2012 has been a pretty good year for fans of DC Comics’ Batman and 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd; both of the iconic characters have graced the silver screen to varying degrees of success, with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises grossing over a billion dollars at the box office, and Pete Travis’ Dredd 3D banishing the ghost of 1995’s Sylvester Stallone-headlined Judge Dredd. Now 2000 AD and DC Comics have announced that the duo will be teaming up for The Batman Judge Dredd Collection, a hardcover edition reprint of the four classic 90s comic book crossovers.
Here’s the official press release, courtesy of ComicBookResources…
Two of the biggest characters in comic books duke it out in their own iconic cities – more than 20 years since it was first published, the epic Batman vs. Judge Dredd stories are still the most brutal crossovers in comics!
2000 AD is very proud to be working with DC Comics to co-publish the highly anticipated THE BATMAN JUDGE DREDD COLLECTION, which brings together the four team-ups between the Lawman of the Future and the Dark Knight for the first time in a brand new hardback edition, with a fantastic roster of superstar talent, including Simon Bisley and Glenn Fabry.
Originally released between 1991 and 1998, these epic crossovers – Judgment on Gotham, Vendetta in Gotham, The Ultimate Riddle, and Die Laughing – brought the dynamic duo together to fight their ultimate foes. From alien super-fiend Judge Death escaping to Gotham to the Joker teaming up with the Dark Judges to cause mass slaughter in Mega-City One, THE BATMAN JUDGE DREDD COLLECTION brilliantly captures the lunacy and non-stop action of these two all-too-similar worlds from either side of the Atlantic.
Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner leads a pack of top names, including Alan Grant (Batman, Lobo), Simon Bisley (Hellblazer), Glenn Fabry (Preacher, Hellblazer), Val Semeiks (The Demon, Lobo), and Cam Kennedy (Batman, The Light and Darkness War) – all contained in a cover from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
Published by 2000 AD in the UK and Ireland, and by DC in North America, this ultimate new edition also includes the hard-to-find meeting between Dredd and psychotic biker Lobo, and deserves a place in the collection of any self-respecting Dredd or Batman fan.
The Batman Judge Dredd Collection will be released on November 27th.