Does this week’s cover by Paul Marshall pique your curiousity, Terrans?

John Wagner announced on The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast several months ago that he was going to be killing off a major supporting character in the Judge Dredd strip, and now you’ll get to find out just who the writer had in his sights in the ghafflebette climax to current thriller Ladykiller – only in 2000 AD Prog 1998!

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Judge Dredd: Ladykiller
by John Wagner (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Mega-City One, 2138 AD. Home to 72 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now Dredd is determined to find the wanted mass murderer PJ Maybe, who has now kidnapped Dredd’s niece Vienna…

Jaegir: Warchild
by Gordon Rennie (w) Simon Coleby (a) Len O’Grady (c) Simon Bowland (l)
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 investigate war criminals amongst her own ranks. She’s also suffering from the Strigoi curse, a fault in the Nort DNA that can bring out the beast within. Now, her exiled father has been reaching out to her…

Scarlet Traces: Cold War
by Ian Edginton (w) D’Israeli (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
UK, 1968. It is several decades since Mars waged war on Earth, and the major nations have access to Martian-derived technology. Britain, however, is still recovering from Martian bombardment in the 1940s, when much of the south of England was destroyed. This was followed by the arrival in the 1950s of two million Venusians, seeking refuge from Martian occupation. Now, Venusian Ahron is on a mission on his home planet…

Outlier: Survivor Guilt
by T C Eglington (w) Karl Richardson (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Alliance Territory. PI Jared Carcer was hired to look into the murders of salvage ship the Outlier’s crew. The killer was a crew member called Caul, who’d been experimented on by alien race the Hurde, and turned into a vengeful being. Carcer and Caul teamed up to save Caul’s girlfriend Jess Miller and Carcer’s parents from a Hurde ark ship — but Carcer didn’t make it out, and now the Hurde are at war with mankind…

Anderson: Psi Division: The Candidate
by Emma Beeby (w) Nick Dyer (a) Richard Elson (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
Mega-City One, 2138 AD. Psi-Div is a section that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents — from precognition to exorcism, it deals with all manner of unusual crimes. Cassandra Anderson is Justice Department’s top telepath, and has recently taken rookie Psi-Judge Flowers, a danger pre-cog, under her wing. Now mayoral candidate Carol Smart has been using her psi-powers to get others to do her bidding…