Happy anniversary to our publisher, REBELLION, which marks 15 years this month since the Oxford-based company first sat down with The Mighty Tharg to usher in the new millennium with the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™ - Here’s to the next millennium!
Understated, but none-the-less gorgeous cover art, featuring grizzled supernatural Detective Inspector Harry Absalom, from series art droid, Tiernen Trevallion.
JUDGE DREDD // ENCELADUS: OLD LIFE Mega-City One, 2137 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant. Only the zero- tolerance Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! After a ship from the Saturn moon of Enceladus crashed outside MC-1, an ice storm has engulfed the city… Rob Williams (w). Henry Flint (a). Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
ABSALOM // UNDER A FALSE FLAG UK, 2015. Inspector Harry ABSALOM is an old-school copper — curmudgeonly anti- authoritarian, he’s been with the force for over forty years. Suffering from an inoperable cancer, he’s the head of a special squad that enforces The Accord, a diplomatic treaty made in the sixteenth century between the throne of England and the powers of Hell. Now, he’s tracking down a young assassin, who’s been sanctioned by the Church… Gordon Rennie (w). Tiernen Trevallion(a). Harry Absalom created by Gordon Rennie & Dom Reardon
HELIUM // PART FIVE The far future. It has been three hundred years since the Great War ended, but there were no victors. Eighty-five per cent of the Earth’s surface now lies beneath a vast gaseous ocean known as the Poison Belt — a toxic, mutated cocktail of biological weapons designed by both sides to win the war. The survivors live above the lethal fog — but Professor Bloom from the world below knows how to make the planet habitable again, and Constable Hodge must protect him… Helium created byIan Edginton & D’Israeli
OUTLIER // DARK SYMMETRIES Alliance Territory. PI Jared Carcer was hired to look into a series of murders, the victims all personnel of salvage ship the Outlier. The killer was a crew member called Caul, who’d been experimented on by alien race the Hurde when the Outlier tried to strip one of their craft, and turned into a vengeful being. Now, Carcer has inadvertently activated a Hurde combat ship, enabling Caul to escape with Colonel Luthra as his prisoner… Outlier created by T.C. Eglington & Karl Richardson
JAEGIR // TARTARUS The Greater Nordland Republic. While the Norts are currently engaged in a galaxy-wide war with the Souther forces, it falls to military officers such as Kapiten-Inspector Atalia JAEGIR of the Nordland State Security Police to investigate war criminals amongst her own ranks. Now, she and her team have arrived on the military garrison world of Tartarus, the motherbase of the Seventh Kashan Legion, to conduct genetic tests… Jaegir created by Dan Abnett & Simon Coleby
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Dark Judges’ creator John Wagner felt that he had done all he could with the characters, so it would take a pretty special collaborator to convince him to tackle his vilest villains again.
I’ll let them explain…
From: Greg Staples
Subject: Dark Judges Date: 7 Nov, 2011 Hi John, I wanted to ask about the possibility of working on a new Dredd book with you.
It’s been many years since I have drawn Dredd as a strip but in a radio interview recently I was asked what I would like to do next and my first thought was a new Dredd tale, perhaps the Dark Judges? I know you must be sick to death of them but they are just such a great creation. I would love to go back to their roots and make it dark, scary and atmospheric like the first few Bolland strips. Is this something that you might be interested in?
From: John Wagner Subject: Dark Judges Date: 9 Nov, 2011
Greg, it would be good to work with you but I don’t feel I have anything more to offer the Dark Judges. I don’t know, maybe there’s an angle that would get me interested, like a political satire - the DJs timeported to George Bush’s White House. Something like that. Anyway, I’ll give it some thought.
From: Greg Staples Subject: Dark Judges Date: 22 Apr, 2012
Hey John, I thought I’d give you a nudge about the Dredd/ Death script we discussed. The original Judge Death strip is what made me want to draw comics at the age of 9, it would be a real honour to do this. I’ve attached a Judge Death commission painting I did a few years ago. I can promise you the strip would be to this quality if not better.
From: John Wagner Subject: Dark Judges Date: 22 Apr, 2012
Bloody hell, Greg, that’s beautiful. Okay, I’m convinced. I’ll start to give it some thought, see if I can come up with something that’s worth writing.
From: John Wagner Subject: Dark Judges Date: 22 May, 2012
Just a quick note to let you know that I think I’m getting somewhere. It’s been a struggle. The problem with the DJs is the plots always run along the same lines: they show up, confront Dredd, get blasted, end of. I had to get something different or it wasn’t worthwhile doing. Well, I think I’ve got it. With luck there’ll be a script next week.
From: Greg Staples Subject: Dark Judges Date: 3 June, 2012
On holiday in Sicily but I couldn’t wait to get back home to read it so I sat down here with a nice coffee and read the first episode. It’s utterly brilliant, everything I hoped for and more. Perfect tone, perfect character introductions. It feels like it has depth already after just six pages, which is what made those first Dark Judges stories so memorable.
Thanks so much, John, I’m a very happy man!
So, there you have it, without Staples’ blistering artwork and Wagner’s masterful storytelling, this modern classic would never have got off the ground - never mind go into space!
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On Saturday I was fairly hungover after a very very very amazing Friday, but my friends brought me a blood bag (aka Red Gatorade) and I soldiered through! A lot of solo wandering around that day, mostly because I couldn’t go very far without photos being snapped and my friends wanted to actually go do convention things!
First pic was snapped by drwagc when we found a shiny chrome pedestal and clearly we needed some sexy pinup nux. DRAW ME LIKE ONE OF YOUR FRENCH GIRLS, IMMORTAN!!
If you are a fan of Psycho Pass then get Cerevo’s transformable “Dominator Maxi” smart phone based on the futuristic smart weapons from the anime. As you hold the grip and pull the trigger, the phone expands itself. It also comes with LED lights,
a camera built into the muzzle, 100 sound clips featuring Noriko Hidaka (the voice of the Dominator weapons system in the PSYCHO-PASS anime), and Wifi access. It will cost about $860 coming out later in 2015.
*Think of Judge Dredd with a flashing light weapon
SIMON BISLEY (b. 1962) has been assaulting fans with his larger than life art since debuting on the ABC Warriors and Slaine storylines for 2000 AD magazine in 1988 and 1989 respectively. His work on Lobo and Batman vs Judge Dredd
catapulted him to worldwide fame. In 2004, Heavy Metal published a
critically acclaimed collection of Bisley’s religious drawings and
paintings entitled Illustrations From the Bible: A Work in Progress.
story of Bisley’s interest in religious art begins a few years earlier
when Alex Acevado, of Alexander Gallery, challenged him to put his
considerable skill to work illustrating religious stories. Bisley was so
inspired by the challenge that he produced a large body of religious
themed images, as well as several Roman and Medieval art pieces.