Up until recently if you wanted to read Judge Dredd and you happened to live outside of the UK, you would have had to special order the weekly released British Sci-Fi anthology, 2000AD. Now, IDW has released news that will thrill Judge Dredd fans and introduce the character to a new generation of American comic book enthusiasts. IDW has recently announced that they would be partnering with Judge Dredd publisher Rebellion to release Judge Dredd reprints as well as all-new stories featuring the character. Based on a recent statement made by IDW's chief creative officer Chris Ryall, the publisher is thrilled.
"My interest in Judge Dredd far predates my tenure at IDW, so it’s a real drokkin' pleasure for us to now be the first American publisher in 18 years to create new tales of Dredd," said Chris Ryall, IDW's chief creative officer/editor-in-chief, in a statement.
The news comes at a very appropriate time considering a remake of the 'Judge Dredd' is currently in production in the UK. The partnership is bound to be successful for IDW who publishes an array of independent titles including G.I. JOE, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and STAR TREK comics. Adding JUDGE DREDD prior to the release of the film is bound to boost sales, and it's a great way to introduce readers to the character who first appeared in the 2000AD anthology in 1977.
Some of the biggest names in comics have written Judge Dredd including (but not limited to Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Alan Moore, so reprints of their issues might be worth picking up. What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to reading Judge Dredd in IDW's new series? Are you familiar with the character?