Everything’s for hire – even magic!
The latest Judge Dredd Megazine – Issue 422, out now – features a great tie-in with Rebellion Publishing in the latest issue to present a brand new and exclusive tie-in comic book to a new SF novel – The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos.
This is the kind of crossover Rebellion are doing a lot of, now, tying the different parts of their output together on the comics page, whether it’s novels like The Chimera Code or games like Zombie Army, so expect more such crossovers to come…
With art by Canadian artist Sygnin, the comic book ties into Wayne’s debut novel and comes in a separate bagged collection, featuring Manga stylings and a fast-paced story, making it an ideal primer for plunging into Santos’ fresh cyberpunk world.
If you need something done, Cloke’s one of the best; a mercenary with some unusual talents and an attitude to match. But when she’s hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment for the job is a new magical skill, she knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything she’s ever done.
Dharma’s dead, disembodied and recreated in virtual reality. He doesn’t remember the last six months, but Cloke went to his funeral; and now they’ve got to navigate how exactly this is all going to work.
And Zee’s been snatched out of danger and installed in luxury as a hot-shot console jockey. They aren’t sure who created them or why, and they can’t trust anyone – but that doesn’t matter, because they’re only in this for the money. Aren’t they?
Assisted by a virtual reality superstar, a magic sword, a combat cyborg, weather mages and the backing of the largest corporation in the world, the Chimera Team has to find and destroy a resource that their enemies will go to any lengths to protect…
Over the years, Wayne Santos has written copy for advertising agencies, scripts for television, and articles for magazines. He’s lived in Canada, Thailand and Singapore, traveling to many countries around South East Asia. His first love has always been science fiction and fantasy, and while he regularly engaged with it in novels, comics, anime and video games, it wasn’t until 1996, with his first short story in the Canadian speculative fiction magazine On Spec that he aimed towards becoming a novelist, that has led to the debut of his first novel with Rebellion.
Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 422 features a fantastic line-up of strips. The anthology title is fast building towards the Meg’s thirtieth anniversary in September, which will be celebrated with a bumper issue featuring a stunning all-new line-up – so don’t miss it!
IN THIS ISSUE…
JUDGE DREDD EXTRACTION
Script: Rory McConville Art: Ben Willsher Lettering: Annie Parkhouse
Mega-City One, 2142 AD. This vast urban hell on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to over 140 million citizens. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal, and crime is rampant. Stemming the tide of chaos are the Judges, future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law!
TALES FROM THE BLACK MUSEUM THE CACKLE
Script: Alec Worley Art: Leigh Gallagher Lettering: Simon Bowland
Mega-City One, 2142 AD. Deep in the heart of the Grand Hall of Justice lies the Black Museum, Justice Department ’s permanent exhibition of the relics from bygone crimes. Whether it ’s a notorious serial killer ’s trophies or the weapons of the Dark Judges, the violent history of the Big Meg is laid bare here. Let undead guide Henry Dubble show you around…
DEVLIN WAUGH THE WOLVES OF ST VITUS
Script: Ales Kot Art: Patrick Goddard Colour: Pippa Bowland Lettering: Annie Parkhouse
Euro-Cit, 2142 AD. A freelance paranormal troubleshooter and exorcist for the Vatican, Devlin Waugh is the world ’s foremost supernatural investigator. Despite becoming a vampire after getting bitten tackling an outbreak in an underwater prison, Devlin continues to enjoy the finer things in life. Recently, he trapped the spirit of the demon Titivillus in a dildo…
BLUNT III PART EIGHT
Script: T.C. Eglington Art: Boo Cook Lettering: Simon Bowland
The Mega-City One colony Getri-1, 2138 AD. Earth colonists attempted to make a new home on the planet, but discovered that its flora and fauna are psychically linked, and the world itself fought back against any intruders. Following battles with mutants and the alien Zhind, half-human, half-Uplift Blunt has tried to lead the survivors to safety, they ’re under attack…
LAWLESS BOOM TOWN
Script; Dan Abnett Art: Phil Winslade Lettering: Jim Campbell
Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson was appointed to the frontier township of Badrock on the planet 43 Rega, intent on stamping her authority on the colony. But in doing so, Lawson made many enemies, including Munce, Inc., the mega-corporation that funds Badrock. Now, MC-1 has dispatched an SJS contingent to oversee Badrock as it becomes a free-trade town…
This issue’s supplement also includes a number of “Bob Byrne’s Twisted Tales” and the main Meg carries a feature on the Power comic, SMASH!.
• Judge Dredd Megazine 422 is out now from all good newsagents and comic book stores, as well as digitally from 2000AD’s webshop and apps
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.