Nov 15th 2012 By: Graeme McMillan
Despite the underperformance of the movie in the States, everything seems to be coming up Dredd these days
nonetheless. Not only is the strip seeing a new high point in the weekly 2000AD
anthology and the character about to see the launch of an all-new American monthly series from IDW, but later this month, the world will finally get a collection of Dredd's multiple team-ups with DC Comics' Batman from the 1990s
Co-published by 2000AD in the UK and DC Comics in the US, The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection
collects the four team-ups published between 1991 and 1998 and written by Dredd creator John Wagner with longtime collaborator Alan Grant (Judgment on Gotham, Vendetta in Gotham, The Ultimate Riddle
, and Die Laughing
) in oversized hardcover format, showcasing fully-painted art by Simon Bisley, Preacher
artist Glenn Fabry and the cruelly-underrated-in-the-US Cam Kennedy, amongst others.
Despite the title, the collection isn't just limited to Batman/Dredd team-ups; it also collects the Dredd/Lobo one-shot Lobo/Judge Dredd: Psycho Bikers vs. Mutants From Hell
from 1995 by Wagner, Grant and Val Semeiks, making it a surprisingly comprehensive compendium of the Lawman of The Future's trips into the DC Universe (because, really, who
remembers that that comic even existed?). We can only hope that this co-publishing deal means that the likelihood of getting reprints of DC's out-of-continuity Judge Dredd
series from the same period has just increased...
The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection
is released November 21 in the US, November 28 in the UK.