Juez Dredd: Mega-City Masters #1 (c)2012 Ediciones Kraken (c)1979, 1981-86, 1988, 1991-92, 1996, 2000-02, 2008-10 2000 AD
Autores: John Wagner, Alant Grant, Gordon Rennie, Al Ewing, Dave Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Briand Bolland, John Byrne, Cam Kennedy, John Higgins, Brendan McCarthy, Kevin O´Neill, Glen Fabry, Alan Davis, Carlos Ezquerra, Simon Bisley, Trevor Hairsine, Chris Weston, Duncan Fegredo, Charlie Adlard, Staz Johnson, Kevin Walker, Colin Wilson, Mark Farmer, Tim Bradstreet.
New Readers Must Submit to Judge Dredd in ‘The Complete Case Files 05’
By David Brothers
Okay. You’ve watched the trailer for Dredd, the upcoming feature film featuring Britain’s own Judge Dredd of 2000 AD fame. You’re digging the kind of authoritarian/Dirty Harry thing Dredd has going on. It’s pretty cool, I agree, but you want to see a little more of how he gets the job done. Problem: Dredd doesn’t come out until September. Solution: Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 05 drops next week, and it’s packed with a couple of Dredd’s best cases of all time. The paperback volume serves as the ideal introduction to the world of Judge Dredd, and we’ve got the full first chapter of “The Apocalypse War,” a story arc that is exactly as hardcore as it sounds, for you to check out first.
Comics Alliance have a feature on Judge Dredd to mark the release of the US edition of Case Files 05. Check it out for some fine Dredd pages from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.
“Necronauts”by Frazer Irving was a horror tale starring the wonderfully diverse cast of:
Charles Fort,Arthur Conan Doyle,Harry Houdini and H.P. Lovecraft and ran in the end-of-year special 2000,Prog 2001 & in the weekly progs 1223-1230
Recently reprinted in Thargs Terror Tales Presents.
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 1 TPB
Cover by Judge Dredd
Torn from the pages of 2000AD (Britain’s best loved long-lasting weekly science-fiction comic - obviously) Sláine: The Horned God is a stone cold classic of savagely seductive swords and sorcery. Full of tasty pagan goodness with extensively researched details on things like - oh the three weapons of the Earth Goddess (The Flaming Spear of the Sun, The Silver Sword of the Moon and The Cauldron of Blood - obviously), Dragon Ghosts and how to have a perfect Warp Spasm (amongst many other things): this is ancient historical legends with the bloody bits left in - and then extra bloody bits thrown in for good measure. Because everyone loves bloody bits.
Available as a tasty hardcover from Simon and Schuster.
What noise is an explosion supposed to make? How exactly can you tell if you’ve gone insane? And - most importantly of all - can a haircut destroy the world? From the pages of 2000AD and drawn in a free-wheeling go-for-broke style by Jamie Hewlett (co-creator of Gorillaz) this is a madcap anarchic comic full of cheap gags and zany happenings. Infused with that uniquely British sensibility mined from everyone from The Goon Show to Vic and Bob: whose main aim is to produce giggles and head-scratching. There’s a threadbare story just about holding it together - but really it’s just an excuse for surrealist japery and jokes about London transport. For ages 3 and up. (Also contains a bonus Judge Dredd story tucked away at the end).
Available in a new US edition.
I want this, and I also want that cover as a print for my room.
-Jan 17 2012-
Over at Comic Book Resources, Timothy Callahan has written an impressive piece on the Slaine: The Horned God hardcoverthat roams off to consider the importance of Pat Mills, the wonders of Simon Bisley’s art and his childhood love for Eric Estrada. So make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and get reading:
“‘Sláine’ has always been a writer-driven story, or I should say muse-driven story. I write what the muse tells me to write and she gives me little choice in the matter.”
That’s Pat Mills, talking about the Celtic barbarian series “Sláine,” which he has written in the pages of “2000 AD” off and on for nearly 30 years.
In my temporary moments of clarity, when I take a minute to step outside the vortex of my obsession with mainstream American comics, I would cite Mills as one of my favorite comic book writers of all time. He’s certainly one of the best in the business, even if he’s rarely cracked the American market, and thus, doesn’t get written about nearly as much as he deserves. His disdain for superheroes has allowed him to keep his distance from Marvel and DC, while so many other “2000 AD” writers have been scooped up and churned through the sausage grinders of Gotham City or whatever the equivalent would be in Marvel’s outer space.
But I’m not here to talk about “Marshal Law” or delicious bacon, even though those are two of my favorite things in the world.
No, I’m here to talk about the new Rebellionhardcover edition of “Sláine: The Horned God,” because, while it may not be one of my favoritethings in the world, I do quite enjoy Pat Mills barbarian comics, particularly when they’re drawn/painted/or-otherwise-illustrated by Simon Bisley.
Still, a couple hundred pages of Mills/Bisley comics (with a few pages of commentary by Mills and a few sketches by Bisley in the back) is a value at any price. This is the good stuff.
And, as I found out back when I read my falling-apart Fleetway editions as a teenager, these are a decidedly different kind of barbarian comics.
To be fair, I didn’t have deep knowledge of the genre when I first read the Mills/Bisley “Sláine” stories, though now that I have read more original Robert E. Howard tales and seen more variations on the barbarian genre than I had back in 1990-1991, I still think that Pat Mills was doing something decidedly different with the archetypes.
“Sláine: The Horned God” isn’t the first of Pat Mills’ Sláine stories (he actually co-created the character with his wife in 1983), and it’s not the last. But it’s probably the best. Simon Bisley painting and drawing his heart out will do that to a comic. Especially one that isn’t afraid to be smart and funny and vicious all at the same time.
Plus, Sláine rides a dragon and throws barbed spears with his feet. That’s what Conan wishes he could do, all those times when he’s standing with his arms folded, looking surly.
For the longest time, it was only possible to buy 2000 AD collections as expensive imports from the UK. Thankfully, last year, 2000 AD struck a US distribution deal for their trades and GNs. The latest collection to make it to US shores is the hardcover of Sláine: The Horned God, by Pat Mills and Simon Bisley. I’m a huge Sláine fan, and The Horned Gos is one of the series’ best story arcs. I look forward to picking up this fantastic looking tome. Don’t miss out!
‘SLÁINE WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES.’ – DUNCAN JONES
SLÁINE: THE HORNED GOD (HARDBACK ED.) – AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM MAY 2011
It is a dark time for the tribes of Danu, the Earth Goddess. Evil druids led by Lord Weird Slough Feg and their hideous Fomorian sea demon allies are poisoning the lands with their vile magic. But the mighty barbarian Sláine has had enough of this dark tyranny and, with the help of Danu, sets out to unite the four kings of Tir-Nan-Og, employing their mystical weapons to purge his lands forever!
This fabulous-looking premium hardback edition of an epic 2000 AD sword and sorcery tale, is brought to you by the hit creative team of comics’ legend Pat Mills (Nemesis the Warlock, Marshal Law) and world-renowned artist Simon Bisley (Lobo, Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham).
US $25.00 CAN $28.99