|Created by||Dan Abnett
|Title(s)||2000 AD Prog 2007 and #1518-1525, Prog 2008 and #1567-1576, #1650-1661, Prog 2011 and #1715-1725|
|Formats||Original material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) 2000 AD.|
|Publication date||2006 – present|
|Main character(s)||Gene Hackman|
|Letterer(s)||Ellie De Ville
|Editor(s)||Tharg (Matt Smith)|
|The Promised Land||ISBN 1-905437-89-7|
The story revolves around a genetically modified dog named after Gene Hackman. A sequel The Promised Land (2007–2008) tells the story of Gene Hackman's encounter with a community of humans living in a compound which they call the Promised Land.
Kingdom centres on Gene the Hackman, a genetically modified dog, who is fighting an enemy known only as 'Them'. In the beginning Gene travels, constantly on patrol with the pack, an army that fights Them and follows the orders off a voice in their heads known as the urgings. Gene and his army encounter a myserious "Land Bridge" which inexplicaply seems to be made of earth hanging in the air. They conclude that "Them" created the bridge to invade other lands. They follow the bridge, but Gene's pack wants to go home and report to the "masters" presumed to be humans but later revealed to be mere robot servants. Soon the urgings disappear and the oldest member of the army Old Man Gary has no recollection of being without the voices. This causes conflict and the pack members who do not abandon Gene are eventually killed.
- Gene Hackman
Them as Gene and the others label them are a highly evolved type of insect that was possibly created sometime by chance or on purpose in the early 21st century. Quickly overpowering Humanity, they established themselves as the dominant life form on Earth. As a result, the few remaining humans left retreated to the Antarctic and built machines to protect themselves.
The stories include:
- Kingdom: The Promised Land (by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson, trade paperback, 144 pages, Rebellion, December 2008, ISBN 1-905437-89-7, Simon & Schuster, June 2011, ISBN 1-907519-87-4) collects:
- "Call of the Wild" (in 2000 AD #1650-1661, 2009)
- "His Master's Voice" (in 2000 AD Prog 2011 and #1715-1725, 2011)
- Gene The Hackman is Tougher than Tough, Broken Frontier, December 19, 2008