In 2000AD‘s new thrill “Judge Anderson: Martyrs” launching this week, writer Emma Beeby (Mata Hari, Doctor Who) and artist Aneke (DC Comics Bombshells) give Mega-City One’s top telepath one of her toughest missions yet – to save her friend, the possessed Judge Karyn.
Once one of the city’s elite telepaths, Karyn attempted to the malign Shadow King by drawing its spirit into her mind to be imprisoned – but the attempt went horrifyingly wrong and she is now half human and half vampiric demon! Can she be redeemed? Anderson certainly thinks so, but is her faith misplaced?
With a Judge Anderson cover by Tula Lotay Prog 2137, on sale in newsagents and via digital platforms in the UK this Wednesday, also sees the continuation of “Thistlebone” by TC Eglington and Simon Davis – a dark folk-horror chiller as the survivor of a cult is drawn back to the woods where something ancient and unholy is thought to dwell.
Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion continue to creep us out with the second, startling book of “Absalom: Terminal Diagnosis“, as the copper and his team prepare to face the terrors of The Mills and rescue his grandchildren from the demons’ clutches; and there’s a desperate battle against the Martians in “Scarlet Traces: Home Front“, by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli!
JUDGE DREDD // THE SAMARITAN PART TWO
By Kenneth Niemand (Writer) Staz Johnson (Artist) Chris Blythe (Colourist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Home to over 130 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, Dredd has been severely injured in a shoot-out and abducted by the psychic medical practitioner known as The Samaritan…
SCARLET TRACES // HOME FRONT
by Ian Edginton (Writer) D’Israeli (Artitst) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
1968. It is decades since Mars waged war on Earth, and the major nations have access to Martian-derived technology, but Britain 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 have weaponised the sun, and are on the attack…
THISTLEBONE // PART THREE
by TC Eglington (Writer) Simon Davis (Artitst) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
England, 2019. The rural village of Harrowvale holds a dark past — namely that it once hosted a cult worshipping an ancient deity called THISTLEBONE. Led by the charismatic Jasper Hillman, their pagan beliefs led to the attempted sacrifice of the young Avril Eason. She escaped, and now, years later, Avril has returned to Harrowvale with journalist Seema Chaudry to ensure that the cult is truly dead…
ANDERSON PSI-DIVISION // MARTYRS
by Emma Beeby (Writer) Aneke (Artist) Barbara Nosenzo (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Psi-Division is a section of Justice Department that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents — from precognition to exorcism, mind- reading to astral projection, its operatives deal with all manner of paranormal crimes. Cassandra ANDERSON is Psi-Div’s top telepath, and has been responsible for saving the city on many occasions. Now, she’s trying save the possessed Judge Karyn…
ABSALOM // TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS
by Gordon Rennie (Writer) Tiernen Trevallion (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
UK, 2017. Inspector Harry ABSALOM is an old-school copper — curmudgeonly anti- authoritarian, he’s been with the force for over forty years. Suffering from cancer, he’s the head of a special squad that enforces The Accord, a diplomatic treaty made in the 16th century between the throne of England and the powers of Hell. Now, he’s leading a unit that is storming The Mills, a demon stronghold, to rescue his grandchildren…