Category: Chris Weston

Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine #400

Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine #400

With an important milestone yet again about to be reached in the annals of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™ – the illustrious Prog 2100 – be sure not to overlook another landmark in 2000AD’s monthly sister title, the Judge Dredd Megazine, with bumper 100-page issue 400.

We’re celebrating it in suitably fine style by featuring a stellar roster of top notch creators, including John Wagner, Alan Grant, Ales Kot, Leah Moore & John Reppion, Henry Flint, Mike Dowling, Nick Percival, Inaki Miranda & more.

The thrills on offer are equally impressive with appearances from some of the best loved characters in the Megazine’s action-packed history; from the Dark Judges to Devlin Waugh, and Anderson Psi-Division to Marshall Etta Lawson, from recent favourite Lawless.

Also contained within are interviews with veteran creators, Alan Hebden, script droid (Meltdown Man, Death Planet) and Ian Gibson, art droid (Halo Jones, Robo-Hunter), as well as a history of the editorial droids that have helmed the mighty Meg from its inception up until current editor, Matt Smith.

Your bonus mini-GN bagged with this special issue is First Shots, a collection of Judge Dredd shorts from a new generation of Ol’ Stony Face artists making their debut on the strip.

Finally, we have a fittingly eye-catching cover from veteran Judge Dredd art droid, Chris Weston, who has contributed some memorable storylines for this Megnificent title throughout the last 400 issues, over the past three decades – a huge “thank you” goes out to all of our loyal readers who have supported the Meg in that time, here’s to the next 400!!

Mega-City One, 2140 AD. This vast urban hell on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to over 100 million citizens. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal, and crime is rampant. Stemming the tide of chaos are the Judges, future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law!  John Wagner (w). Henry Flint (a).
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

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. Now, Munce is planning to dispose of Badrock once and for all...
Lawless created by Dan Abnett & Phil Winslade

The Mega-City One colony Getri-1, 2138 AD. On this remote outpost, Earth colonists have been attempting to make a new home on the planet, cataloguing and exploring its unusual flora and fauna. But a shuttle crash led to a desperate rescue mission, headed by the half- ape Blunt, and upon their return they found the colonists had been kidnapped…
Blunt created by T.C. Eglington & Boo Cook

Brit-Cit, 2140 AD. A freelance paranormal troubleshooter and exorcist for the Vatican, Devlin Waugh is the world’s foremost supernatural investigator. Despite becoming a vampire after getting bitten tackling an outbreak in an underwater prison, Devlin’s escapades have ensured he’s much sought after when his services are required…  Ales Kot (w). Michael Dowling (a).
Devlin Waugh created by John Smith & Sean Phillips

Brit-Cit, 2140 AD. Much like its Mega-City counterpart, Brit-Cit Justice Department has its various departments, from Tek to plainclothes, Tactical to Psi-Division, and one of its more prickly operatives in the latter is Lillian Storm, a psychically powerful Judge with the ability to talk to the dead, and is often accompanied by her ghostly helpers… Leah Moore & John Reppion (w). Jimmy Broxton (a).
Storm Warning created by Leah Moore, John Reppion & Tom Foster

After the events on the Mayflower, the cargo ship the Solips discovered the Dark Judges Death, Fire and Mortis floating in space, and the alien superfiends murdered the crew. Landing on a remote Mega-City colony world called Dominion, Death and co used their powers to decimate the population and create an army of zombies. Few survivors remain… David Hine (w). Nick Percival (a).
The Dark Judges created by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Brian Bolland

Mega-City One, 2140 AD. Psi-Division is a section of Justice Department 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 has been instrumental in defending the city from numerous foes… Alan Grant (w). Inaki Miranda (a).
Cassandra Anderson created by John Wagner & Brian Bolland

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…?

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).

Back Off Creeps, He’s Sensitive! You&rsq…

Back Off Creeps, He’s Sensitive!

You’ve got to feel for poor Sensitive Klegg, he saved the life of ’Wally Squad’s finest, helped prevent the assassinations of countless other undercover Judges, as well as having a major hand – or claw – in averting the annihilation of Mega-City One from evil corporation, Overdrive Inc., by destroying their God-City, Luna-2.

Although he received a commendation for his bravery from Mega-City One, settling in the city has proved more problematic. Universally hated and feared from a frankly ungrateful populace, it seems the Big Meg is just not ready to accept the ten-foot man-crocodile, from a race of genocidal alien mercenaries!

Unsuccesful attempts at employment, and speed-dating, whilst dodging intermittently ‘accidental’ falling pieces of heavy furniture, have left Sensitive Klegg feeling decidely disillusioned and unwanted.

In the depths of despair our lonely soul, retires to his cramped, but empty apartment, and with a single crocodile tear sliding down his scaly face, removes his necktie, loops it over a ceiling beam and prepares to end his miserable existence..

However, fate intervenes when his vid-phone buzzes, could this be someone reaching out to him, offering employment opportunities or perhaps a new friendship?

Alas, no, in a twisted act of irony – it is in fact a message from the notorious Hunter’s Club Of Mega-City One, and Sensitive Klegg has been chosen as their next victim! Before the Klegg can even react, he is thrown across the room by a blast, landing in a heap of twisted metal…

Don’t miss next week’s Thrill-powered installment, and find out what’s in store for our unfortunate hero, in

The Heart Is A Lonely Klegg HunterRob Williams (w). Chris Weston (a)