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.
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.
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.
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
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.