What a year it’s been for 2000D. Celebrating their 40th anniversary with a huge blow out in February with their own 2000AD exclusive comic con (at which I was absolutely delighted and genuinely honoured to be invited to interview Mick McMahon, Dave Gibbons, Cam Kennedy and Alan Grant), they then spread the love at other select comic cons across the UK and the Colonies. Now they wave goodbye to this birthday bash with a 100page Christmas special, that comes with an exclusive, limited edition Starlord print by Henry Flint. And, what a line-up they have in store for readers. Its like Christmas has come early! And, with a core by Phil Winslade, if my eyes don’t deceive me. That’s very zarjaz.
Bad Company are hunted men as they search for the truth behind the Ararat war in ‘Terrorists’ by Peter Milligan and Rufus Dayglo; the ABC Warriors are at each other’s throats as Mars descends into chaos in ‘Fallout’ by Pat Mills and Clint Langley; Merlin has awoken and unleashed the Motherless Men in Book 5 of Brass Sun, ‘Engine Summer,’ by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard; Bill Savage discovers the reality behind the ‘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, 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… Plus much more!
Wow. That’s a lot of bang for your buck with legendary creators such as Pat Mills on not one but two strips as well as some of my favourite 2000AD creators Rufus Dayglo and Peter Milligan on the perennial favourite of Bad Company, homaging the work of Brett Ewins while building on these legacy characters.
But, if you do want the print–limited to 200– I’d pre-order now. You wouldn’t want your Christmas spoilt now would you? Priced at £7.99. Sorry, America, looks like the Grinch stole yours.