Cover by Cliff Robinson & Dylan Teague

BORAG THUNGG, EARTHLETS!

Welcome to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, Terrans, featuring the finest in future fiction!

The ultra-zarjaz Judge Dredd story Guatemala reaches its explosive climax this issue, while the rest of the line-up that commenced in Prog 2150 continues as Hope, Brink, The Fall of Deadworld and Defoe all barrel their way towards the end of the year!

Hard to believe, we know, Terrans, but we’re just over a month away from the seasonal Thrill-splurge that is our 100- page Christmas special. Where have the last twelve months gone?

In a blur of scrotnig excitement, of course — time does seem to fly by when you’re cooking up circuit-shattering stories!

As we input these words into the dictatomatic droid on my desk, the UK is once again heading for another general election, this time in December (seems like everything’s racing towards its end-of-season finale at the moment — how your feeble bodies handle the tension I’ll never know). It’s being talked about as possibly the most important ballot in post-war Britain — though we suspect the Johnson humanoid has never picked his top three Thrills in a readers’ poll and posted it into the Nerve Centre…

So suffice to say, if you’re eligible to vote: do it. Exercise your democratic right. ‘Cause we all know what happens if you lose it…

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JUDGE DREDD // GUATEMALA – Part Eight

John Wagner (Script) Colin MacNeil (Art) Chris Blythe (Colours) Annie Parkhouse (Letters)

Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Home to over 130 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, he’s travelled to the rogue nation of Guatemala, site of a robot coup, to investigate its nuclear capabilities…

HOPE // UNDER FIRE – Part Eight

Guy Adams (Script) Jimmy Broxton (Art) Ellie De Ville (Letters)

An alternate 1940s USA. WWII is over, victory having been secured by occult means. Now, magic is a part of everyday life, its practitioners commonplace. Mallory HOPE is one such skilled operative, though calling on the dark arts takes its toll on the user. He’s also a private investigator, hired for all manner of down n’ dirty jobs, and now his services have taken him to New York, back to the apartment where he lost his family…

BRINK // HATE BOX – Part Eight

Dan Abnett (Script) I. N. J. Culbrad (Art) Simon Bowland (Letters)

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, with many spilling over into madness. Now, HSD cop Bridget Kurtis is investigating what looks like a gang-related mass-kill…

DEFOE // THE DIVISOR – Part Eight

Pat Mills (Script) S. K. Moore (Art) Ellie De Ville (Letters)

London, 1668. It is two years since the city was devastated by the Great Fire. From the ashes rose the undead, hungry for the flesh of the living. Protecting the populace are zombie hunters like Titus DEFOE, a former Leveller, who now makes it his mission to rid the capital of the ghouls. Now, following the disaster of the moon-bound rocketship the Isaac Newton, he’s investigating what’s behind targeted zombie attacks…

THE FALL OF DEADWORLD // DOOMED – Part Eight

Kek-W (Script) Dave Kendall (Art) Annie Parkhouse (Letters)

The planet that eventually became known as DEADWORLD was once a regular civilisation existing in a dimension parallel to our own. But the end of days is coming, and creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. While the survivors attempt to resist the undead horde, the neighbouring Soviets have seen the chaos as an ideal time to launch an attack on their enemies…