Kingdom: The Promised Land – graphic novel by Dan Abnett (spoilers)

Kingdom: The Promised Land
Published by Rebellion

KINGDOM

Script: Dan Abnett
Art: Richard Elson
Letters: Ellie De Ville
Originally published in 2000 AD
Progs 2007, 1518-1525

THE PROMISED LAND

Script: Dan Abnett
Art: Richard Elson
Letters: Simon Bowland
Originally published in 2000 AD
Progs 2008, 15671576

Recently Abadon Books announced the forthcoming publication of Fiefdom by Dan Abnett, and Nik Vincent, The novel will be set 100 in the future of the tales in the 2000AD comic series Kingdom.

This is the first collection of Kingdom by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson,

Gene the Hackman and his pack of Aux are on a ‘walk around’ each dawn and each dusk they receive ‘urgings’ telling them what to do. And those ‘urgings’ take them to fight ‘Them’. To keep ‘Them off the lawn’. The pack don’t even know what a ‘lawn’ is. But they know what ‘Them’ are and what to do to ‘Them’, they ‘get whet’. Continue reading

Fiefdom – An Original Novel coming soon by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent

Co-written with Nik Vincent for Abaddon Books Fiefdom is set 100 years after the events in Kingdom, Dan Abnett’s story of the battle between Gene The Hackman, a genetically modified Dog-Soldier and the insect-like creatures that destroyed the word of men.

This is one of my favourite ‘new’ 2000AD series. Kingdom premiered in Prog 2007 in December 2006; which to me still counts as new as I’ve been reading 2000AD since Prog 1 in February 1977.

Kingdom has been collected in two trade paperbacks, Promised Land, which collects the first two story arcs, and Call of The Wild. I’ll be doing a more detailed review of Kingdom: Promised Land this weekend. Continue reading

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd Issue 1 – by Al Ewing and John McCrea (spoilers)

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd
mini series

Published by IDW

Writer: Al Ewing
Art: John McCrea
Colours: Jay Fotos
Letters: Tom B Long

Covers Art
Greg Staples (right)
Loston Wallace with colours by Stephen Downer (far right)

Firstly, there are three covers out there these are the two I have… There is also a Comic Folio – I wanted the Greg Staples one but to be quite honest I really wanted what was inside so I bought the first copy I saw without worrying about the cover. I then bought the one I wanted, because I don’t fall for all this multi-variant-covers thing…

When IDW did some speculative covers for Mars Attacks a few months back people bought them expecting to see inside whatever was on the front DESPITE the fact not a single preview site previewed any content… you get where I’m going??? Some people were singed on that one. But there was a buzz and that buzz brought this.

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd. Continue reading

The Law in Order – Judge Dredd Case Files – now available electronically

Judge Dredd
Case Files 20

Judge Dredd
Case Files 1

2000AD have released 20 volumes of Judge Dredd Case Files on the 2000AD iPhone App – also available from the 2000AD Online shop for Android devices.

These are all the stories published in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine by the title Judge Dredd. Classics such as the Robot Wars and Cursed Earth Saga can be found in these pages.

Click on the image to the right for a preview of the content where you will find a selection of from  throughout the years.

There are three full stories in this preview and a full episode of a multi-part story.

In the preview:

“PUNKS RULE!”
script: John Wagner
art: Brian Bolland
from Judge Dredd Complete Case files 2

“The Suspect”
script:  John Wagner & Alan Grant
art: Cam Kennedy
from Judge Dredd Complete Case files 7

“Talk Back”
script: Garth Ennis
art: Glenn Fabry
from Judge Dredd Complete Case files 16

“Mechanismo” part 1
script: John Wagner
art: Colin MacNeil
from Judge Dredd Complete Case files 18

Some excellent classics included as you can see.

Punks Rule was originally published in Prog 110 in 1978 & reprinted for the US market in the first issue of the Eagle imprint of Judge Dredd in 1983. You might think the victim Gestapo Bob’s court at the start of the story is oddly dressed for a citizen of Mega City One but even this conservative mode of dress is a fad… Max Normal, Dredd’s famed informer, is an extreme version of this example.

I don’t use iOS but I have reviewed several Kindle versions of Judge Dredd stories. I prefer paper still but I now I am increasingly in the minority. For a back catalogue though… maybe this is the answer.

Judge Dredd Day of Action

Today is the official ‘Day of Action’ run by the Make A Dredd Sequel  campaign, supported by 2000AD.

The Campaign started off as a Facebook Page and is now a petition with over 83,000 signatures. What they are looking for is as many people as possible to buy or rent the 2012 film TODAY as possible. In their own words:

On 18th September, we’re encouraging everyone to take part in a massive DREDD SEQUEL DAY OF ACTION – we’ve already made the moneymen who could get behind a sequel sit up and take notice by consistently keeping the DVD and Blu-Ray in the charts on Amazon and now on Netflix.

We’re asking everyone who’s signed the petition to come together next Wednesday and drive DREDD back up the charts – if everyone who’s signed the petition bought an extra DVD or Blu-Ray (either for themselves or as a present for a friend) or rented/bought it on iTunes and Netflix it will send the loudest signal yet that WE WANT MORE DREDD!

So spread the word that on Wednesday 18th September, you’re going to bring DREDD back into the public eye! Plus, it’s the day that the new comic book sequel comes out, with lots of media attention planned for this and the campaign.

You can view the Day of Action page HERE and you can sign the petion HERE

Not only have 2000AD’s publisher Rebellion got behind the campaign but Dredd star Karl Urban has publicly said he is watching the campaign with interest and would love to reprise his role.

Time is perfect to Jump On Board 2000AD – Wednesday 18th 2013 (Preview Pages)

It is that time of year again, this comes around two or three times most years. Most often when the Prog number ends with 25, 50, 75… you get the idea. Though the last one was Prog 1824…

Prog 1850 is a perfect jump on point,as you can see by the cool image to the right by P J Maybe Holden (he’s never heard that joke… well maybe he has…)

This Wednesday (18th September), the legendary weekly anthology comic
book starts all-new strips – the perfect point for new readers looking to
start collecting the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic!

Available worldwide day-and-date digital through the 2000 AD webshop
or the 2000 AD iPad app, it’s never been easier to start reading this
powerhouse of British comics. Continue reading

An Interview with Monty Nero – comic writer – Death Sentence out October 9th 2013

Death Sentence, a 6 part story by Montynero and Mike Dowling. This Creator-Owned comic is published by Titan, issue one available 9th October 2013.

I’m aware of Mike Dowling as a contributor to 2000AD, he’s done two Tharg’s T3rillers (Six Brothers and 1947) and the headline grabbing Judge Dredd: Closet. He’s been around though, things I haven’t read that he has illustrated include Torchwood and Splinter Cell.

Montynero has had two strips in 2000AD, Past Imperfect: Rocket de la Revolucion, art by Simon Fraser, and Terror Tales: Rattle which he wrote and illustrated. Montynero has provided artwork for the covers of Death Sentence, two examples are on display above.

The story tells us about a sexually transmitted disease, so is for mature readers, that confers superpowers on its victims. The story’s theme though is an exploration of life, the point of life, (the new 42?). From what I’ve seen and heard this 6 issue series could just be the next big thing.

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George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world – a TED Talk (spoilers)

I became aware of this talk on Twitter from Ted Oakes, a BBC Producer, I’ve reviewed some of his programs, The Polar Bear Family and Me. TED Talks are thought inspiring talks given by a variety of people.

George Monbiot is a writer and activist with an MA in Zoology from Oxford. He worked for the BBC Natural History Unit making Natural History and Environmental  programs. He then moved on to BBC Worldwide before becoming a full-time writer. He now writes books and writes for The Guardian.

This talk touches on matters that he tackles in his latest book Feral. I haven’t read the book but it is on my Christmas list. He is interested in the word ‘rewilding’.

Please watch the video before reading on as below the video are spoliers. I also expand on what George says with a few thoughts of my own. Continue reading

Ordinary by Rob Williams and D’Israeli (Preview Pages) – Judge Dredd Megazine 340 out 18th September

Ordinary

A story by Rob Williams illustrated by D’Israeli.

Judge Dredd Megazine has a Creator-Owned slot from time to time where new work is showcased from some of the finest comic creators. They serialised Andy Diggle and Jock’s Snapshot, later reprinted by Image Comics, and Simon Spurrier and PJ Holden’s Numbercruncher, recently collected by Titan Comics. And…

Creators publishing stories in the Megazine’s creator-owned slot receive both a page rate AND full control of their property.

Now it is Rob Williams and D’Israeli with their Creator-Owned story – Ordinary. Continue reading

Mighty Avengers – issue one – by Al Ewing

Mighty Avengers issue 1 Published by Marvel

Writer: Al Ewing
Pencils: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten
Colours: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Cory Petit

Cover: Greg Land & Lee Duhig

Ties in to Infinity

Alright first things first. I don’t read much of the Big Two. Not anymore. I used to read quite a lot of DC and a reasonable amount of Marvel. I loved the Defenders, The Hulk. Obviously Avengers, X-Men & Spider-man. Powerman and Ironfist, yes… I really liked them in the 70s.

Luke Cage, written by Al Ewing. That is why I bought this. Not that big A… No, Al Ewing writing an all grown up Luke Cage, with a wife and a child. Yeah, count me in to see how this shakes down. Continue reading