Digital Edition - 24th Mar 2004
The far future. The Ring is a galactic empire covering six planets, with Earth at its hub. Governed and populated almost exclusively by women - under the rule of Queen Hildegard - men within this society have no position other than for entertainment. Referred to as 'peacocks', they are used for the pleasure of the decadent noblewomen that make up the imperial court and whose pursuit of sex, drugs and partying - not to mention their constant desire for youth and rejuvenation - has meant the 1,000-year-old empire is in danger of collapse. Protecting the noble ladies are the Valkyries, who act as security guards, alert to any danger their wards may find themselves in - and it's a perilous universe out there...
Sinister Dexter » Just Business (Part 3)
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
Rogue Trooper » Realpolitik (Part 3)
The last of the Genetic Infantrymen, clone-soldier Rogue went hunting the Traitor General that sold out his comrades on the war-blasted planet of Nu Earth, accompanied by the digitized souls of his dead friends Gunnar, Helm and Bagman...
Judge Dredd » Gulag (Part 1)
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.
Durham Red » The Empty Suns Book II (Part 1)
The Strontium Bitch, Durham Red is the S/D agent even the other mutants are scared of. Her lust for blood means that few of her quarries survive her bite!