The special is the first all-female publication in “2000 AD”’s over 40-year history, and is part of what appears to be an increasingly experimental and boundary-stretching year for the publisher. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, “2000 AD” will also release a superhero-themed special this August, featuring classic British characters from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and will release another “Scream & Misty Special” near Halloween, building on the success of last year’s issue. Additionally, the publisher’s 2018 Free Comic Book Day issue, ‘2000 AD Regened’, has been promoted as a humorous, all-ages attempt to pick up new readers. It seems “2000 AD” is in the business of trying new things in 2018, which is a not entirely surprising, but incredibly welcome, business strategy.
The “Sci-Fi Special” drops at a time in which, for a variety of reasons, diversity and inclusiveness are on the forefront of many comics readers’ minds, and is a welcome step toward promoting talented female creators and giving them a crack at previously male-dominated series like “Judge Dredd” and “Rogue Trooper.” Expect additional creators and story-specifics to be announced later on in 2018, in the run-up to the issue’s June 20 release.