For the first time in the anthology’s 41-year history it will feature an all-female creative lineup from writers and artists to colorists and letterers, working on some of the title’s biggest characters and series, including Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and Psi-Judge Anderson.
Creators involved in the extra-sized issue include No Mercy’s Alex De Campi (Twisted Romance, No Mercy), Spinning writer/artist Tillie Walden, Doctor Who’s and Charmed’s Katy Rex. The issue will have covers from newcomer Emily Zeinner and All Star Batman artist Tula Lotay.
In a statement, 2000 AD editor Matt Smith said, “I’m especially excited to welcome a group of new creators to 2000 AD, most of whom are making their debuts at the House of Tharg. This year’s historic Sci-Fi Special is going to be packed with unique voices and amazing talent.”
The special issue is the first of three such releases from 2000 AD this year.
In August, a forgotten generation of British superheroes are set to take flight in a brand new special from the team behind The Treasury of British Comics! Following Rebellion Publishing’s acquisition of the Egmont Fleetway archive of classic British comics from the 1970s and 1980s, it will include home-grown superheroes that show the best of British, including The Leopard from Lime Street and Thunderbolt from Buster, Steel Commando from Thunder, and Blake Edmonds from Death Wish in Speed.
And following its sellout success last year, the Scream & Misty Special will return in October, with more stories inspired by two of the spookiest comics ever. Scream! was a popular short-lived horror anthology while Misty was an innovative girls’ horror comic, both from the 1980s, whose former readerships made the 2017 Halloween Special a success. It introduced a new generation of comic book readers to characters such as homicidal caretaker computer Max in The Thirteenth Floor, the German World War One flying ace Black Max and his giant bats and the sinister tower blocks of The Sentinels.
The 48-page 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special will be released June 20.
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