John Wagner Pens A New Judge Dredd Epic For 2000 AD’s 45th Anniversary

by Olly MacNamee

John Wagner is the quintessential Judge Dredd writer, and for many of us always will be. And while he doesn’t write too many Judge Dredd stories these days, when he does they end up as instant stone cold classics. So, OI expect his new epic story to join the ranks fo such greats as the ‘Judge Child Quest’ and the ‘Apocalypse War’. And it’s the latter that’s linked to this newest saga, ‘The Citadel’, kicking off in the oversized 2000 AD Prog 2270 anniversary issue. Drawn by Dan Cornwell (Rok of the Reds), with colours by Dylan Teague (Madi) and letters by Annie Parkhouse, the new story begins in 2000 AD’s 45th birthday issue, on sale in February.

“As the Apocalypse War rages, Judge Dredd leads a squad of Cadet Judges into battle – launching an assault upon The Citadel, where the invading Sov forces have set up base.

But now, 40 years later and on the day of his execution, former Cadet Judge Winterton will tell the truth about what happened during the war, why the mission was subsequently covered up, and reveal the secret that Judge Dredd himself has been hiding for the past 40 years.

Within the intimidating walls of Iso-Block 1, a prisoner is scheduled to die after decades in isolation. But he has a tale to tell – one that may blow Judge Dredd’s world apart!”

The story will also be eventually collected in a 128-page paperback graphic novel edition in July 2022. Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD, said:

“’The Citadel’ is a rip-roaring, unmissable story that will have readers on the edges of their seats. Serving up action and intrigue in the only way John Wagner can, and with Dan Cornwell providing some career-best artwork, it proves that even after forty-five years that 2000 AD and Judge Dredd can still deliver the goods.”

Look out for 2000 AD Prog #2270 this February from Rebellion.

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