Prog 1896 // Preview

Shuck Off!

Black Shuck fights off the undead in this stunning cover, (Prog1896,27Aug’14) from the glorious Glenn Fabry!

As we wave goodbye to another marvellous summer - of Thrills! - have no fear as the Thrill’o’meter is about to go right into the red, with the onset of the soon-to-be legendary, landmark Prog 1900!
Out on 22 September - be sure to get your copy from our online shop, or make sure your local Thrill-power™ merchant has your Prog kept safe for you - preferably in a radiation-proof container!
It’s gonna be epic, Earthlets!

Mega-City One, 2136 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant, and only the Judges – empowered to dispense instant justice – can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDDhe is the Law! Now, Major Indira Knight has returned from an 87-year deep-space mission…Michael Carroll (w). Paul Marshall (a)
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

Following Spartacus’s failed revolt against his Roman masters, his army of rebels 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 the souls of evil men. Now, he’s working for the tyrannical Emperor Nero
Aquila created by Gordon Rennie & Leigh Gallagher

The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system: a clutch of planets orbiting a vast BRASS SUN via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren has been tasked with finding the key that will restart the sun, and her mission now takes her to ‘The Deeps’…
Brass Sun created by Ian Edginton & INJ Culbard

Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…
Black Shuck created by Leah Moore / John Reppion & Steve Yeowell

The Greater Nordland Republic. While the Norts are currently engaged in a galaxy-wide war with the Souther forces, it falls to military officers such as Kapiten-Inspector Atalia JAEGIR of the Nordland State Security Police to root out and investigate war criminals amongst her own ranks. Now, in a bid to track down a quarry, she must deal with the mysterious Kolonel Mabuse
Jaegir created by Gordon Rennie & Simon Coleby

Apologies for the lateness due to the long Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, "normal" service will be resumed by next Prog!





Messier 42 - The Orion Nebula

Located in the sword of the constellation Orion, just below the belt, M42 is one of the most beautiful objects in the night sky.

Easily seen through even a modest set of binoculars, M42 resembles a large ball of gas, cut open on one side. In its interior lies four extremely bright stars, which are producing the ionising radiation responsible for the brilliant colour of the nebula (which can only been seen post-processed). These four stars are known as the asterism (recognisable pattern) called the Trapezium Cluster.

Due to it’s naked-eye visibility, any determination of a first discovery can be thrown out. Yet we may note that, interestingly, the Mayans could well have mentioned the nebula in their creation myth. The first true scientific insight to the nebula was made in 1610 by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, when he described the diffuse nebulosity of M42. In following years, the nebula was referenced by Johann Baptist Cysat, Galileo Galilei, and Christiaan Huygens. It was the subject for the first instance of astrophotography regarding a nebula, taken by Henry Draper in 1880. Later, spectroscopic data revealed the diffuse nature of the gas, and its kinematic properties.

The nebula itself has been an object of intense research throughout the years. M42 exhibits all three kinds of nebula: emission, reflection, and dark. By this, I mean that different regions of the nebula interact with the starlight in different ways. Emission nebulae are the result of ionising radiation tearing the electrons from their host nucleus and then re-combining to produce a the characteristic red colour which Hydrogen is known for. Reflection nebulae are the result of scattering by blue light off of the dust and gas. And dark nebulae are patches of dust and gas so thick that no light penetrates them, and can only be seen in contrast. They are usually the opposing side of a reflection nebula. These nebulae point to M42 as the site for ongoing star formation, known as a stellar nursery. By using special techniques, telescopes are able to see into the dust and gas to peer into the lives of young stars.

If you’ve made it this far, then you’ve earned your view of M42. But unfortunately, you are going to have to wait a few months before Orion becomes readily visible - nearer to springtime!

Top: Constellation Orion - Skatebiker on Wikipedia

Top Middle: Colour Orion - NASA/ESA

Bottom Middle: Drapper’s Orion - Henry Draper

Bottom: Young Stars - Rice University/NASA