It’s 2000AD’s 35th birthday—which seems kind of young, as its brand is so ubiquitous in UK comics—and they will be releasing a bunch of GNs this year including some Dredd-ful stuff by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, John Wagner, and Pat Mills with art by Brian Bolland, Chris Weston, Steve Dillon, and Dave Gibbons. For those who like things a little less Tharg, there’s a new edition of LEVIATHAN, a fine riff on the Titanic story by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli.
This month, the Celtic barbarian Sláine returns with the first volume in one of the most breathtaking fantasy series ever. Sláine: Book of Invasions 1 (ISBN: 9781907992681 US $19.99/Canada $22.99) sees Pat Mills’ axe-wielding hero begin an epic quest, with 122 pages of visceral work from award-winning artist Clint Langley. Once the first High King of Ireland, Sláine must protect his tribe against a new tide of evil. In the astonishing and fresh follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Sláine: The Horned God, Langley’s full color hyper-real art will blow you away!
In April, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a very different voyage sets sail. Leviathan (ISBN: 9781907992698 US $16.99/Canada $19.99) is a gargantuan steampunk murder mystery from the partnerhsip behind Scarlet Traces – Ian Edington (Victorian Undead) and D’Israeli (SVK). It is 1928 and the world’s largest ocean-liner disappears on its maiden voyage to New York. It drifts for 20 years on a desolate limbo ocean, but when murders begin aboard ship, Detective Sergeant Lament must delve into the ship’s depths to discover the root of its mysteries. This is a stunning story by two massive talents and not to be missed.
One of the all-time classics in the 2000 AD pantheon, the first US collection of Rogue Trooper lands in May. Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu Earth 01 (ISBN: 9781907992704 US $19.99/Canada $22.99) features 400 pages of future war action! Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Rogue Trooper roams Nu-Earth, the last of the Genetic Infantrymen. On planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by the endless war between the Norts and the Southers, Rogue searches for the general who betrayed his blue-skinned brethren at the Quartz Zone Massacre.
Another classic from Judge Dredd arrives in June. Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files 05 (ISBN: 978-1781080283 US $19.99/Canada $22.99) features three of the all-time greatest Dredd stories ever – Judge Death, Block War and The Apocalypse War! The fifth volume in this hit series, collecting together Dredd’s most exciting cases, features art by such comic legends as Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke), Carlos Ezquerra and Mike McMahon and written by John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Alan Grant (Lobo)!
Judges have the toughest job on the mean streets of Mega-City One, but they’re only human. So when one of their number chooses to cross over the line, the toughest lawman of them all, Judge Dredd, dishes out extreme justice! Judge Dredd: When Judges Go Bad (ISBN: 9781781080290 US $17.99/Canada $19.99) hits stores in June with comic book legends John Wagner and Mark Millar presenting tales of crimefighting corruption, with art from Chris Weston (The Twelve), Will Simpson (Legends of the Dark Knight), Dave Taylor (Batman & Superman: World’s Finest), Greg Staples (Wizards Of The Coast), Nick Percival (Legends: The Enchanted) and Paul Marshall (Firekind).
And in July, corruption comes home to roost thanks to the pens of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar! Driven insane on the harsh penal colony on Titan, ex-Judge Grice aches for revenge on Judge Dredd and, in Judge Dredd: Inferno (ISBN: 978-1781080719 US $19.99/Canada $22.99) he returns to Mega-City One with an army of renegade prisoners, hell bent on unleashing a deadly virus.
And in August, meet Johnny Alpha – mutant bounty hunter for hire! Another classic from 2000 AD and the creative team behind Judge Dredd, in Strontium Dog: Mutant for Hire (ISBN: 9781781080313 US $19.99/Canada $22.99) Britain is gripped by the aftermath of the Atomic War of 2150 and mutated humans are driven into poverty-stricken ghettos. The only job available to them – bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent is Johnny Alpha.
Armed with the latest hi-tech weaponry and a burning hatred for the father who abandoned him, Johnny has a score to settle and nobody will get in his way… With action-packed art from Steve Dillon (Preacher), Judge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf (ISBN: 9781781080320 US $17.99/Canada $19.99) is out in September. Beneath the gleaming towers of Mega-City One is the post-apocalyptic ashes of New York – the ‘Undercity’. From this hellhole emerges an unexpected foe – a flesh-eating werewolf – which finds its way out into Mega-City One. Judge Dredd must enter the Undercity to investigate, ensuring that no others can make their way to the surface. This collection includes four fantastic Dredd-world werewolf stories!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.