CBR have an interview with John Wagner, Henry Flint and Colin MacNeil about bringing back the Dark Judges:
CBR News: You’ve waited a long to bring back these fan-favorite Judge Dredd characters. Why did you decide that now was the time for the Dark Judges return?
John Wagner: I didn’t realize it had been so long! I hadn’t intended to use them in “Day of Chaos,” but as the story developed, I saw they would fit in very nicely. The idea was to start off slowly and gradually build up to a thoroughly chaotic conclusion. By the final days, I was holding nothing back. Dark Judges? Sure — stick them in the pot and give it a stir.
Is “Day of Chaos” a story newcomers intrigued by the Dark Judges return will find it easy to jump into?
I hope so. All you need to know is that the ‘Sovs,’ Mega-City One’s great foe, have been planning revenge for 30 years, since Dredd’s destruction of East-Meg One. The return of the Dark Judges is but one of many strands of the Sov plot to return the favor.
When the other three Dark Judges show up, the original super-fiend himself can’t be far behind! Will we eventually see Judge Death again?
I have to confess that part of the reason I brought Judges Fear, Fire and Mortis back is that I’m considering writing a new story to reunite the four, with the excellent Greg Staples on art. My problem with the Dark Judges, and the reason that I’ve left them so long, is that I find it difficult to write any story without adding large dollops of black humor. This, however, tends to diminish characters like Judge Death, to dilute their level of menace. If I couldn’t handle them in the way they deserved, then it was better to leave them alone. So I’ve been prevaricating on a new story ever since Greg suggested it — until last week when he sent me a Dark Judge illustration he’d done. It was out of this world, simply stunning, and it made me think more seriously about a comeback. I’ll be considering it over the coming weeks. If I can find a way to make it work (without the humor!), then the project is on.
The interview comes with the previous two installments of Judge Dredd, so you can catch up on the last 12 pages of Dredd story before jumping in on to the latest prog.
The Greg Staples piece mentioned in the interview might be the one in the next post.