Dark Horse Comics announces Judge Dredd crossover

André Monteiro
André Monteiro

Since we are unlikely to get a sequel to the 2012 sci-fi comic adaptation Judge Dredd starring Karl Urban, we will have to take solace in a new Dark Horse Comics title featuring the one-man judge, jury and executioner. In a new four-issue series, we will see Judge Dredd crossing over with two of the biggest sci-fi franchises that he has encountered before.

During the Dark Horse Comics panel at Emerald City Comic Con, the annual convention, that takes place in Seattle Washington every April, it was announced that Dark Horse, IDW Publishing, and 2000 AD will be teaming up to create a comic book crossover mini-series this summer, titled, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. John Layman (Chew) will be writing the series, alongside artist Chris Mooneyham (Predator: Fire and Stone), while Glenn Fabry (Preacher) will provide the covers.

Emerald City Comic Con usually boasts a large and varied lineup of creators and publishers, some of whom get lost in the Hollywood hype machine of the larger, more pop culture-focused shows. At the smaller Emerald City Comic Con, Dark Horse, IDW Publishing, and 2000 AD use the opportunity to connect with readers and announces new titles heading your way during the coming months.

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens will see Judge Dredd pitted against the tactical, nearly unbeatable Predators, as they both try to survive an onslaught by the galaxy’s ultimate killing machines, the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise. For those who do not know, this is not the first time Judge Dredd has met either of these creatures.

The storyline tells that Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson have tracked a criminal cult across the Cursed Earth and into the Alabama morass, where a mad genetic scientist with destructive designs has acquired the best genes that evolution has to offer; a xenomorph skull.

A Predator attracted to the warm climate and superior prey, has declared hunting season as he calls for backup. All paths will cross in a mind-blowing sci-fi showdown with the fate of the Earth at stake!

They open the book with a crashlanded predator, and instead of being the hunter, as usual, the predator is the prey. He has crashlanded in a jungle overgrowth in the middle of the Cursed Earth, where he is pursued by an Island of Dr. Moreau group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer. And this crazed scientist recovers not just the predator, but some of the predator’s hunting trophies, including a Xenomorph skull, and the Xenomorph’s DNA contained therein. You can probably see where this is headed, but add to it Judge Dredd chasing the robot leader of an apocalypse death cult, and everybody on a collision course.

This is definitely one of those scenarios that would be great to see played out on the big screen, but a deal would have to be worked out between Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox to make that happen. Sure, it would probably be trivial, but it would also be an absolute blast. It is actually sad that shortly we will be getting both a reboot of Predator and the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel called Alien: Covenant but Judge Dredd is just left sitting in a corner all by himself.

Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens
Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens

With Emerald City Comic Con just getting under way, you can be sure there will be plenty of more announcements to come.

Are you amped to see these three titans of sci-fi slaughter go head to head this summer in their insane crossover mini-series? Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens it is scheduled to strike comic shops this July 27th, 2016.

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