Jam-packed Zarjaz 20 released, packed with great 2000AD-inspired strips

Zarjaz 20

Lurking behind a simply stunning Bad Company cover by Mick Cassidy, Peeps the droid delivers some truly brilliant thrills lifted directly from the cortex of The Mighty One Himself in Zarjaz Issue 20 – the latest issue of the brilliant 2000AD-inspired fanzine from Futurequake Press.

“A.B.C. Warriors – Mongrol Handfuls of Smush”

It’s a jam-packed issue, but standouts for me this time around have to be  “A.B.C. Warriors – Mongrol Handfuls of Smush”, a seven-page story by writer Mark Hobby and artist James Newell; an awesome tale of man versus mutant alligator, “DownlodeTales- Sewer Side”, by writer Tom Proudfoot and artist George Coleman; and perhaps my favourite, script wise on first reading,  “Judge Dredd – Dead Soldiers” by writer Karl Stock and artist Tom Bonin.

Fabulous art from George Coleman in "Sewer Side"
Fabulous art from George Coleman in “Sewer Side”

Which is by no means dismissing the other great strips in this smartly-edited, well presented anthology, which are “BAD Company – From Mud To Murder” by writer Shaun Avery and artist David Broughton; “M.A.C.H. 1 – Mach Of Lies”, a ten page story  by writer Mark Howard and artist Matt Herbert; and a great-looking story, “Tales of Mega-City 1-Meg-Way Blues” by writer Umar Ditta and artist Nathan Webb.

A panel from “Tales of Mega City 1 – Meg-Way Blues” by Nathan Webb

This is an excellent homage to 2000AD, well deserving of your galactic groats.   And it’s still only £3.00, you don’t deserve it!

• Buy Zarjaz Issue 20 NOW from http://www.futurequake.co.uk/shop.php

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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