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Fantastic Judge Dredd teaser/trailer for the mighty Prog 1900 - available from 24 Sep, with superb art by the astounding Greg Staples

Yes, that’s right large US publishing houses, nearly 2000 (only another 100 to go!) virtually continuous weekly issues, for over 35 years - from an anthology title putting out 4-5 different strips from some of the greatest writers & artists - I mean script & art droids, of course! - in the industry today…
John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra on Judge Dredd; Stickleback by Ian Edgington & D’Israeli; Dan Abnett & Richard Elson on Kingdom: Aux Drift;..get ready to…
Get Whet!

Fantastic Judge Dredd teaser/trailer for the mighty Prog 1900 - available from 24 Sep, with superb art by the astounding Greg Staples

Yes, that’s right large US publishing houses, nearly 2000 (only another 100 to go!) virtually continuous weekly issues, for over 35 years - from an anthology title putting out 4-5 different strips from some of the greatest writers & artists - I mean script & art droids, of course! - in the industry today…


John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra on Judge Dredd; Stickleback by Ian Edgington & D’IsraeliDan Abnett & Richard Elson on KingdomAux Drift;..get ready to…

Get Whet!

Preview // Prog 1899

All stories reach their climax this episode, making way for the long-awaited landmark, Prog 1900.

This towering tome of Thrill-power™ kicks off on 24 September, and to be sure you don’t miss out on your copy - particularly if you’re an overseas reader - you can now pre-order this ghafflebette piece of comic history from our online shop - so don’t be a grexnix, you must buy this ProgEarthlets!


JUDGE DREDD // CASCADE
Mega-City One, 2136 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant, and only the Judges – empowered to dispense instant justice – can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDDhe is the Law! Now, the city is being addressed by the Lawlords, ruthless, ultra-strict, alien dictators…Michael Carroll (w). Paul Marshall (a)
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra


AQUILA // CARNIFEX
Following Spartacus’s failed revolt against his Roman masters, his army of rebels was crucified. Amongst these was the slave-turned-gladiator AQUILA, who cried out to the gods for vengeance – and was answered by Ammit the Devourer, a deity that gifted him with immortality in return for keeping her fed with the souls of evil men. Now, Aquila is destined for a reckoning with the tyrant Emperor Nero
Aquila created by Gordon Rennie & Leigh Gallagher


FUTURE SHOCKS // PERSONALITY CRISIS
Out in the vast reaches of the universe, there are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told. From chronicles of the lowliest swamp denizens in backwater galaxies to the rise and fall of rulers of entire star systems, anything is possible in these twisted tales. Abandon your preconceptions, expect the unexpected and take a trip beyond the edges of the imagination…
Personality Crisis created by Eddie Robson & Nick Dyer

BRASS SUN // FLOATING WORLDS
The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system: a clutch of planets orbiting a vast BRASS SUN via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren has been tasked with finding the key that will restart the sun, and she has just escaped from ‘The Deeps’…
Brass Sun created by Ian Edginton & INJ Culbard

BLACK SHUCK // PART SIX
Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…
Black Shuck created by Leah Moore / John Reppion & Steve Yeowell


Classic ‘old school’ cover art from veteran art droid, Paul Marshall (Firekind, Leatherjack)

Bow Down Before The One TRUE law!
Judge Dredd takes on the mighty Lawlords - cover art (Prog 1899) - Paul Marshall.

Bow Down Before The One TRUE law!

Judge Dredd takes on the mighty Lawlords - cover art (Prog 1899) - Paul Marshall.

Shark ‘splosion!
More stunning cover artwork (Prog 1281,6Mar’02) featuring ‘gun sharks’,  Sinister Dexter, from top UK art droid, the dynamic Duncan Fegredo!

Shark ‘splosion!

More stunning cover artwork (Prog 1281,6Mar’02) featuring ‘gun sharks’,  Sinister Dexter, from top UK art droid, the dynamic Duncan Fegredo!

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Original artwork for 1981 Annual by the incomparable Dave Gibbons! (Watchmen, Give Me Liberty, The Originals).

2000adonline:

Original artwork for 1981 Annual by the incomparable Dave Gibbons! (Watchmen, Give Me Liberty, The Originals).

Bloodline, Part Two: Vienna Dredd

Scheduled for three parts, this second instalment deals with who Judge Dredd  creator John Wagner has referred to as,“Dredd’s impossible niece”, Vienna!

Prog116 (9Jun,’79) introduces us to her, when we learn that despite having served twenty years on penal colony,TitanJudge Dredd's clone-brother, Rico has sired a daughter, Vienna.

Although not explained at the time, it later transpired that whilst on TitanRico was visited by a female journalist, Fabienne Brown who was writing an expose on the penal colony.

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Brown alleges in her sensational tell-all series, that she and Rico had made love on the floor of his prison cell and had subsequently given birth to his love-child.

Unwilling to believe his clone-brother could have stooped further than his already numerous transgressions, Dredd is nevertheless proved wrong again, after DNA tests come back positive.

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 As always Dredd plays things by the book and promptly arrests Ms. Brown, sentencing her to two years in the iso-cubes,where she is later attacked and killed by a fellow inmate.The orphaned baby is taken into care.

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Vienna is sent to live with a tough but loving guardian, Mrs. Pasternak, where she gets infrequent visits from her “Uncle Joe”, whom she adores, but is still unaware of his involvement in the death of her father.

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Meanwhile, Vienna's existence comes to the attention of a bitter white-collar criminal, Harry CarmenCarmen was a computer genius who Dredd had imprisoned for six years on computer fraud charges,so he decides to take revenge by snatching the girl.

Whilst holding Vienna captive, Carmen spitefully informs the little girl that Uncle Joe was the man responsible for killing her father (see previous post). Unwilling to believe her captor, Vienna knows even if it were true then her hero uncle must have had a good reason.

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After rescuing Vienna and sending Carmen to the cubes for a second time, Judge Dredd, rather than risk putting his niece in any further danger decides it’s better if he plays no further part in her life. So Dredd sends Vienna, along with the disapproving Mrs. Pasternak away to live in Brit-Cit, and true to his word does not visit his niece again.

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Twenty three years later Vienna Pasternak (as she’s now known) on an assignment in her new career as an actress is in Mega-City One and decides to look up her estranged uncle.

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Conversation is stilted to say the least, but Vienna is determined to learn some more about her background.

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Vienna knew that Dredd had to kill Rico when he turned bad yet she had never discovered the fate of her mother.He relates the details and explains he was just doing his duty.

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Called back to duty, Dredd has to leave but before he does Vienna gives him a ticket for her show, and determined to make amends for the past,he agrees to turn up for her performance.

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Having promised Vienna he would make it to her show Dredd logs out for some personal time.

Meanwhile,the leading lady in Vienna's play has pulled out due to illness and, as understudy she has been called on to act in her first starring role!

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Vienna’s re-appearance has disturbed Dredd,unbeknownst to his niece,he has followed her development in Brit-Cit,from afar.Thinking what he did was for the best,he can’t pretend her words at their meeting didn’t make him feel a little uncomfortable,almost…guilty. He is determined to attend her performance.image

Dredd arrives at the theatre on time and is just about to walk the steps into the auditorium when the obligatory emergency call comes over the radio, pulling him back onto the streets.

Inside Vienna cannot help but notice her uncle’s absence.

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Utterly dejected,Vienna leaves as soon as her performance ends. So, when Dredd eventually makes it to the theatre, three and a half hours late and makes his way to her dressing room, the only thing he finds is a torn photograph that his niece used to treasure,showing himself and Rico at the Academy. The discarded half just shows his picture, making Vienna's intentions perfectly clear.

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Having left for Texas City and by now probably back in Brit-CitJudge Dredd is unsure whether he will see his niece again, however events are about to take a sinister turn…

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Having attempted to become a part of Vienna's life again, then consequently letting her down, Judge Dredd gets a call from her old guardian in Brit-CitMrs. Pasternak informing him that his niece has gone missing.imageimage

On a case at the time in a suspect’s apartment, the call emanating from the house com would be strange enough, but Pasternak dying the month before convinces Dredd something is definitely wrong!imageimage

Dredd's investigation takes him to Brit-Cit, and the trail leads back to a Satanist cult, a notorious black magician named Horus Mercator ending at a house he used for his evil rituals.imageimage

Mercator appears to the Mega-City Judge in the cellar where he had brutally slain a woman and her child,taunting Dredd with the whereabouts of his niece.image

Having no alternative but follow his tormentor Dredd obliges, and aware he is walking into a trap he arrives on Glastonbury Tor allowing himself to be captured.image

Seeing his niece for the first time since coming to Brit-CitDredd is shocked as it is obvious she has been heavily drugged and appears to be brainwashed.image

It is at this point Mercator reveals himself to be a minor demon wearing the skin of the Satanist, having tricked him out of it in Hell. Now walking around on on Earth,the demon plans to kill the most decent, honourable man alive therefore tipping the balance of Good and Evil in his favour.image

Dredd scoffs at this remark telling him he has the wrong man, then breaks free of his bonds punching Mercator.

The demon raises a ceremonial dagger to plunge it into Dredd but before he can complete this act of evil, a bolt of lightning strikes the blade, vapourising Mercator on the spot - “Someone up there must like me!”,remarks Dredd.

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After alerting the Brit-Cit Judiciary, who come in to arrest the remainder of Mercator's cult,the Secret Satanist Society and clean up the crime scene, the Mega-City Judge tends to his disoriented niece. Dredd remains in Brit-Cit until Vienna is well enough to travel and although a full physical recovery has been made,large parts of her memory needed to be scrubbed away to help repair the damage done by the demon, ‘Mercator’.

Vowing to stay by her side until her memories return, Dredd takes his niece back to Mega-City One so when and if her memory eventually returned, it would be her choice whether she still wanted to be a part of his life but until then he would be there for her.imageimage

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 After her hideous ordeal at the hands of the demon, Horus MercatorVienna Pasternak is slowly adjusting to life in Mega-City One. Suffering from severe agoraphobia and panic attacks, but refuses to take drugs after her experience in Brit-Cit.

To try and make her feel more settled Uncle Joe has asked younger clone, Judge Rico to look in on Vienna from time to time,when he isn’t able.image

Doing just that, Rico has brought with him another from the bloodlineCadet Dolman. Momentarily surprised to see another with what could have been her father’s face, Vienna is genuinely pleased to have guests, and invites them in for tea.image

Vienna instantly takes to young Dolman,especially when she realises he has a wilful side and intends to quit the Academy of Law.image

When Vienna hears of Dolman's departure off-world to begin training for the Space Corps, she rushes to the spaceport to see him off with some mock-chocs, money and a kiss! Dolman is touched and heads off to begin a new life, knowing that he has a family member that cares about him. 

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In the midst of a terrorist threat from democracy extremists,Total WarJudge Dredd's niece,Vienna receives a call from Justice Department's Applied Genetics Facility(AGF) asking her to sign a Euthanasia Order. When asked to explain, it is revealed there is an experimental clone from Fargo's gene-stock, codenamed Nimrod (after the mighty hunter), who due to processes in his development involving insect and animal DNA, has begun a sort of cell death or neural decay.

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Vienna agrees to go to the facility to visit Nimrod and on arrival is shocked by what she finds there: a shambling hulk of what was supposed to be the pinnacle of human genetics. Caught off-guard by a rare moment of lucidity from NimrodVienna responds to her twisted cousin’s pathetic plea and tells him she wants to help.imageimage

Meanwhile Total War have carried out their threat and detonated two nuclear devices, threatening the Judges that unless they relinquish the reins of power and resign their posts with immediate effect, another two hundred bombs will be set off.

Returning home, Vienna receives a message from Uncle Joe urging her to leave the city. She angrily replies to his call telling him of her meeting with NimrodDredd dismisses the experimental clone ,vowing to admonish the facility for burdening her with their mistakes. Vienna however disagrees, telling her uncle she intends to do right by her unfortunate relative, to which he gives a derisive snort, encouraging her to leave it and Mega-City until the immediate danger is over.image

Elsewhere in the city the Judges have discovered that there are, as suspected, not two hundred nuclear devices,merely twelve, still - more than enough to destroy the city. Although they have uncovered the whereabouts of the bombs and defused or relocated the majority, one is still unaccounted for. All they know is that it is on board a mo-pad, a mobile home set on an eternal circuit ringing the city,and is currently travelling somewhere in Sector Two.image

Unfortunately for Vienna this is the Sector housing the AGF, the destination she is now approaching in her friend’s slabster road vehicle, set on auto-pilot. Dredd and the AGF send Vienna am urgent message imploring her to turn around, which she receives just as the device goes off, destroying much of the area - including the facility.image

Vienna comes to, with Nimrod lifting a huge chunk of debris from her, saving her life. Carrying the familiar girl Nimrod is suddenly afflicted by a seizure, causing him to lurch toward a fiery chasm endangering both of their lives.imageimage

Arriving on the scene Judges can only see a staggering behemoth manhandling a citizen and take Nimrod down accordingly. Moving in for the kill, Judges advance on NimrodVienna stands in front of her warped relative imploring the Judges to show mercy, for what was once one of them.image

 Dredd arrives and Vienna explains how Nimrod somehow picked up on her distress, coming to her rescue. Her uncle rejects it as coincidence but Vienna insists.

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 Perhaps because of Vienna's pleas or maybe due to a familial feeling Dredd is unwilling to admit, he approaches the deformed clone and concedes that once aware of Nimrod’s existence should have played a more active role in his life. Now all he can offer is a quick, painless death and carries out the deed,ending his tragic brother’s suffering.image

Dredd meets with Chief-Judge Hershey once events are over tending his resignation, citing personal commitments interfering with his duty. Hershey dismisses this, reminding him it wasn’t a crime to be human.image

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Vienna, in hospital again after yet another ordeal due to her inexorable link to the Fargobloodline, is visited by Judge Rico.image

Vienna tells her cloned relative that she no longer wishes to be part of the extended family,informing him that it is just too stressful.

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Rico leaves Vienna and informs a waiting Dredd of her intentions, who solemnly accepts her decision.

Meanwhile, in the hospital reception a sinister presence notes the events with a keen interest.

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Having made her decision to opt out of familial ties, Vienna Pasternak is finally moving on with her life accepting a role in a trashyTri-D series,playing a busty bimbo, complete with breast implants.image

Aware this is not her ideal role, she goes to a bar every night after work to drown her sorrows. Sick of getting hit on, Vienna reveals this has happened on four other occasions and she politely explains that she’s not interested.image

Little does she know this was the not the first time certain forces had tried to get close because of her, as yet unestablished, links to Judge Dredd.

These forces are in fact the twisted offspring of deceased former East-Meg One leader,War-Marshal “Mad DogKazan; the crippled Anatoli Kazan and his small but loyal band of followers.

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At her favourite takeaway Hottie restaurant, Vienna meets a charming man with a Brit-Cit accent who shares her unusual taste in Mega-City One delicacies and sweeps the lonely young woman off her feet.image

It soon becomes apparent that Vienna's suitor is in fact a Sov assassin (though not to her,of course) codenamed ‘Pasha' and has been sent to kidnap this woman now known to be the niece of hated Mega-City JudgeDredd.image

Judge Rico a regular visitor of Vienna's is immediately suspicious of her new boyfriend, so with the knowledge of Judge Dredd and assistance of Judge Guthrie begins to look into his background.image

Meanwhile Pasha, or Travis Cole as he is known to Vienna, takes her and best friend Renee, along with Brit-Cit boyfriend,Colin,out to dinner. Unfortunately, ”Travis" slips up in his backstory during the meal leading him to kill the couple later, in their home to prevent any further unravelling of his cover.imageimage

The next day Dredd visits his niece’s apartment informing Vienna of the death of her friends. Pasha,who is present begins to be questioned by Dredd but Vienna throws her uncle out, angrily and takes the Sov agent to her bed, where they make love.

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Giant and Guthrie visit Pasha roughing him up in the process, this pleases the Sov agent as he thinks it will help him garner more sympathy with Vienna, but the Judges have an ulterior motive and now have traces of his blood with which to determine his true identity.

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Unfortunately, before they realise he is the Sov's top assassin, Pasha has laid a trap for the Judges and escaped with Vienna.image

Dredd pursues the East-Meg agent and his prize to a ship moored on the Black Atlantic coastline, where Vienna is being kept below deck by another agent.imageimage

Stowing onboard the ship, Dredd comes face to face with his niece’s kidnapper.

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The Mega-City Judge gives his East-Meg counterpart a beating but eventually the Sov's youth and size gives him an advantage, getting the drop on Dredd.imageimage

Just as Pasha is about to deliver the killing blow, Vienna having overpowered her captor, has picked up the assassin’s fallen weapon and shoots him through the head, finally accepting her distinguished gene-stock!image

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Eventually appearing to embrace her bloodline, Vienna's troubles are far from over as she comes to realise she is pregnant, with Sov assassin, Pasha's child.image

Unsure what to do she visits the block robo-doc who reveals Mega-City One's policy on abortion (it's illegal,unless mutation is detected,then it's compulsory) and informs her about the alternative course of pre-natal adoption, whereby the foetus is removed,then re-implanted in another womb or cryogenically frozen until an adoption subject is available.imageimage

Vienna apparently resigns herself to this course of events,although until now we have learned no more of the unborn child’s fate..imageimage

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Christmas with Vienna and the extended Dredd family is an awkward affair at the best of times and due to recent events;Vienna's attempted abduction by the SovsRico's injury on the same operation and Dolman quitting the Academy of Law, an extra strain has been put on the usual tense atmosphere.image

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Judge Dredd gets an urgent call from Vienna, worriedly telling him of Dolman's failure to appear at her apartment where he was staying whilst studying for his exam to be a galactic explorer.image

Dredd calls it in and finds that the ex-Cadet has been arrested and is now serving four years for manslaughter! It appears Dolman was attempting to save a man from a serious ARV (armed robbery with violence) using the only way he knew how: the training he was given at the Academy.

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 When the Judges arrive they find the perps (offenders) beaten and bound,one with a cracked skull,who would later die of his injuries.image

When Dredd later informs Vienna of the exact circumstances, he tells her he can’t interfere, that Dolman used excessive force and if he were to get Dolman off, it would look like nepotism.image

His niece scoffs at this statement iterating that to accuse him of this, over anyone in the Department, would be patently ridiculous as he was willing to kill his own brother in the execution of his duty. Dredd is momentarily caught off-guard as he ponders this, then quietly takes his leave.image

Dredd goes back to the Hall of Justice and convinces the arresting JudgeMcGinn to overturn his decision, citing Dolman's Academy training, the lack of malice in his actions coupled with the fact that they were automatic and perhaps if anyone were to blame then it was Justice Dept. themselves. Dredd also suggests he may reluctantly,have to get Dolman's verdict overturned if McGinn isn’t prepared to do it himself.image

This obviously has the desired effect as we see Dolman welcomed back to Vienna’s apartment and relieved, both decide to stay out of the affairs of Mega-City Justice in future!image

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Another Christmas at Vienna's and Judge Dredd has his usual brusque, awkward demeanour, introducing himself with an excuse not to appear later for the annual get-together.image

Vienna has a visitor, a male friend Clif Pritchard from her drama group,whom Dredd suspiciously interrogates until his niece reminds him where he is. Dredd apologises, then wishing Vienna a stilted festive greeting, takes his leave. Clif Pritchard, probably wisely,decides he isn’t going to wait around for Rico's visit!image

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When the visiting Fargo Clan are in the Big Meg they make a point of visiting their distant cousin, Vienna, who politely welcomes them, until Judge Dredd makes an appearance and they leave on the trail of a kidnapped child.image

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After being sidelined into managing the Cursed Earth mutant camps by the manipulative acting-Chief-Judge SinfieldJudge Dredd returns to Mega-City One to try and expose what he believes is a corrupt,unjust government.image

Whilst in the city he takes time to visit Vienna who suggests he resign after his unfair treatment in the Cursed Earth and take up private security work.Dredd nearly chokes on his tea and hurriedly leaves to begin his plan to overthrow Sinfield and his newly instated Council of Five

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Vienna's most recent appearance has been during the chaotic and dangerous “Chaos Day” storyline,where she has managed to stay alive with the help of Judge Rico's security measures installed in her apartment and her own self-preservation instincts thanks to her pre-eminent bloodline.image

Calling on his niece to convince her to leave the apartment Dredd is surprised at Vienna's reluctance.image

Inviting Dredd in for a customary cup of tea,his niece explains she feels safer where she is and it’s not until someone sets a fire outside the front door that Vienna agrees to leave with her uncle.imageimage

Skirting the myriad dangers beyond her apartment door Dredd leads his niece to safety.

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Since Dredd rescued Vienna from her block, during Chaos Day, we have heard nothing more about her, and also about the fate of her unborn child, but either way thanks to her unparalleled bloodline, we’re pretty sure she’s doing just fine!

  Droid IconsClint Langley - (Pt.3)Sláine

To be completely honest I was initially sceptical of the decision by creative droids, Pat Mills and Clint Langley, to use the artist’s new digital technique on the character they had chosen for their next series; one typically submersed in tradition, from an era of swords & sorcerywitches & druids, and of course mighty barbarian heroes.
We’re talking of course about everyone’s favourite Celtic warrior - Sláine.
Surely there were better choices for this new computer-enhanced technology, utilising the fairly recent Photoshop phenomenon?

However, I don’t think there was one loyal Squaxx dek Thargo who was not at least a little impressed, if not totally blown away, by this radical new direction..

THE AXEMAN COMETH!
Books of Invasions [vol.1] Moloch (Progs1322-26,8Jan-3Feb’03) Golamh (Progs1350-55,23Jul-27Aug03).
This first eye-popping series introduced a brand new villain, perhaps the deadliest foe to face Sláine to date: Moloch, ‘of the many swords’.
With a pierced eyeball, a shield worn on his back bristling with the swords of his fallen enemies, a skeletal appearance, and a mouth full of sharp pointed teeth, this high-ranking Formorian Sea-Devil, cut quite a fearsome figure..
Moloch becomes a real thorn in the side of Sláine, especially when he finds the barbarian’s weakness: the mother of his child Kai, first and eternal love,and fierce warrior-wife, Niamh (pronounced Neeve!). But can our hero save his one true love, from this merciless killer?

THE INVASION HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN!
Books of Invasions [vol.2] Scota (Progs1371-76,7Jan-11Feb’04), Tara (Progs1420-25,5Jan-9Feb’05).
The battle continues for Tir Nan Og, the Land of the Young, and Sláine is struggling to turn back the hellish tide of the Fomorian sea devils. But help is at hand in the form of an unlikely alliance with Scota and the Atlantean tribe. However, even together their might may not be enough, and Sláine finds that he must go to the highest power there is… Danu, the Earth Goddess herself!

THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS!
Books of Invasions [vol.3]Odacon (Progs1436-42,27Apr-8Jun’05), Tara (Progs1469-75.4Jan-15Feb’06), Carnival (Progs1469-75.4Jan-15Feb’06 & Prog2006,14Dec’05)
Sláine has returned from the Other World to rescue the besieged city of Tara, the energy of the Goddess warping him as he wades into battle. The Tribes of the Earth Goddess and the Atlanteans unite in an epic battle as the sea demons are driven back beneath the waves. But Lord Odacon will not surrender so easily and soon Slaine will face an even greater menace as Odacon spreads his evil once more through the Land of the Young!

GAME, SET AND AXE!
The WandererThe Gong Beater (Progs1635-38,13May-3Jun’09) The Smuggler (Progs1662-65,18Nov-9Dec,09) The Exorcist (Progs1709-12,3-24Nov’10) The Mercenary (Progs1713-14,1-7Dec’10) & Prog2011,15Dec’10).
Back in his beloved Tir Nan Og – the Land of the Young, a mystical place of myth and legend. Celtic warrior Sláine, the first High King of Ireland and Ukko his (un)faithful dwarf sidekick, return to his homeland, now free (for now!), from the bloody yoke of the Fomorians. But there is ever work for Slaine’s bloody battle axe, ‘Brainbiter’, and as the Celtic warrior comes home he encounters everything from evil magicians and demonically-possessed maidens, to the bloody roots of modern day football, as they roam their world in search of adventure!

Book of Scars
The Book of Scars is a special anniversary story which sees Sláine return to the most pivotal moments of his life where he has to face off against his greatest foes – all beautifully rendered by Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, and, Clint Langley, the artists who secured the character’s name in the annals of British comics history and who returned for this special one-off story.
Along with his odious sidekick Ukko the Dwarf, Sláine has endured 30 years of trials across the ages as he has served the Earth Goddess, Danu, both as High King of Ireland and as a time-travelling warrior.

A fitting tribute then to three decades of the Celtic hero’s adventures - “He didn’t think it too many!”- held together by the artistic talent of Clint Langley, ably standing in for the late, great Massimo Belardinelli on black/white inks, and also on his own breath-taking CG covers.

It’s a phenomenal body of work, that has stretched for a whole decade, and has more than held it’s own with some of the master droids mentioned above.

Slaine has returned to a more traditional art style for the most recent series: The Brutania Chronicles, fully-painted by classically trained, award-winning  portrait artist, Simon Davis, and it is beautifully rendered.

However, the Langley droid, in this humble blogging droid’s opinion(!), saved his best work for seven heroes, tasked with bringing peace to a planet, and preventing a war between forces on Earth, a band of robots known as the Mek-nificent 7, determined to ‘increase the peace’..

Spread The Word!””

Stay tuned for our final look at the dynamic digital drawing of art droid, Clint Langley!

Preview // Prog 1898

Jaegir wraps up this Prog,and all other stories reach their penultimate episodes, making way for the long-awaited landmark, Prog 1900.

This terrific tower of Thrill-power™ kicks off on 24 September, and to be sure you don’t miss out on your copy - particularly if you’re an overseas reader - you can now pre-order this ghafflebette piece of comic history from our online shop - don’t miss out, Earthlets!


JUDGE DREDD // CASCADE
Mega-City One, 2136 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant, and only the Judges – empowered to dispense instant justice – can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDDhe is the Law! Now, the city is being addressed by the Lawlords, ruthless, ultra-strict, alien dictators…Michael Carroll (w). Paul Marshall (a)
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra


AQUILA // CARNIFEX
Following Spartacus’s failed revolt against his Roman masters, his army of rebels was crucified. Amongst these was the slave-turned-gladiator AQUILA, who cried out to the gods for vengeance – and was answered by Ammit the Devourer, a deity that gifted him with immortality in return for keeping her fed with the souls of evil men. Now, Aquila's battles the hideous Mater Clementia
Aquila created by Gordon Rennie & Leigh Gallagher

BRASS SUN // FLOATING WORLDS
The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system: a clutch of planets orbiting a vast BRASS SUN via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren has been tasked with finding the key that will restart the sun, and she has just escaped from ‘The Deeps’…
Brass Sun created by Ian Edginton & INJ Culbard

BLACK SHUCK // PART SIX
Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…
Black Shuck created by Leah Moore / John Reppion & Steve Yeowell


JAEGIR // CIRCE
The Greater Nordland Republic. While the Norts are currently engaged in a galaxy-wide war with the Souther forces, it falls to military officers such asKapiten-Inspector Atalia JAEGIR of the Nordland State Security Police to root out and investigate war criminals amongst her own ranks. Now, Jaegir has been betrayed by  Kolonel Mabuse, and it’s time for some payback…
Jaegir created by Gordon Rennie & Simon Coleby

Fearful front from cover art droid, Dave Kendall.

Mater, Hater!
Aquila finally battles scourge of Rome, hideous river demon, Mater Clementia - “The Mother Of All Nightmares”..
Creepily cool cover art (Prog1898,10Sep’14) by über-gifted art droid, the dynamic Dave Kendall! °

Mater, Hater!

Aquila finally battles scourge of Rome, hideous river demon, Mater Clementia - “The Mother Of All Nightmares”..

Creepily cool cover art (Prog1898,10Sep’14) by über-gifted art droid, the dynamic Dave Kendall!
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Bloodline: Part One - Rico & Joe Dredd: Brothers-with-arms!

With recent posts about Rico Dredd, evil clone-brother of Joe, and his biological daughter, Vienna, now seemed the perfect time to start a Tumblr history of Mega-City One Justice Dept. and in particular the cloning process, using DNA from the City's first great Judges - especially that of Chief-Judge Eustace Fargo, the ‘Father of Justice’, and his undiluted gene pool, or ‘bloodline’. 

Scheduled for three parts, this first instalment deals with two of those experimental clones, twin boys, christened Joe & Rico. Now read on…

To deal with the ever expanding population of mid-twenty first century America, great Mega-Cities began to spring up, the largest of all these,Mega-City One covered the entire Eastern Seaboard, stretching from Toronto,on the border with Canadia in the north, down to Florida in the South.

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Unsurprisingly crime has now reached epidemic proportions, and a solution was needed to deal with the problem. Enter the Judges, an elite order of crime-fighters trained from the age of five in the Academy of Law, imbued with the power to be judge, jury and executioner. The greatest of them all is..Judge Dredd

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Taken from genetic material belonging to “Father of Justice”, Chief Judge Eustace Fargo, great things are expected of clones Joseph and Rico Dredd (so named to instill fear in the minds of the citizenry).                                  imageimage

Speeding up the development process so that the clones emerge from their growth tanks after sixteen months as fully formed five-year olds, enables them to be readied sooner for life on the streets as a Mega-City Judge.image

As one would expect heralding from such fine genetic stock, the clone-brothers excel at the Academy of Law.

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They perform so exceptionally, that during the turmoil of the Atomic Wars of 2070 (four years after their emergence from the cloning tanks) they are assigned to protect their clone-father, Chief Judge Fargo, himself.

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imageDeposing President Robert L. “Mad Bob” Booth, the Judges are now in sole command of MC-1 and the clones’ development continues apace

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 However, during their Hotdog Run (Cadet Judges’ mandatory assessment in the Cursed Earth radiation desert, or other hazardous locations, outside the environs of Mega-City One), Rico suffers a fractured skull, a broken arm, and possible radiation poisoning whilst awaiting rescue at the bottom of a chemical pit, into which he had fallen.image

Possibly due to his accident, subjection to a high radiation count, or perhaps just a fault in the genes (the usually impeccably moral Fargo was fallible),Cadet Rico began to exhibit displays of excessive violence, and an absolute desire to be better than his clone-brother. Even resorting to calling Dredd Little Joe and himself Big Rico, in reference to the fact that he had been the first out of the growth tanks-by all of twelve minutes!

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The Dredd clones passed their final assessment with the highest ever scores at the Academy of Law, but Rico's behaviour was getting worse and it had drawn the attention of the JudgesReview Board.

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 Rico was returning too high a body count, with complaints of assault, arrestees beaten up in custody, as well as the mysterious disappearance of his passing Judge, Kenner.

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Rico had taken for himself a luxury apartment, unthinkable for today’s Judges but overlooked back then ,owing to his genetic-stock and a generally looser judicial climate, before things tightened up under Chief Judge Goodman.

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Dredd was sent to talk to his clone-brother, hoping this could salvage what was becoming an increasingly embarrassing situation.

However, when Joe reached the apartment things had gotten worse than anyone could have imagined; Rico had taken to living with a woman, and was drinking heavily; both completely against Judicial regulations.

Outraged Joe tells Rico that he must do something about his lifestyle, or he will do it for him, to which his clone just brushes off, stating that he was a Judge and could do what he wanted.

Not one for letting matters slide, Joe sits outside Rico's apartment to await developments. He doesn't have to wait long. Aware that his clone probably knows of his presence, Dredd follows Rico on a shocking tour of corruption and criminal enterprise.

When Joe finally catches up, Rico is not surprised to see his clone; knowing this confrontation was inevitable he offers Joe a chance to join him in his criminal endeavours. Dredd,of course was never going to accept, and when Rico shoots a citizen in cold blood, who is unable to pay him protection, he has no alternative but to apprehend his clone-brother. Rico however, has no intention of being arrested, seemingly intent on a showdown; having always been the better shot, and with the quicker draw it appears there can only be one outcome. Surprisingly, even though Rico draws first, his aim is off.

Dredd takes him down with a punch, and the fate reserved for all ‘bent’ Judges awaits the misguided clone - twenty years in the penal colony on Saturn’s moon,Titan!

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Dredd surmises that his clone realised something was wrong, disgusted by what he had become, and faced with Titan ,Big Rico/em> hoped Little Joe  would be forced to kill him in a shoot out, not expecting that he would be taken alive.

Twenty years of suffering in the cold blackness of space, mutilated by surgery to survive the conditions, Rico harboured a festering hatred for his ‘perfect’ twin, counting down the days before he returned to Earth.

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Arriving back on-planet, Rico Dredd has one thought on his mind: vengeance! Discovering Judge Dredd's apartment, Rico uses their unique genetic imprint to gain access, ties up Joe's landlady, Maria (later re-imagined without her appearance), changing the atmosphere and temperature to mimic those of Titan, then lies in wait for his hated clone to arrive.

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Joe learns of Rico's return and hurrying to make his appointment with destiny, rushes to his apartment.

On arrival Rico gets the drop on Joe, having always been the best on a stake-out, once again challenging his clone-brother to draw, this time even though he was aiming to kill, Rico has lost that crucial split-second reflex after twenty years on Titan, and to his disbelief Joe fires first, mortally wounding him.

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As Rico lays dying, Joe relates that sending him to Titan was the hardest moment of his life and he has carried the guilt and grief everywhere, as if a part of him inside had died.

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Rico gasps out the reply that, “there might just..be hope for you yet, Joe..” When other Judges arrive on the scene, Dredd refuses their help to carry Rico's body, insisting, with the immortal line: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!

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Fascinating insight into building a great cover, with all digitally created images for his e-novella done by the author himself, Michael Carroll - and a little help from our resident graphic art droid, PyeParr01!

  1. The helmet!
  2. Our first glimpse of the subject, suitably surgically altered, to withstand twenty years hard labour in the hostile environment of Mega-City One's penal colony on Titan (a moon orbiting Saturn), the harshest of punishments - reserved for those that betray the Badge, and break their own strict, moral Laws - the Judges themselves!
  3. It is, of course Rico Dredd: “The Clone That Went Bad!”,  the antithesis to his rigid, upstanding, righteous clone brother, Joe,
  4. Nice scuff-marked helmet for added realism, but there’s still a little something missing…
  5. Bingo!' - with a little help from graphic art droid, PyeParr01 - tinting the visor & adding a glint of reflection, to complete the picture.
  6. The finished cover: Rico Dredd, The Titan YearsThe Third Law, e-novella, written by multi-talented script & art droid, Michael Carroll.

2000AD Forum Art Comp. (Jul’14): Wordless Stories

THE WINNERS!

Again,apologies for the tardiness of these posts, but I’m sure you’ll agree they were worth waiting for…

Sadly, I could still only find two of the winning entrants, however they’re bloody brilliant!

  1. Overall winner: ‘Uncle Joe' - Our first ever all-photo submission, yet it manages to convey more pathos, emotion and gravitas, than some entire comic books. Vienna Dredd, biological daughter of Joe's disgraced clone brother Rico, and therefore Dredd's actual niece. Vienna is a bit of an enigma, the total opposite of her stoic uncle, perhaps she has inherited some of her father’s traits, however she is essentially a good person. She has been through some tough times though, usually down to her ‘Bloodline' connection: She's been kidnapped and drugged by Satanists, captured by East-Meg agents - impregnated by one of the undercover Sov agents posing as a charming Brit-Cit businessman - and also met most of the other Dredd clone family: Rico (named after Vienna's father), Dolman, younger than Rico and with a rebellious streak, opting out of the Academy to join the Space Corps, (much to Dredd's annoyance!), she also had to decide whether to euthanise another of her 'cousins' - a shambling hulk, barely lucid, and hideously deformed by genetically modified animal/insect DNA, named Nimrod - Dredd eventually does the deed, humanely, after Nimrod saves Vienna from a terrorist bombing, sustaining terrible injuries. She even survived Chaos Day, for drokk's sake! So what could drive Vienna to popping pills and writing notes to her absent uncle? Her decision to give up her unborn baby? After-effects of the Satanist plot, and subsequent systematic drugging? Or just the constant pressure of being a ‘Dredd’? That’s what makes this piece so enigmatic & thought-provoking - YOU decide what it means…! Superb work, and a worthy winner from The Enigmatic Dr. X!
  2. Tharg’s Choice: Robot Rebellion by IAMTHESYSTEM - Former carpentry droid, Call-Me-Kenneth, leader of the robot rebellion, and architect of the first Robot Wars,(Progs10-17,3Apr-18Jun’77) looks out at the chaos happening across Mega-City One, and calls it good…!