From 1940s Hollywood occult to kicking Tolkien – 2000 AD’s Christmas special is out next week – Comics for Sinners

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Published on December 8th, 2016 | by Richard Boom

From 1940s Hollywood occult to kicking Tolkien – 2000 AD’s Christmas special is out next week

Once upon a time, 2000 AD annuals would languish beneath the Christmas tree until the big day, creating an agonising delay before readers could tuck into the Thrill-powered delights inside…

 

But these days we don’t force readers to wait until 25th December to unwrap their presents – the 2000 AD Christmas special is out next week!

 

2000 AD Prog 2011 sees the return of Chris Weston (The Invisibles) to Judge Dredd and a brand new cover by veteran artist Cliff Robinson, plus everything from everyone behaving themselves in Mega-City One (briefly) to giant trans-dimensional worms and the continued rise of the Dark Judges!

 

This bumper 100-page issue is a veritable festive selection box of Thrill-powered treats, including traditional staples like Judge Dredd and Ace Trucking Co. alongside new favourites such as Aquila, Kingdom, The Order, and The Fall of Deadworld.

 

Plus, two brand new series debut this issue – in Kingmaker writer Ian Edginton (Hinterkind), artist Leigh Gallagher (Defoe), and letterer Ellie De Ville (ABC Warriors) take the long-worn tropes of JRR Tolkien and smash them into Star Wars for a cross-genre tale about rebellion and ancient evil.

 

In noir magical thriller Hope by writer Guy Adams (Goldtiger), artist Jimmy Broxton (Knight and Squire), and letterer Simon Bowland (James Bond), it’s a 1940s Hollywood where victory in World War Two was achieved by occult means. Magic is now a part of daily life, but the costs can be high – especially for Mallory Hope, a magician and private investigator who only wants to find his wife and son.

 

And, last but not least, there’s a history of the 1980s’ ‘horror comic for girls’, Misty, as well as a special preview of Read Em and Weep, the new serial killer novel by Pat Mills set in the world of British comics, with illustrations by Kev O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)!

 

The full line-up of Prog 2011 is:

  • Judge Dredd: Boxing Day by Rob Williams (w) Chris Weston (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
  • The Fall of Deadworld: Winter Break by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
  • Kingmaker by Ian Edginton (w) Leigh Gallagher (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
  • Aquila: Mors Venetiae by Gordon Rennie (w) Paul Davidson (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Simon Bowland (l)
  • Ace Trucking Co.: The Festive Flipflop by Eddie Robson (w) Nigel Dobbyn (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
  • Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
  • The Order: Wyrm War by Kek-W (w) John Burns (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
  • Hope: …For The Future by Guy Adams (w) Jimmy Broxton (a) Simon Bowland (l)

 

2000 AD Prog 2011 is priced at £4.99/$9.99 and will be available from all good newsagents and comic book stores in the UK and Ireland on 14th December, and all good comic book stores in North America next month. It will also be available digitally worldwide from the 14th from the 2000 AD DRM-free webshop and the Apple, Android, and Windows 10 apps!

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About the Author

Richard is the driving force behind Comics for Sinners. His love and admiration for female comic book characters is virtually unparalleled, which immediately explains his biggest 'sin': his Hot Mummy fetish. This sketchbook theme is philogynistic in nature and even the source of his WIP comic book series "The Sisterhood".



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