More thrills abound in Meg 429, with more Dredd, The Returners, Deliverance, Megatropolis and Dreadnoughts!

Judge Dredd Megazine 429 is out now!

The opening story arc of the acclaimed Dreadnoughts – named by The Hollywood Reporter, no less, as one of the best comics of 2020 – reaches its finale this issue, but writer Mike Carroll has already scripted the follow-up, The March of Progress, as this fascinating early era of the Judges proves both popular and remarkably prescient.

Given the USA managed to have a failed insurrection attempt between the last Meg going to press and this one, who knows how quickly current events will catch up with the Dreddverse?

Inside these pages of course, it’s more of the same high-octane thrillers that you’ve come to expect, with the latest instalments of Megatropolis, Dreadnoughts, Deliverance and The Returners, plus a one-off Judge Dredd story from Ken Niemand and Patrick Goddard!

Artist John Higgins, meanwhile, is as we speak drawing a six-part John Wagner-written Dredd for 2000 AD, Now That’s What I Call Justice, before he returns to the world of Dreadnoughts – look out for that in June!

Elsewhere, there’s the latest instalments of Megatropolis, The Returners and Deliverance, plus another complete Judge Dredd thriller, this time from Ken Niemand and Simon Coleby.

We also take a look at the slate of new digital GNs released this year, the new Steel Claw collection, and chat with Nat Tapley, the producer behind Future Shocks Radio. Enjoy, creeps!


Cover by John Higgins

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Script: Kenneth Niemand / Art: Simon Coleby / Colours: Len O’Grady / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

JUDGE DREDD // Destiny’s Child

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, with the irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth to the west. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a knife-edge and only the zero-tolerance Judges can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!


Script: Kenneth Niemand / Art: Dave Taylor / Letters: Jim Campbell

MEGATROPOLIS // Part Six!

Imagine a Mega-City One from an alternate timeline – less the gleaming metropolis of the twenty-second century but instead an art deco retro-future variation. Joe Rico is the one good cop in a police department riddled with corruption, and he’s just been joined by a new partner in the shape of Amy Jara. Together they’re investigating a series of vigilante killings…


Script: Mike Carroll / Art: John Higgins / Colours: Sally Hurst / Letters: Simon Bowland

DREADNOUGHTS // Breaking Ground // Part Six!

USA, 2035 AD. The new Justice Department is still in its early years, with Judges working alongside the police. It’s proving an explosive transition, with many citizens – and more than a few cops – unhappy with these helmeted officers taking to the streets. Judge Veranda Glover is a recent transfer to Boulder, Colorado, and now she’s leading a kidnapping investigation…


Script: Si Spencer / Art: Nicolo Assirelli / Colours: Eva de la Cruz / Letters: Simon Bowland

THE RETURNERS // HEARTSWOOD // Part Six!

Brit-Cit, 2142 AD. Four different people in Ciudad Barranquilla – academic Barrancourt, exJudge Mineiro, gangbanger Correira, and transgender street-walker Chavez – all awoke from near-death experiences, and as a consequence encounter supernatural entities. Now, they’ve fled to Brit-Cit, hoping to find a way to escape their curse, and entered a strange house…


Script: David Hine / Art: Nick Percival / Letters: Annie Parkhouse

DARK JUDGES // DELIVERANCE // Part Six!

After the events on the Mayflower, the cargo ship the Solips discovered the Dark Judges Death, Fire and Mortis floating in space, and the alien superfiends murdered the crew. They subsequently also decimated a colony, Dominion, before Mega-City marines destroyed the planet. Death was trapped in a Boing® bubble, and has been recovered by the Mortarian cult…