Preview // Prog 2028
Sweet space war action as the Venusians take it to their Martian enemies, in Scarlet Traces: Cold War on this week’s cover, from co-creator and series art droid, D’Israeli.
Apologies for the absence of your regular in-depth weekly Prog preview, personal events for your humble blogging droid have meant that the life & death importance of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic have had to take a bit of a back seat, needless to say we’re back with renewed enthusiasm and tingling anticipation for all the upcoming events and releases in this our 40th anniversary year. Splundid vur Thrigg!!
JUDGE DREDD // HARVEY
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 DREDD — he is the Law! Now, the robot Judges are being rolled out onto the streets, against Dredd’s wishes… John Wagner (w) / John McCrea (a).
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
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
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
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 had been making for the old Chief Judge’s bunker to hide out in, but local militia have plans for them…
Cursed: The Fall of Deadworld created by Kek-W & Dave Kendall