Judge Dredd Mega Collection – Issue 1 – 21st January 2015 – includes preview pages

jd-mega-c-1-coverJudge Dredd
Mega Collection
Published by Hachete & Rebellion

Issue 1
AMERICA
21st January 2015

Available in UK & Ireland only
In Stores £1.99

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This series was originally announced some time ago and I wrote about it on 11th December. Now I can bring you more details of the first issue, with preview pages.

Each issue is approximately 200 pages of reprinted material from 2000AD or Judge Dredd Megazine. These stories won’t be printed in order, instead they are collected in themes. Issue 1 revolves around the classic story America. There are spoilers below, I consider them to ne mild as these are reprints, the preview pages are after the list of contents.

Watch out for the TV campaign starting 20th January 2015.

America was published in the first issue of Judge Dredd Megazine in October 1990. The story proved to be a hugely popular and many it cite as the start of the modern age of Judge Dredd, others will argue that The Pit published in 2000AD Prog 970 to 999 in 1995.

The story is a tale of star crossed lovers, America Jara and Bennett Beeny, their families aren’t feuding but one of them grows to be a successful singer and the other becomes a supporter of Democracy, something outlawed by the Judges. After all the Judges rose to power after defeating the war hungry last President of America, Robert L Booth.

The stories that follow deal with the repercussions of America. All except, that is, the final two stories that deal with Justice Department’s handling of Mutants and Addiction.

Please note that I have read this as a Preview Pdf so have not seen the book in print yet, I hear from those that took part in a test run that the volumes are extremely well put together. You can of course compare them to the Marvel books Hachete have already published, most good local Comic Stores should stock them. These books will not be available to buy as Pdf, they are available in print only.

Contents:

Intro by Matt Smith, Editor in Chief of 2000AD Group.

America
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 1.01-1.07

The Fading of Light
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Alan Craddock
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 3.20-3.25

Cadet
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 250-252

Judgement Call
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 300

Blood and Duty
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Letters: Tom Frame
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 1300-1301

Firepower
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Letters: Tom Frame
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 736

Snowstorm
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Letters: Tom Frame
Originally published in 2000 AD Prog 819

Extras

Once Upon A Time in America – by Michael Molcher

An article that puts America in to context regarding the publication history of 2000AD

Artwork – including character design sketches and a cover gallery

JD Mega C 1 p1 JD Mega C 1 p2 JD Mega C 1 p3 JD Mega C 1 p4 JD Mega C 1 p5 JD Mega C 1 p6Next issue Mechanismo, out 4th February 2015, £6.99
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4 comments on “Judge Dredd Mega Collection – Issue 1 – 21st January 2015 – includes preview pages

  1. David says:

    ‘Judge Dredd
    Mega Collection
    Published by Hachete & Rebellion’
    Hang on a minute – if Rebellion is s co-joint publisher, then why are the HC’s being released only in the UK & Ireland?

    • From my understanding it is because there is a co-publisher. They can’t have a territorial licence with two companies. They would need to be financing this alone to release it in North America.

  2. David says:

    ‘They can’t have a territorial licence with two companies.’
    Really? So why did Trifecta get released then?

    • Trifecta was published by Rebellion under the 2000AD branding. They can release any of their property in North America. That may be restricted to the first print in that territory, I am not certain about that.

      This part work is published by Rebellion and Hachette. As all material is reprint and IDW are the license holder for reprinting Judge Dredd in North America this collection cannot be released there.

      That is my understanding of the situation. I would have to ask Rebellion for to understand this issue further.

      Obviously if they could release this collection in NA they would, it is a much bigger potential market.

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