It would appear that Batman will not be the only comic book character to be given the early days treatment. 2000 AD Editor-in-Chief Matt Smith has partnered with Simon Coleby on interiors and Greg Stamples on covers to produce Judge Dredd: Year One. “Dredd’s a notoriously difficult character to get the voice right—and it becomes even more of a challenge when you’re writing him as an eighteen year old, fresh out of the Academy,” said Smith. “But it’s been great fun charting his early cases, feeding into the stories the elements that will go on to make him Mega-City’s most feared lawman. And it’s terrific to have Simon Coleby on board, a superb artist and well experienced in portraying the madness of the future metropolis.”
The origins of the legendary lawman has explored before in an e-novella at the beginning of 2012 titled Judge Dredd: Year One – City Father which in turn ignited the creative spark for the new miniseries. “Matt Smith has been doing a masterful job of steering Judge Dredd’s exploits for years, and his e-novella showed he was equally adept at serving as chronicler as well as editor,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “And the story Matt’s telling in this miniseries is a very different tale of Dredd’s first year than his prose story, but both combine to add relevant details and backstory to the character of Judge Dredd.”
In The Long, Hard Road, Dredd collaborates for the first time with the Psi-Division to combat juves across sector who begin to manifest psychic abilities. To add to the excitement variant covers by Cerebus mastermind Dave Sim and Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra will be made available. Comic book fans will be able to pass judgement when Judge Dredd: Year One #1 (FC, 32 pages, $3.99) arrives in stores on March 27th, 2013.