As we inch forever closer to 2021, we start to look forward to what is to come. In this case it’s from 2000 AD. Due to *waves hand* ‘all this’, digital releases seem to be doing well, and 2000 AD has noticed this. As part of their slate of digital releases are a number of comics that have never been digitally released before.
Here’s what they have:
From demon-hunting robots to dinosaur-hunting cowboys, soul-hunting centurions to pirate-hunting time-travellers – Rebellion is pleased to announce a brand new series of digital-only 2000 AD collections for 2021!
Featuring work by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Sean Phillips (Criminal, Reckless), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), John Wagner (Judge Dredd), Alan Grant (Batman), and Pat Mills (Marshal Law), the new series of digital collections will bring together thrills old and new – including some that have never been available digitally before!
The new digital releases will be available from the 2000 AD app for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, as DRM-free PDF/CBZ downloads from the 2000 AD webshop, and on Amazon Kindle devices.
Ben Smith, Head of Film, TV and Publishing at Rebellion, said: “This new series of digital-only collections available from our app and webshop are a fantastic dive into 2000 AD’s incredible backlist. Our archives are bursting at the seams with hidden gems that have either never been collected or just haven’t been digitised before, so it’s great to be able to make them available. The advance of digital-only collections is that we can bring these classics direct to the readers without having to add even more books to our already bumper publishing schedule.”
The new digital-first schedule begins in January with a special edition of John Tomlinson and Simon Jacob’s Armoured Gideon, which features never-before-reprinted extra stories ‘No, No, Nanette’ from 2000 AD Prog 722, ‘Starhavon’s Edge’ from the 1990 2000 AD Sci Fi Special and ‘Making Movies’ from the 1992 2000 AD Sci Fi Special. Gideon is a mechanical ghost-buster from the abode of demons, dubbed ’The Edge’, who keeps the temporal plane clear of supernatural interference!
The schedule includes three treats from the oeuvre of writer John Smith – post-apocalyptic fever dream Revere, dinosaurs-meet-Running ManSlaughter Bowl, and the stunningly beautiful environmental tale Firekind. And there are also modern series such as the latest collection of Ancient Roman soul-hunter Aquila by Gordon Rennie, Paul Davidson and Patrick Goddard; David Hine and Nick Percival’s body horror Dark Judges series, Torture Garden; and mutant bounty hunting with Durham Red by Alec Worley, Ben Willsher and Lee Carter.
The full 2021 digital schedule:
6 January Armoured Gideon – John Tomlinson, Alan McKenzie (w) Simon Jacob, Sean Phillips (a)
3 February Revere – John Smith (w) Simon Harrison (a)
3 March The Mean Arena Volume 1: The Southampton Sharks – Tom Tully (w) John Richardson, Steve Dillon, Johnny Johnstone (a)
7 April Flesh: Midnight Cowboys – Pat Mills (w) James McKay (a)
5 May Time Flies – Garth Ennis (w) Philip Bond, John Beeston, Roger Langridge (a)
2 June Slaughter Bowl – John Smith (w) Paul Peart (a)
7 July Aquila Volume II: The Burning Fields – Gordon Rennie (w) Paul Davidson, Patrick Goddard (a)
4 August Bad City Blue – Alan Grant (w) Robin Smith (a)
1 September Firekind – John Smith (w) Paul Marshall (a)
6 October Dark Justice: Torture Garden – David Hine (w) Nick Percival (a)
3 November Tales from the Black Museum: Volume One – including John Wagner, Al Ewing, Dan Abnett, Simon Spurrier, John Smith, Alan Grant (w) Shaun Thomas, John Ridgway, Dylan Teague, Rufus Dayglo, Dean Ormston (a)
1 December Durham Red: Born Bad – Alec Worley (w) Ben Willsher, Lee Carter (a)