Set your Thrill receptors to maximum, as we have festive hamper full of goodies in this end-of-year spectacular edition of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™!
Vintage Thrill-Power™ from Judge Dredd, A.B.C. Warriors, Strontium Dog, Sinister Dexter, as well as Zarjaz recent classics, such as The Ten-Seconders, Grey Area and Absalom, this is one Prog you can’t afford to miss.
Judge Dredd: The Right ThingMega-City One, 2135 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, their population decimated in the wake of the Chaos Bug, leaving 85% dead, the weakened metropolis is struggling to get back on it’s feet. Only the Judges stand between utter collapse and total anarchy - they are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd..Michael Carroll(w).Leigh Gallagher(a).
Ulysses Sweet, Maniac For Hire: Centred The far future. A genocidal, planet-destroying psychopath with a penchant for mayhem, Ulysses Sweet, Maniac For Hire, tends not to have many repeat customers! Now he’s being tasked with acting as bodyguard - can he really protect a life instead of taking one? And are his clients crazy?!Guy Adams(w).Paul Marshall(a).
The Ten-Seconders: Harris`s Quest For The Perfect Xmas Pint The near future. When aliens arrived acting like superheroes, they were greeted as gods - but they treated their hosts as slaves. UK resistance group, The Ten-Seconders captured a god called The Scientist, who enabled them to signal the gods’ creators, The Fathers. The Fathers descended to Earth and punished their children, but The Scientist found a way to destroy his creators too. Now sole survivor, down-to-Earth (!) Welshman, Harris is stranded on The Fathers' vast ship..Rob Williams(w).Edmund Bagwell(a).
A.B.C. Warriors: Return To Mars Mars, the far future. War Droids, created for a conflict ended centuries ago, the A.B.C. Warriors are resistant to AtomicBacterial and Chemical warfare. Recruited to bring peace to civil war-ravaged Red Planet, Mars, the Mek-nificent Seven have recently lost two of their number - Blackblood and Mek-Quake - to the enemy Volkhan mekanoid army. Now they must recruit a new member to the team, the mysterious mekanic, Tubal Caine..Pat Mills(w).Clint Langley(a).
Sinister Dexter: Room Only Gun SharksFinnegan Sinister and Ramone Dexter are the best hitmen money can buy, in the future City of Downlode. Fleeing evil gang lord from a parallel dimension, ‘Holy’ Moses Tanenbaum, Sinister and Dexter, along with Ramone's girlfriend, ex-cop Tracey Weld and Finnegan's case worker, Piper Dupres have been placed in a witness protection programme off-world, on the planet Generica. Now they must go on the run, when they realise that ‘Holy’ Moses himself has also been put on the programme and smuggled there too!Dan Abnett(w).PJ Holden(a).
Absalom: Old Pals’ Act London, now. Inspector Harry Absalom is old school - curmudgeonly, anti-authoritarian, he’s been on the force for over forty years. Suffering from inoperable cancer, he’s also the head of a special squad that enforces The Accord - a diplomatic treaty between the sixteenth century English throne and the powers of Hell - meaning his team are responsible for tracking down and dealing with any demonic entities breaking that agreement!Gordon Rennie(w).Tiernen Trevallion(a).
Grey Area: Something To Declare North America, 2045. The Global Segregation Zone - aka the Grey Area - is a huge sector in Arizona housing the large number of extraterrestrial immigrants that arrive on Earth seeking a new home. A massive shanty town has grown that acts as a holding area and is policed by the Exo Transfer Control squads (ETC), heavily armed and armoured cops that patrol the borders, keeping the peace amongst the aliens. Captain Adam Bulliet and his crew are one such squad of ETC officers..Dan Abnett(w).Patrick Goddard(a).
Tharg The Mighty: Building A Better Comic The Nerve Centre, Earth 2013. Deep in the heart of the Oxfordshire radlands - between the Osney morass and the Botley deathpits - lies the cunningly disguised spaceship that is the Command Module, from which the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™ is produced each week. Overseeing an army of droids, Betelgeusian editor Tharg The Mighty cracks the electro-whip, demanding nothing less than 100% Thrills. Let the magnificent Green-Hued One show you the process by which your favourite strips are created..Tharg the Mighty(w).Anthony Williams(a).
Strontium Dog: Dogs Of War Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, with the only job open to them was as bounty hunters. The greatest of these Search/Destroy agents,or Strontium Dog, is Johnny Alpha, who was believed dead. However, he was resurrected and since discovered that ‘health’ organisation Muti-Care, sponsored by the UK government, has been making mutants sterile. His revolt has begun..!Alan Grant(w).Carlos Ezquerra(a).
Don’t miss this year’s prodigious Prog 2014 - out December 11 from our online store.
For readers of the Megazine,new and old,or if you’re just discovering Judge Dredd for the first time,having enjoyed last year’s terrific movie,Dredd(2012),now is the perfect jumping-on point,with all-new stories,including the first part of the sequel to last year’s Dredd movie:Underbelly!
Judge Dredd:Nurture-The future’s hardest Lawman in the future’s toughest city!Indoctrinated clones of the city’s finest Judges have been discovered..Rob Williams(w).PJ Holden(a).
Insurrection III:In a bid to save the rebellious mining colony,K Alpha 61,renamed Liberty,from annihilation at the hands of the SJS(Special Judicial Squad-the Judges who judge the Judges!)-setting an example to any other dissenting MC-1 colonies-Captain Karel Luther has agreed to fight alongside Justice Dept.,with his crew,against the alien Zhind!Dan Abnett(w).Colin MacNeil(a).
Ordinary:Queens,New York 2013.Michael Fisher is a loser,he has split with his wife,barely sees his young son,owes money to gangsters and is going nowhere,in his job as a plumber.Even in his dreams,he doesn’t get the girl!But things are going to change,as he and partner,Brian arrive at their latest job,in the apartment of the elderly Mrs. Grayson,and are thrown into a world of crazy!Brand new series from the creators of Scarlet Traces,Leviathanand Stickleback;Ian Edginton(w).D’Israeli(a).
Underbelly:Series sequel to Dredd(2012)-watch all of our platforms for more news on this Zarjazoriginal new story.Arthur Wyatt(w).Henry Flint(a).
Free with this month’s Megazine#340:Beyond Zero.Future-noir Thrill From the Archives,featuring cyborg cab-driver Tanner,who gets pulled into the seedy underworld of Zero City!The late John Brosnan(w).Kev Hopgood(a).Originally published in 2000AD(Progs630-34,10Jun-8Jul’89,645-49,23Sep-21Oct’89 & 665-66,10-17Feb’90)
Now, with yet another fresh face, Ulysses Sweet has returned.Written by UK newcomer,Guy Adams with art duties by Paul Marshall, the Maniac for Hire has come back for end of year spectacular,Prog 2014 - out next week!
The comic book sequel to DREDD is hitting comic stores in January in a special US-format one-shot! The cut off date for orders is 9th December - so be sure to order yours now from your local comic book store using Diamond code NOV131215
Alan Moore - Then & Now:Sixty years of Subversion !
As many of you will be aware hugely influential UK comics writer and creative genius, Alan Moore turned 60 last month (b.18 Nov.1953) and all at 2000AD wish him a very Happy Birthday.
We owe the Moore droid a great deal for the memorable Thrills he supplied The Mighty Tharg over the years, however I’m sure the Wizard of Northampton would also be the first to acknowledge the freedom he was afforded to express his talent and hone his craft during tenure at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™!
Top:StarScan(rear cover, Prog322,25Jun’83) - “Droid Life" Alan Moore, young, hard-working script droid, as drawn by former art & design droid Robin Smith.
Robin Smith reprises his version of the Northampton bard, at 50 - from 2003.
Moving, comedic and decidedly British homage to alien visitor movie, E.T.- Skizz.Cover art from series artist, Jim Baikie.
Another genius creation - literally! - the man with the double-decker brain, Abelard Snazz. His madcap ideas and solutions always created more problems than originally faced.(First appearance:Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales (Progs189-90,6-13Dec’80).Art by Steve Dillon.
Of course some of the script droid’s finest works were in his short stories, like Ro-Jaws’ Robo-Tales above, Moore has the ability to tell the perfect cautionary tale in six pages - or less - his Future Shocksare a great lesson to any aspiring writers; concise, funny, and always with an unexpected twist at the end…less is definitely Moore!(VariousArtists, inc.Steve Dillon, Bryan Talbot, Ian Gibson, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Brendan McCarthy& many more!).
So Many Happy Returns to [Sir!] Alan Moore, who, like a fine wine or good Scotch, seems to improve with age - apart, of course for those magical years spent with the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™!