In a dystopian Britain, deadly games of street football are played in evacuated towns – Matt Talon plays for the Slater’s Slayers, and he isn’t just in the Mean Arena for the love of the game – he’s here for revenge!

This classic 2000 AD story by Tom Tully and John Richardson – two legends of British comics – is collected in a digital-only graphic novel for the first time!

Debuting in 2000 AD Prog 178, The Mean Arena features the world’s most popular sport – a brutal mix of rugby, football and all-out street brawls, devised by greedy promoters and played in specially evacuated towns where the possibility of death lurks around every corner.

In this Rollerball-meets-Roy of the Rovers game, the highly gifted striker of Slater’s Slayers, Matt Tallon, isn’t just after championship glory – he wants to avenge his brother’s death!





The new digital releases will be available from the 2000 AD app for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, as DRM-free PDF/CBZ downloads from the 2000 AD webshop, and on Amazon Kindle devices.

We have more brilliant digital releases coming in this series of collections, the full list includes:

7 April – Flesh: Midnight Cowboys – Pat Mills (w) James McKay (a)

5 May – Time Flies – Garth Ennis (w) Philip Bond, John Beeston, Roger Langridge (a)

2 June – Slaughter Bowl – John Smith (w) Paul Peart (a)

7 July – Aquila Volume II: The Burning Fields – Gordon Rennie (w) Paul Davidson, Patrick Goddard (a)

4 August – Bad City Blue – Alan Grant (w) Robin Smith (a)

1 September – Firekind – John Smith (w) Paul Marshall (a)

6 October – Dark Justice: Torture Garden – David Hine (w) Nick Percival (a)

3 November – Tales from the Black Museum: Volume One – including John Wagner, Al Ewing, Dan Abnett, Simon Spurrier, John Smith, Alan Grant (w) Shaun Thomas, John Ridgway, Dylan Teague, Rufus Dayglo, Dean Ormston (a)

1 December Durham Red: Born Bad – Alec Worley (w) Ben Willsher, Lee Carter (a)