As much as it might be the story of an unstoppable crime-fighter in a colorful costume who's occasionally called on to deal with world-shattering cosmic threats, I think it's fair to say that Judge Dredd isn't really a superhero comic. I'm not sure what the line is, but there's just something about him that separates Mega City One's most famous lawman from his more traditionally justice-minded cousins --- and never has that distinction been more evident than in the pages of Judge Dredd: The Cape & Cowl Crimes.
Set for release on April 11, the new paperback collects 160 pages of classic stories of Dredd dealing with costumed vigilantes, and you can read the entire first chapter --- in which Dredd has an encounter with the moderately super, mildly bulletproof Fairlyhyperman --- below right now!
The last two gaming generations have been home to a number of high-definition remasters of aging games, but few games have made the direct leap from the PlayStation 2 to modern era. Rebellion and 2000AD are planning to do just that however with Rogue Trooper Redux, which remasters the third-person shooter with updated graphics for all current consoles, including the Nintendo Switch.
This year seminal British publisher and #1 provider of Thrill-Power, 2000 AD is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is throwing a big old bash in London on February 11th. As part of the celebrations, a number of 2000 AD's licensees have put together an amazing roster of art and merchandise to commemorate the anniversary, including new prints from Sean Phillips, Carlos Ezquerra and Mick McMahon along with statues, pins and more.
The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.
It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.
Last week, IDW announced Judge Dredd: Deviations, a new story that takes a "What If" style approach to John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Steve Dillon's "Cry of the Werewolf," asking what would happen if Mega City One's toughest lawman never recovered. If you've never read the original story, though, don't worry.
Before the Deviations special hits shelves in March, IDW will be reprinting the original "Cry of the Werewolf" with a new version that serves as a tribute to Dillon.
Earlier this year, IDW put out a handful of one-shots called Deviations, built around the idea of stories that asked what if things happened differently in stories of their classic characters, leading to some kind of "else world." As familiar as that idea might be, it produced some really amazing stories that took concepts like "What if Cobra Commander won?" or "What would happen if the Ghostbusters never crossed the streams?" and did some pretty fantastic stuff. And now, they're coming back for a second round.
In March, IDW is launching another five-week Deviations event, and it's kicking off with a Judge Dredd story where the always amazing John McCrea asks what Mega City One would be like if its toughest lawman had never recovered from that time he was briefly a werewolf.
I'm usually a little wary of cynicism in my Christmas stories, but let's be real here: When you're heading to Mega City One to read about Judge Dredd, you really have to adjust your expectations on what qualifies as "cynical." If you can get away with only expecting the worst in the future-shocked citizens of the distant future, then you're actually not in bad shape, all things considered.
By those standards, the annual Christmas issue of 2000 AD is downright festive, leading with a story where the Justice Department decides that the best way to cut down on holiday crime is to just straight-up pay the citizenry to be good. It's one of several new offerings in the extra-sized prog 2011, and you can check out a preview!
The percentage of comics consumers who actually want to become comics creators is probably higher than in most other mediums, and while the barriers to comics publication are lower than ever, with multiple sites offering hosting for free, there are still plenty of barriers to creation to overcome, from acquiring the right tools to developing the right skills. We've put together this gift guide to help you buy the ideal present for an aspiring comic creator.
Good news, everyone! Your favorite British boy wizard is about to return to comics, and before you move on, please note that every boy wizard is technically someone's favorite, so there is no reason for you to get mad if it's not who you're thinking of.
The sorcerous kid in question this time is the eponymous star of The Journal of Luke Kirby, a strip that ran in the pages of 2000 AD from 1988 to 1995 --- which, as 2000 AD is quick to note, means that he predates both Harry Potter and DC's Tim Hunter.
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