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Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus
Written by John Wagner
Andy Diggle
Illustrated by Henry Flint
Inked by Kevin Nowlan
Lettered by Tom Frame
Colored by Chris Blythe
Cover(s) by Greg Staples (#1)
Kev Walker (#2)
Frazer Irving (#3)
Jock (#4)
Edited by Philip R. Simon
Matt Smith
Publisher Dark Horse Comics/Rebellion Developments
Release date(s) Mar-June 2003
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Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus is a four-issue limited crossover comic book series that was first published by Dark Horse Comics and Rebellion Developments from March-June 2003. It was written by John Wagner and Andy Diggle, illustrated by Henry Flint, lettered by Tom Frame, colored by Chris Blythe and edited by Philip R. Simon and Matt Smith, with cover art by Greg Staples, Kev Walker, Frazer Irving and Jock.

Incubus was a sequel to 1997's Predator versus Judge Dredd, which was the first collaboration between the two publishers.

In the overall Dark Horse crossover comics line, Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus was preceded by Superman/Aliens II: God War and was followed by Superman and Batman versus Aliens and Predator.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

#1: It's the comics clash of the new millennium as Britain's award-winning sci-fi anthology 2000 AD teams up with Dark Horse Comics to bring you a battle of epic proportions! The tenacious Judge Dredd, upholding the law in Mega-City One, has faced everything from mutants to supernatural possessions...but can he and a group of judges fend off an infestation of the deadly, acid-drooling Aliens? Facing their most dangerous enemies yet, it's lawmen versus nature's best killing machines in a bloody battle to keep the vast metropolis of the future from becoming a breeding ground for the vicious creatures. Judge Dredd Vs. Aliens: Incubus brings the carnage, horror, and chest-bursters to the universe of Britain's toughest comics character.

#1: Judge Dredd, the gritty, gruff hero of Britain's award-winning sci-fi anthology 2000 AD, faces off against 20th Century Fox Films' Aliens in a battle that just may bring Mega-City One to its knees! With a special extermination unit called The Verminators now on Dredd's side, it's lawmen versus nature's best killing machines in a bloody battle that leads straight to the packed Eisenhower General Hospital! The unflinching Judge Dredd and his elite group of Judges struggle to fend off an infestation of the deadly, acid-drooling Aliens and to discover their origins. Dredd initially thought that the Aliens were part of an illegal pit-fighting ring, but it's possible that they are linked to Mutant Jack and his anti-Judge activists...and only time will tell if more Aliens are hidden in the city!

#1: After a deadly battle in Mega City One's General Hospital, Judge Dredd and the special extermination unit, the Verminators, bury their dead and reorganize to fight a possible city-wide infestation of the bloodthirsty, acid-filled Aliens. An anti-judicial terrorist group exists unnoticed in the ruined Undercity, plotting to breach the city's defenses to let loose Alien terror upon the Judges and innocent civilians. With the Verminators and Judge Dredd's assault squads already ravaged by an Alien attack, will the addition of the Mechanismo Droids, old robotic Judges, be enough to protect Mega City One from the fiercest killing machines in the galaxy? Incendiary, high-speed fun brought to you by a collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and Britain's award-winning sci-fi anthology 2000 AD.

#1: Spreading up from the Undercity, an infestation of the Aliens threatens Mega-City One. While Judge after Judge goes down in battle, Dredd and his assault squads make little progress, even with the assistance of the Mechanismo Droids. Despite being impregnated by a facehugger, Judge Dredd faces off against the enraged, anti-Judge leader, Mister Bones, and his mutant henchmen. As Dredd's forces hope to curtail the Alien invasion with pheromone tags and a mini-nuke, will Dredd live to see the final battle?or will the Alien embryo in his stomach be the end of him? Judge Giant says, "Drokk! Alien frenzy!" Be here for the ferocious finale, brought to you through a collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and Britain's award-winning sci-fi anthology 2000 AD.

Reprint HistoryEdit

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Cover to Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus trade paperback by Greg Staples.

Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus was collected in trade paperback form in January 2004 with a new cover by Staples.

The series was collected again in October 2014 alongside the comic to which it is a sequel, Predator versus Judge Dredd, in a hardcover trade paperback entitled Predator versus Judge Dredd versus Aliens: Incubus and Other Stories, with new cover art by Brian Bolland and Jock.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Rebellion Developments, who co-published the comic, is the same Rebellion Developments that created the video games Alien vs Predator (1994), Aliens versus Predator (1999) and Aliens vs. Predator (2010). The company, founded as a video game developer in 1992, expanded into comic book publishing in the year 2000 (notably purchasing the rights to long-running British comics anthology 2000 AD, the traditional home of Judge Dredd).

Dredd is arguably the single most iconic and popular character to ever come out of the British comics scene. Ironically, the character and his series actually all serve as a satire of America, set in a dystopian future, making it somewhat of a thematic match for the Alien franchise. Dredd has always appeared in the pages of the 2000 AD weekly anthology series, but has also branched off into his own solo serieses at times, including the Judge Dredd Megazine.

The character has made various attempted inroads into the American comics world at times, including an American publishing venture by 2000 AD publisher Eagle Comics in the 1980s and Fleetway Comics in the 1990s. The character was for a time optioned by DC Comics in the 1990s, as well, surrounding the release of the big-budget American movie adaptation starring Sylvester Stallone. However, both the movie's success and the life of the DC Comics version of the series were short lived.

Like it's predecessor, Predator versus Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd versus Aliens: Incubation was created by a who's who of talent associated with the iconic British comics series.

Writer John Wagner was co-creator of Judge Dredd in 1978 and has gone on to work variously in American comics as well, notably on a number of Batman stories for DC Comics. and has created his master piece a history of violence which was made into a film.

Artist Henry Flint is a seasoned judge Dredd artist and has co-created the popular series Zombo.

Co-writer Andy Diggle is one of the more recent writers to helm the character in the pages of 2000 AD, and also one of the more recent to cross-over into the American comics field.

Diggle and Incubation co-cover artist Jock were the two-man creative team behind DC/Vertigo Comics' recent hit series The Losers, which was turned into a 2010 action film of the same name.

Interestingly, as all appearances of Judge Dredd in his native magazines are presumably considered canonical and all fit into the same continuous time-line (the character has aged, real-time over the course of the series), his "trans-dimensional" encounters of such outside characters as Batman, the Predator and the Aliens are all considered part of actual Judge Dredd canon—the same which of course cannot be said of the series the Mega City One Law Man crosses over into.

2000 AD's original Judge Dredd collected edition re-publishing company, Titan Books, has also been the official reprint publisher of Dark Horse Comics' A/P/AVP material in the UK for years.


Issue coversEdit


External linksEdit

  • Preview of the first few pages of the story online at the Dark Horse Comics website.

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