Tharg’s rivet-bustingly busy droids have yet another zarjaz edition of 2000AD this week – on sale now with a wraparound cover from Stewart K. Moore.
Inside, there’s plenty of scintillating sci-fi and fantasy to energise your depleted excitement circuits – scrotnig future fiction featuring Judge Dredd, Hershey and Skip Tracer, history and horror collide in Aquila, and there’s pop-culture comedy courtesy of those Survival Geeks.
All in all, another jam-packed prog guaranteed to enliven any lockdown!
With the stores nationwide – indeed, globally, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many of will have no doubt been turning to shop.2000AD.com for all your Thrill-powered needs. If you haven’t, then we suggest you keep an eye on 2000AD’s social media feeds – Twitter, Facebook and more – because you may be otherwise missing out on some truly ghafflebette online-exclusive deals.
For example – there’s a year’s worth of digital progs at knockdown prices now available, and there’s groats off selected graphic novels, website-only editions such as David Roach’s variant cover for his brilliant Masters of British Comic Art, and more.
(What do you mean, you haven’t bought this yet? Don’t miss out – here’s Steve Winders review!)
IN THIS PROG…
JUDGE DREDD // Chimpsky’s Law / Part Two
Script: Kenneth Niemand / Art: PJ Holden / Colours: Quinton Winter / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Home to over 130 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, with the irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth to the west. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a knife-edge and only the zero-tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD – he is the Law!
SKIP TRACER // Nimrod / Part Nine
Script: James Peaty / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Dylan Teague / Letters: Simon Bowland
The Cube, the 27th century. This vast city floating in the depths of space was once a monitoring station, but has been refitted by the Earth-led Consociation as a solution to a universal housing problem. It’s now home to every kind of undesirable and wanted criminal. That’s where SKIP TRACER Nolan Blake comes in, a former soldier turned tracker, who, after a battlefield injury, was left with powerful psi-abilities…
AQUILA // The Burning Fields // Part Six
Script: Gordon Rennie / Art: Patrick Goddard / Colours: Pippa Bowland / Letters: Jim Campbell
Following Spartacus’s failed revolt against his Roman masters, his rebel army was crucified. Amongst these was the slave-turned-gladiator AQUILA, who cried out to the gods for vengeance — and was answered by Ammit the Devourer, a deity that gifted him with immortality in return for keeping her fed with evil men’s souls. Now, Aquila wants to be released from Ammit’s bond, and is hunting for clues to her location…
SURVIVAL GEEKS // Crisis of Infinite Nerds / Part Five
Script: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby / Art: Neil Googe / Colours: Gary Caldwell / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Somewhere in the outer limits of space/time, plunging through the planes of reality, is what looks like a regular suburban two-up two-down, but it is in fact powered by misfiring trans-dimensional technology. Inside live sci-fi obsessives Clive, Rufus and Simon, plus reluctant housemate Sam and pet Cthulhu Howard: explorers on the edge of beyond, they’re never far from trouble on the worlds they visit…
HERSHEY // Disease / Part Five
Script: Rob Williams / Art: Simon Fraser / Letters: Simon Bowland
Judge Barbara Hershey was one of Justice Department’s most respected and capable young officers before she became Chief Judge. Leading the city through numerous challenges, she only occasionally clashed with Dredd — until the ‘Small House’ affair and the revelation of Judge Smiley’s clandestine operations on her watch. Now, though, a microbial virus has seen Hershey resign, and her health suffer to the point of death…
• 2000AD Prog 2179 is out now from all good newsagents and comic book stores, plus digitally from the 2000AD webshop and apps… If you buy an issue of 2000AD in the first week of its release then postage in the UK is free
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.