Published by 2000AD
7th April 2016
Paperback 96 Pages
John Smith, John Reppion & Leah Moore
Colin MacNeil & Tom Foster
Strange & Darke created by John Smith & Colin MacNeil
Storm Warning created by John Reppion, Leah Moore & Tom Foster
There are are three and a half years between these stories in publication history. Strange & Darke debuted in January 2012 and Storm Warning debuted in July 2015.
The connections are obvious. Both are set in Brit-Cit and more specifically in the Brit-Cit’s Psi Division. Both deal with Judges that are not popular among their colleagues. Both deal with the supernatural, granted that is the main topic Psi Div are associated with but it isn’t all they do. To find out what else links the two stories you’ll need to read them both.
There are a few preview pages of each story after the full contents & credits at the end of this article.
Strange and Darke features Detective Inspector Jericho Jones of the Endangered Species Division and Psi Judge Becky Darke. They journey to the village of Llanidris, South Wales Peninsula to investigate why death during childbirth is so common there.
Storm Warning is about Psi Judge Lillian Storm who is sent by the head of Psi Div, Judge Campbell, to investigate two missing Psi Judges, who had in turn been sent to Gulshaw, in the North of England, in search of an item.
As I said in the intro both stories feature characters unpopular with their peers. Darke lets out peoples unspoken secrets and Storm has a ‘touching’ issue.
The stories themselves are not directly linked but they do make good bedfellows.
Both stories feature strong art. Colin MacNeil had been drawing Judge Dredd stories since 1989 so was a well known name by 2012 when Strange and Darke came out. Storm Warning is Tom Foster’s first step in to a story set in the world of Dredd.
Tom Foster came to 2000AD via their annual Portfolio Competition at Thought Bubble festival in Leeds. Tom won the competition in 2013. He was on the Judging Panel for the competition in 2015. You can read my interview with Tom Foster from 2013.
Strange & Darke: New Blood
Script: John Smith
Art: Colin MacNeil
Colour: Len O’Grady & Dee Cunniffe
Letters: Ellie De Ville
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 319-323
Storm Warning: The Relic
Script: John Reppion & Leah Moore
Art: Tom Foster
Colour: Kirsty Swan
Letters: Simon Bowland
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 361-366
Judge Dredd Megazine 362: Cover by Alex Ronald
Tom Foster Sketchbook