Sneak Preview: 2000AD Prog 2044

2000AD Prog 2044 - Cover

Wrapped in a cover by Jimmy Broxton, 2000AD Prog 2044 comes crashing into newsagents, comic shops and digital platforms this Wednesday, offering a great selection of stories. It also sees the final episode of the latest Judge Dredd tale “Ouroboros”, which is a bit of a shame as Vega has been a great guest character. I’m sure she’ll be back!

While I’ve yet to warm to “Hope: … For The Future”, returning this issue – the art is terrific, perhaps it’s the captioned storytelling that’s jarring with me – “Grey Area” is terrific, and I really liked this Prog’s episode of “The Alienist”, a combination of great script and art. Well worth your galactic groats.

2000AD Prog 2044 - Judge Dredd

 

Judge Dredd: Ouroboros by Michael Carroll (Writer) Paul Marshal (Artist) Quinton Winter (Colourist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)

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. Unemployment is rife, and crime is rampant. 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, mutant Paradox Vega has given him a lead on dangerous new drug Spike…

2000AD Prog 2044 - The Alienist
The Alienist: Inhuman Natures by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beebie (Writers) Eoin Coveney (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)

England, 1908. Madelyn Vespertine, an Edwardian woman of unknown age and origin, investigates strange events of an occult nature, accompanied by Professor Sebastian Wetherall. Little do those that meet the pair know that the Professor is actually an actor called Reginald Briggs, a stooge covering for the fact that Madelyn is not human. Now, she has teamed up with the sinister Professor Praetorius to look into a time-breach…

2000AD Prog 2044 - Greysuit
Greysuit: Foul Play by Pat Mills (Writer) John Higgins (Artist) Sally Hurst (Colourist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)

London, 2014. John Blake is a GREYSUIT, a Delta-Class assassin working for a branch of British Intelligence. Given superhuman powers through extreme mental conditioning, Greysuits are feared for their ruthlessness. But Blake’s programming has broken down, and his memories have returned. Now, he’s getting payback on his handlers. He’s targeted corrupt arms dealer Hugo Prince, determined to bring him to justice…

2000AD Prog 2044 - Grey Area
Grey Area: Signal Six Twenty-Four by Dan Abnett (Writer) Mark Harrison (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)

The mid 21st century. Earth has a heavily armed defence network, and any ETs arriving on the planet are housed in the Exo Segregation Zone, known as the GREY AREA, which is policed by squads of Exo Transfer Control officers like Captain Adam Bulliet and his team — wife Birdy, linguist Kymn, weapons expert Feo, and alien transfer Resting Bitch Face. Confronted with all manner of life forms, they have to keep the peace…

 

2000AD Prog 2044 - Hope for the Future

Hope: … For The Future by Guy Adams (Writer) Jimmy Broxton (Artist) (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)

An alternate 1940s Hollywood. World War Two is over, victory having been secured by occult means. Now, magic is a part of everyday life, its practitioners commonplace. Mallory HOPE is one such skilled operative, though calling on the dark arts takes its toll on the user. He’s also a private investigator, hired for all manner of down n’ dirty jobs, and now his services are required to find a missing boy, the child star Buster Ritz!…

2000AD Prog 2044 On Sale Wednesday 16th August 2017 price £2.65 (on sale in the US 16th September 2017 $7.99) | Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond (DIAMOND CODE: JUN171887) | Available in digital from: 2000AD webshop, 2000AD iPad app, 2000AD Android app, 2000AD Windows 10 app

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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