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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

A Little Bit of Dredd History…Repeating!!With the…


Bank of MC-1 200 & 2000 credit notes – Jonathan Bluestone


Lawmaster Mk I – Jonathan Bluestone


Adapted for the Cursed Earth, the Lawmaster Mk 1b or Quasar Bike (Q-Bike) – Jonathan Bluestone


The mighty Cursed Earth crossing vehicle, the K-2001 aka the Landraider/Killdozer – Jonathan Bluestone


Lawgiver Mk IA – original design by co-creator, Carlos Ezquerra – Jonathan Bluestone


Lawgiver Mk IA 2 – original single rounded-barrel – Jonathan Bluestone


Lawgiver Mk 1B – the classic double over-under clip – the most iconic firearm ever! A thing of beauty!! – Jonathan Bluestone


The STUB Gun – The most devastating firearm of all time – almost singlehandedly winning a war! – Jonathan Bluestone


The inner workings of the Lawgiver Standard Execution round – Jonathan Bluestone

A Little Bit of Dredd History…Repeating!!

With the exceptionally exciting news of a Judge Dredd TV series on the horizon, here’s a featured look at the diagrams of Jonathan Bluestone’s Mega-City Justice Dept. tech – from big-bore ballistics to bad @$$ battle bikes!

  • Mega-City One monetary denominations from 200-2000 cred notes, feat. the big man’s likeness, natch!
  • The Mark I Lawmaster, the original justice delivery vehicle.

    It has artificial intelligence, twin 20mm machine guns (“bike cannon”), a

    high-power Cyclops front-mounted

     laser, and can fire stun gas grenades. It also has a turbo-boost function which enables it to jump over long distances or to great heights. It can respond to verbal commands and drive itself. 

  • When Judge Dredd and his small band of hand-picked Judges, were tasked to bring a life-saving antidote to the virulent 2T (Fru) T epidemic assaulting Mega-City Two, causing murderous outbursts from the victims, with the chant “Tooty Frooty!” (hence the virus assignation), he knew some upgrades would be needed to the MK I Lawmaster. [So, new more rugged versions were created, as Jonathan explains..] three specialized Lawmaster ‘Quasar’ Bikes. Based on the existing street version of the Lawmaster, the Q-Bike as it was more commonly known was basically a two-wheeled tank with onboard A.I. and a powerful arsenal of weaponry including two forward firing, and two rear firing guns mounted onto the chassis. 

    The Q-Bike was a successful design; so much so that on Dredd’s return to Mega-City One Justice Department began field tests (after the ‘mad Judge Cal’ incident was over) on an updated variant of the design which would eventually be deployed to active street duty as the standard Justice Department vehicle of choice (H-Wagons being considered ‘support’ vehicles at that time).

  • As well as the new Q-Bikes,  more heavy-duty transportation was required. These came in the form of the two-in-one death machine, the notorious, Landraider / Killdozer combo! Again, Jonathan details his plans..

    Designed as a modular fighting unit the Landraider (forward unit) was armed with a high-intensity laser cannon beneath the command area and flamethrowers and more importantly held the secured and sterile compartment that was to protect the anti-viral agent which had been prepared by Justice Department to combat the 2T (Fru) T outbreak there. The Killdozer (rear unit) completed the vehicle and carried Nemesis rockets, cannons, laser guns, two of the newly issued Justice Department Quasar bikes (Q-Bikes) and was capable of surviving a three megaton nuclear blast at close range. It was also released by Corgi as part of their toy car range. I’ll put that up against your Batmobile!

  • The original MK I (version one) Lawgiver (as drawn by Dredd co-creator, Carlos Ezquerra, tended to have a more squared-off barrel) used by

    Mega-City One

     Justice Department. The Mk I had just the one ammo clip housed under the barrel which carried six kinds of rounds, most of which have been in active service throughout all versions of the Lawgiver (from Mk IIII) until the present:

  1. Standard Execution – A standard bullet, with identical effects to normal kinetic energy projectile weapons.
  2. Heat Seeker or Hot Shot – A standard bullet propelled by the unstable element, ’Argon 88 b’. Heatseeker rounds lock onto the target’s heat source, enabling the Judge to target fleeing perps, accurately fire in low-light situations and so forth.
  3. Ricochet – A metal bullet coated with rubber. Ricochet rounds can bounce off solid surfaces while retaining enough kinetic energy to penetrate flesh. This enables the Judge to, for example, kill a perp that is using a human shield, bouncing their shot off a back wall and hitting the target from behind.
  4. Incendiary – Capable of setting its target on fire. Less widely used due to practicalities of incinerating targets in built-up city areas, although useful against unconventional adversaries such as Judge Death.
  5. Armour Piercing – Armour-piercing rounds are extremely dense and contain a more powerful charge for higher muzzle velocity. Useful against cybernetic criminals and armoured opponents. When used against humans, it can travel through multiple targets.
  6. High-Explosive (HI-EX) – A round containing an amount of extremely concentrated high explosive. Judges must employ caution when using this extremely dangerous round; the blast caused by the exploding bullets can just as easily harm those firing as well as the target. Generally used rarely; against crowding attackers or large/dangerous foes. 
  • The original MK I (version one) Lawgiver (as drawn by Dredd developers, Ron Smith, Mick McMahon & Ian Gibson, in particular) tended to have a more rounded barrel than Ezquerra’s original vision, giving it a sleeker more ‘futuristic’ appearance.
  • Version MK I B, is probably the most recognisable of this incredibly iconic future firearm. Although in early Judge Dredd Case Files, Dredd and other Judges were often seen using the standard version, which had one ammunition clip, it was not unknown for artists (especially the prolific Ron Smith) assigned to the Dredd strips to add a second clip (mounted atop the barrel as shown above) became fairly commonplace too, although I can’t find an example until the Cursed Earth saga (Progs 6185, 22Apr-7Oct’78).  As designer Jonathan Bluestone points out:

    As to the origins of the weapon, those are known only to Wagner and Ezquerra as it does not match anything then known to exist or seemed to be based on an existing firearm of that period (or from the history of firearms). 

  •   Another unforgettable WMD (Weapon of MASSIVE Destruction!), the infamous Stub Gun was instrumental in the winning of decisive conflict, The Apocalypse War. An experimental firearm, similar in appearance to the Lawrod (Justice Dept.’s heavy duty shotgun), but frighteningly more powerful. The main problem with this weapon, which fired a hi-intensity laser beam, forceful enough to cut through solid rockrete (ten-times stronger than concrete), had an unnerving tendency to overheat.. When invading East-Meg One (or Sov BlokMC-1′S Eastern arch-enemy)

    forces

    overrun Mega City, Judge Dredd was chief among the resistance who became involved in a hit-and-run guerilla campaign against the overwhelming Sov army. When the Sov’s reached and took Dan Tanner Junction, a vast pillar onto which were attached numerous megaway sections. Dredd realized that if it fell into Sov hands they could hold it and bring in massive numbers of reinforcements. However, Judge tacticians knew that nothing short of a nuke could bring it down and delivery of such (if they even had one) would be near impossible given the Sov forces in the area.

    However, news reached him that Judge Perrier, of the Justice Department Advanced Weapons Research laboratories had brought with him crates containing STUB Guns. The weapon, still in the experimental phase and deemed ‘hazardous to user’, which as alluded to before, had a tendency to overheat… and then explode. Perrier informed Dredd that they could cut through anything, but they would more than likely kill whoever used them. Dredd took the warning under advisement and set to work, issuing STUB Guns to several Judge units. and they set out to cut through the massive supporting pillar at Dan Tanner. With an unforgettable moment of pure, classic Thrillpower, the heroic Judge Souster leaps from the top of a mile-high megaway overpass armed with just a STUB gun to cut down the towering Dan Tanner Junction, whilst an admiring Judge exclaims: “Gotta hand it to Souster, he sure knows how to go!

     Although successful, STUB Gun overheating led to the elimination of several units but they managed to prevent the Sov’s from advancing except across City Bottom, thus essentially winning the war for MC-1! Way to go Souster, indeed!

  • Finally, here is Jonathan’s cross-section and technical data for the most common piece of equipment in a Judge’s arsenal (with the exception of his brain, fists and Daystick, of course!) – the common SE or Standard Execution Lawgiver round. As a lifelong Judge Dredd fan, I’ll let the artist, Jonathan Bluestone explain: 

    According to the original Lawgiver technical diagram, the Standard Execution (round) was a single unit element composed of a lead slug with a rigid titanium head which was not fired in a conventional manner, but which was loaded from the magazine on demand and then had a ‘electropin’ within the casing activated by a charge. Once active, the pin would rotate 45° within the round, opening valves which would rapidly fill with oxygen (which entered via the jet aperture and which would cause the solid fuel, an unstable element known as Argon 88b to combust at a known decay rate producing thrust which would propel the round from the barrel of the gun. According to the technical diagram dialogue, the jet fan diameter coupled with the speed of the pin rotation determines the exiting velocity and range for any individual round and could be calculated prior to firing for the appropriate effectiveness.

Impressive work I’m sure you’ll agree. Keep up the great work Earthlet Jonathan, we can’t wait to see what you come up with next…

Preview // Prog 2031A group of misguided Mega-City radicals, the…

Preview // Prog 2031

A group of misguided Mega-City radicals, the ‘Sons of Booth’, twisted by the beliefs of ex-President Robert L. ‘Bad BobBooth, are convinced the insane former leader is still alive, and are demanding his return… 

Imposing cover art from veteran art droid, Cliff Robinson.

JUDGE DREDD // SONS OF BOOTH
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! Now, a group of radicals demanding the return of ex-President Booth are planning action against Justice DepartmentT.C. Eglington (w) / Nick Dyer (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

‘Bad Bob’ Booth’s Beefy Bully Boys! – Cliff Robinson‘Bad Bob’…


‘Sons of Booth’: cover art – Prog 2031 by Cliff Robinson


Robert L. ‘Bad Bob’ Booth, last President of USA: cover art Prog 1518 by Mark Harrison

Bad BobBooth’s Beefy Bully Boys! – Cliff Robinson

‘Bad Bob’ Bangs the Button! – Mark Harrison

A radical party, ‘Sons of Booth’, supporters of the worst U.S. President in history (the natural successor to Trump, maybe?!), Robert L.Bad Bob Booth – the man responsible for the Atomic Wars of 2070 – have got the crazy notion that Booth wasn’t put into suspended animation for his crimes, as was the official verdict, imposed by former Chief-Judge Solomon, but instead escaped out into the Cursed Earth

They’re right, of course. Booth was in sus-an, but robot medics, Snap, Crackle & Pop

who replaced his blood annually to keep him alive, began to attack and drain blood from nearby villagers, when Fort Knox was hit by a bomb in later years. This led to Booth being inadvertently revived in 2100, whereupon Judge Dredd sentenced him to life working on a Kentucky farm in the Cursed Earth.

Booth wasn’t going to stand for being ordered around by his nemesis, a Mega-City Judge, or having to perform menial labour for the rest of his life, so once again he tried to wrest power for himself.

He easily took control of the work farm and gradually amassed followers, taking control of widespread Cursed Earth, anti-judicial guerrilla movement the New Mutant Army

To further achieve his lofty ambitions of power, Booth had discovered the long-lost body of Chief-Judge Eustace Fargo (the first, and greatest Chief-Judge, whose genetic stock supplied Dredd’s clone), with which he planned to ransom Mega-City One, and reinstate himself as President (see Origins).

During this caper he kidnapped Judge Dredd, but was himself taken hostage during Dredd’s escape and used as a human shield. His underpaid and demoralised army were not impressed and simply shot him, reasoning that they could always elect another president!

Surely, following this power-obsessed madman is not the way forward for democratic citizens..find out their real motivations in next week’s Prog 2031 – Judge Dredd: “Sons of Booth” [2] by T.C. Eglington (w) & Nick Dyer (a).

FCBD 2000AD 2017 // PREVIEW Don’t forget, today is Free…

FCBD 2000AD 2017 // PREVIEW 

Don’t forget, today is Free Comic Book Day (1st Saturday in May, 06/05/17), and as ever the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™ presents an impressive showcase of the UK’s finest talents in graphic storytelling.

Featuring such favourite characters as, Judge Dredd, Anderson Psi & ABC Warrior Blackblood, as well as including current popular Thrills, Fall of Deadworld & Hope (For the Future).

Boasting a line-up of top creators, including Pat Mills (Sláine, Marshal Law), Dan Abnett (Sinister Dexter, Warhammer 40,000), Phil Winslade (Lawless, Goddess), Guy Adams (Ulysses Sweet, The World House), Kei Zama (Blackblood, Transformers), Dani (Anderson Psi-Division, Dirk Gently) & more..

Get to your local Thrill-merchant early to avoid  missing out on your zarjaz copy of this year’s 2000AD FCBD 2017 – don’t be a grexnix!