2000 AD Prog 2281 is out now! Featuring more new Brink, Fiends of the Eastern Front and Hope! Plus all new Judge Dredd and Dexter!

PROG 2281 out now


After last week’s ghafflebette all-ages takeover courtesy of Tharg’s nephew Joko-Jargo, it’s back to business as (un)usual here in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, and alongside the latest instalments of Hope, Fiends of the Eastern Front and Brink, we’ve got two zarjaz new thrillers — Ken Niemand and Tom Foster reunite on the Dredd story An Honest Man, the follow-up to 2021’s A Penitent Man, which saw disgraced former Judge Kyle Asher attempt to reintegrate into Mega-City society; and the Abnett and Bettin droids return for the next chapter in the Bulletopia saga as Dexter and co flee from the Downlode A.I.!

As ever in Tharg’s emerald empire, there’s new books being released all the time, and the publication of the second Thistlebone GN is being marked by a signing at Gosh Comics in London on 14 May from 1-2pm with Tom Eglington and Simon Davis.

Also at Gosh on 11 June Garth Ennis will be signing copies of the new Battle Action Special from 1-2pm alongside artists Mike Dorey, John Higgins and Sally Jane Hurst, and you can catch the Ennis-bot at the Enniskillen Comicfest in N. Ireland too on 18 June!



2000 AD Prog 2281 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 Tom Foster

Script: Ken Niemand / Art: Tom Foster / Colours: Chris Blythe / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // An Honest Man / Part One!

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. Crime is rampant and only the Judges — zero-tolerance cops empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, Kyle Asher is a former Judge, sent to Titan twenty years ago for beating a citizen to death, but is working as an auxiliary…

Script: Ian Edginton / Art: Tiernen Trevallion / Letters: Annie Parkhouse


In 1980, the diary of German soldier Hans Schmitt was discovered in Berlin, detailing events that occurred in 1941, when he encountered the terrifying vampire Captain Constanta and his Romanian platoon. But Schmitt was not the first trooper to meet Constanta — the vampire was on the Western Front too, in France in 1916. Now, in 1963, the bloodsucking creature was working in East Berlin — but he was betrayed…

Script: Guy Adams / Art: Jimmy Broxton / Letters: Jim Campbell

HOPE // In The Shadows / Reel One – Part Five!

An alternate 1940s USA. WWII is over, victory having been secured by occult means, and consequently magic is a part of everyday life. Mallory HOPE is one such skilled operative, though calling on the dark arts takes its toll on the user. He’s also a P.I., hired for all manner of down n’ dirty jobs, and being based in Los Angeles means he’s often involved in the movie business — and a film production appears cursed…

Script: Dan Abnett / Art: Tazio Bettin / Colours: Matt Soffe / Letters: Simon Bowland

DEXTER // Bulletopia Chapter Nine: The Thing In The Thing // 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, and Dexter, Carrie Hosanna and Billi Octavo are on the run, trying to get to sanctuary in Mangapore…

Script: Dan Abnett / Art: INJ Culbard / Letters: Simon Bowland

BRINK // Mercury Retrograde / Part Eleven!

The late 21st century, and through environmental catastrophe and industrial overload Earth has been reduced to a wasteland. Mankind finally evacuated the planet in 2072 and millions were housed in a number of deep-space Habitats. But life on these cramped, overcrowded stations is tense, often spilling over into madness. Sects are rife, and both the Habitat Security Division and certain journalists are investigating …