Back in May, we reported on Rebellion's announcement at the Diamond Retail Summit of a 'Dredd Month' push with retailers. Well, the July Diamond Preview catalogue is out and, as anticipated, there's a heavy backlist sale for US retailers.
But we've now got more details about Rebellion's push, which is meant to culminate in the release of Rob Williams and Henry Flint's Judge Dredd: The Small House collection.
September 7th will be, apparently, The Day Of The Dredd, with fans "encouraged to participate by sharing their own personal memories of first encountering Dredd himself, or their favourite characters from his vast universe of stories using the hashtag #DAYOFDREDD". Meanwhile, comic book shops and libraries who send in evidence of their Dredd-themed displays will receive "care-packages" and the best will be awarded a 'Golden Eagle' certificate along with a load of trade paperbacks, toys and merch.
So far, so standard marketing. Aside from the popularity of the early Eagle reprints in the 1980s, Dredd has always been a bit of a hard sell in America where the cynical might suggest he can either come across as another Punisher or a rather disconcertingly accurate reflection of some American policing styles. But considering how many of the big names in comics – Jock, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, Mark Millar, Garth Ennis, Sean Phillips, Simon Bisley to name but a few – it can't hurt to have more American consumers aware of the back catalogue and it's good to see Rebellion making a concerted push on the direct market.
Some fans have pointed out that this all coincides with the anniversary of the release of the Dredd movie with Karl Urban back in 2012, but we understand this is purely about the comics and not the planned Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV show that's been in development since 2017.
Incredible SF action from the Eisner-nominated UK anthology! Future lawman Judge Dredd seeks inside help to nail a criminal in 'The Fall of Barbarara Grimm'; Jaegir's comrades seek to free her from the Southers' clutches in 'Valkyrie'; hitmen Sinister Dexter have to bodyguard an artificial intelligence in 'Narrow Minded'; and realities collide in Indigo Prime: 'The Fall of the House of Vista'! Then in the bumper Prog 2150, a stunning new line-up of stories start – an ideal jumping-on point for new readers! Dredd has a special overseas mission to undertake in 'Guatamala'; cop Bridget Kurtis returns and is investigating gang crimes in the fourth book of SF smash Brink, 'Hate Box'; we return to the world of the Dark Judges in The Fall of Deadworld: Doomed, with war about to break out; private investigator Mallory Hope is back, confronting the demons in 1940s L.A. in Hope… Under Fire by Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton; and seventeenth-century zombie hunter Defoe heads for the moon as an ancient evil awakens in 'The Divisor' by Pat Mills and Stewart Kenneth Moore!
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! It's the final battle between Dredd and the Red Prince in the climactic episode of 'The Red Queen's Gambit'; Psi-Judge Anderson's cadets come under fire out in the Cursed Earth in 'The Dead Run'; P.I. DeMarco fights for her life in 'An Eye…'; Nia seeks a way out of the Brit-Cit gang life in 'Diamond Dogs'; and The Returners come under psychic assault in 'Chandhu'. In addition there's interviews, features and more – and in the bagged mini-trade, there's more zombie-slaying mayhem in the second book of Defoe: 'The Damned' by Pat Mills and Leigh Gallagher!
The stunning second volume of the dystopian satire of alien immigration cops! North America, 2045. The Global Exo Segregation Zone (aka the 'Grey Area') is a huge holding area in Arizona housing aliens hoping to visit earth: The only thing standing in the way of chaos is the Exo Transfer Control squads: E.T.C. Captain Adam Bulliet has a lot on his plate; The Arakshu want revenge on humanity for their dead ambassador, increasing numbers of aliens are having rapturous visions, and his fraternisation with Officer Birdy isn't nearly as discrete as he thought. Not to mention a dizzyingly colossal god star is descending on Earth, and Bulliet's team are the ones suiting up to meet 'n' greet the second coming. But they might end up going further than they expect…
The critically-acclaimed and fan-lauded latest Judge Dredd tale which sent shockwaves through the universe and Mark Millar called "one of the best runs ever!" Everything is at stake and no-one is safe – in the critically-acclaimed storyline from Rob Williams and Henry Flint, as Judge Dredd and his team of hand-picked allies finally takes on the nefarious Judge Smiley, Mega-City One's behind-the-scenes manipulator! But who will be left standing at the end?
It's a true tower of terror – Maxwell Tower is the sinister housing block controlled by the homicidal sentient computer caretaker, Max, and woe betide anyone who upsets his residents or threatens to uncover his murderous activities! Max has entered into an unholy partnership with a troubled young man called Sam Bowers. Together they are punishing the ne'er-do-wells who threaten the harmonious lives of the block's residents, taking them to Max's thirteenth floor – a place where nightmare and reality become one! WPC Hester Benedict suspected that something ungodly was happening at Maxwell Tower and went to investigate, causing Max to send her to the thirteenth floor…After a bout of neural programming Hester was let go – after all, she was an innocent. But now her memory is slowly returning, and Hester is ready to pick up where she left off…
Silver age comics meets Alice in Wonderland in this weird and Crusoe-esque absurdist science fiction! Ex-mercenary Loner always works alone. Even if it means being on an alien planet as the sole member of one of the spacecraft Wildcat's exploration teams! With only his customised six-shooter, "Babe", and some alien furballs as company, Loner must contend with psychic aliens, subterranean monstrosities, and angry shapeshifters. He might be the toughest, but can he survive being shrunk, melted, and transformed on a planet that seems to want him dead?
Post-Earth pulp space opera of discovery and adventure! In 2488 Earth history professor, Turbo Jones predicted that the planet would be destroyed in 2500 by a vast meteoroid storm. Ridiculed by the world's leaders, Turbo spent the next twelve years constructing a huge spaceship and employing a group of volunteers to help him leave the Earth and find a new home in the stars.