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General / Big 2000 AD sale
« on: 06 October, 2021, 07:31:05 PM »
Big sale on the website right now. Some highlights include the lovely Marney the Fox HC at an absurdly low-priced £4.49 and Repo Men for £3.75!

Sci-fi sagas and supernatural thrillers, nannies gone bad and shocking futures – plus the return of a 2000 AD legend – 2000 AD Prog 2250 is ideal for readers new and old!

Want the perfect issue to jump on board with the groundbreaking British sci-fi action weekly comic? Then we have a super-charged blast of cosmic excitement for you!

Out on 22 September from all good newsagents and comic book stores, as well as the 2000 AD webshop and app, 2000 AD Prog 2250 is a 48-page extravaganza engineered to give the perfect opportunity for readers to pick up the 2000 AD habit with a subscription or regular order.

This issue features the start of FIVE new on-going stories and two scintillating one-offs in a pulse-pounding package of Thrill-power!

And it’s crowned with a brand new cover from master artist Mick McMahon, a bold and evocative image of future hardline lawman Judge Dredd! One of 2000 AD’s most iconic artists, McMahon remains one of the master on Dredd, with an ever-evolving style that has produced some of the series’ greatest moments.

This issue kicks off with a brand new Judge Dreddstory, ‘The Hard Way’, by Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Arthur Wyatt (Samizdat Squad) with art by breakout artist Jake Lynch (HAVN), which sees the world’s deadliest killers converge on the under-sea city of Atlantis to take out Mega-City One’s head of accounting… but they hadn’t counted on her having a visitor: Judge Dredd.

After her hit debut in 2000 AD’s all-ages 2000 AD Regened issues, Pandora Perfect gets her own series! The Mary-Poppins-gone-bad thief and confidence trickster from Roger Langridge (The Muppets) and Brett Parson (Tank Girl) begins the multi-part story ‘Mystery Moon’.

The surprise hit of 2020, The Out by Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Mark Harrison (Durham Red), returns for a new series, with wandering photo-journalist Cyd Finlea still all alone and cut off as she tries to find her way through a dangerous and chaotic universe. This cerebral and emotionally weighty series delighted readers and critics alike when it debuted in June last year.

From its original premise of ‘What happened after HG Wells’ War of the Worlds?’ to a meditation on prejudice and politics – but with huge space battles – Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton (Hinterkind) and Matt ‘D’Israeli’ Brooker (Lazarus Churchyard) begins its next chapter.

Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd) and Antonio Fuso (WYRD) begin a new series of supernatural thriller series The Diaboliks, their successful spin-off of Rennie and Dom Reardon’s occult team thriller Caballistics Inc. With Ravne dispatched to London to sort out the Diaboliks’ new base of operations, the demonic Jenny has final business to sort out in Rome in the Embassy of the Unholy See.

Psychic future cop Judge Cassandra Anderson returns in one-off story ‘Be Psi-ing You’ by Maura McHugh (Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland) and Lee Carter (Indigo Prime)

And fan favourite artist Chris Weston (The Filth) draws and writes his own one-off Future Shock, ’The Guardian & the Godchild’.


This limited edition hardcover is available exclusively from the 2000 AD webshop.

Acclaimed as one of the best comics of 2020, this is the first collection of Dreadnoughts.

Written by Michael Carroll (Judges, Proteus Vex) with art by John Higgins (Before Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke) and colour by Sally Jane Hurst (Before Watchmen), Dreadnoughts explores the origins of Judge Dredd's dystopian police state and, in doing so, provides chilling insight into our own historical moment.

The year is 2035 and American society is crumbling. State brutality in response to public protests sparks even greater restrictions on what American citizens are free to do. The police force are being replaced by Judges, paramilitary cops who can dispense summary justice on the streets.

This is the horror story of a descent into fascism and the beginnings of the world of Judge Dredd.

£19.99 HC / £12.99 SC

Prog / Prog 2243 – Terror From The Deep
« on: 31 July, 2021, 11:08:31 AM »
A Saturday Prog and—shockingly—actually time to read it. Some thoughts:

Cover: A nice, moody piece by Luke Preece that, frankly, takes liberties with what actually happens in the strip. Still, it should grab eyeballs.
Dredd: Superb. John Wagner remains one of the most under-appreciated people in the comics industry. This is a template for how to do great anthology comics writing.
Skip Tracer: I got my hopes up for this a couple of weeks back, then we got the fridging and now we get the dream sequence with the offed woman being dead and asking whether the lead doesn’t love her any more. And then the hero wakes up incapacitated while the villain monologues his plans and unnecessarily tortures the hero… It’s all a bit cliché.
Department K: Deus ex Machina pays a visit, but works within the context of the strip. Somehow, the leads manage to avoid streaming FUCKING A or something, just to make parents even more “hell no” about buying the collected edition. Ends on a page that suggests where it’s going to go next. Quite nice. Would be happy to see another run.
Dexter: A solid single episode. Works pretty well. I like the art (by Tazio Bettin) and rather hope they split art duties to keep the Sinister and Dexter runs distinct. That said, I don’t really trust this strip to do anything big now. We’ve had the Malone feint and then Sinister shot dead and resurrected. I guess tentpoles always shift back to the status quo. I just kind of wish this one would shift back to its original one (or an original one), rather than the long-running and increasingly convoluted dimension-hopping thing.
Aquila: As I’ve said before, I never much liked this strip, but the latest run is really working for me. It’s endearingly old school, recalling the Strontium Dog journey to hell arc, in terms of its episodic nature. The horrors Rennie’s digging up are suitably nasty, not least his grim treatment of the titans.

A good Prog overall and better than last week’s. Dredd > Aquila > Dept. K > Dexter > Skip Tracer.

News / The new 2000 AD Humble Bundle deal is available now!
« on: 26 July, 2021, 07:36:26 PM »
Humble Bundle and 2000 AD have joined forces once again to bring you the very best in comic book storytelling for amazing prices – and the chance to raise money for charity!

The law is here, courtesy of 2000 AD, in the newest Humble Bundle - absolutely packed with everything Judge Dredd and related stories and settings, plus some all-time 2000 AD classics!

Judge Dredd - Perps, Punks & Partners runs from 11am PST on 26 July to 11am PST on 16 August.

Enjoy diving into comics like Zenith Book 1-4, Judge Death: My Name is Death, Dredd: Final Judgement, and Young Death. Plus, your purchase helps support Cancer Research UK and Save the Children UK!

With a Humble Bundle, you not only choose how much to pay, but also how your payment is divided between 2000 AD, the chosen charities, and Humble Bundle. Last year's 2000 AD-themed Humble Bundle raised £121,749, which was shared between the charities War Child and Special Effect.

Customers can pay just $1 or more for:
Sláine: Book of Invasions 1
Sláine: Warrior’s Dawn
Zenith Book 1-4
Zombo Book 1-2

Customers who pay $10 or more will also get:
Brass Sun
Brink Book 1-3
Counterfeit Girl
Defoe 1666
Halo Jones Book 1-3
Hope Book 1
Judge Dredd Case Files 01-05
Kingdom Book 1-4
Scarlet Traces Book 1
Shakara Book 1

Customers who pay $18 or more will secure the above, plus:
Judge Dredd: Origins
Judge Dredd: Mechanismo
Judge Dredd: Mandroid
Judge Dredd: Heavy Metal Dredd
Judge Dredd: Cape & Cowl Crimes
Judge Dredd: Brothers of the Blood
Judge Dredd: America
Judge Death: My Name is Death
Judge Anderson: The Psi Files 04-05
Hondo City Law
Dredd/Anderson Deep End
Dredd: Final Judgement
2000 AD's Greatest: Celebrating 40 Years
Absalom Book 1-3
Age of the Wolf
Bec & Kawl

Customers who pay $25 or more will receive all of that plus:
Judge Anderson: The Psi Files 01
Insurrection 1
Devlin Waugh: Red Tide
Mean Machine: Real Mean
The Simping Detective
Mega-City Undercover 1-3
Judge Dredd: Satan's Island
Judge Dredd: Nobody Apes the Law
Judge Dredd: Chief Judges' Man
Judge Anderson: The Psi Files 02-03
Insurrection 2
Hondo City Justice
Dredd: Urban Warfare
Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood
Dead Man
Cadet Anderson
Young Death
Missionary Man
Judge Dredd: Total War
Judge Dredd: The Pit
Judge Dredd: The Carlos Ezquerra Collection

This week’s Prog just arrived, and reader Kevin Etheridge suggested merging Regened into the main comic, in a manner broadly similar to Whizzer and Chips. His idea was to transform 2000 AD into a 48-page weekly, with half old strips and half new — the “best of both worlds”. Tharg asked what readers thought, and I figured a thread on this could be interesting.

Notably, the letter was followed by one in which Tom Chitty argued the Regened strips are in some ways more countercultural than the main Prog, although part of that appeared to hinge on Niemand’s Dredds having broadly ‘happy’ endings, which he called “head in the sand” fantasies. I’m not sure I agree entirely with that, but it’s an interesting take.

On the idea of a joint Prog, I’m unconvinced. As much as I’m happy having the Regened Progs show up once a quarter, every week might be a bit much. 2000 AD would ramp up in price — I’m not sure to what, but given that the majority of the comic’s outlay is in production (as in, paying creators and staff), I suspect it would probably double to six quid, which is a lot for a weekly. Moreover, there’s a key problem in terms of suitability.

My 6yo currently shows little interest in 2000 AD, but she does like comics and now owns what were previously my Cor/Buster and Tammy/Jinty specials. I suspect she’d be fine with Regened (although whether she’d be interested is another matter). But there’s no way in hell I’d let her read the current modern 2000 AD. Of course, that’s part of the point of Regened: 2000 AD, like many other comics, evolved with its readers. It’s not aimed at children (nor even ‘teens’, despite its newsagent designation). So Regened fills a gap, reimagining old strips and creating new ones that might gain a foothold in the market, and fodder for the collected editions that still sell to kids (because, let’s face it, newsstand increasingly doesn’t).

But that to me makes the Whizzer and Chips model unviable and even risky. Having a comic for children as an insert in standard 2000 AD — or even a flip comic, like the Phoenix Christmas issues — strikes me as a very bad idea with few upsides. Yet, as we know (and as Jim keeps writing here on a regular basis), there are so many roadblocks to Regened becoming its own independent thing that it just seems like it cannot happen.

All of which makes me think I’m more rather than less happy with the current set-up. Do I like everything in Regened issues? No. But then that’s true of the main Prog as well. But I like it enough for four issues a year. 50 of the things, though, feels like overkill, and having them as a literal part of the main comic doesn’t make any sense to me.

Announcements / Rebellion announces comic book specials for 2021!
« on: 10 February, 2021, 01:32:59 PM »
From mighty warriors fighting through way across distant lands to the high-danger streets of the future megalopolis and bonkers Halloween monster fun – there’s something for everyone with the Rebellion comic book specials this year!

Rebellion is pleased to announce its roster of comic books specials for 2021, which will be available from all good newsagents and comic book stores, as well as from the 2000 AD and Treasury of British Comics webshops.

After her appearance in the Scream! & Misty Special, by popular demand the sword-swinging Black Beth is back in Black Beth and the Devils of Al-Kadesh! Written by Alec Worley (Durham Red) and drawn by DaNi (Coffin Bound), Beth is a warrior-woman born in anger and forged in rage. She and her blind aide Quido have travelled to the wicked city of Shadrivar, in search of the evil witch Anis-Amuun.

Many think that she is long dead, but a mage called Estevan believes otherwise. He charges Beth with a quest to destroy the witch, initiating a sea-spanning quest which pits Beth’s curved blade against all manner of mystical creatures…and possibly Anis-Amuun herself!

The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special is back for a fantastic collection of original Dredd-world stories, all connected to the same over-arching narrative and plotted by writers Mike Carroll (Judge Dredd) and Maura McHugh (Anderson, Psi Division). Dive into the dystopian world of Judge Dredd as he brings law to the lawless on the mean streets of Mega-City One!

And the popular 1970s comic book Monster Fun is back for Halloween 2021! Join the Treasury of British Comics’ creepiest and coolest goblins, ghouls and vamps for brand new, HELL-arious comic strips in the The Monster Fun Halloween Spooktacular! Everyone’s favourite monsters – including Frankie Stein, Kid Kong, Draculass, Teddy Scare, and the Hire A Horror crew – have returned, courtesy of creators including Tom Paterson, Chris Garbutt, Matt Baxter, Juni Ba and Lew Stringer! If that wasn’t enough, a brand new Leopard of Lime Street tale sees Selbridge’s premier superhero face off against a fantastic new foe!

Specials editor Keith Richadson said: “We’ve got an eclectic mix of specials this year from a whole special dedicated to swords-and-sorcery character Black Beth and a revival of Monster Fun, one of those fantastic all-ages titles from the 1970s.

“Despite the many obstacles put in our way last year, Rebellion’s 2020 roster of specials were a great success. While the world strives to resolve the terrible crisis that we still find ourselves in, we’ve scaled back the number of specials this year – but we’re keeping the quality high thanks to our roster of brilliant creators.”

Announcements / Zenith omnibus last chance
« on: 11 November, 2020, 08:17:01 PM »
Tharg’s found some more Zenith omnis. If you want one, don’t hang about:


New ‘The Stainless Steel Rat’ collection planned for 2021

When the law finally catches up with “Slippery” Jim DiGriz, the charming con-man is given a choice - join up or get sent down!

Rebellion is pleased to announce a new collection of The Stainless Steel Rat, 2000 AD’s comic book adaptation of Harry Harrison’s acclaimed classic pulp sci-fi novels.

Out of print for almost a decade, the new collection will include the three adaptations written by Kelvin Gosnell and illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra between 1979 and 1985, and - for the first time - will feature the colour centre spreads as they originally appeared in 2000 AD.

The gorgeous 208-page paperback collection will retail at £24.99 and hit shelves and digital on 19 August 2021.

A limited hardcover ‘Deluxe Edition’ will also be available to pre-order exclusively from the 2000 AD webshop in the new year.

Catch Me if You Can meets Star Wars, this landmark comic space opera series was a major hit in the early days of 2000 AD, its success helped in no small part by the extraordinary energy and humour of Ezquerra’s artwork, with the Spanish artist basing DiGriz’s likeness on the legendary actor James Coburn.

Originally created by Harrison in 1961, DiGriz is a guileful rogue who claims he turned to crime as a deliberate act of rebellion against the regimented and dull authoritarian society around him. Despite being an accomplished thief and master of disguise, DiGriz is caught by the ruthless elite law-enforcement agency known as the Special Corps. Discovering that all the Corps’ top agents are reformed criminals, DiGriz is given a simple choice - join up or spend your life in jail!

Never quite able to suppress his urge for lawbreaking, DiGriz escapes from the Corps before meeting and falling in love with the psychotic Angelina - another master criminal, although she is a lot more murderous than the laid-back DiGriz!

The stories included in this collection:
'The Stainless Steel Rat' (2000 AD Progs 140–151, 1979-1980)
'The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World' (2000 AD Progs 166–177, 1980)
'The Stainless Steel Rat for President' (2000 AD Progs 393–404, 1984-1985)

Announcements / Nemesis the Warlock hardcover reprint and volume two
« on: 29 September, 2020, 12:11:55 PM »
Attention all deviants: Nemesis hardcovers are now up for pre-order

Last year, a brand new hardcover edition of Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill's groundbreaking 2000 AD series Nemesis the Warlock sold out in just 24 hours. There's good news for those who missed out though—not only is the second limited edition volume now available to pre-order, but fans can also grab a reprint of the first volume!

Nemesis the Warlock: The Later Heresies is the brand new, limited-edition English-language hardcover collection bringing together the second phase of Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill's seminal sci-fi epic, Nemesis the Warlock. It follows the Nemesis the Warlock: The Early Heresies collection, which sold out within 24 hours in 2019.

Available exclusively from the 2000 AD webshop, these books will be available for pre-order from 12pm BST on Tuesday 29 September until 12pm BST on Monday 12th October.

Pre-order volume one
Pre-order volume two

Developed in conjunction with 2000 AD’s French publisher Delirium, The Later Heresies collects the stories 'Ego Trip', 'Book 5: Vengeance of Thoth', 'Book 6: Torquemurder', 'Torquemada the God', 'A Bedtime Story', 'Book 7: The Two Torquemadas', 'A Day in the Death of Torquemada', 'Forbidden Planet', 'Torquemada’s Second Honeymoon', 'Torture Tube', and 'Garden of Alien Delights'.

Written by Pat Mills with art by Kevin O'Neill, Bryan Talbot, and John Hicklenton, this edition includes the 'photo stories' by Tony Luke and new scans of 'Torture Tube' by Kevin O'Neill, as well as the colour story 'Torquemada’s Second Honeymoon' and thirteen colour covers.

Debuting in 2000 AD 40 years ago, Nemesis the Warlock is an extra-terrestrial extremist guerrilla hell-bent on defeating the bigoted human dictator, Torquemada!

Created by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill, Nemesis combines his creators’ shared imaginative vision, political views, and Catholic upbringing to produce a uncompromising dark fantasy saga of unparalleled world-building. Whether it’s epic battles with the bigoted Terminators, high-speed chases through the vast Black Hole bypass, or Nemesis turning up in contemporary Britain, you’ll never have read anything like Nemesis the Warlock. Indeed, as a prescient treatise on religious extremism and cycles of violence, the series has never been more relevant.

Highly political—tackling issues of fascism and racism—Nemesis has been long-regarded as one of 2000 AD’s most daring and important stories.

Co-creator Kevin O’Neill is joined by artists Jesús Redondo, Bryan Talbot, John Hicklenton, David Roach, Clint Langley, Henry Flint, Carl Critchlow and Tony Luke.

Note for collectors: the dimensions of these books—approx. 21cm × 28cm—is about the same as the Fall of Deadworld volumes, and a similar height to oversized hardcovers from other publishers that you might have in your collection.

Classifieds / 2000 AD / Transformers / Usagi Yojimbo clearout
« on: 06 September, 2020, 01:58:19 PM »
I’m selling a chunk of my trades and HCs. Collection near M3 j4a or postage at cost. I can supply pics of anything you’d like to see. Quality generally varies from unread to very good. Feel free to make offers on bundles.

2000 AD
Caballistics - Creepshow - £5
Caballistics - Going Underground - £5 (£9 the pair)
Hewligan’s Haircut - £9
Indigo Prime (DC version) - £15
Indigo Prime - Anthropocalypse - £15
Kingdom - Call of the Wild - £6
Kingdom - Promised Land - £14
Nikolai Dante complete run (11 books) - £100
Stickleback - England’s Glory - £5
Storming Heaven - £5
Survival Geeks - £5
The 86ers - £5
The Best of Tharg’s Future Shocks - £6
Zombo - You Smell of Crime - £5

Dark Horse
Serenity: Better Days - £5
Usagi Yojimbo vols 1-33 (complete run) + Senso/Space Usagi/Yokai - £300

Dark Knight Returns (10th anniversary edition): £10

Doctor Who
Aliens and Enemies - £4
Monsters and Villains - £4

Jay and Silent Bob Chasing Dogma - £5

Transformers (Titan)
Complete 16-book G1/G2 Titan run - £120

Fables 1 - £5
Kid Eternity Book One (Nocenti): £10

Announcements / Thirteenth Floor vol. 2 HC pre-order
« on: 22 July, 2020, 07:22:33 PM »
Like hardcovers? Like Thirteenth Floor? Then secure your copy of volume 2 right now:


News / Concrete Surfer limited hardcover
« on: 26 June, 2020, 10:40:59 AM »
If you’re a fan of Concrete Surfer and want a HC for your shelves:


New book reveals John Wagner's long-lost scripts for the groundbreaking Judge Dredd story

Long considered one of the most important stories in British comics history, the long-lost scripts behind the Judge Dredd story America are now to be revealed in a brand new book.

America was a Judge Dredd story about freedom, terrorism, and armed struggle that has fresh and powerful resonance in today’s world – and America: Lost & Found – The Rediscovered Scripts takes you behind-the-scenes on John Wagner and Colin MacNeil’s groundbreaking story, which confirmed Judge Dredd‘s place as one of the most politically charged and nuanced series in comics.

Retailing at £19.99, America: Lost & Found – The Rediscovered Scripts will be released in hardcover on 30th September exclusively from the 2000 AD webshop at shop.2000AD.com


Rediscovered by chance three decades after publication, Wagner’s surviving scripts for America are now presented with in-depth commentary from the writer, revealing for the first time the thinking and process behind this shockingly mature and morally-complex story.

The script is then followed by the story itself, with MacNeil’s beautifully fully-painted art remastered and still delivering its emotional gut-punches after 30 years.

With new introductions from John Wagner and Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), this is an absolute must-read for fans of Judge Dredd and the processes behind making comics, but also those looking for insight into the politics and evolution of one of the most famous comic book characters of all time.

Originally published in the new Judge Dredd Megazine between 1990 and 1991, America heralded a new phase of Judge Dredd. During the 1980s, John Wagner and Alan Grant had already explored the fascistic authoritarianism of Dredd’s world in stories about political oppression and pro-democracy terrorism. In America, Wagner overtly took the viewpoint of ordinary citizens living under this despotic system, showing their struggle with pathos and subtlety that took the storytelling in Judge Dredd to a whole new level of maturity and complexity.

In Mega-City One, the Judges are the law – acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city… bar the odd encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation – with the Judges in its sights!

Off Topic / Instocktrades.com — anyone used them?
« on: 09 June, 2020, 08:26:55 AM »
There are a few books unavailable in the UK that https://www.instocktrades.com/ have in stock, and I was thinking of grabbing some. Has anyone here used them? I’m wondering whether their FedEx options are tracked and insured. (The higher tiers of shipping are prohibitive!)

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