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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christmas 2000AD preview!

Cover by Staz Johnson and Chris Blythe.
Rebellion have released details in advance of this year's bumper-sized 100 page Christmas issue of 2000AD, and an opportunity for readers to pre-order it so they don't miss it in newsagents, - and pre-orders will come with an exclusive Starlord Trooper print by Henry Flint. It sounds like a real cracker! Ho-ho-ho!

Here's the info...

A brand new cover by Staz Johnson and Chris Blythe

Bad Company are hunted men as they search for the truth behind the Ararat war in Bad Company: Terrorists by Peter Milligan and Rufus Dayglo

The ABC Warriors are at each other's throats as Mars descends into chaos in ABC Warriors: Fallout by Pat Mills and Clint Langley

Merlin has awoken and unleashed the Motherless Men in Brass Sun: Engine Summer, by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard

Bill Savage discovers the reality behind the Savage: Thousand Year Stare, courtesy of Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard

We flashback to a significant Justice Department character in a one-off The Fall of Deadworld story by Kek-W and Dave Kendall

Ace Garp celebrates the festive season in his own unique way in Ace Trucking Co. by Eddie Robson and Nigel Dobbyn

The long-awaited tale of what became of Starlord can finally be told, courtesy of Kenneth Niemand and Henry Flint

and lawman Judge Dredd is caught in a fix! much more! Interested? Pre-order it from the publisher here:


Anonymous said...

When are Rebellion bringing back the weekly comics? I thought we might at least have been seeing some annuals in the shops by now?

Lew Stringer said...

As far as I know, there are no plans to revive the old weeklies or annuals. That was just fanciful speculation that some people made. I take it that you are aware of the books they're doing reprinting some classic material though?

Lee said...

2000 AD montage shots almost always feature characters that emerged in the first 10 years of its history.The lack of new characters that measure up to the classic ones could finish off the comic.

Lew Stringer said...

I think it's just that those are the ones in this issue, Lee, but you do have a point. Strips like Grey Area and Brass Sun have interesting plots but are not focused on strong lead characters. We need something as distinctive as Rogue Trooper, Dredd, or Strontium Dog.

Mike said...

Reusing the old characters is playing to the brand's strengths. Works for Marvel & DC.

I used to wonder why nearly all of Marvel's current output is based on characters created in a two-year span in the early sixties. (The forties for DC.) Couldn't they create new characters in the intervening years? (Ignoring a few exceptions: Wolverine, Punisher. For 2000AD, Sinister/Dexter, Durham Red.) I think it's a deliberate marketing decision. Reuse the established characters.

Lew Stringer said...

Absolutely. I'd be happy to see Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, Ro-Busters, more often in fact, and the return of MACH 1. Hopefully the acquisition of some of the IPC characters will see some of those back too, updated a bit, but not too much.

@MLPasterisk said...

For the end of year bumper prog they're bound to put characters on the cover to catch the eye of the casual reader, so that will inevitably be the classic ones.

I'm an irregular reader of 2000ad but a line up that includes ABC Warriors and Bill Savage will be enough to get me to buy it.

There's nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia for the Christmas prog (hence Ace Trucking putting in an appearance.) It's the modern equivalent of the Annuals we used to get.

Tharg is generally very good at mixing old and new thrills for the rest of the year.

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