The dastardly and the iniquitous will be taking over this year’s Free Comic Book Day when Rebellion launch the first ever 2000AD Villains Takeover! Here’s some of the nefarious pages from this one shot…
To coincide with Free Comic Book Day, as previous reported, this new special sees the baddies from some of the 2000AD’s biggest strips, including Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Sláine, get their moment in the spotlight – all for the low price of just 99p/99c.
The 32-page US-format special will be on sale to coincide with Free Comic Book Day on 4th May 2019 – comic book stores can order their copies now from Diamond Distribution.
It is being published alongside Rebellion’s main title for Free Comic Book Day, The Treasury of British Comics Presents Funny Pages.
Creators involved include Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Pat Mills (Marshal Law) with art from the likes of Swedish concept artist Henrik Sahlstrom, Kyle Hotz (Lucifer), Kael Ngu (Justice League), Henry Flint (“Judge Dredd”) and Chris Weston (The Filth).
Inside, the lawman of the future faces a familiar rictus grin in “Judge Death: The Judge Who Laughs” by Rob Williams and Henrik Sahlstrom, and there’s fiendish fantasy with “Lord Weird Slough Feg: Lord of the Hunt” by Pat Mills and Kyle Hotz.
There’s chem-wreathed criminality in the world of Rogue Trooper in “Brass and Bland: The Professionals” by Karl Stock and Kael Ngu while malefactory mutant-bountyhunters-turned-bad-guys, The Stix, from Strontium Dog cause trouble in “Stix: Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Matt Smith and Chris Weston.
The special is all rounded off by “Terror Tale: Last of the Hellphibians” by that master of the mendacious. Henry Flint!
• The 2000 AD Villains Takeover Special will be on sale from 1st May and is available for comic book stores to order in time for Free Comic Book Day from Diamond Distribution using code JAN192056 | Web: shop.2000ad.com
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.