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2000AD Prog 2150 – Jump on Board this Wednesday!

This week’s 52-page 2000AD – Prog 2150 – is a “jump on board” issue, with all-new thrills throughout, an issue on sale this Wednesday in all good comic shops and newsagents (and digital platforms, too) that comes alongside release date announcements for some of Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics titles next year, including The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire.

2000AD Prog 2500 - Cover

With a cover from Joseph Michael Linsner, Prog 2500 is a way for all those tempted to dip your toe into the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic but wondering where to start, with the opening chapters of ghafflebette new stories for Judge Dredd, Defoe, Brink, Hope and The Fall of Deadworld, plus complete one-off stories of Anderson: Psi-Division, Sinister Dexter and a terrific Future Shock from Karl Stock and Will Simpson (who seems to be channeling Brian Lewis for this story)..

It’s a jam-packed issue, albeit one marked with a bit of sadness as a major Dredd character, Hershey,  breathes her last, a story told with some poignancy – and and a blink and you might miss it acerbic and deserved poke at modern media vulturism from John Wagner and Colin MacNeil.

Hope” from Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton particularly caught my eye this Prog with some terrific art, and it’s great to see Alan Grant delivering an action-packed “Anderson: Psi Division” tale, with smashing art from Jake Lynch.

With Judge Dredd Megazine 412 still on sale, and a host of comic collections and more on sale, and more to come, we’re really being spoilt by Rebellion right now. Read on for an issue preview and a rundown of current and upcoming releases!

JUDGE DREDD – GUATEMALA 
Writer: John Wagner Artist: Colin MacNeil Colourist: Chris Blythe Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

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, former Chief Judge Hershey has revealed that she’s dying from a pathogen, and is facing her final days…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Judge Dredd

HOPE …UNDER FIRE
Writer: Guy Adams Artist: Jimmy Broxton Letterer: Ellie de Ville

An alternate 1940s USA. 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 have taken him to New York at the behest of an old army colleague…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Hope

BRINK – HATE BOX
Writer: Dan Abnett Art: INJ Culbard Letterer: Simon Bowland

The late 21st century, and through environmental catastrophe and industrial overload Earth has been reduced to a wasteland. Mankind finally evacuated the planet in 2072 and millions were housed in a number of deep-space Habitats. But life on these cramped, overcrowded stations is tense, with many spilling over into madness — as HSD cop Bridget Kurtis has discovered in her investigations into violent sect crimes…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Brink

 

FUTURE SHOCKS – RESTRUCTURING
Writer: Karl Stock Art: Will Simpson Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

Out in the vast reaches of the universe, there are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told. These cautionary tales pass from traveller to traveller in the spaceports and around campfires on distant planets, acquiring the status of legend, their shocking ends a salutory lesson in hubris. Anything is possible in these twisted trips into the galaxy’s dark side, so abandon your preconceptions, and expect the unexpected…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Furure Shocks: Restructuring

 

ANDERSON; PSI-DIVISION – JUDGE DEATH: THE MOVIE
Writer: Alan Grant Artist: Jake Lynch Colourist: Jim Boswell Letterer: Simon Bowland

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, astral projection to pyrokinesis, its operatives deal with all manner of paranormal crimes.

Cassandra ANDERSON is Psi-Div’s top telepath, who’s been responsible for saving the city on numerous occasions — not least against the undead superfiend Judge Death…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Anderson: Psi Division

DEFOE – THE DIVISOR
Writer: Pat Mills Art: Leigh Gallagher Letterer: Ellie de Ville

London, 1668. It is two years since the city was devastated by the Great Fire. From the ashes rose the undead, hungry for the flesh of the living. Protecting the populace are zombie hunters like Titus DEFOE, a former Leveller, who now makes it his mission to rid
the capital of the ghouls. In this strange, clockpunk alternate past, supernatural entities have been passing info to humanity, enabling them to build rocketships…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Defoe

SINISTER DEXTER – WAITING IN CHAIRS
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Steve Yeowell Colourist: John Charles Letterer: Ellie de Ville

Downlode gun-sharks Finnigan SINISTER and Ramone DEXTER are the best triggers money can buy. Having whacked Holy Moses Tanenbaum, a ganglord from an alternate dimension whose presence threatened the fabric of reality, they’ve found killing him reset the continuum, meaning no one knows who they are, apart from hacker Billi Octavo. Now, after a bodyguarding gig went south, Dexter has been badly injured…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Sinister Dexter

THE FALL OF DEADWORLD – DOOMED
Writer: Kek-W Artist: Dave Kendall Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

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, and creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. While the survivors attempt to resist the undead horde, the neighbouring Soviets have seen the chaos as an ideal time to launch an attack on their enemies…

2000AD Prog 2500 - Fall of Deadworld

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NOVEMBER 2019

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DECEMBER 2019

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JANUARY 2020

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Battle Stations: War Picture Library. Note this may not be the final cover
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Battle Stations – War Picture Library – 20th February
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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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