With the buzz surrounding the upcoming Dredd film, we knew there was bound to be word of a new comic series at Comic-Con. Announced today, IDW will be launching an all new “Judge Dredd” series beginning in November. Duane Swierczynski and artist Nelson Daniel will be the talent for the new series. “Judge Dredd” is formerly property of 2000 AD, and this is the first time he will be brought to the American market. The series will take place in Dredd’s past, venturing into his earlier career days.
Duane Swierczynski told CBR in an interview, “I’d like IDW’s Dredd to feel like a transgressive sci-fi black comedy police procedural — like ‘Law & Order,’ if, say, Jerry Orbach were a violent inflexible fascist. Someone who readers can’t help but root for, since he’s up against overwhelming odds in a city gone insane.”
He continued, “The possibilities are exciting as hell, especially when you factor in future tech,” he said. “I’m finding inspiration in the lawless Dillinger days of the early 1930s, when emerging technology inspired both cops and bandits to elevate their games. When the bandits started using race cars for getaways, the cops responded with faster pursuit vehicles; shotguns were met with machine guns; organized criminal gangs were met with wiretapping and most-wanted lists. With ‘Dredd,’ I’m asking myself: what kind of games will cops (that is, judges) and robbers be playing 100 years in the future?”