Category: 2000ad

Preview: PROG 2099  19-09-18All stories come t…

Preview: PROG 2099  19-09-18

All stories come to their circuit-shattering conclusion this week to make way for the ghafflebette landmark, PROG 2100… more about this bumper milestone issue and JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #400, of course! – very soon – stay tuned!
As mentioned this Prog winds up Judge Dredd, Survival Geeks, Mechastopheles & The Order to their thrill-powered conclusions, as well as a bonus Future Shock from debutantes, Mark  McCann and cover droid extraordinaire, Adam Brown.
Talking of zarjaz cover droids, check out this week’s top frontage by the super-talented, Karl Richardson from his current series, Mechastopheles.

JUDGE DREDD // THE BOOTH CONSPIRACY
 
Mega-City One, 2140 AD. Home to over 100 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, terror cell the Sons of Booth, armed with a Stupid Gun, are attempting to free the last President…  T.C. Eglington (w) / Staz Johnson (a).
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra 

SURVIVAL GEEKS // SLACK N’ HASH
Somewhere in the outer limits of space/time, plunging through the planes of reality, is what looks like a regular suburban two-up two-down, but it is in fact powered by misfiring transdimensional technology. Inside live sci-fi obsessives Clive, Rufus and Simon, plus reluctant housemate Sam and pet Cthulhu Howard: explorers on the edge of beyond. Now, they’re on a world plagued by murderous Slashers
Survival Geeks created by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby & Neil Googe 

MECHASTOPHELES // TRUE FAITH
It is over a year since the Fall, when the demons rose and society collapsed. A band of survivors have sought refuge in a demonically powered robot called MECHASTOPHELES, and they use this infernal ark as a means to seek sanctuary. When Mechastopheles needed repairing, he was granted passage into the city of Benedictia, but the authorities had plans of their own for him. Now he’s breaking out…
Mechastopheles created by Gordon Rennie, Lawrence Rennie & Karl Richardson 

FUTURE SHOCKS // TALK’S CHEAP

Out in the vast reaches of the universe, there are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told. These cautionary tales pass from traveller to traveller in the spaceports and around campfires on distant planets, acquiring the status of legend, their shocking ends a salutory lesson in hubris. Anything is possible in these twisted trips into the galaxy’s dark side. Abandon your preconceptions, and expect the unexpected…
Talk’s Cheap created by Mark McCann & Adam Brown 

THE ORDER // THE NEW WORLD

Throughout history, mankind has been under threat of extermination by the Wyrms, creatures from another plane that systematically break into our reality. Defending humanity are the men and women of THE ORDER, a secret band of warriors that have fought the entities across the centuries. But the Wyrms have fractured time, and Anna Kohl has been crossing the dimensions in search of her love, Ritterstahl
The Order created by Kek-W & John Burns

Return of the Rogue!

Return of the Rogue!

Can’t wait for the hotly anticipated Rogue Trooper movie and need some future war action courtesy of the chem-shrouded battlefields of Nu Earth?

Or perhaps you’re  a newcomer to the adventures of the ultimate blue-skinned warrior, the last G. I. (Genetic Infantryman), Rogue Trooper and would like to learn more?

Look no further then, reprinted here is the very first Rogue Trooper strip from Prog 228 (5Sep’81) written by Gerry Finley-Day, and drawn, of course, by the mighty Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Give Me Liberty).

The Rogue Trooper first appears to a Souther unit, on the chem-shrouded battlefields of Nu Earth, who, some believe, is just a myth – a story to scare the enemy Nort troops – but are soon dragged into a deadly firefight, and need the blue-skinned genetic infantryman – the last G.I. – to pull their less experienced butts out of the fire. With a newfound respect for the lone, clone trooper the Souther recruits now have a great war story to tell their grandkids – if they survive the grim reality of future war that is!

We have also included a couple of early Dave Gibbons covers, featuring Rogue and his ever-present bio-chipped buddies (in essence the personalities of his fallen comrades stored in computer chips, housed in his equipment): BagmanGunnar & Helm.

  • First ever Rogue Trooper cover (Prog 228, 5sep’81) – Dave Gibbons.
  • Classic cover (Prog 241, 5Dec’81) action featuring Rogue’s bio-chipped buddies, Bagman (backpack), Gunnar (rifle), and Helm (helmet) by Dave Gibbons.

Last, but by no means least, Rogue returns in this year’s summer special “The Thousand Days”, from the all-new, female creative team of Alex De Campi (w) & Sam Beck (a).

Out: 04-07-18.

Preview // Prog 2088

Out: 04-07-18.

This prog sees a zarjaz new Dredd story from the Williams and Weston droids alongside The Fall of Deadworld, The Order and the penultimate parts of both Skip Tracer and Durham Red, with a ghafflebette cover from digital art droid extraordinaire, Neil Roberts.

JUDGE DREDD // ELEVATOR PITCH
Mega-City One, 2140 AD. Home to over 100 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. With unemployment endemic and boredom universal, tensions are always on a knife-edge. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDDhe is the Law! Rob Williams (a). Chris Weston (a).
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

SKIP TRACER // HEAVY IS THE HEAD
The Cube, the 27th century. This vast city floating in the depths of space was once a monitoring station, but has been refitted by the Earth-led Consociation as a solution to a universal housing problem. It’s now home to every kind of undesirable, and an easy refuge for wanted criminals. That’s where SKIP TRACER Nolan Blake comes in, a former soldier turned tracker-for-hire. Now, he’s learned the truth behind ‘the Crown’…
Skip Tracer created by James Peaty & Paul Marshall

THE ORDER // THE NEW WORLD
Throughout history, mankind has been under threat of extermination by the Wyrms, creatures from another plane that systematically break into our reality. Defending humanity are the men and women of THE ORDER, a secret band of warriors that have fought the entities across the centuries. But the Wyrms have fractured time, noble robot knight Ritterstahl has been lost, and Anna Kohl is determined to find him…
The Order created by Kek-W & John Burns

DURHAM RED // BORN BAD
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, with bounty hunting the only job open to them. One such Search/Destroy agent is ruthless vampire DURHAM RED, who requires blood to survive. Out of work and needing cash, she’s been hired by dying mutant ganglord Monkey Harris to find his mother… Alec Worley (w). Lee Carter (a).
Durham Red created by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Carlos Ezquerra 

DAMNED: THE FALL OF DEADWORLD // PART EIGHT 
The  planet that eventually became known as DEADWORLD was once a regular civilisation existing in a dimension parallel to our own. But the end of days is coming: riots, storms, food shortages. Creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. Now, Judge Fairfax is in the hands of the enemy, and his young ward Jess has vowed to rescue him. But their jet has been shot down…
The Fall of Deadworld created by Kek-W & Dave Kendall

Sneak peek of the scorching cover art for this…

Sneak peek of the scorching cover art for this summer’s must-have beach read – 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 2018– by newcomer Tula Lotayzarjaz

Out from all good newsagents & our online shop on 20th June.

Judge Dredd Megazine #394 – Alex Ronald

Judge Dredd Megazine #394 Alex Ronald

Sneaky peek at this month’s Megazine front, from crackling CG cover artist, Alex Ronald. Out on 21 March from all good newsagents and comic book stores, plus digitally from 2000 AD’s webshop and apps!

Pals!?Sweet mash-up as Brave suitor, Lord MacIntosh meets Slaine…

Pals!?

Sweet mash-up as Brave suitor, Lord MacIntosh meets Slaine from fan artist, @marcooocram .

G.I. vs. SD!High-class artwork from top art droid, the…

G.I. vs. SD!

High-class artwork from top art droid, the incomparable Chris Weston, for Hachette’s new Ultimate 2000AD Collection (as seen on TV!) – featuring an intensely intriguing barroom arm wrestling contest between two of the galaxy’s hardest – Johnny Alpha, the ultimate bounty hunter and the Rogue Trooper, bred specifically for war by the future’s finest military minds.

Who has the edge: Alpha with his psychic abilities or Rogue’s strength and battlefield tactics, who’re your credits on…?

2000 AD Art Comp. Jul’17 – The World of Pat Mills – Various…

2000 AD Art Comp. Jul’17 – The World of Pat Mills – Various Artists

A great choice from last month’s forum art competition winner, Steve Denton, for this month’s topic: The World of Pat Mills, or the Millseverse, if you will.

As well as helping Tharg the Mighty create and found the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, this prolific comics genius also populated 2000AD with some of its most memorable and beloved characters.

Including, of course, ABC Warriors, Defoe, Flesh, Metalzoic, Nemesis the Warlock, Ro-Busters, Slaine and many, many more 2K greats, not to mention huge success abroad, with Requiem: Vampire Knight in France and Marshal Law in the U.S, to name but two!

But, naturally we are focusing on his stellar work for Tharg’s illustrious organ, and we have some suitably fine entries to honour the great man…

  • Two of Mills’ best known characters, and at opposing ends of the heroic team of war droids known as the ABC Warriors; the treacherous Blackblood, and noble leader, Hammerstein! Art by Anthony Coppin.
  • A vicious ‘Thargosaurus’ rips apart a lesser script droid, but seems placated by the offerings of the talented Mr. Mills – something to get his teeth into! Art by James Newell.
  • We love this spoof movie poster featuring the greatest giant robot apes in the history of comics! Armageddon, the Machiavellian psycho-gorilla leader of the Mekaka tribe, from Mills’ riveting (sorry!) robot evolution-saga, Metalzoic; versus Mytek the Mighty, the supersized, synthetic simian, created in the 1960s when Britain still held an empire,  a protector for colonial whites in Africa, built to scare the ‘superstitious’ locals off their land, but revamped by Si Spencer for the 1992 2000AD Action Special (which featured a number of forgotten classic British comic characters) as a one-off story, where a real giant Mytek gorilla, defender of the African tribes-people, fights a robot Mytek controlled by white colonialists to oppress the local populace. Ok, not a Mills creation (perish the thought!) but this would be one of hell of a heavy metal scrap!
  • Dino-might! Mills proves that non-talking, extinct species, in his capable hands, can become unforgettable, beloved characters. Even a dynasty of blood-thirsty, man-eating tyrannosaurs. Sired by Ol’ One Eye, the gigantic, ferocious hag T-Rex, villainous star of time-travelling cowboys & dinos hit series, Flesh, many of her progeny (those she didn’t eat!) went on to feature in other Mills’ penned-series: Satanus, in Judge Dredd & Nemesis the Warlock, Golgotha in ABC Warriors & the mysterious Gorehead, affected by time-dilation, enabling him to phase in and out of existence, is the main protagonist of the current Flesh series. Art by Alan Byrom.
  • First of a terrific set of ensemble character pieces, featuring most of Mills magnificent major players, including ABC Warriors, Hammerstein, Mongrol & Joe Pineapples, Nemesis the Warlock & Torquemada, Ro-BustersHoward Quartz & Ro-Jaws, Slaine, Bill Savage and Defoe. Art by Grant Herbert.
  • A similar line-up, but also adding: Judge Dredd’s corrupt brother, Rico, Nemesis’ human ally, Purity Brown and Slaine’s partner-in-crime, Ukko the Dwarf. Art by James London.
  • Aptly titled ‘Comic Rock’, the inspiration for the first two Nemesis the Warlock episodes, based on classic rock tracks by The Jam and AC/DC, this comprehensive character montage includes Mills’ work outside 2000AD at the top of frame: Charley Bourne from Mills’ classic anti-war epic, Charley’s War, US hit superhero-hater, Marshal Law and popular French fantasy series, Requiem Vampire Knight. Nemesis the Warlock opens his cloak to usher forth more 2K characters, including The Visible Man, Shako, Black Siddha, Third World War’s Eve (Crisis), Deadlock, Dinosty & many more.. Leigh Shepherd.
  • Gorgeous black and white study featuring all the major players: Slaine, Nemesis the Warlock, Finn and Satanus, fronted by their creator, the prolific, still rebellious and relevant as ever, Pat Mills. Art by Andy Lambert.

 Sir, we salute you..!

OK, OK the previews have taken a short break, but they’re…


Judge Dredd: Hot Rod Cop! – Brendan McCarthy (a)


Hunted – The wicked ‘Traitor General’ remains one-step ahead of his nemesis, Rogue Trooper! Richard Elson (a)


The terrifying S.J.S Judge Pin – don’t get in his bad books! Chris Weston (a)


Things get decidedly dodgy in ‘Grey Area’… Art by Mark Harrison

OK, OK the previews have taken a short break, but they’re back, and it also gives us a chance to show you all of our latest covers,

. in their full magnificence!

And what a trio of treasures we have, future classics among them, surely..? And, strangely, mostly portraits – sort of.. 

  • Prog 2034 – The brilliant Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, ABC Warriors, etc..) kicks it, most definitely, off with this typically dangerous, dramatic, dayglo duel, between Dredd and a stupid, or ill informed, mutated perp from the Cursed Earth who thinks he can run from, or even race the fearless lawman…
  • Prog 2035 – The nefarious “Traitor General” – betrayer of the Genetic Infantrymen and long-term quarry of the last surviving G.I., the Rogue Trooper! – art by Richard Elson (Kingdom, Atavar)
  • Prog 2036 – Ruthless S.J.S – (Special Judicial Squad) or ‘the Judges who judge the Judges – veteran, Judge Pin has his own ‘Dexter’-style answer to those he deems unworthy to exist, by his own twisted, mockery of justice.. Stunning cover by top art droid, Chris Weston (Indigo Prime, Judge Dredd)
  • Prog 2037 – ‘Resting Bitch-Face’ & the human crew of the E.T.C, officers of alien quarantine zone, the Grey Area, come up against a seemingly overwhelmingly powerful extraterrestrial invasion force.. Cover by series art droid, Mark Harrison (Durham Red, Bradley).

Previews // Prog 2034 ⚫️ Judge Dredd Megazine 384On your…

Previews // Prog 2034 ⚫️ Judge Dredd Megazine 384

On your Thrill-merchant’s book stands this week…

Super-stoked to see mercurial magician. Brendan McCarthy return to Judge Dredd on this week’s two-parter, Hoverods. The artist was responsible for influencing the lawman’s look for a new generation of artists, following on from predecessors and contemporaries like Mick McMahon and Carlos Ezquerra, despite having his own distinctive visual style…or styles – he’s not referred to as the Great Reverso for nothing! 

Check out his amazing work in films and television for evidence of his breathtaking skill, most recently, awesome concept art on Mad Max: Fury Road.

As usual his panels are riotous swathes of glorious technicolour, reminding us that comic book art can be action-packed fun, but still dealing with mature themes without being dour, grim-faced so-called superheroes – which I guess is why he keeps returning, albeit sporadically, to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic!

Watch out for a crackling crescendo of colour cover art from McCarthy, next Prog!

This week’s creepy cover however, comes from the talented, Paul Davidson, featuring zombie scares from DEFOE.

Elsewhere, Colin MacNeil’s monochromatic shading in DEFOE brings an even more sinister edge to Pat Mills & Leigh Gallagher’s Middle Ages zombie thriller.

Also, BRINK & SCARLET TRACES, from the equally talented creative teams of Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard and Ian Edginton & D’Israeli, keep us coming back for more every week, with their thought-provoking, gripping yarns of off-world intrigue..

Splundid vur Thrigg, you lucky Earthlets!

JUDGE DREDD // HOVERODS
Mega-City One, 2139 AD. Home to over 72 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Tensions rest on a constant knife-edge, and only the zero-tolerance Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDDhe is the Law!  T.C. Eglington (w) / Brendan McCarthy (a).
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

BRINK // SKELETON LIFE
The late 21st century, and through environmental catastrophe and industrial overload Earth has been reduced to a uninhabitable wasteland. Mankind finally evacuated the planet in 2072 and millions were housed in a number of deep-space Habitats. Bridget Kurtis, investigator with the Habitat Security Division, was involved in a sect-crime case that saw her partner murdered. Now, she’s a consultant on a new Habitat build…
Brink created by Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard

DEFOE // DIEHARDS
1671. It is five years since London was devastated by the Great Fire, the inferno caused by a comet passing over the capital, and from the ashes rose the undead, hungry for the flesh of the living. Protecting the populace is former Leveller Titus DEFOE, who led an elite squad of zombie hunters. Having defeated the evil magician Faust, who was controlling the stenches, he tried to retire — but the reeks have returned once more… Pat Mills (w) / Colin MacNeil (a).
Defoe created by Pat Mills & Leigh Gallagher

SCARLET TRACES // COLD WAR
1968. It is several decades since Mars waged war on Earth, and the major nations have access to Martian-derived technology. Britain, however, is still recovering from Martian bombardment in the 1940s, when much of the south of England was destroyed. This was followed by the arrival in the 1950s of two million Venusians, seeking refuge from Martian occupation. Now, the Martians are planning to wipe out the solar system…
Scarlet Traces created by Ian Edginton & D’Israeli

CURSED: THE FALL OF DEADWORLD // PART SIX
The planet that eventually became known as DEADWORLD was once a regular civilisation existing in a dimension parallel to our own. But the end of days is coming: riots, storms, food shortages. Creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. Judge Fairfax and his ward Jess are being held by the resistance, but the militia stronghold has been infiltrated by the Dark Judges
Cursed: The Fall of Deadworld created by Kek-W & Dave Kendall


Not enough Thrills for you? Well, have a little lie down first, then go and get the latest Judge Dredd Megazine #384 and get yer fill o’ Thrills in the always exciting world of Judge Dredd

Powerful psychic shenanigans on the cover featuring, of course, Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson, from series artist Paul Marshall.

Also included in this month’s mighty Megazine are creative contributions from toop UK talents, including, Alan Grant (Batman), Dredd regular scribe, Tom ‘T.C.’ Eglington, Si Spencer (Harke & Burr, Hellblazer-Eastenders!) & Dan Abnett (Sinister Dexter, Kingdom, etc..), and unbelievable art from the likes of Karl Richardson ( Judge Dredd, Grey Area, Outlier) Paul Marshall (Judge Dredd, Firekind, Ulysses Sweet), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd, Zombo, Shakara) & Phil Winslade (Goddess, Lawless, Daredevil) – Zarjaz!

JUDGE DREDD // GECKO
Mega-City One, 2139 AD. This vast urban hell on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to over 72 million citizens. Crime is rampant, and stemming the chaos are the Judges, empowered to dispense instant justice. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd he is the Law! Now,
brother and sister Theo and Rea have witnessed a Mob hit, and become targets themselves… T.C. Eglington (w). Karl Richardson (a).
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra 

HAVN // PART THREE
Nu-Iceland, 2139 AD. Nestled within the frozen tundra is the domed city of HAVN, a hermetically sealed community with an artificially sustained environment, all controlled by the computer network ASKJA. There is little crime in HAVN, and those lucky enough to live within it walls want for nothing. Native Alfar Abby, who has been living there under a guise, has now been caught… Si Spencer (w). Henry Flint (a). Eva de la Cruz ©.
HAVN created by Si Spencer & Jake Lynch

ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION // DRAGON BLOOD
Mega-City One, 2139 AD. Psi-Div is a section that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents – from precognition to exorcism, it is at the forefront in the war against supernatural crime. Cassandra Anderson is Justice Department’s top telepath, and is now escaping from a hidden fortress in the Cursed Earth, where she’s been held prisoner… Alan Grant (w). Paul Marshall (a). Dylan Teague ©.
Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson created by John Wagner & Brian Bolland

LAWLESS // LONG-RANGE WAR
Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson was appointed to the frontier township of Badrock on the planet 43 Rega, intent on stamping her authority on the colony. But in doing so, Lawson made many enemies, including Munce, Inc., the mega-corporation that funds Badrock, which has attempted to have her killed. Now, Munce is planning to dispose of Badrock once and for all…
Lawless created by Dan Abnett & Phil Winslade