Prog 1924 // Preview
If this Thrill-charged cover wasn’t incentive enough to make you pick up this week’s Prog 1924,- from none other than the living legend that is art droid - Brian Bolland, then this issue is the perfect jumping-on point for all new, lapsed or curious readers.
We kick off with the new Judge Dredd adventure, Enceladus: New Life, a sequel to the recent events on Titan, the penal colony for ex-Judges, as the clean-up begins.
We also have new series for old favourites, Slaine: Brutania Chronicles [BkII]: Primordial, and Strontium Dog: The Stix Fix, in which familiar foes are on the trail of Johnny Alpha.
Recent favourites also return, the excellent Grey Area - a huge Global Exo Segregation Zone in Arizona, USA that acts as a quarantine and processing centre, for all new extra-terrestrial visitors, and another notorious villain: enemy of Mega-City One, Sov-Blok assassin, Agent of East-Meg One, Orlok,in The Rasputin Caper.
Do not fear though, Earthlets, if you’re new to 2000AD, our ever-thoughtful, benevolent alien editor & founder, Tharg the Mighty, has provided full-page introductions to each series, giving detailed back-stories and character breakdowns, on each Thrill-packed adventure - we’re not called the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™ for nothing!
JUDGE DREDD // ENCELADUS: NEW LIFE
Mega-City One, 2137 AD. Home to 50 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America, where crime is rampant, poverty and homelessness rife, unemployment endemic and boredom universal. Tensions run a constant knife-edge and only the Judges— empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Rob Williams(w).Henry Flint(a)
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
GREY AREA // ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB
North America, 2045. The Global Exo Segregation Zone — aka the GREY AREA — is a huge sector in Arizona given over to housing the large number of extra-terrestrial immigrants that arrive on Earth. A massive shanty town that acts as a holding area, it’s policed by Exo Transfer Control squads, heavily armoured cops that patrol and keep the peace amongst the aliens. But right now, Bulliet and co are somewhere else entirely…Dan Abnett(w). Mark Harrison(a).
Grey Area created by Dan Abnett & Karl Richardson
SLÁINE // PRIMORDIAL
Albion, in a time of myth and legend. Celtic barbarian warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess Danu and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he travelled through time to fight for the Goddess in other eras before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. He then became a wanderer, serving the Goddess where she directs him, and now he’s battling the Drune Lords..Pat Mills(w). Simon Davis(a).
Sláine created by Pat Mills & Angela Kincaid
ORLOK, AGENT OF EAST-MEG ONE // THE RASPUTIN CAPER
East-Meg One, 2100 AD. Four years before he will set in motion the events of Block Mania, and become a notorious enemy of Mega-City One’s Justice Department, ORLOK is a ruthless agent and assassin of the East-Meg Diktatorat. Skilled in stealth, sabotage
and subterfuge, he’s a lethal weapon sent on the most dangerous missions — but can he be truly trusted? Or is he working to his own agenda…? Arthur Wyatt (w). Jake Lynch (a).
Orlok created by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Steve Dillon
STRONTIUM DOG // THE STIX FIX
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent, or STRONTIUM DOG, is Johnny Alpha, who was thought killed. Now, he’s lead an open revolt against the norms after the government planned to sterilise all mutants…
Strontium Dog created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra