JUDGE DREDD / ALIENS: INCUBUS
Written by John Wagner and Andy Diggle; art by Henry Flint
Published weekly in 2000 AD Magazine from December 2002
Mega-City One - a sprawling megalopolis covering the entire Eastern
seaboard of the United States, with a population of over 400 million
citizens crammed into many mazelike strata of cramped apartments and
dingy corridors. This would be the worst possible environment in which
to face a hostile xenomorph with incredible agility, acid for blood and
better armour than a Manta prowl tank, not to mention an unsurpassable
desire to shred, rip and tear citizens into dog chow.
Of course, something like that could never turn up here, in Mega-City
It is up to Judge Joe Dredd, veteran lawman of Mega-City One, and a team
of hardened street-judges to prevent the bio-mechanical monstrosities
from turning the city into an incubator for a horde of Aliens
unimaginable even in Ripley's worst nightmares.
Judge Dredd/Aliens: Incubus has been co-written by legendary Dredd
creator and regular Dredd scribe John Wagner, and ex-2000 AD editor and
2000 AD/Vertigo writer Andy Diggle. Art duties have been taken on by
2000 AD mainstay artist Henry Flint, who has proven over the course of
stories such as Shakara, ABC Warriors and Nemesis The Warlock that his
ability to draw terrifying alien creatures is second to none.
Judge Dredd has been the lead character in the award-winning UK weekly
sci-fi comic 2000 AD for over 25 years, and the future lawman is part of
British culture to the extent that few people growing here over the last
three decades are not familiar with the characters and attitudes
featured in the strip. Dredd has appeared in many different media,
including a successful feature film (with two more on the way) and the
stunning new Dredd videogame from 2000 AD owners Rebellion, due for
release in 2003.
As a result of many massively successful Dark Horse comics and graphic
novels, Alien has proven to be one of the most successful crossover
characters in the history of comics, aided by intelligent storytelling,
great art and the nightmarish nature of the xenomorphs themselves.
Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, says, "I have always found the Aliens
to be a fascinating, scary concept, and working on the Bafta-nominated
Aliens Vs. Predator PC game was one of the highlights of my career, so
it's great to be in a position to organise a confrontation between them
and Dredd on the pages of 2000 AD. In many respects it's a dream come
true. Or should that be a nightmare!"
Andy Diggle, co writer of Dredd/Aliens: Incubus, commented, "This is one
of those dream scenarios that tend crops up in drunken late-night
conversations - which comic characters would you love to see face off
against each other? I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies - especially the
first one - and pitting Dredd against the Aliens is making this fanboy
very happy indeed. I think it's weak to just use Aliens as
cannon-fodder, so we're working hard to make them absolutely lethal, the
ultimate killing machines. Trust me, you put just one of them in a room
full of armed Judges, and within thirty seconds there aren't going to be
many people left standing. Multiply those numbers by several hundred and
it's big fun in Mega-City One.
But then, Judge Dredd IS the Hardest Man In Comics...
It's a huge honour that John Wagner invited me to co-write the series
with him, although it's also pretty daunting. I mean, it's JOHN WAGNER,
fer chrissakes. But while a humbling experience, it's also a very
educational once, as I'm effectively getting personal tuition from one
of the best writers in comics - and getting paid to do it! And of course
Henry Flint is making it all look fantastic with his incredible talent
for dynamic weirdness. Henry doesn't shy away from drawing the difficult
stuff - in fact, he encourages it! You want to draw Dredd trying to
fight off fifty facehuggers simultaneously? You got it, Henry, you got
Judge Dredd/Aliens: Incubus will begin in the Prog 2003, the special
100-page end-of-year edition of 2000 AD, published on 18 December 2002.
Further imagery from Dredd/Aliens: Incubus is available on request
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