It’s a busy week for Tharg, with an all-new 2000AD packed with cracking SF action adventure and horror out today, followed by two very different comic collections – The Ballad of Halo Jones Book Two and Bella at the Bar.
In this week’s Prog (cover by Chris Weston)
JUDGE DREDD: ELEVATOR PITCH
by Rob Williams (Writer) Chris Weston (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer) Chris Blythe (Colourist)
Mega-City One, 2140 AD. Home to over 100 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!
Now, a newly opened space elevator for the rich has been hijacked by an ape gang…
SKIP TRACER: HEAVY IS THE HEAD
by James Peaty (Writer) Paul Marshall (Artist) Dylan Teague (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
The Cube, the 27th century. This vast city floating in the depths of space was once a monitoring station, but has been refitted by the Earth-led Consociation as a solution
to a universal housing problem. It’s now home to every kind of undesirable, and an easy refuge for wanted criminals.
That’s where SKIP TRACER Nolan Blake comes in, a former soldier turned tracker-for-hire. Now, he’s learned the truth behind ‘the Crown’…
THE ORDER: THE NEW WORLD
by Kek-W (Writer) John Burns (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
Throughout history, mankind has been under threat of extermination by the Wyrms, creatures from another plane that systematically break into our reality. Defending humanity are the men and women of THE ORDER, a secret band of warriors that have fought the entities across the centuries. But the Wyrms have fractured time, noble robot knight Ritterstahl has been lost, and Anna Kohl is determined to find him…
THE FALL OF DEADWORLD
by Kek-W (Writer) Dave Kendall (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
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: creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. Now, Judge Fairfax is in the hands of the enemy, and his young ward Jess has vowed to rescue him, her team having breached the Sector House walls…
DURHAM RED: BORN BAD
by Alec Worley (Writer) Lee Carter (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, with bounty hunting the only job open to them. One such Search/Destroy agent is ruthless vampire DURHAM RED, who requires blood to survive. Out of work and needing cash, she’s been hired by dying mutant ganglord Monkey Harris to find his mother…
• 2000AD is available in print from UK newsagents, book shops, Amazon and comic book stores via Diamond
Also out this week from Rebellion, two female-led collections from different weekly titles – 2000AD and Jinty – but both equally memorable for their many fans, with the release of Bella at the Bar a delight, too, for the strip’s brilliant artist, John Armstrong, according to his family. (Read our review here)
THE BALLAD OF HALO JONES BOOK 2
Alan Moore (Writer) Ian Gibson (Artist) Barbara Nosenzo (Colourist) Steve Potter (Letterer) – out 12th July
Comic legend Alan Moore’s highly-influential classic of British comics, presented to a new generation colored and remastered for the very first time! “Where did she go? Out. What did she do? Everything…”Bored and frustrated with her life in 50th-century leisure-ghetto housing estate “The Hoop,”
18-year-old everywoman Halo Jones yearns for the infinite sights and sounds of the universe. Pledging to escape on a fantastic voyage, she sets in motion events unimaginable; a spell on a luxury space-liner, a brush with an interstellar war – Halo Jones faces hardship and adventure in the name of freedom in the limitless cosmos.
BELLA AT THE BAR
Jenny McDade (Writer) John Armstrong (Artist) – out 12th July – Read our review here
Bella’s gymtastic adventure begins here! Bella Barlow is a young orphan with ambitions to be a world class gymnastic. She has the talent, but is hampered by her cruel Uncle Jed and Aunt Gert who constantly exploit her for their own selfish gains.
While out cleaning windows for her uncle’s business, Bella comes across an exclusive school with a great gymnastics programme. A kind teacher named Miss Mortimer would happily accept her, but the young athlete faces great opposition from her guardians and the horrible snobbery of the school’s headmistress.
• Both collections are available in print from book shops, Amazon and comic book stores via Diamond