Following on the mighty coattails of 2000 AD’s hyper-successful Free Comic Book Day issue from 2018 (as well as their best-selling issue from 2019, 2000 AD Prog 2130), it looks like Rebellion has strapped themselves back into the all-ages market as they’ve gleefully announced that 2000 AD Regened will be taking over four issues of the publisher’s namesake title in 2020.
Drawing on four decades of genre-defining characters while encouraging new readers to pick up the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000 AD Regened has something for everyone with a stellar lineup of talent on some of the biggest characters in comics, including Ilias Kyriazis (Collapser), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who), Nick Roche (Transformers), Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven), and more to come!
In the first issue, a young Judge Dredd must defeat an inter-dimensional invasion in Cadet Dredd: School Trip by Rory McConville (Judge Dredd) and Ilias Kyriazis; the lone genetic infantryman enters dangerous ground in Rogue Trooper: Savage Swamp by Cavan Scott and Nick Roche; ghost-hunters Eliot and Meera tackle an entity loose in a graveyard in Finder & Keeper: Dead Signal by Leah Moore and John Reppion (Storm Warning) and Davide Tinto (Spider-Man); and the timid aliens from Strontium Dog, the Gronks, have a fierce new neighbor in The Gronk: The Trouble with Gronkses by David Baillie (Red Thorn) and Rob Davis.
2000 AD editor Matt Smith said in a comment: “2000 AD’s 2019 Regened takeover issue was the best-selling issue of the year, so I’m excited to bringing the all-ages concept to four issues across 2020. We’ve got some great stories and artwork lined up – many by creators making their debut for the title – so I hope these will go down equally as well with readers young and old.”
The first Regened issue of 2020 will be 2000 AD Prog 2170 – a bumper 48-page special issue with a roster of complete stories, on sale from newsagents, comic book stores, and online on 26 February 2020. Subsequent issues to follow on May 27th, August 26th, and November 4th.