Since a few people mentioned the Eagle/Quality monthlies already, I have to wonder why more of those weren't given the same treatment as the Nemesis the Warlock: Termight Edition, which utilized the same coloring from the Eagle comics in a hardback reprint edition.
Probably due to the nature of how they were created. Nemesis was a special case, with the original artist doing a lot of work on the US takes on the strip. More often, the US reprints had decidedly inferior editing, hacking out panels, and in later comics sometimes omitting even entire pages, including the endings to stories. Essentially, most of them were done on the cheap (which, ironically, might make them suitable for IDW, judging by its US classics Transformers disaster), rather than with love and care.
Even though I'm not autistic, I can readily understand what JoFox2108 is referring to in trying to follow the black and white art.
Beyond people with certain conditions that make following a specific kind of media tricky, I suspect a lot of this comes down to the language of comics – and that language changing. I grew up with pulp British fare. Almost nothing was coloured. 2000 AD would have its centre spread, and things like The Beano would have a spot colour for some strips, but that was it. US comics, by comparison, were in colour throughout my lifetime – although I'm not sure how much easier some were to follow, given the semi-random and low-quality nature of the colouring jobs. 2000 AD of course switched gears dramatically when painted art came in, although plenty of sub-Bisley clones meant you got a lot of hard-to-follow murky brown crud until artists properly learned to grapple with colour. (You then got crazy digital stuff a few years later, before that too settled down.)
Does anyone know if the case files will continue right up to the current 2000AD and Megazine stories eventually? Also, have they got a new name now - Restricted Casefiles?
There's no way of knowing how long the Case Files will run for. I suspect Rebellion will keep printing them as long as they keep selling. I can't imagine they'd ever 'catch' the comics, unless the comics vanished, though. The Restricted Files are simply the branding for the strips that didn't appear in 2000 AD and the Megazine – in other words, they're compilations of 2000 AD summer/winter specials, Dredd specials, and annuals. To my mind, the second and third books are some of the best Dredd around. They do, however, mix up colour and b+w, so you might want to take a look at them in a comic store before buying.
Thanks Rogue Judge! Do you know if these stories will be collected in the case files too or would I need to get them separately?
There's no reason to think those strips won't end up in the Case Files eventually, although they will in the main be some years off. (An alternate means of grabbing some of these might be Hachette's partworks series
, which for hardbacks are dirt cheap. You of course don't get spine art or even an indication of what's in the book, but the actual volumes are on the whole really lovely. You can cherry pick volumes from the company's main website
. Be mindful that certain series can be split between multiple volumes, and these may not be released in chronological order.