2012 belongs to 2000 AD

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As it celebrates three and a half decades of some of the greatest comics of all time, 2000 AD is unleashing a flurry of top-notch thrills in graphic novel form into North America this year.

The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic has lined up a sizzling schedule of new releases, collecting classic and new strips alike in the year its biggest export, Judge Dredd, heads for the big screen with Karl Urban as the Lawman of the Future in Dredd.

It’s shaping up to be an epic year for US releases from the seminal British title, with work from writers such as Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, John Wagner, Pat Mills and Ian Edginton, and artwork from Brian Bolland, Chris Weston, Steve Dillon, Dave Gibbons, D’Israeli and many more!

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 criticallyacclaimed
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 blueskinned 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!

The March to September 2000 AD North American graphic novel schedule in full:

Book of Invasions 1 ISBN: 9781907992681 $19.99/$22.99 112 pages 13th March
Leviathan ISBN: 9781907992698 $16.99/$19.99 112 pages 17th April
Rogue Trooper ISBN: 9781907992704 $19.99/$22.99 400 pages 15th May
Complete Case Files 5 ISBN: 9781781080283 $19.99/$22.99 400 pages 19th June
When Judges Go Bad ISBN: 9781781080290 $17.99/$19.99 128 pages 19th June
Judge Dredd: Inferno ISBN: 9781781080719 $19.99/$22.99 144 pages 17th July
Mutant for Hire ISBN: 9781781080313 $19.99/$22.99 192 pages 14th August
Cry of the Werewolf ISBN: 9781781080320 $17.99/$19.99 128 pages 18th September

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  • Tony Ingram

    Tony Ingram Mar 7, 2012 at 1:53pm

    Whoah! If that lot doesn't finally put 2000AD back on the international map, nothing will!

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