This week’s line up, lurking behind a cover by Alex Ronald, is as follows…
Favourite strip this Prog? Well, it’s a toss up between the bloody finale to “Judge Dredd: War Buds”, Dan Cornwell pulling out all the stops on the art; and “The Alienist”, in which cans of worms have clearly been opened and will crawl into your brain if you think too much about them…
Judge Dredd: War Buds
by John Wagner (Writer) Dan Cornwell (Artist) Abigail Bulmer (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, poverty widespread, and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a constant knife-edge, and 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!
The Alienist: Inhuman Natures
by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby (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 apparently occult nature, accompanied by Professor Sebastian Wetherall. Little do those that meet the pair know that the Professor is actually an out-of-work actor called Reginald Briggs, a stooge covering for the fact that Madelyn is not human, and is trying to protect mankind from an imminent interdimensional threat…
Greysuit: Foul Play
by Pat Mills (Writer) John Higgins (Artist) Sally Hurst (Colourist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
Bolivaria, 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. But having targeted arms dealer Hugo Prince, Blake’s been captured and facing execution…
Future Shocks: Alt-Life
by Rory McConville (Writer) Jake Lynch (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
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. Abandon your preconceptions, and expect the unexpected…
Hope: … For The Future
by Guy Adams (Writer) Jimmy Broxton (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
An alternate 1940s Hollywood. WWII 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, but the one desperate case he wants to close is the whereabouts of his wife and son.
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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.