SDCC 2012: All Rise for IDW’s JUDGE DREDD by Duane Swierczynski & Nelson Daniel

All rise.

With the Dredd 3D film banging down the door in September, America is primed and ready to learn more about one of Britain’s proudest comic franchises. Luckily, IDW Publishing partnered with 2000 AD earlier this year and are now ready to launch some all new tales from Mega-City One just in time for the character’s 35th anniversary. Judge Dredd #1 Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel drops the gavel in November.

Here’s a quick peek:

In addition to the main feature, Judge Dredd will include backup stories drawn by Paul Gulacy and Jim Starlin. The series will also feature covers by Ashley Wood, , Zach Howard, Whilce Portacio, Carlos Ezquerra (who created the series with John Wagner), and others.

Here’s what Swierczysnki had to say about the gig.

“I discovered Judge Dredd at the tender age of 15 through a somewhat unlikely source: a bootleg Commodore 64 game where you move Dredd through a digital Mega-City One and pretty much shoot everything in sight. Jonesing for more, I realized that Dredd was a UK import, and super-tough to find here in the U.S. Over the next 25 years, I snapped up all the Dredd stories that I could, savoring them like exotic treats smuggled through customs.

When IDW announced an American version a while back, I was over the moon — never even thinking that I would be approached to write this new version. Needless to say, this is the opportunity of lifetime, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The 15-year-old in me may never recover.”

Opening arguments are scheduled for November.


  1. Love me some Dredd, Will be picking this up for sure.

  2. Looks the like the opportune time to get into Judge Dredd.

  3. Color me intriged. I’m trying to branch out of the main 2 comic companies and this is a book I’d be interested in buying.

  4. My fingers are crossed this plays out better than DC’s attempt at bringing the character to the American masses back in the mid 90’s. With Gulacy and Starlin on back ups this could be very damn good…

  5. I wish the title well, but I don’t expect I’ll be very interested in this.

  6. Reading Swierczynski’s Birds of Prey (solely for the eventually Rotworld crossover) and good God, is it bad. Even when main characters are facing death, they only talk in half baked girl power quips. If the quips were funny, if I could look past it. If they quips were ironically bad like Punisher, I could look past it. But they’re just bad enough to be distracting but not bad enough to be funny. Also, the narration is distracting, like a bad crime novel, not surprising given Swierzynski’s background.