Jul 16th 2012 By: Graeme McMillan
As announced at San Diego Comic-Con, IDW's series of all-new Judge Dredd
comic has a creative team. Congratulations, Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel
: Now you are both The Law (in America, at least).
The news was broken during a panel celebrating the 2000AD
character's 35th anniversary, which also featured an appearance by Karl Urban, the actor playing the character in September's live action Dredd
movie adaptation. Talking about his new gig, Swierczynski - who's no stranger to sci-fi anti-heroes considering his run on Cable
at Marvel - explained that he's been a fan of the character for some time:
I discovered Judge Dredd at the tender age of 15 through a somewhat unlikely source: a bootleg Commodore 64 game where you move Dredd through a digital Mega-City One and pretty much shoot everything in sight. Jonesing for more, I realized that Dredd was a UK import, and super-tough to find here in the U.S. Over the next 25 years, I snapped up all the Dredd stories that I could, savoring them like exotic treats smuggled through customs. When IDW announced an American version a while back, I was over the moon -- never even thinking that I would be approached to write this new version. Needless to say, this is the opportunity of lifetime, and I couldn't be more thrilled. The 15-year-old in me may never recover.
In addition to Swierczynski and Daniel, the new series will feature work from the likes of Paul Gulacy and Jim Starlin, according to IDW's Chris Ryall, with artists like Ashley Wood, Zach Howard and Whilce Portacio contributing covers, along with Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra.
"I've loved the work both Duane and Nelson have done for us separately-they've both been responsible for some amazingly action-packed and thrilling comics like Godzilla
and The Cape
," Ryall said. "So partnering them on Judge Dredd
is only going to amp up the excitement."
IDW's Judge Dredd
series launches in November.