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    • CommentAuthorrivappoman
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014
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    Hey there! I'm a massive comic book fan, and also an aspiring comic book writer. I mostly read American comics like Batman, Thor and Hellboy, but I'm British, and to be a proper BRITISH comic reader/writer, you have to be a fan of 2000AD.

    The thing is, I'm not a regular reader of 2000AD. Sure, I know who Judge Dredd is (I've seen the awesome film) and I've heard of The Mighty Tharg, Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, Slaine and the ABC Warriors, but I'm not as familiar with them as I am with Batman, Thor or Hellboy.

    Now the obvious answer would be to pick up the comic itself (or read the wikipedia entries!) but really what I want to do is read their BEST stories.

    What I mean is this - If you were asked by a beginner comic reader what are the best Batman stories, you'd recommend Batman: Year One, Batman: The Long Halloween or Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, but you wouldn't really recommend Detective Comics no.27 from 1939, would you?

    So that's what I'm asking, what are the best stories for Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Nemesis the Warlock, ABC Warriors etc etc (there's got to be loads of characters so I won't list them all) which do not require you to know their backstory or pretty much anything about them?
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    The Chopper collection is great my personal fave.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014 edited
     (11303.3)
    My favourite 2000AD stuff was from the eighties and early nineties. Slaine The Horned God, ABC Warriors drawn by Bisley, Bad Company written by Milligan, Zenith by Morrison. Judge Dredd - there was just so much that was good - all the stuff drawn by Bolland is great. I'd maybe recommend reading Nemesis from the beginning, but it's been a while.

    Anyway, I'm sure the folk here will recommend some specific titles.

    EDIT: Like vandalhandal just did - Chopper is great. America was a Dredd story that stuck with me. Necropolis was good, too.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014 edited
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    The Judge Dredd Cursed Earth saga would be a pretty good place to start.
    And yes, Chopper, definitely.
    • CommentAuthorJonnyuk
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014
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    Childhood's end, I tried to buy some of the original art but failed miserably...

    The Judge Death and Judge Child stuff was always a weird favorite, but I was reading it out of order whenever my local shop had something in when I was a kid... that sort of thing always seemed to get me hooked. Bit of googling... I think it's called The Dark Judges (1980... wow I'm old).

    The Apocalypse War... that was a good 'un.

    The Day the Law Died

    That's me done, gotta love the Judges. Haven't read much new stuff...
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    To get a feel for the comic it may be worth picking up a collection of Tharg's Future Shocks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tharg%27s_Future_Shocks
    They are stand alone stories, so don't need any prior knowledge, but very much soaked in the culture of 2000AD
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014
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    I'm not a fan of the Complete Case files series as the reproduction of the artwork is muddy and the text is hard to read.
    The (expensive) recent hardbacks are nice though, so if there is a particular artist you liek, go with one of those: Bolland, Esquerra, Kennedy.
    • CommentAuthorJonnyuk
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014
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    Bryan Talbot is a British writer and artist I like a lot... local chap too so he must be good.

    He did draw for 2000ad in the past, though I think this was a goodly while ago.

    Luther Arkwright
    Alice in Sunderland
    Grandville
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014
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    The Ballad of Halo Jones https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Halo_Jones
    Too bad it didn't run it's whole planned run.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2014
     (11303.10)
    It's difficult to recommend individual 2000AD stories. So I shall recommend whole strips instead.

    The Dredd Case Files are, in my opinion, worth colecting. As Kradlum says, some stories aren't very well reproduced. But the thing with Dredd is that he's increasingly a product of his backstory. Reading volume by volume, I've really started to appreciate how tthe strip has developed.

    Other stuff:

    DR and Quinch, by Alan Moore and Alan Davis. Just mad, silly, anarchic fun and, IMHO, highly representative of 2000AD's overall tone.

    The Ballad of Halo Jones, by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson. This made me cry at least a couple of times.

    Nikolai Dante, by Robbie Morrison and Simon Fraser. Grand, epic, swashbuckling adventure of the very best kind. Heartfelt, beautiful, and consistently well written.

    Zombo by Al Ewing and Henry Flint - again, this captures that real sense of siliness and anarchy that ol' 'tooth does so well.

    There are many, many more I could recommend.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2014
     (11303.11)
    As well as the ones above, I owuld also go with the following two TPBs

    DEVLIN WAUGH: SWIMMING IN BLOOD especially - A lovely, nasty little comic tale about vampirism, Max security prisons, and the chief demon buster for the Vatican.

    CRADLEGRAVE: a recent story from a few years ago. Centered on a nondescript, shitty council estate that you get all over the UK. Starts off spooky, then gets rather grisly. Manages to capture the drudgery of life on the estates really well.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2014
     (11303.12)
    You should probably pick up the prog itself, the current issue is one of their regular jumping on points.

    As for older stories I'm not too sure as I'm a relatively recent convert myself (been reading a few years now) and often I feel that I'm missing out on a lot of the background but I don't really know where to start. I tried reading the Dredd case files, but the old Dredd has quite a different feel to the newer stuff; it's very clearly aimed at children, imho, while the newer stuff is more adult friendly. I've heard that the best place to start with the Dredd case files is volume two or three (can't remember which and don't have the time just now to check) which includes several classic stories, like the Dark Judges stuff and so on.

    It might be worth your while picking up the Megazine as they include reprints of old stories.

    But, as Curb said, you won't go wrong with Halo Jones, Nikolai Dante (my personal favourite) and Zombo. (haven't read DR and Quinch myself, but I hear it's good) And Cradlegrave.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2014
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    Thirding Cradlegrave. In fact, I've enjoyed pretty much everything John Smith has written for 2000AD. If you enjoy Swimming in Blood, the follow up series, Chasing Herod, is worth a look.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2014
     (11303.14)
    Just had a quick look at my bookshelves and I have volume 5 of the case files, so I guess that's the one I was recommended. It's got the Apocalypse War in it, which I really should read.

    I've also got Mazeworld, which is good.
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    For me Dredd was always a given, I especially enjoy "The Day The Law Died"
    Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood is going to be out soon, and is available for Pre-Order
    Nikolai Dante is excellent to read, and I would add Button Man to the list!
    • CommentAuthorPow
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2014
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    I love anything by Pat Mills cos it's always fucked up and angry. Invasion!! and Savage are great fun but I'm not sure if they're actually collected anywhere.
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    Pick up Volume 5 of the Complete Case Files of Judge Dredd. That volume has "Judge Death Returns," which introduces the Dark Judges and has enough explanation that you can jump right in; "Block Mania," in which you see how spectacularly Mega City One can go to pot; and "The Apocalypse War," which I'm in the middle of and currently has an air of Can You Top This for things going to hell.
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2014
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    Button Man was always a favourite, as were a lot of the stories around that period so I second that recommendation. Always enjoyed Durham Red and Finn although how they'd stand up these days on a re-read, I don't know. Might have to dig out the old back issues.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2014 edited
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    If you're only going to read one Dredd story, read 'America'.

    Other than that, all my favourites have all been mentioned up thread already (DR and Quinch, The Ballad of Halo Jones)
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    I'm kind of reworking through Dredd from both ends (read 2000AD up until about '88) ... I read Trifecta, which was most awesome, then the Day of Chaos stuff, and then bought the first case files (agree with the comments about the muddiness though...). Eventually I'll meet in the middle. Bad Company was great as well.