Having lured both sides of the human/mutant war that had raged for centuries to a paradise planet known as the “Lost Earth”,Durham Red means to end the conflict once and for all.
Hoping to bring about peace between the two warring factions using a mutant entity,the Offspring,to annihilate them both,Red believes it will end bloodshed throughout the galaxy.
However Offspring has been manipulating Red all along so he can take revenge on the human race who had imprisoned him.
By releasing an airborne pathogen that will attack only mankind,it would leave mutants to take their place as the dominant force in the galaxy.
Offspring’s plan works and Durham Red is left with the guilt of helping to cause the extinction of the human race!
Cover(Prog1261,26Sep’01)by Ben Willsher and Chris Blythe.
Teaser for the long-overdue return of Lenny Zero, written by Andy Diggle, with Ben Willsher stepping into Jock’s big boots.
There will be polar bears!! Apparently.
Want more proof how good “Day of Chaos” is? Then let’s hand you over to SFX magazine:
I’ve said in past blogs on this website that I’ve been a reader and fan of 2000AD’s Judge Dredd for almost 30 years. Mega City One’s future lawman is one of the UK’s best known comic characters and I don’t think he gets raved about enough. I’m going to address this by raving about the Dredd story currently running in 2000AD.
The story is called “Day Of Chaos”, it’s written by Judge Dredd’s creator John Wagner, different chapters have been drawn by a selection of artists including Henry Flint and Ben Willsher and it has been running weekly since July of last year.
What’s different about this story is its sheer complexity. Dredd isn’t faced with one enemy or a single crisis; in fact Dredd hasn’t even been the main focus of the story – it’s very much an ensemble piece. The focus has been a systematic crippling of Justice Department and the city. We’ve seen terrorist attacks involving gas and missiles on both citizenry and the Justice Department’s infrastructure. We’ve seen enemy agents trying to sneak biological weapons into the city, assassination of key figures, sleeper agents causing civil unrest and rioting citizens turning against the law.
The plotting has been so dense that there have been several events occur in one six-page instalment which in the past would have been worthy of a multi-part story on their own. The story has been running for 40 progs so far and we haven’t actually reached the Day of Chaos of the title. We’re still on the eve of this fateful day.
As a long-time reader I’m finding this story both gripping and very compelling. It’s like watching news of a real-life crisis unfolding on TV; it particularly echoes the riots in Manchester, London and other cities we saw last year. Seeing something you know well slowly taken apart and the momentum of events is like a slowly unfolding nightmare over which you have no control. Exactly where John Wagner is taking Dredd and Meg City One in the “Day Of Chaos” story I have no idea. On his Facebook page Mr Wagner has said the script is finished and he’s “really looking forward to seeing what other writers do with what I’ve left them” because where he’s left the world is “a new ballgame.”
In case anyone is interested in getting into Dredd here are two threads from the 2000AD forum that might help. This thread is full of 2000AD fans suggesting three Dredd graphic novels they would use to introduce someone to the universe, and this thread gives a chronological order for all the non Case File Dredd graphic novel releases available.
Give Judge Dredd a try. I think he’s one of the best comic characters out there and he’s worth a read.
So there you go, don’t let us keep you from running down to the shops.
Next Pete gives us Ben Willsher’s advent calendar entry:
Ben Willsher is next, this has been my iPad wallpaper ever since he sent it, such a cool image!
ECBT2000AD have an interview with droid Ben Willsher:
Rich is joined by Dredd artist Ben Willsher to discuss blowing Dredd’s brains out, motorbike porn, Doctor Who and juducial bikini waxes.
Some of the audio fades out a once or twice. Did what I could to fix it so hopefully not too disruptive.
You want FREE comics, earthlets?! Then head over to CBR for a gratis preview of the first episode of the EXPLOSIVE new Judge Dredd mega-story, Day of Chaos, by John Wagner and Ben Willsher!
DROID INTERVIEW: artist Ben Willsher talks about Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos http://t.co/Fh3IQLiFrom there:
2000 AD: What can you tell us about ‘Day of Chaos’, or rather, what can you tell us that won’t get you a Rigellian Hotshot from Tharg the Mighty?
BW: While Dredd is cracking mutie hating skulls, a beautiful foreign woman arrives in the Big Meg; but for one young pre-cog, this is a signal of impending doom.
2000 AD: Would you say that ‘Day of Chaos’ feels like an accessible story for new Dredd readers, and a good jumping-on point?
BW: Absolutely, you get a great feel of who Dredd is, what makes him tick, his duties and how handy he is with a daystick. Despite being the eponymous hero, Dredd is almost the secondary character to the real star of the strip, which is Mega-City One itself. Dredd is the linchpin to the big crazy world of the Big Meg and its even crazier citizens. And in my unbiased opinion just looking at the scripts, I think this is truly going to be a classic, so there’s no better jumping on point than ‘Day of Chaos’.
2000 AD: Is there anything you would like to leave fans with - perhaps a favourite thing to draw from the story, something to whet their appetites for the upcoming issues?
BW: Well, when I first read part seven of ‘Nadia’ and got to the last page, I audibly gasped. I have NEVER done that with a script before. I couldn’t believe what I’d just read, and couldn’t believe I get to draw this - a truly jaw dropping moment. This will be my favourite thing to draw, and I just wish I could tell you what it was, but don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Knowing what a sad nerd I am for his Dredd artwork, especially his Lawmasters, Ben Willsher was cool enough to send me this pic and give me permission to post it up. Its from something he’s working on at the moment but being just Dredd on his bike isnt going to spoil anything. Pretty awesome, right?
While I can of course say how much I like it, what I cant say is ANYTHING about the upcoming story this panel is from or… well… anything. Its gonna be good though
Anyway, enjoy. I’m now gonna fight the urge to give this a rubbish digital colour
2000 AD #1732 cover by Tiernen Trevallion. Out now.
- Judge Dredd: “California Babylon” by Michael Carroll (writer) and Ben Willsher (artist)
- The Red Seas: “Gods and Monsters” by Ian Edginton (writer) and Steve Yeowell (artist)
- Flesh: “Texas” by Pat Mills (writer) and James McKay (artist)
- Nikolai Dante: “Bad Blood” by Robbie Morrison (writer) and Simon Fraser (artist)
- Absalom: “Noblesse Oblige” by Gordon Rennie (writer) and Tiernen Trevallion (artist)