Are YOU ready for “Judge Dredd – The Musical”?

2000AD - Prog 2259 - cover by Tazio Bettin

All right, all right, we suckered you in, but blame Tharg, not us! Alongside the latest instalments of “The Out”, “Scarlet Traces”, “Dexter” and “The Diaboliks”, this week’s 2000AD, with a cover by Tazio Bettin, sees the start of all-new “Judge Dredd” story from Rob Williams and Chris Weston, featuring a certain Klegg who’s become something of a Mega-City star in recent years.

“If you humes thought Hamilton was the must-see musical, then prepare yourselves for the Ol’ Stoney-Face extravaganza heading your way, this showstopper is truly not to be missed!” Tharg himself enthuses!

As ever, Rob Williams sets the scene nicely for this story, ably complemented, of course, by Chris Weston’s terrific art – but will The Producers let The Sound of Music go on? (I’ll get my coat…)

But, “School of Drokk”, anyone? (Thanks to Dr Cole Henley for being first in with that one!)

In This Week’s 2000AD – Prog 2259

JUDGE DREDD // THE MUSICAL

Script: Rob Williams | Art: Chris Weston | Colours: Gary Caldwell | Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Home to over 160 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. With unemployment endemic and boredom universal, tensions rest on constant knife-edge. Crime is rampant and only the Judges — zero-tolerance cops empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!

2000AD - Prog 2259 - Judge Dredd

THE DIABOLIKS // LONDON CALLING

Script: Gordon Rennie | Art: Dom Reardon | Letters: Jim Campbell

Solomon Ravne and Jennifer Simmons were once part of Caballistics, Inc., a paranormal troubleshooting outfit put together by reclusive rock star Ethan Kostabi. Jennifer, however, was thrown into Hell, and became possessed by a demon. After Caballistics was disbanded, Ravne and Jenny became a couple, and are now working on behalf of the Malleus. Now, in London, Ravne and co are battling a paranormal band of villains…

2000AD - Prog 2259 - Diaboliks

DEXTER // LORDY JORDY, KING OF EVERYTHING

Script: Dan Abnett | Art: Tazio Bettin | Colours: Matt Soffe | Letters: Simon Bowland

Gun-sharks Finnigan SINISTER and Ramone DEXTER were the best hitmen money could buy in the future city of Downlode. Having whacked Holy Moses Tanenbaum, a ganglord from an alternate dimension, they found killing him reset the continuum, meaning no one knew who they were. But now a rogue A.I. is at large, which took control of Sinister, forcing Dex to kill him. But Sinister has been resurrected, and Dex, Billi and Carrie are on the run…

2000AD - Prog 2259 - Dexter

SCARLET TRACES // STORM FRONT

Script: Ian Edginton | Art: D’israeli | Letters: Simon Bowland

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 are on the attack, and Jupiter has to come to Earth’s aid…

2000AD - Prog 2259 - Scarlet Traces

THE OUT // BOOK TWO

Script: Dan Abnett | Art: Mark Harrison | Letters: Annie Parkhouse

The furthest edge of the universe, far into the future. Cyd Finlea is photo-journalist working for the publishers Global Neographic, travelling deep into outer space — otherwise known as THE OUT — and cataloguing the alien societies that she encounters. She left Earth ten years ago and has lost track of how far she is from home, but regardless she keeps going, accompanied by her sentient flatspace bag, seeking other ex-pat humans…

2000AD - Prog 2259 - The Out

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Misty Presents: The Jaume Rumeu Collection
ISBN: 9781781089378
Out Now
Price: £12.99
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 259×187mm

Black widows, mad scientists, femme fatales and giant spiders abound in this collection of horrifying Misty stories, all drawn by comics maestro Jaume Rumeu Perera! This collection celebrates one of the most iconic villains in British girls’ comics: the lethal Mrs. Webb, a raging femme fatale with killer style and a bone to pick with the British Establishment. 

Determined to take over the country with her army of giant arachnids, only two schoolgirls stand between her and global domination! Full of stunning artwork, terrifying twists, beautiful – but deadly – women, and, of course – giant spiders, this is an essential comic for any horror connoisseur.

Read our Creator Spotlight on Jaume Rumeu

Brink Volume 4
ISBN: 9781781089392
Release Date: 23rd November 2021
Price: £12.99
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 259 × 187 mm

The entire planet of Mercury seems to have vanished and a video clip is implicated in what looks like a mass-kill … as always on the brink of existence, truth may be stranger than fiction. In the late 21st century, after humanity has left the Earth it poisoned and now huddles in deep-space Habitats, life on these cramped, overcrowded stations is tense, with many spilling over into madness. HSD cop Bridget Kurtis has investigated cults and murders that have driven her to the very edge, but now she must stop the spread of a viral video clip which sends viewers insane…

The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection
ISBN: 9781781089408
Out: 25th November 2021
Price: £19.99
Pages: 192
Format: Standard hardcover and webshop exclusive hardcover with cover by Tom Paterson
Dimensions: 210x276mm

Scottish artist Tom Paterson is one of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics have produced. Inspired by the work of George Martin, Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid, Tom’s work was unmistakable – packed with visual comedic gags and giving each one that instant re-readability. 

Read Lew Stringer’s review of the Tom Paterson Collection

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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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