2000 AD Prog 2006 (Christmas Special)
In Thrills We Trust
Print Edition - 21st Dec 2005
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd - he is the Law! Inspired by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry; the film poster for Death Race 2000. The name Judge Dredd came from Pat Mills who was originally going to use it for a different character. The first Judge Dredd story published was drawn by Mike McMahon, not co-creator Carlos Ezquerra. Ezquerra was so upset that he didn't draw Dredd for five years afterwards, only returning for the Apocalypse War mega-epic.
Caballistics, Inc. » Strange Bedfellows (Part 1)
During the Second World War, Q Department was formed within the Ministry of Defence to combat Nazi occult warfare. In the 21st century, however, its funding was withdrawn. Enter reclusive millionaire rock star Ethan Kostabi, who bought up its employees and together with some freelance ghosthunters constructed a brand-new outfit - CABALLISTICS, INC. - to investigate paranormal phenomena.
Nikolai Dante » Devil's Deal (Part 1)
Year of the Tsar 2674 AD, and bastard son of the Romanovs NIKOLAI DANTE has bonded with a cyborganic Weapons Crest, an alien combat computer, which allows him to extrude lethal bio-blades...
Celtic hero Sláine - exile, wanderer and later king - defends his people from the sea demons, at the behest of the Earth Goddess...
Sinister Dexter » Festive Spirits (Part 1)
The swollen city of Downlode lies sprawled across the heart of future Europe like a hit-and-run victim. Here, life is cheap - if you want someone whacked, you can't buy better bullet monkeys than Finnigan SINISTER and Ramone DEXTER, the city's primo hitmen.
Inspired by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Artist Jason Brashill declined the chance to co-create Sinister Dexter but he did paint the cover image to promote the characters' first appearance in Prog 981.
Sinister is Latin for left, while Dexter is Latin for right
Low Life » He's Making A List... (Part 1)
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. Justice Department has many divisions within it - Tek, Psi-Div, PSU - and for undercover operations there is Wally Squad. So called because Judges have to adopt the bizarre fashions of the citizens to blend in, it's a dangerous job living on the streets.
The Ten-Seconders » The American Dream (Part 1)
The near future. Human society has all but been destroyed, with ragtag bands of survivors existing amongst the ruins and trying to escape the attention of the Gods and their Followers. The Gods came to Earth several years ago, offering to help makind with their incredible powers, and for a time it seemed the planet had its own protectors - but the Gods wanted humanity to bow down before them and accept them as their rulers. Those that refused are now fighting a guerrilla war against the superbeings - but a person's life expectancy in such a battle is just ten seconds...
Strontium Dog » A Shaggy Dog Story (Part 1)
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars of 2150, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These 'mutants' became a vicitmised underclass, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such STRONTIUM DOG is Johnny Alpha, partnered with his Viking buddy Wulf Sternhammer.