Mega-City One, 2076 AD. Home to over 800 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America.
On one side is the polluted Black Atlantic, and to the west is the blasted Radlands of the Cursed Earth. Overcrowding in the metropolis is rife, unemployment is at ninety per cent, boredom is universal and crime is rampant.
Only the Judges — a zero-tolerance police force empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy.
CADET JOE DREDD — together with his clone-brother Rico — is a rising star in Justice Department, and will
one day be its finest officer. Make no mistake, he is the Law!
Eco-Point, a space station out near the Daedalus Spiral, is a place
where all manner of species from across the galaxy congregate as
they pass through on their various journeys. Mondo’s Mektail Bar
is a favourite watering hole for the hungry and thirsty traveller,
and waitress Scooter Occultatum is expecting a quiet afternoon’s
business — but then again she wasn’t anticipating Jinx Calhoun to
be amongst the customers, a rogue and a thief, who has more than
enough secrets of his own. Not least the gangsters that are on his
tail, who want to get their hands on something Jinx has stolen. The
pair are about to cross paths in a very explosive fashion..
Perhaps mankind should’ve expected it, given the destruction
humanity has wrought upon the planet Earth. Acres of forests
bulldozed, waterways polluted, animal life driven to extinction
— there was always going to be a point in which the world
decided that enough was enough, and Mother Nature would turn
against the people that lived upon its surface and treated it so
disrespectfully. So it came without warning — when Earth’s flora
and fauna mutated and suddenly started attacking everyone.
Quickly, civilisation crumbled as systems of government, TV and
the internet all collapsed, leaving survivors to fend for themselves...
Forget what you think you understand, Earthlets, about your
species’ limited notion of time. Take nothing for granted when it
comes to human history, or an unknowable future — the process
of time can be broken, bent back on itself, or even sent in entirely
the wrong direction. These complete head-spinning tales warp
the very fabric of chronology itself, and established events can be
changed by the unwary dabbler in time travel. Take, for example,
the case of Garzan Tarfett, an internet influencer, whose vast army
followers hang on her every word (which she is, of course, very
keen to monetise). Hungry for more fame, she heads into the past...
Following the Great Atom War of 2150, many of the survivors
were mutated by the radioactive Strontium 90 fallout, creating
an underclass despised and feared by the ‘norms’. These mutants
were forced to live in ghettos, and the only job open to them was
bounty hunting as Search/Destroy agents. The most famous of
these so-called STRONTIUM DOGs is Johnny Alpha, who was
regularly accompanied on missions by friend and fellow mutant
Archibald ‘Middenface’ McNulty. Now, as McNulty has his own
quarry to chase — a criminal known as Steeds Cryptoplex — he’s
brought with him his granny’s dog, Dougal IX...