken Reid’s Football Funnies
Ken Reid, Various Writers
Out: 5th August 2021
Between 1970 and 1974, Ken Reid drew a weekly humour strip for Scorcher and Score, and this collection collects the first two years of those strips, featuring the strips “Sub”, “Manager Matt”, “Hugh Fowler” and “Football Forum”.
Irmantas Povilaika, who has long documented the life and work of Ken Reid and published the wonderful two-book collection The Power Pack of Ken Reid (still available here, and well worth buying!), notes Ken was not a sports fan, and only agreed to draw the strips because he was desperate for work after the demise of Odhams comics. Of the strips featured, he wrote “Sub”, the other strips the work of unknown Fleetway script writers who ably found the funny side of the game.
Let’s hope a collection of the other football-focused strips he drew – “The Soccernauts”, “Harry Hammertoe”, “Jimmy Jinks” and “Triptoe Triers” will follow.
If you want to know more about Ken’s work for Scorcher and Score, then an extensive two-part feature on all of Ken’s football strips featured in two issues of ComicScene last year. You can buy a digital collection of every issue of ComicScene published in 2019 here on GetMyComics.
Lawless Volume 3: Ashes to Ashes
By Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade
Release Date: 5th August 2021
Dimensions: 259 × 187 mm
Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson was appointed to the frontier township of Badrock on the planet 43 Rega, intent on stamping her authority on the colony. But in doing so, Lawson made many enemies, including Munce, Inc., the mega-corporation that funds Badrock. Now, Munce is planning to dispose of Badrock once and for all…
by Rob Williams (Writer), Simon Fraser (Artist)
Release Date: 17th August 2021
Dimensions: 259 × 187 mm
Hell hath no fury like Barbara Hershey!
You think you know her story. Chief Judge of Mega-City One, Barbara Hershey had been a powerful ally to Judge Dredd, until she became infected with an alien pathogen and – supposedly – died. But little do the citizens and judges of Mega-City One suspect that Hershey’s death was faked.
Now, join fan favourite character Judge Hershey as she embarks on a new adventure beyond the grave and beyond the walls of Mega-City One, to right the wrongs of her past and dispense justice!
Critically acclaimed creative team Rob Williams (Judge Dredd, Doctor Who) and Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Doctor Who) tell a globe-spanning, gritty story of retribution.
The Stainless Steel Rat- Deluxe Edition
Based on the SF novels by Harry Harrison
Adapted for 2000AD by Kelvin Gosnell with art by Carlos Ezquerra
Release Date: 19th August 2021
Format: Paperback with 2000AD.com exclusive hardcover
Dimensions: 276 × 210 mm
Rebellion has announced a new collection of The Stainless Steel Rat, 2000AD’s comic book adaptation of top SF novelist Harry Harrison’s fantastic classic pulp sci-fi novels. Alongside the 2000AD strips themselves, we’ve detailed more than one comic connection to the popular SF character below, with Michael Carroll, Alan Craddock and Dave McKean playing roles in his ongoing story!
Out of print for almost a decade, the new collection will include the three adaptations written by Kelvin Gosnell with art by Carlos Ezquerra between 1979 and 1985, and – for the first time – will feature the colour centre spreads as they originally appeared in 2000AD.
The Stainless Steel Rat, the creation of American author Harry Harrison, first appeared in 1961. In all, Harrison wrote 12 original novels starring “Slippery” Jim DiGriz, the charming con-man given a choice when the law finally catches up with him – join up or get sent down!
208-page paperback collection will retail at £24.99 and hit shelves and digital on 19th August 2021. A limited hardcover ‘Deluxe Edition’ will also be available to pre-order exclusively from the 2000AD webshop in 2021.
Essential Judge Dredd: Origins
By John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra – plus a special introductory tale featuring the art of Kev Walker
Release Date: 31st August 2021
Dimensions: 276 × 210 mm
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. History is written by Dredd co-creators John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog) with a special introductory tale featuring the art of Kev Walker (ABC Warriors: Khronicles of Khaos).
Out in September…
• Firekind (Digital Only)
By John Smith and Paul Marshall
Release Date: 1st September 2021
• Sláine: Dragontamer
By Pat MIlls and Leonard Manco
Release Date: 2nd September 2021
• Dark Judges: The Fall of Deadworld Volume 3
By Kek-W and Dave Kendall
Release Date: 14th September 2021
• The Thirteenth Floor Volume 3
Out: 16th September 2021
The Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular
Publication date: 22nd September 2021
The popular 1970s comic book Monster Fun is back for Halloween 2021! Join the Treasury of British Comics’ creepiest and coolest goblins, ghouls and vamps for brand new, HELL-arious comic strips.
Launched in 1975, the weekly comic Monster Fun was first published by IPC Media and ran for 73 issues until it was merged with Buster in 1976. Its ongoing popularity meant the Monster Fun logo continued to feature on Buster’s cover until the summer of 1979. Two Monster Fun Specials were also printed, in 1975 and 1976, and characters such as Kid Kong were revived for both of Rebellion’s Buster Cor!! Specials.
Everyone’s favourite monsters – including Frankie Stein, Kid Kong, Draculass, Teddy Scare, and the Hire A Horror crew – have returned, courtesy of creators including Tom Paterson, Chris Garbutt, Matt Baxter, Juni Ba and Lew Stringer!
If that wasn’t enough, a brand new Leopard of Lime Street tale sees Selbridge’s premier superhero face off against a fantastic new foe!
Out in October…
• Black Max Volume 2
Out: 4th October 2021
• Dark Justice: Torture Garden (Digital Only)
By David Hine and Nick Percival
• Fiends of the Eastern Front
Gerry Finley-Day, Carlos Ezquerra, Ian Edginton, Tiernen Trevellion, Dave Taylor, Dave Kendall
Out: 14th October 2021
By Kenneth Niemand and Dave Taylor
Release Date: 14th October 2021
Format: Hardcover with 2000AD.com exclusive hardcover
• Roy of the Rovers: New Digs
Release date: 28th October 2021
Out in November…
Tales from the Black Museum Volume 1 (Digital Only)
By John Wagner, San Abnett, John Ridgway, Rufus Dayglo and Dean Ormston
Release Date: 3rd November 2021
• Judge Dredd: Dreadnoughts
By Michael Carroll and John Higgins
Release Date: 9th November 2021
Dimensions: 259 × 187 mm
The year is 2035 and American society is crumbling, the police force become judge and jury, dispensing justice on the streets. Police brutality in response to public protests sparks even greater restrictions on what American citizens are free to do. This is the horror story of a descent into fascism and the beginnings of the world of Judge Dredd.
• Brink Volume 4
Release Date: 23rd November 2021
• The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection
Out: 25th November 2021
• Misty Presents: The Jaume Rumeu Collection
Out: 11th November 2021
Out in December…
• Durham Red – Born Bad (Digital Only)
By Alec Worley, Ben Wilsher and Lee Carter
Release Date: 1st December 2021
• Hellman of Hammer Force
Out: 9th December 2021
• Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Volume 38
Release Date: 9th December 2021
• Scarlet Traces Volume 3
By Ian Edginton and D’Israeli
Release Date: 9th December 2021