Judge Dredd Megazine 388, featuring a cover by Alex Ronald, is on sale now in all good UK newsagents and via various digital platforms.
Along with a great selection of strips and a smashing “Whatever Happened To…?” supplement, the issue includes a terrific interview with Tim Pilcher and Dave Gibbons, talking about their superb new book How Comics Work, released this week (and if you’re an aspiring comic creator, you really should grab a copy).
Strips this issue:
Mega-City One, 2139 AD. This vast urban hell on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to over 72 million citizens. Unemployment is near-total, boredom universal, and crime is rampant. Tensions run a constant knife-edge, and stemming the chaos are the Judges, empowered to dispense instant justice. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law
Mega-City One, 2139 AD. Psi-Div is a section that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents – from precognition to exorcism, it is at the forefront in the war against supernatural crime. Cass Anderson is Justice Dept’s top telepath, and following a discovery of a secret society living in the Cursed Earth, the agents of the Dragon are making their move…
DEVLIN WAUGH: BLOOD DEBT
by Rory McConville (Writer) Mike Dowling (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
Brit-Cit, 2139 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 seeks out the finer things in life – but recently he’s been receiving messages about his missing brother Freddy…
by Arthur Wyatt, Alex De Campi (Writer) Paul Davidson (Artist) Len O’Grady (Colourist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
Mega-City One, the cusp of the 22nd century. Eight hundred million people are living in the ruin of the old world, a planet devastated by atomic war. Only one thing fighting for order in a metropolis teetering on the brink of chaos – the men and women of the Hall of Justice. Following the events in Peach Trees block, and Ma-Ma’s death, one former gang member is trying to get on with his life…
by John Wagner (Writer) Nick Percival (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
The depths of the Milky Way. The vast ship the Mayflower was intended to transport 4000 Mega-City pilgrims to a better world – but one of the passengers was possessed by Judge Death, who awoke his three brothers, and together they massacred everyone on board. Dredd and Anderson stopped the slaughter, with Death, Fire and Mortis left marooned in space…
This issue’s supplement includes stories by by Pat Mills, Gordon Rennie, Simon Spurrier, Alan Grant (Writers) Chris Weston, Garry Leach Graham Manley, Rufus Dayglo, Roger Langridge, Carlos Trigo, Steve Roberts, Robin Smith (Artists) Tom Frame, Roger Langridge, Annie Parkhouse, Ellie De Ville (Letterers)
Whatever happened to? – Tweak (Part 1)
An alien world, 2125 AD. A quarter-century after Judge Dredd promised his alien ally Tweak that he’d protect his mineral-rich planet from being ravaged by humankind, Tweak’s world has once again attracted unwelcome attention …
Whatever happened to? – Maria (Part 1)
Mega-City One, 2126 AD. Once upon a time, Judge Dredd lived in an apartment in Rowdy Yates Conapts with a robo-servant named Walter and a fiery Italian housekeeper named Maria. But those-a days are long-a gone …
Whatever happened to? – John ‘Giant’ Clay (Part 1)
Back in the 21st century, the name of the game was aeroball, a furious contest between teams of jetpackers – none bigger than the Harlem Heroes, captained by John ‘Giant’ Clay. Cut to 75 years on from those glory days: Mega-City One, 2126 AD!
Whatever happened to? – Cookie (Part 1)
It’s been 16 years since a spikyhaired young skysurfer by the name of Chopper stopped off on a seaship crossing the Pacific Ocean, there to make the acquaintance of robot chef Cookie – the crazed droid who chopped up his crew …
Whatever happened to? – Conrad Conn (Part 1)
The Luna-1 moon colony is not the first place you’d expect to find vid-pic star Conrad Conn, once hailed the Handsomest Man in the World. He was the greatest actor of his generation – but whither the King of Heartbreakers in the year 2126?
Whatever happened to? – The Gribligs (Part 1)
Mega-City One, 2126 AD. Eighteen years ago, a crewman on a spaceliner smuggled a pair of cute and cuddly Gribligs from the planet Plexus into the City. They’re sociable, omnivorous, they breed like there’s no tomorrow – and now they’re here to stay!
Whatever happened to? – Melda Dreepe (Part 1)
Mega-City One, 2127 AD: it’s been nearly 25 years since the Meg fell victim to the Block Mania toxin, leaving the city open to invasion. One of the first to succumb was Dan Tanna Block’s Melda Dreepe, who inspired an assault on Enid Blyton in reprisal for the dropping of a four-cred freezy-whip on her head!
Whatever happened to? – Alec Trench (Part 1)
Earth, an undisclosed point in time. Alec Trench was one of the worst writers to ever submit material to 2000 AD – so bad in fact that none of his stories were ever good enough to buy. Upset at the thousands of rejection letters he received, he tried to take his own life – and set in motion a very strange series of events…
Judge Anderson – What if…? (Part 1)
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. Psi-Division is a section within Justice Department that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents – from precognition and telepathy to exorcism. Cassandra Anderson is Psi-Div’s top telepath, responsible for saving the city from many paranormal threats…
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.