What if everybody on Earth, on the same day, got superpowers? Except one guy.
That’s the logline (or whatever you like to call such things) for Ordinary, which starts its serialisation in today’s Judge Dredd Megazine 340. We’ll run for six chunks in the Meg and then, once completed, Ordinary is going to be relased as a four-issue mini-series in the American market by Titan Comics and then collected as a shiny complete graphic novel. And, while we’d love you to read it in the Megazine, the Titan edition is going to have a load of fab extras: scripts, pitch, D’israeli’s character designs etc, plus a few things we’re still working out – some very talented people are being very kind.
Best to buy both just to be on the safe side.
Beautiful work by D’israeli on this book, as usual. For the uninitiated, we’ve worked together for a few years now on LOW LIFE for 2000AD, detailing the exploits of undercover Judge Dirty Frank (you can get these stories in the Mega City Undercover 2 collection and the new Dredd: Trifecta book.) This is our first original story we’ve created together, and the first creator-owned book I’ve released since CLA$$WAR way back in the Punic Wars period. And I’m very excited about it.
Working with D’israeli seems to bring out the best in my writing. I feel pushed to write big visuals and little emotional moments that I know he’ll convey superbly. But it’s not just that. For whatever reason – maybe you put more of yourself into a creator-owned book, maybe it felt fresh from all tthe work-for-hire jobs I do – but the characters just seemed to pop on the page, the dialogue sparked and I think I got the structure pretty right. Maybe it’s all those things and Mars being in alignement with Jupiter or something but, for whatever reason, I think Ordinary might be the best thing I’ve written. Hope the world agrees.
The Judge Dredd Megazine #340 also features the second part of ‘Nurture’ – a Dredd two-parter by me and PJ Holden. And has a lengthy interview with D’israeli and myself about the making of Ordinary. And there’s lots of other good stuff in it this month. The first part of the Official Dredd Movie comic sequel by Arthur Wyatt and Henry Flint, Insurrection by Abnett and McNeil, a big interview with Gordon Rennie.
You can buy the Megazine digitally and by post here.