IDW has rolled out the continuing adventures of the joyless maniac lawman of Mega-City for the past few years. Now they're set to launch a new sci-fi title, Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #1, set a decade after the acclaimed Mega-City Zero storyline from last year.
Written by Ulises Fariñas and Erick Freitas, with art from Dan McDaid, this next ongoing series begins with the white-bearded, pissed-off patrol officer riding a headless robo-horse across a dusty wasteland. With a permanently etched scowl and voice-activated, fully-loaded Lawgiver machine pistol, Dredd dispenses a stiff dose of old-fashioned frontier justice while overseeing the construction of the Mega-Rail.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis from IDW:
It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here!
"It’s much easier to write Judge Dredd when you feel like your country is falling apart," Fariñas told io9. "It's really easy to write about failing institutions and people left to their own devices when the people who should protect them are just trying to legitimize their power. We hear 'to serve and protect' and it sounds more and more like a sick joke. We are turning Dredd literally inside out, ripping out what's inside him and seeing what makes him keep moving forward. The system only works when people believe in it, and in The Blessed Earth, I AM THE LAW are not words anyone believes in."
Hop on your Lawmaster and cruise into this exclusive five-page preview of Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #1 ... then let us know if you'll be adding this grim avenger to your monthly pull list when it lands in comic shops on April 26.