A one-volume, hardcover edition of Brian Bolland’s complete Judge Dredd run will be released by IDW in November. This will be the first installment of a planned series of Dredd reprints from the publisher.
“Fans have been very vocal to us about wanting to first see Bolland’s amazing pages in pristine black-and-white,” IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and Judge Dredd editor Chris Ryall said in a press release. “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collections presented the original Eastman/Laird stories in gorgeous black and white, and that’s what fans have told us they’d like to see here at the start, too. We’re happy to give them what they want, especially since Brian Bolland’s art is so stunning even without color.”
If black and white isn’t your thing, never fear; IDW will also be publishing a monthly book featuring classic Dredd stories colorized by Charlie Kirchoff (Doctor Who Classics) next spring. They hope a bit of modernization will help introduce the character to a new audience.
The previously announced new Dredd ongoing series debuts in November, too. Will all these comics and the new film be enough to erase Sylvester Stallone’s take on the character? One can only hope.