Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett (born 12 October 1965) is a British comic book writer and novelist. He has been a frequent collaborator with fellow writer Andy Lanning, and is known for his work on books for both Marvel Comics, and their UK imprint, Marvel UK, since the 1990s, and also 2000 AD. He has also contributed to DC Comics titles, and his Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 novels and graphic novels for Games Workshop's Black Library now run to several dozen titles and have sold over two million copies.[1][2] In 2009 he released his first original fiction novels through Angry Robot books.[3]

Dan Abnett
Abnett at the Midtown Comics booth at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, 10 October 2010.
Abnett at the Midtown Comics booth at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, 10 October 2010.
Born12 October 1965 (age 53)
Occupationcomic book writer, novelist
Period1988 –
Genrecomic book, science fiction

Early life

Abnett read English and matriculated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1984,[4] and graduated from there in 1987.[5]


As one of the more prolific 2000 AD writers, Abnett was responsible for the creation of one of the comic's better known, and longest-running, strips of the last decade, Sinister Dexter. Other original stories include Black Light, Badlands, Atavar, Downlode Tales, Sancho Panzer, Roadkill, Wardog based on the game of the same name, Kingdom and Brink[6]. Abnett has also contributed to some of the comic's major ongoing series, including Judge Dredd, Durham Red and Rogue Trooper.

His work for Marvel includes runs on Death's Head 2, Battletide, Knights of Pendragon (all of which he co-created), The Punisher, War Machine, Annihilation: Nova and various X-Men titles, as well as several stories for the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip.

At DC he is probably best known for his 2000 relaunch of Legion of Super-Heroes as the limited series Legion Lost and then the ongoing series The Legion.[7][8][9][10][11] His work for DC is usually co-written with Andy Lanning and they are often referred to as DnA. The two co-created the Resurrection Man character with artist Jackson Guice in 1997.[12]

For Dark Horse Comics he co-wrote Planet of the Apes: Blood Lines with Ian Edginton, as well a penning Lords of Misrule and HyperSonic.

Abnett's First & Only was one of the first novels published by Games Workshop's Black Library.[13] His other novels set in Games Workshop's Military science fiction-themed Warhammer 40,000 universe include the Gaunt's Ghosts series, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and more recently, as part of the Horus Heresy series, the SF best-sellers Horus Rising, Legion, Prospero Burns and Know No Fear. He has also authored four comic strip series, later collected as graphic novels, for Games Workshop's Black Library imprint: Damnation Crusade, Lone Wolves, Inquisitor Ascendant and Titan.

Having written two Doctor Who audio dramas – The Harvest and Nocturne – for Big Finish's series, as well as Torchwood: Everyone Says Hello for BBC Audio, Dan was also the author of two novels based on the BBC's revived science-fiction series: The Story of Martha and Torchwood: Border Princes.

In 1994, he wrote a promotional comic to promote the opening of the Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers.[14]

2000s work

Abnett and frequent collaborator Andy Lanning at the Midtown Comics booth at the New York Comic Con, 10 October 2010.

At 2000 AD he finished the final book of The V.C.s and started Black Atlantic in the Judge Dredd Megazine, which was drawn by Steve Roberts (seen working on Bec & Kawl) in black and white.

In 2008 Abnett and Lanning took over The Authority as part of the World's End relaunch of the core Wildstorm titles.[15]

In addition, Abnett has done a lot of work on Marvel's "cosmic" characters. They expanded on their work in Annihilation: Nova[16] and Nova,[17][18] and piloted the next big event Annihilation: Conquest. They said "we were approached by Andy Schmidt, who edited the first 'Annihilation' event, and asked to pilot the next event, which Bill Rosemann is editing." They ended up writing the Prologue, the Nova series crossover and the main Annihilation: Conquest limited series.[19] The characters then became the core of a new Guardians of the Galaxy.[20]

In June 2008, Abnett and Lanning signed an exclusive deal with Marvel, which they hoped would give them time to work on the "cosmic" characters they have been dealing with, as well as more earth-based ones. The contract allowed them to finish existing commitments, so they will be able to finish their fifteen issue run on The Authority.[21] In addition Marvel has allowed the contract to include "a couple of exceptions that are not direct competition, for example, Dan's 2000AD work in the UK and his Games Workshop novels."[22] The first major work to emerge after this deal will be War of Kings, a crossover storyline, emerging from Secret Invasion, that pitches Black Bolt (and the Inhumans) against Gabriel Summers (and the Shi’ar Empire) but also draws in other teams and characters, including Nova, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Starjammers.[23][24] This then led straight into "Realm of Kings" which deals with how the different groups deal with the fallout from the events in War of Kings[25][26][27] and this, in turn, was followed by The Thanos Imperative.[28][29][30][31][32] DnA have also written an Iron Man/Thor limited series.[33]

He and Lanning have also written Fusion, a crossover series between Marvel and Top Cow.[34]

He also started Insurrection, a series in Judge Dredd Megazine that aimed "to bring to the Dredd Universe something of the epic war-in-space scale of the stuff I write for Warhammer 40K."[35]

Abnett wrote the screenplay for Games Workshop and Codex Pictures's CGI film Ultramarines[36] released in 2010.[37]

2010s work

Abnett concluded Insurrection and began a new series in the same milieu, Lawless, also in the Judge Dredd Megazine. Meanwhile, in 2000AD he has continued Kingdom, contributed Grey Area and began another new series, Brink. He also began writing both the Aquaman and Titans titles for the DC Rebirth branding, including the crossover storyline "The Lazarus Contract", which he coauthored with Christopher Priest and Benjamin Percy.

Original fiction

On 19 March 2009, HarperCollins' science fiction, fantasy and horror imprint, Angry Robot, announced the acquisition of three original fiction titles by Abnett. The press release from Angry Robot announced:

The three novels for Angry Robot will allow Abnett to play to all his strengths as a writer. His penchant for wildly imaginative world-building and lovable characters comes to the fore in Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero, a ribald, swashbuckling alternate history set in a warped version of our present day ... only with Elizabeth the XXX on the throne, ushering a new Elizabethan age of wonder and exploration. This will be published, in both the UK and US, in October 2009.

Next year will see two novels set in the same stunning future-war setting. Embedded sends a journalist into the frontline of a distant planetary war... chipped inside the head of a combat veteran. When the soldier is killed, the journo must use all his resourcefulness to get safely home again, reporting on a live feed all the way.[3]


Dan Abnett has been writing comics and novels since the mid-1980s, producing hundreds of comic stories and dozens of novels.


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  2. ^ "Black Library Blog". Blacklibrary.com. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
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  6. ^ Barney: droid zone
  7. ^ Abnett, Lanning and Coipel talk 'The Legion', Comic Book Resources, 23 October 2001
  8. ^ Time Trappers: Abnett & Lanning talk 'Legion' & help new fans get up to speed, Comic Book Resources, 18 March 2002
  9. ^ Getting Hip to Interlac: DnA talk 'Legion', Comic Book Resources, 16 September 2002
  10. ^ 'Legion' of Two: DnA talk 'Dream Crime' and fate of Sensor, Comic Book Resources, 9 January 2003
  11. ^ 'LEGION'aires: DnA talk issue No.25 & life after 'Dream Crime', 3 July 2003
  12. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The writing team of Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett alongside the art of Jackson "Butch" Guice introduced readers to a new kind of hero in Resurrection Man.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  14. ^ "Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: Nemesis Comic Book". Gallery.towersalmanac.com. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  15. ^ NYCC '08: LIVING IN THE RUINS: WS Editor Ben Abernathy on 'Worlds End' Archived 7 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Newsarama. 19 April 2008
  16. ^ Abnett & Lanning on Annihilation: Nova Archived 17 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, 23 December 2006
  17. ^ Abnett & Lanning: On the Eve of Nova's Return to Monthly Fun Archived 10 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Comics Bulletin, 9 April 2007
  18. ^ Galactus, and Surfer and Skrulls – Oh My! Abnett & Lanning on Nova, Newsarama, 10 April 2008 Archived 22 December 2010 at WebCite
  19. ^ Cosmic Conquistadors: DNA Talk "Annihilation : Conquest Prologue" & "Nova", Comic Book Resources, 30 March 2007
  20. ^ Abnett & Lanning on The Guardians of the Galaxy Archived 21 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, 6 March 2008
  21. ^ WW Chicago: DnA Sign Exclusive Deal with Marvel, Comic Book Resources, 29 June 2008
  22. ^ WWC: Abnett and Lanning...About that Marvel Exclusive, Newsarama, 28 June 2008
  23. ^ CCI: DnA and Rosemann on "War of Kings", Comic Book Resources, 27 July 2008
  24. ^ Abnett and Lannig: Readying for War of Kings, Newsarama, 18 December 2008
  25. ^ Richards, Dave (9 August 2009). "CCC09: DnA's "Realm of Kings"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  26. ^ McGloin, Matt, Luoma, Mike and Meneese, Bill (19 August 2009). "Interview with Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Bill Rosemann". Cosmic Book News. Retrieved 31 October 2009.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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  29. ^ McGloin, Matt; Brewer, Byron (23 February 2010). "DnA Crank Things Up: The Thanos Imperative: Ignition". Cosmic Book News. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  30. ^ Richards, Dave (4 March 2010). "DnA Issue "The Thanos Imperative"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  31. ^ Brownfield, Troy (4 March 2010). "DnA Bring Back the God of Death in "The Thanos Imperative"". Newsarama. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
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  36. ^ "ULTRAMARINES: Codex Pictures Announce Director and Writer!". 18 November 2009. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
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Preceded by
Mike Baron
The Punisher writer
(with Andy Lanning)
Succeeded by
Steven Grant
Preceded by
Terry Kavanagh
Iron Man writer
(with Terry Kavanagh)
Succeeded by
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Aquaman writer
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Andy Lanning

Andy Lanning is a British comic book writer and inker, known for his work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, and for his collaboration with Dan Abnett.

Annihilators (Marvel Comics)

The Annihilators are a fictional team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are a group of powerful space-based characters from various alien races. They act as a deterrence to galactic war.

Blight (comics)

The Blight are a fictional race in comic books published by DC Comics.

Body Doubles

The Body Doubles are fictional characters, DC Comics villains created by Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett, and Jackson Guice. They first appeared in Resurrection Man #1 (March 1996) before appearing in their own eponymous miniseries with Joe Phillips on art duties.

Force Works

Force Works was the name of different fictional superhero teams appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2008 team)

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a fictional spacefaring superhero team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning formed the team from existing and previously unrelated characters created by a variety of writers and artists, with an initial roster of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Phyla-Vell, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Adam Warlock.

These Guardians first appeared in "Annihilation: Conquest" #6 (April 2008). A feature film based on this team was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. A sequel, titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was released in 2017. This Guardians team is the second to operate under the name, following the original team created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan in 1969.

Nocturne (audio drama)

Nocturne is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Rapido (comics)

Rapido (Roussel Dupont) is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Doug Braithwaite, the character made his first appearance in The Punisher Vol. 2, #65 (June 1992). He is an enemy of the Punisher.

Realm of Kings

"Realm of Kings" is a crossover comic book storyline published in 2010 by Marvel Comics. Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, it is a follow-up to the 2009 storyline "War of Kings" and introduced the setting known as the Cancerverse.

Resurrection Man (comics)

Resurrection Man (real name Mitch Shelley) is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Shikari (comics)

Shikari is a fictional character, a superheroine in the future of the DC Comics universe and a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. She was created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Olivier Coipel and first appeared in Legion Lost #1.

Some fans have maintained that her pathfinding powers are similar to, or a return of, the tracking powers of Dawnstar, a member of a previous incarnation of the Legion team. Abnett and Lanning have frequently denied that she is a new version of the earlier character.

Her name is a Hindi word for hunter, derived from shikar, "hunt."

The Last Voyage (Doctor Who)

The Last Voyage is an exclusive to audio Doctor Who story, produced as part of BBC Books' New Series Adventures line, and the sixth entry in the series to be produced. Written by author Dan Abnett and read by David Tennant, it features the Tenth Doctor travelling alone. It was released on 5 January 2010 and originally supposed to be the Tenth Doctor's final story, but was followed by Dead Air.

The Silent Stars Go By (novel)

The Silent Stars Go By is a hardback Doctor Who novel written by Dan Abnett for the BBC Books New Series Adventures line. The novel features the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, and Rory Williams and sees the return of the Ice Warriors. The Silent Stars Go By was re-released in 2013, in paperback for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, with a different front cover.

The Superman Monster

The Superman Monster is a DC Comics Elseworlds comic book, published in 1999. The story combined the elements of the Superman mythos with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein where that version of Superman is similar to Frankenstein's monster. Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Anthony Williams and Tom Palmer, The Superman Monster is the sequel to the DC Comics Elseworlds comic book Batman: Two Faces.

The Thanos Imperative

The Thanos Imperative is a 6-issue comic book limited series published in 2010 by Marvel Comics. It was written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and was bookended by two one-shot comics, Ignition and Devastation. The story focuses on the cosmic, or space-based, heroes of the Marvel Universe, who band together to combat the imminent threat of the Fault, a rift in space-time formed at the end of "War of Kings"; and the Cancerverse that lies beyond it, a universe where death itself is extinct.

Vector 13

Vector 13 is a comic strip published in the British magazine 2000 AD. It featured the eponymous agency set up to investigate anomalous phenomena and conspiracy theories. It was influenced by American TV drama The X-Files (which was at the height of its popularity at the time) and other events such as the 1995 release of the alien autopsy film; as the general interest in the paranormal and parapolitics waned, the series was wound up and replaced by Pulp Sci-Fi as a venue for single issue self-contained stories. In turn it foreshadowed other comics series dedicated to similar agencies, such as Caballistics, Inc. and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.

The format was created by former 2000 AD editor and long-time contributor Alan McKenzie.

War of Kings

"War of Kings" is a comic book crossover storyline written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, published by Marvel Comics, and set in Marvel's main shared universe. The six issue limited series was published between March and August 2009.

The story is about a war between the Vulcan led Shi'ar empire and the Inhuman led Kree empire. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova Corps, Darkhawk, and the Starjammers become involved in various ways. The tag line was "When kings collide, the galaxy will tremble".

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