2000 AD Prog 2243 is out now! Featuring more new Judge Dredd, Skip Tracer, Department K, Aquila and Dexter!

PROG 2243 out now


We surge into August not only with all guns blazing but pretty much every element red-hot too — it’s currently scorching in the Command Module, and not even a repurposed Burt, transformed into a desk-mounted fan, can sufficiently cool Tharg’s Betelgeusian body.

Probably the leather jumpsuit isn’t ideal attire for this kind of weather, but it’s discomfort he’s willing to put up with considering the level of authority it bestows. You think he can order around the creator-droids bedecked in Bermuda
shorts? Would a being of his magnitude be caught wearing flip-flops? We think not!

Anyway, these kind of extreme temperatures, and recent environmental catastrophes in Europe and the US, remind us of the climate change that this planet is undergoing, and the effect it has on every living thing across the globe. It needs to be
addressed and tackled if we still want a future, and Paul Goodenough’s Rewriting Extinction project is the latest initiative, bringing together three hundred writers and artists for the Most Important Comic Book on Earth.

Look out for it in October, and in the meantime visit rewritingextinction.com!



2000 AD Prog 2243 is out now from all good newsagents and comic book stores, plus digitally from our webshop and apps! Don’t forget that if you buy an issue of 2000 AD in the first week of its release then postage in the UK is free!

Cover Art by Luke Preece

Script: John Wagner / Art: John Higgins / Colours: Sally Hurst / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // Now That’s What I Call Justice: All Time Top Fifty // Part Four!

Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Home to over 160 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! Now, an outfit called Justice Watch is executing Judges who it says killed cits…

Script: Gordon Rennie / Art: Patrick Goddard / Colours: Dylan Teague / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

AQUILA // The Rivers of Hades //Book One // Part Six!

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 has travelled into Hades to seek out the spirit of Nero, who knows Ammit’s location…

Script: Rory McConville / Art: Dan Cornwell / Colours: Len O’Grady / Letters: Simon Bowland

DEPARTMENT K // Cosmic Chaos // Part Ten

Mega-City One, 2143 AD. Justice Dept has many divisions tasked with dealing with the threats that face the metropolis, and DEPARTMENT K is a branch of Tek-Div, whose brief is to tackle interdimensional enemies. Headed by Judge Kirby, and comprising of intern Afua, Mechanismo droid Estabon and the alien Blackcurrant, they’re now helping a neighbouring reality. But members of the cult the Valox are trying to destroy the multiverse…

Script: James Peaty / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Dylan Teague / Letters: Jim Campbell

SKIP TRACER // Eden // Part Seven!

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. . Now, Blake and his infant daughter have been captured…

Script: Dan Abnett / Art: Tazio Bettin / Colours: John Charles / Letters: Simon Bowland

DEXTER // Bulletopia Chapter Six: Somewhere Beyond The Sea // Part One!

Gun-sharks Finnigan SINISTER and Ramone DEXTER were the best hitmen money could buy in the future city of Downlode. Having whacked Holy Moses Tanenbaum, a ganglord from an alternate dimension, they found killing him reset the continuum, meaning no one knew who they were. But now a rogue A.I. is at large, which took control of Sinister, forcing Dexter to kill him. But Sinister has been resurrected, and Dex, Billi and Carrie are on the run…