2000 AD All-Ages Prog 2246 is out now! Featuring brand new Cadet Dredd, Mayflies, ‘Splorers, Future Shocks and Chopper!

PROG 2246 out now


Welcome to the third Regened takeover of 2021 as once again Joko-Jargo’s Uncle Tharg hands him the editorial reins to produce a bumper 48-page issue of 2000 AD containing a bunch of zarjaz complete stories.

Inside you’ll find Cadet Dredd going undercover to tackle a gang of juvenile delinquents in The Block With No Name by Liam Johnson and Duane Redhead; those G.I. clones on the run the Mayflies are back and looking for safe passage across the warzone in The Way Forward by Mike Carroll and Simon Coleby; we catch up with former scrawler turned skysurfer Chopper,
courtesy of David Barnett and Nick Roche, in a tale set just after he comes out of the iso-cubes for the events in Unamerican Graffiti (published four decades ago this very year!); Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby and Neil Googe bring us the pilot episode of ‘Splorers, a family adventure of the transdimensional kind; and there’s a Future Shock from Karl Stock and Steve Roberts,
the latter returning to comics after years working on such Cbeebies shows as Twirlywoos, Dipdap and The Adventures of Abney & Teal.

All in all, plenty to get your teeth into, Earthlets — so engage imagination-receptors, immerse yourselves, and enjoy



2000 AD Prog 2246 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 Steve Roberts

Script: Liam Johnson / Art: Duane Redhead / Colours: John Charles / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

CADET DREDD // The Block With No Name!

Mega-City One, 2076 AD. Home to over 800 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic
North America. On one side is the polluted Black Atlantic, and to the west is the blasted radlands of the Cursed Earth. Overcrowding in the metropolis is rife, unemployment is at ninety per cent, boredom is universal and crime is rampant. Only the Judges — a zero-tolerance police force empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. CADET JOE DREDD — together with his clone-brother Rico — is a rising star in Justice Department, and will one day be its finest officer. Make no mistake, he is the Law!

Script: Michael Carroll / Art: Simon Coleby / Colours: Dylan Teague / Letters: Simon Bowland

MAYFLIES // The Way Forward!

Nu Earth is just one planet among many caught up in a galactic war between the Norts and the Southers. Strategically vital, both sides are desperate to secure it but use of chemical weapons during the conflict has rendered the atmosphere poisonous. Now, soldiers must wear special environment suits to venture onto its surface. So the Southers created the Genetic Infantrymen, bred to be immune to the planet’s lethal cocktail of pollutants. But the gene-engineers are always looking to improve the next generation of G.I.s, giving them specialised skills and abilities — and a squad of young clones have gone AWOL, escaping from a Nort attack…

Script: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby / Art: Neil Googe / Colours: Gary Caldwell / Letters: Simon Bowland

‘SPLORERS // New This Prog!

Once upon a time there were three twentysomething geeks — Simon, Rufus and Clive — who shared what looked like an ordinary semi-detached on a regular suburban street. But Clive had fitted the house with a transdimensional drive that enabled it to cross time and space, although it malfunctioned and they spent years bouncing between worlds. Joined by sceptical new housemate Sam, their travels finally came to an end when they returned to Earth and became responsible adults — Rufus entered politics, Clive became a CEO, and Simon and Sam got together as a couple, eventually having kids. But the adventures didn’t stop there…

Script: David Barnett / Art: Nick Roche / Colours: Pippa Bowland/ Letters: Jim Campbell

CHOPPER // Chopper Don’t Surf!

Mega-City One, 2103 AD. Marlon Shakespeare was just an ordinary juve in the vast twenty-second century metropolis, and like
most of his generation had little to no prospects, expecting a future of unemployment and boredom. His parents have already
embraced the meaninglessness of life in the Big Meg, and spend their days heading eggs into a bucket or washing up. But Marlon was determined to make a name for himself, and under the alias CHOPPER, became a famous scrawler, spraying his tag in the most audacious of places. He was eventually arrested by Judge Dredd and served an iso-cube sentence, but he’s now out…

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

FUTURE SHOCKS // Trash Culture!

Out in the vast reaches of the universe, there are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told. These cautionary tales pass from traveller to traveller in the spaceports and around campfires on distant planets, acquiring the status of legend, their shocking ends a salutory lesson in hubris. Anything is possible in these twisted trips into the galaxy’s dark side. Abandon your preconceptions, and expect the unexpected. At some point in the future on Earth, the level of waste will create the Great Debris Plain, a vast landscape of garbage, where scavengers called Scrapers trawl the rubbish mountains in search of valuable treasure..