Every so often 2000AD clears the decks and brings in a raft of new stories so that new readers can jump on board – and Prog 2250, on sale today, is the next jumping on issue.
As well as a brand new cover by master artist Mick McMahon, this 48-page extravaganza features a brand new Judge Dredd story, “The Hard Way” by Rob Williams and Arthur Wyatt, with art by breakout artist Jake Lynch.
We’re also treated to the return of the stunning-looking, intriguing “The Out“, Dan Abnett and Mark Harrison‘s surprise hit of last year, which sees wandering photo-journalist Cyd Finlea continue to try and find her way through a dangerous universe.
“Scarlet Traces” by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli returns, too, in “Storm Front“. From the original premise of “what happened after HG Wells’ War of the Worlds?”, this series has now progressed into the 20th Century and become a story of prejudice, hope, and giant space battles.
Plus, Gordon Rennie and Antonio Fuso begin a new series of supernatural thriller series “The Diaboliks“; Mary-Poppins-gone-bad Pandora Perfect breaks out of 2000AD Regened into her own series, with “Mystery Moon” by Roger Langridge and Brett Parson; and we get some one-off stories, too – Anderson, Psi-Divison in “Be Psi-ing You“, by Maura McHugh and Lee Carter, and Future Shocks, “The Guardian & the Godchild“, written and drawn by Chris Weston.
2000AD 2250 – CHECKLIST
• Judge Dredd: The Hard Way by Rob Williams, Arthur Wyatt (Writer) Jake Lynch (Artist)
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. 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! Recently, Dredd and Accounts Judge Maitland have been targeting Euro crime-boss La Reine Rouge…
• Scarlet Traces: Storm Front by Ian Edginton (Writer) D’Israeli (Artist)
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 Earth is seeking allies in Jupiter…
• The Out Book II by Dan Abnett (Writer) Mark Harrison (Artist)
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…
• The Diaboliks: Arrivederci Roma by Gordon Rennie (Writer) Antonio Fuso (Artist)
Solomon Ravne and Jennifer Simmons were once part of Caballistics, Inc., a private 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 with the death of Kostabi, Ravne and Jenny became a couple, and are now working on behalf of the Malleus, destroying their demonic enemies…
• Pandora Perfect: Mystery Moon by Roger Langridge (Writer) Brett Parson (Artist)
Earth, the far future. No felon is more wanted than the nefarious Pandora Perez — burglar, safe-cracker, armed bandit and all-round career criminal. Just when the authorities thought that they ’d finally managed to incarcerate her, her loyal robot assistant Gort came to her rescue and succeeded in breaking her out of her cell. Despite being a wanted woman, Pandora ’s still up to her usual confidence tricks…
• Anderson, Psi-Div: Be Psi-ing You by Maura McHugh (Writer) Lee Carter (Artist)
Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Psi-Division is a section of Justice Department that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents — from precognition to exorcism, it is at the forefront in the war against supernatural crime. Cassandra ANDERSON is the div ’s top telepath, and recently teamed up with fellow psis Shakta and Corann Ryan, the latter shadowed by the ghost of her twin sister Lesley, to battle the Earth animus…
• Future Shocks: The Guardian & The Godchild by Chris Weston (Writer & Artist)
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…
ALSO OUT NOW…
Dark Judges: The Fall of Deadworld Volume 3
By Kek-W and Dave Kendall
Release Date: 14th September 2021
Dimensions: 282 × 216 mm
Can humanity escape the icy clutches of Death? The psychotic Chief Judge Casey Tweed has dethroned and killed Judge Death and taken over Death’s mission to murder every living creature on the planet. The neighbouring Soviets have seen the chaos as an ideal time to launch an attack on their American enemies.
As numerous battles rage a small group of rebels led by Judge Fairfax – some living, some already turned into the undead – launch a desperate effort to save their city from being converted into a necropolis, but it all seems too little too late. The Dark Judges are already spreading their contagion across the globe and in the depths of space, exterminating all life under the orders of Chief Judge Tweed. However, both the forces of death and the forces of life about to learn, just because Judge Death is dead, doesn’t mean that he is gone…
The acclaimed series from Kek-W (The Order) and Dave Kendall (Dreams of Deadworld) continues in this lavish hardback collection, including never seen before concept art and sketches.
The Thirteenth Floor Volume 3
Out: 16th September 2021
Format: Paperback and webshop exclusive hardcover
The thrilling conclusion to the classic 1980s horror comic strip! Max the maniacal computer is back in Maxwell Tower, dishing out his twisted form of retribution on anyone who dares to cross his beloved residents! From a conniving milkman to thuggish street urchins, anyone who enters Max’s territory looking for trouble is going for a one-way trip to the thirteenth floor!
However, Max’s past exploits have not gone unnoticed. The K.G.B. have sent their own super-powered computer called Boris to make Max an offer – help them conquer the world or face obliteration!
COMING SOON FROM REBELLION AND THE TREASURY OF BRITISH COMICS…
• Sláine: Dragontamer – 28th September
• Dark Justice: Torture Garden (Digital Only) – 6th October
• Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular Special – 6th October – ahead of a new bi-monthly regular title launching next April – read our news story
• Black Max Volume 2 – 14th October
• Fiends of the Eastern Front – 14th October
• Megatropolis – 14th October
• Roy of the Rovers: New Digs – 28th October 2021
• Tales from the Black Museum Volume 1 (Digital Only) – 3rd November 2021
• Judge Dredd: Dreadnoughts – Book One – 9th November
• Misty Presents: The Jaume Rumeu Collection – 11th November
• Brink Volume 4 – 23rd November
• The Tom Paterson Collection – 25th November
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.