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Dan Abnett
Born October 12, 1965 (1965-10-12) (age 44)
Occupation comic book writer, novelist
Nationality British
Writing period 1988 -
Genres comic book, science fiction
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Dan Abnett (born October 12, 1965) is a British comic book writer and novelist. He studied in St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Primarily Abnett has worked for 2000 AD and Marvel Comics (including their UK imprint) since the early 1990s, although he has also contributed to DC Comics titles. 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 1,150,000 copies as of May 2008.[1] In 2009 he will release his first original fiction novels through HarperCollins' Angry Robot imprint.[2].




Early career

As one of the more prolific 2000AD 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 and Wardog, based on the game of the same name. 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.

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.[3][4][5][6][7] His work for DC is usually co-written with Andy Lanning and they are often referred to as DnA.

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.

He has written novels set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe (Military science fiction genre). They include the Gaunt's Ghosts series, the Eisenhorn trilogy and Ravenor spin-off and more recently, the first book of the Horus Heresy series, the SF bestseller "Horus Rising". He has also written five Warhammer Fantasy novels. He also wrote a novel for the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood called Border Princes in 2007.

In 1994, he wrote a promotional comic to promote the opening of the Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers.[8].

Recent work

At 2000 AD he has 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.

It was also announced that he will be writing The Authority with co-author Andy Lanning, as part of the World's End relaunch of the core Wildstorm titles.[9]

In addition DnA have done a lot of work on Marvel's "cosmic" characters. They expanded on their work in Annihilation: Nova[10] and Nova,[11][12] 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.[13] The characters then became the core of a new Guardians of the Galaxy.[14]

It was announced at Wizard World Chicago in June 2008, that Abnett and Lanning had signed an exclusive deal with Marvel, which they hope will give them time to work on the "cosmic" characters they have been dealing with, as well as more earth-based ones. The contract allows them to finish existing commitments, so they will be able to finish their fifteen issue run on The Authority.[15] 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."[16] The first major work to emerge after this deal will be War of Kings, a crossover storyline, emerging from Secret Invasion, that will pitch Black Bolt (and the Inhumans) against Gabriel Summers (and the Shi’ar Empire) but will also draw in other teams and characters, including Nova, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Starjammers.[17][18] He and Lanning have written Fusion a crossover series between Marvel and Top Cow.[19]

He has also started Insurrection, a series in Judge Dredd Megazine that aims "to bring to the Dredd Universe something of the epic war-in-space scale of the stuff I write for Warhammer 40K."[20]

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, 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.[2]


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


  1. ^ Black Library Blog
  2. ^ a b http://angryrobotbooks.com/2009/03/dan-abnett-joins-our-robot-horde
  3. ^ Abnett, Lanning and Coipel talk 'The Legion', Comic Book Resources, October 23, 2001
  4. ^ Time Trappers: Abnett & Lanning talk 'Legion' & help new fans get up to speed, Comic Book Resources, March 18, 2002
  5. ^ Getting Hip to Interlac: DnA talk 'Legion', Comic Book Resources, September 16, 2002
  6. ^ 'Legion' of Two: DnA talk 'Dream Crime' and fate of Sensor, Comic Book Resources, January 9, 2003
  7. ^ 'LEGION'aires: DnA talk issue #25 & life after 'Dream Crime', July 3, 2003
  8. ^ Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: Nemesis Comic Book
  9. ^ NYCC '08: LIVING IN THE RUINS: WS Editor Ben Abernathy on 'Worlds End', Newsarama, April 19, 2008
  10. ^ Abnett & Lanning on Annihilation: Nova, Newsarama, December 23, 2006
  11. ^ Abnett & Lanning: On the Eve of Nova's Return to Monthly Fun, Comics Bulletin, April 9, 2007
  12. ^ Galactus, and Surfer and Skrulls - Oh My! Abnett & Lanning on Nova, Newsarama, April 10, 2008
  13. ^ Cosmic Conquistadors: DNA Talk "Annihilation : Conquest Prologue" & "Nova", Comic Book Resources, March 30, 2007
  14. ^ Abnett & Lanning on The Guardians of the Galaxy, Newsarama, March 6, 2008
  15. ^ WW Chicago: DnA Sign Exclusive Deal with Marvel, Comic Book Resources, June 29, 2008
  16. ^ WWC: Abnett and Lanning...About that Marvel Exclusive, Newsarama, June 28, 2008
  17. ^ CCI: DnA and Rosemann on “War of Kings”, Comic Book Resources, July 27, 2008
  18. ^ Abnett and Lannig: Readying for War of Kings, Newsarama, December 18, 2008
  19. ^ Furey, Emmett (June 8, 2009). "Abnett & Lanning on Marvel/Top Cow's "Fusion"". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21504. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  20. ^ Dan Abnett on Insurrection, 2000 AD Review


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Preceded by
Terry Kavanagh
Iron Man writer
(with Terry Kavanagh)
Succeeded by
Terry Kavanagh


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Dan Abnett is a British comic book and science fiction writer.


  • Their gaze met for a few seconds. The exchange was as warm and friendly as a pair of automated range finders getting a mutual target lock.
    • Dan Abnett (2000). First & Only. Games Workshop. ISBN 0671783750.  
  • Real truth was out there in the shattered outhabs of Vervun hive. Real truth was waiting and silence, courage and stealth. Real truth was the ability to function in extremes. To fire a cannon and miss and try again. To fix a silver blade to the end of a las-weapon and leap from safety into a shroud of smoke, prepared as you did so to really use that makeshift spear. Real truth was a tiny hole in a man's forehead.
    • In Remembrance (2005)

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