On Wednesday the 23rd of August, Hachette will launch 2000AD: The Ultimate Collection, an exhaustive and in-depth collection featuring some of the most iconic stories from the pages of The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.
Hachette have an impressive track record with partworks like these, having previously turned their hand to properties like Marvel, Judge Dredd and Transformers, to name but a few.
Now, as a comic fan of almost 30 years, I’m more than willing to admit that I have a few gaping holes in my comic knowledge, and that – for better or worse – 2000AD is one of those holes. Like a lot of people, I’ve heard about the fantastic stories featuring the likes of Sláine, Strontium Dog, Halo Jones and Nemesis The Warlock, but for one reason or another, I’ve never had the opportunity to pick them up – until now, that is.
For those unfamiliar with the whole partwork process, here’s a quick summary; you subscribe (CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE), paying £9.99 per issue (although the first and second issues are only £1.99 and £6.99 respectively) and getting two issues delivered to your door every month. Each issue is a self-contained hardcover graphic novel, and as a ‘signing bonus’, you also earn yourself a bundle of free gifts, including a mug, wallet, Future Shock DVD, bookends and an exclusive 2000AD sketchbook.
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That’s not all though, because for the 2000AD Ultimate Collection, Hachette are doing something a little special. By paying a little extra (£11.49 per issue), you get all the gifts above, as well as no less than six exclusive hand-painted figures!
Moving on to the actual issues themselves, we were fortunate enough to be able to take an early look at the first issue – Pat Mills and Simon Bisley’s Sláine: The Horned God – and I have to say, I was absolutely blown away. Again, I shamefully hadn’t experienced this series before, but the pairing of Mills’ sharp writing and Bisley’s career-best painted visuals make for an utterly riveting read, and I hungrily devoured the entire volume in a single sitting. The print quality and supplementary material is, as you should expect from Hachette by now, top notch, and even if you aren’t planning on continuing with a subscription (although I’m not sure why you wouldn’t), this is as close to an essential purchase at just £1.99 as you can possible get when it hits newsagents next week.
Oh, and if that’s not enough to get you excited, there’s also going to be a special Facebook Live competition on Wednesday the 23rd of August on the official 2000AD Ultimate Collection Facebook Page, where they’ll be giving away 6 prizes, one every 2000 seconds, including a 1/12th scale collectible replica Lawmaster! Make sure to check that out, and if you need any more information, the FAQ on the official website should have the answer.
Whatever way you slice it, folks, the 2000AD Ultimate Collection is a collection truly worthy of Tharg himself.