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Dan Abnett (2010) by Luigi Novi

Abnett at the New York Comic Convention in Manhattan, 2010.

Dan Abnett (born October 12, 1965) is a British writer of comic books and gaming fiction. Abnett has worked primarily 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 and Warhammer 40,000 novels and graphic novels for Games Workshop's Black Library now run to several dozen titles and he is one of the most prolific and beloved of all Warhammer 40,000 writers.


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, Sinister Dexter. Other original stories include Black Light, Badlands, Avatar, 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. 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 as penning Lords of Misrule and HyperSonic.

He has written novels set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. 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 three 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. [1]

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

Most recently it has been 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.[2]

In addition DnA have done a lot of work on Marvel's "cosmic" characters. They expanded on their work in Annihilation: Nova[3] and Nova,[4] [5] 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.[6] The characters then became the core of a new Guardians of the Galaxy.[7]

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.[8] 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 GamesWorkshop novels."[9] 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'aar Empire) but will also draw in other teams and characters, including Nova, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Starjammers.[10]


Warhammer 40,000 Comics[]

  • Titan: God-Machine (Black Library, 256 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-84416-123-4) collects:
    • Titan I (with Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, and Marc Gascoigne, 64 pages, 1999, ISBN 1-84154-109-5)
    • Titan II: Vivaporius (with Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, and Marc Gascoigne, 96 pages, 2001, ISBN 1-84154-144-3)
    • Titan III (with Anthony Williams, 2003, ISBN 1-84154-242-3)
  • Darkblade: Reign of Blood (with Kevin Hopgood, Black Library, 256 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-84416-206-0) includes:
  • Imperial Gothic (Black Library, 208 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-84416-330-X) collects:
  • Warhammer 40,000 (with co-author Ian Edginton):
    • Damnation Crusade (with art by Lui Antonio and JM Ringuet, 6-issue mini-series, Boom! Studios, December 2006-2007, trade paperback, 144 pages, July 2007, ISBN 142760679X)[11]
    • Blood and Thunder (with art by Daniel Lapham, 4-issue mini-series, Boom! Studios, December 2007, tpb, 128 pages, April 2008, ISBN 1934506311)[12]
  • Warhammer (with co-author Ian Edginton):
    • Forge of War (with art by Tommy Castillo, 6-issue mini-series, Boom! Studios, 2007-2008, tpb, 128 pages, April 2008, ISBN 1934506362)[13]
    • Condemned by Fire (with art by Rahsan Ekedal, 5-issue mini-series, Boom! Studios, forthcoming)[14]

Warhammer 40,000 Novels[]

Adepta Sororitas[]

  • The Invitation (Short Story) (Collected in Tales From the Dark Millennium (Anthology))

The Beast Arises[]

Gaunt's Ghosts[]

The Horus Heresy[]

Imperial Guard[]

The Inquisitor[]

Iron Snakes[]


Warhammer Novels[]

Tales of Malus Darkblade (all with Mike Lee)[]


  • Gilead's Blood (with Nik Vincent, 2000)
  • Hammers of Ulric (with Nik Vincent and James Wallis, 2001)
  • Riders of the Dead (2003)
  • Fell Cargo (2006)