By Brandy Dykhuizen. World-building with the likes of Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore since the late 70s, 2000 AD never fails to impress us with new talent or its tried-and-true institutions. This year, we’ll see a little bit of both grace their pages, as they drop some highly anticipated and super exciting books in 2018.

Art by Ian Gibson and Barbara Nosenzo/2000 AD

Art by Ian Gibson and Barbara Nosenzo/2000 AD

2018 marks the return of Halo Jones in three eye-popping installations, thanks to a touch-up from breakout colorist Barbara Nosenzo. Alan Moore’s and Ian Gibson’s ennui-soaked teen is desperate to escape her stifling housing project for adventure above and beyond this planet. War, romance, hope and feminism round out Halo’s story, rendering it both relatable and arresting.

A pair of pocket-sized Judge Dredd digests will bookend the summer season, with publications set for May and August. Alan Grant’s and John Wagner’s Judge Dredd/Batman: Judgment on Gotham will excite fans first, with the resurrection of Mandriod making an appearance a few months later.

Art by Jake Lynch/2000 AD

Art by Jake Lynch/2000 AD

In fact, it’s a pretty big year for the Judges, with collections Dominion and The Dead World due out in October and December. It’s a gritty, violent horrorscape out there, especially when the lawmakers are ex-animate fiends with a niggling hangup for all life. Or, as 2000 AD put it in the official press release: “October’s ‘Dominion […] follows on from 2015’s ‘Dark Justice’ and sees the Fearsome Foursome, previously marooned in space, plunge a planet into absolute horror.”

Guy Adams’ and Jimmy Broxton’s Hope will be out in collection form this November, with all its thrilling noir wrapped between two covers. All the tropes will be there – a private eye, a Los Angeles run absolutely ragged, a nun in a gasmask… you know the routine. Only the magic-wielding Mallory Hope can possibly save a post-war L.A from succumbing to the dark arts.

Art by Arthur Ranson/2000 AD

Art by Arthur Ranson/2000 AD

And finally, Alan Grant’s and Arthur Ranson’s Mazeworld will be out this fall in a stunning Collector’s Edition, giving us a larger format through which to admire Ranson’s dizzying work. It’s gearing up to be a stellar year in the 2000 AD world. We’re looking forward to the rewards.

More from 2000 AD: The final story in the comic book tie-in to ‘DREDD’ brings Judge Death to the world of Alex Garland’s gritty, violent 2012 movie. Collected in December, Karl Urban’s version of Dredd confronted with his strangest and most challenging case yet in The Dead World by Arthur Wyatt, Alex De Campi, and Henry Flint.

Collections of the best of the 2000 AD archive continue with secret-agent-turned-secret-weapon ‘M.A.C.H.1’, and the first volume of the seminal Future Shocks reveals the extraordinary breadth of 2000 AD’s nursery for new talent for the first time.

Here’s the full 2000 AD graphic novel schedule for 2018:

16/01/2018 9781781086025 Grey Area (TPB £16.99/$19.99)
08/02/2018 9781781086223 Ant Wars (TPB £10.99/$17.99)
22/03/2018 9781781086230 ABC Warriors: The Mek Files Vol. 4 (HB £25/$35.99)
22/03/2018 9781781086438 Strontium Dog: Repo Men (TPB £14.99/$17.99)
22/03/2018 9781781086131 M.A.C.H. 1: The John Probe Mission Files (TPB £16.99/$23)
05/04/2018 9781781086315 Judge Dredd Case Files 15 (US edition) (TPB £19.99/$24.99)
05/04/2018 9781781086315 Judge Dredd: Case Files 31 (TPB £19.99/$24.99)
04/05/2018 9781781086278 2000 AD Digest: Judge Dredd/Batman (Digest TPB £6.99)
17/05/2018 9781781086353 Halo Jones Book 1 (TPB £9.99/$9.99)
14/06/2018 9781781085592 The Complete Future Shocks Vol. 1 (TPB £19.99/$25.99)
12/07/2018 9781781086360 Halo Jones Book 2 (TPB £9.99/$9.99)
26/07/2018 9781781086285 Brink Volume 2 (TPB £12.99/$13.99)
26/07/2018 9781781086292 Lawless Volume 2 (TPB £14.99/$17.99)
09/08/2018 9781781086308 2000 AD Digest: Judge Dredd – Mandroid (Digest TPB £6.99)
09/08/2018 9781781086322 Sláine: The Brutania Chronicles Book 4 (HB £15.99/$23.99)
23/08/2018 9781781086339 Judge Dredd: Nobody Apes The Law (TPB £14.99/$17.99)
18/09/2018 9781781086377 Halo Jones Book 3 (TPB £9.99/$9.99)
16/10/2018 9781781086544 Dark Justice: Dominion (HB £19.99/$24.99)
04/10/2018 9781781086568 Mazeworld (TPB £19.99/$24.99)
13/11/2018 9781781086582 Hope (TPB £10.99/$14.99)
29/11/2018 9781781086612 Judge Dredd Case Files 32 (TPB £19.99/$24.99)
29/11/2018 9781781086629 Dredd: Final Judgement (TPB £12.99/$17.99)

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