Welcome, Earthlets, to the 2000 AD all-ages takeover issue for Prog 2130!
In an unusual act, Tharg has handed over the reins for this issue to his nephew – Joko-Jargo – who you might remember from last year’s Free Comic Book Day issue, along with the zarjaz strips aimed at readers of every generation. He’s back, and he’s got forty-eight zarjaz pages of scrotnig stories to thrill your circuits with!
Cadet Dredd returns, thanks to Chris Weston, with clone brother Rico in tow for an epic monster mash as he tangles with the awesome Grudzilla! Elswhere there’s more Mega-City mayhem as Psi-Judge Anderson tackles a dangerous videogame called Spellcraft, brought to you by the mids of Alec Worley and PJ Holden.
There’s also action on Nu-Earth for Rogue Trooper, by Cavan Scott and Nick Roche, a one-off Future Shock from Karl Stock and Brett Parson, and no less than TWO brand-new stories – Full Tilt Boogie by Alex De Campi and Eduardo Ocaña, and Finder & Keeper by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Davide Tinto.
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2000 AD Prog 2130 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 by Neil Googe & Gary Caldwell
CADET DREDD // GRUDZILLA
By Chris Weston (w) Chris Weston (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Mega-City One, 2077 AD. Home to over 800 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — a zerotolerance police force empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. CADET JOE DREDD — together with his clonebrother Rico — is a rising star in Justice Department, and will one day be its finest officer. Make no mistake, he is the Law!
FULL TILT BOOGIE
Alex De Campi (w) Eduardo Ocaña (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Out in the deep reaches of the cosmos, and teenager Tee — together with her grandmother and cat — is a bounty hunter/hired help, operating from her patched-together spaceship the FULL TILT BOOGIE. Remarkably capable and resourceful for her age, there’s no job Tee won’t turn down, and when she’s paid to rescue the Luxine Prince Ifan from his debtors’ prison, it means braving the terrifying robot Borrower Bears…
FUTURE SHOCKS // THAT WEIRD KID
Karl Stock (w) Brett Parson (a) Simon Bowland (l)
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…
ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION // SPELLCRAFT
Alec Worley (w) PJ Holden (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Psi-Division is a section of Justice Department that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents — from precognition to exorcism, it deals with all manner of paranormal crimes, and is often the city’s first defence against supernatural threats. Cassandra ANDERSON is Justice Dept’s top telepath — warm, empathetic and often flippant, she’s not your usual Judge, and she still sees the good in the Big Meg’s citizens…
FINDER & KEEPER
Leah Moore & John Reppion (w) Davide Tinto (a) Pippa Mather (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Somewhere in the UK, 2019. Meera Hundal and Eliot Hunter are a pair of friends at the local Stonecroft school. Although essentially good kids, they find themselves in trouble more often than they’d like thanks to their inability to walk away from a fight. Strongwilled and not afraid to speak their minds, their latest escapade has landed them with community clean-up chores as a punishment — and this particular job they’re not going to forget in a hurry…
ROGUE TROOPER // SECRET OF THE KEEP
Cavan Scott (w) Nick Roche (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Nu Earth, 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 has rendered the atmosphere poisonous. Only Genetic Infantrymen like ROGUE TROOPER, the last of his kind, can survive on its surface — and he, together with his biochip buddies, is hunting for the Traitor General that betrayed them…