2000 AD's Artists Edition Format, Apex, Launches With Zenith – And More Graphic Novels For 2015

I know one artist and comic art dealer in the UK who launched his career diving in the bins outside Fleetway when they published 2000AD, rescuing original artwork.

People are a little more careful these days.

Which is handy, because Rebellion are now publishing their own version of the IDW Artists Edition line, which reproduced comic book stories using the original artwork, reproduced as closely to the original as possible at full size, originated by Scott Dunbier and mimicked by Titan, Dynamite, Dark Horse and DC Comics.

Called the Apex line, they are appropriately starting with Zenith… starting in July, alongside the release of the final Phase Four of the Grant Morrison/Steve Yeowell superhero comic that ran in the sci-fi weekly anthology in the eighties and nineties.

Thankfully Yeowell kept the original art squirrelled away.

They are also publishing a special hardback first edition of Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files, which will now include the 2000AD full colour centre spreads for the first time.

Then there's the first reprint of the 2000 AD stories of Dan Dare, beginning from 2000AD #1, for his 65th anniversary, including work from Dave Gibbons and Massimo Bellardinelli, in colour. It is the only strip from the first issue that has remained uncollected.

And the hardcover of Judge Dredd: Dark Justice which looks a little like this.

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Here's the full 2015 lineup so far.

March

Tales of Telguth

Insurrection: Liberty

April

Zenith: Phase Three

Judge Dredd: Luna-1 (digest format)

May

ABC Warriors: Return to Mars

June

Devlin Waugh: Red Tide

The VCs: Hell in the Heavens (digest format)

July

Judge Dredd: Dark Justice

Zenith Phase 4

Zenith: Apex Edition

August

Judge Dredd: Case Files 01: 10th Anniversary Edition

September

Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos: Fourth Faction

Jaegir

October

The Complete Ro-Busters: Nuts and Bolts Vol. I

November

Dan Dare: Vol. 1

Judge Dredd: Trifecta (paperback)

December

The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (And The Dead Left In His Wake)

ABC Warriors: Mek Files 03

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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