2000 AD Prog 2004 (Christmas Special)
Print Edition - 24th Dec 2003
Judge Dredd » The Good Man (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.
The Red Seas » Twilight of the Idols (Part 1)
1775. Captain Jack Dancer and his motley crew were one of the most infamous band of pirates sailing the southern seas. But wanted by the British Navy and exiled from their home on New Providence Island, they sought adventure elsewhere...
Tharg's Terror Tales » Monsters of Rock (Part 1)
Experience the terrifying side of Thrill-power with these one-off tales from beyond the shadowy veil of sanity. Whether they be ghostly goings-on that send shivers up the spine or guts-to-the-wall splatterfests that sear the retina and paralyse the mind, nothing is what it seems in these glimpses of a horrifying realm beyond our own...
Celtic hero Sláine - exile, wanderer and later king - defends his people from the sea demons, at the behest of the Earth Goddess...
Sinister Dexter » Five Go Postal in Downlode (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.
Caballistics, Inc. » Krystalnacht (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 In the 21st century, however, its funding was withdrawn.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.
Robo-Hunter » Like a Virgin (Part 1)
Sam Slade tracks down missing meks or maniac cyborgs - with his idiot understudy Hoagy and his robotic cigar Stogie, he's Brit-Cit's finest Robo-Hunter and is never far from trouble!
The V.C.'s » Down (Part 1)
2581 AD, Earth Solar System. Fifty years have passed since the end of the first human/Geek conflict. Once a star-trooper and member of the battle unit known as THE V.C.s, Steve Smith is haunted by the memories of his fallen comrades. But now the Geeks have attacked again and Earth is once more at war with the alien menace. Now, in an attempt to get a warning home, Smith’s crew have crashed on the ice-moon of Charon…
Nikolai Dante » The Sea Falcon (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...