After rebooting Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones and Snagglepuss for DC Comics, comic book writer Mark Russell will be doing a relaunch of IDW Publishing’s Judge Dredd series. Titled Judge Dredd: Under Siege, the first issue of the four-part storyline will kick off in May.
According to the official synopsis, the series will see Dredd and Judge Beeny investigate when all contact with the Patrick Swayze block is lost. Not only that, but in good ol' Judge Dredd fashion they’ll have to “battle lawlessness and rampant criminality.” While doing so, they’ll also discover a “threat to the city that they must contain at all costs.”
Russell took the time to drop by our Live Stage during this weekend’s Emerald City Comic Con to chat with us about working on the upcoming new Dredd title.
When he was asked if he remembered the first Judge Dredd story he’d ever read, Russell said: “Unfortunately, the first Judge Dredd story I ever saw was the 1994 movie, so it kind of turned me off Judge Dredd for a while. But then when I discovered the comic [...] wow, this is actually pretty crazy.” Then he added that for him, “The real star of Judge Dredd is Mega-City One.”
This lead to an interesting discussion where Russell revealed that he’s always been interested in how civilizations work, and how they fail. Which he says is what his work on The Flintstones was about and how they got it all wrong. The writer also explained why, in his mind, The Flintstones is like the unofficial prequel to Judge Dredd, before touching upon the storyline for the upcoming series.
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Additional material by Nathalie Caron.