Abnett is known not only for creating Sinister Dexter and Kingdom for 2000 AD but also for having his reinvention of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy turned into the summer’s biggest movie. Edginton is the New York Times bestselling writer behind Hinterkind and Leviathan.
Tharg the Mighty is originally from Quaxxann in the Betelgeuse system. He landed in the UK in 1977 and established 2000 AD as the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™ to bring Thrill-power™ to the people of Earth, and combat Thrill Suckers everywhere. His teams of creative robots, called Droids, put together every issue of 2000 AD from the Nerve Centre, deep in the heart of Oxfordshire.
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With double-length episodes to help ease new readers into the all-new line-up of series, let’s take a sneak peek inside…
JUDGE DREDD // BLOCK JUDGE
Mega-City One, 2136 AD. This vast urban nightmare is situated along the eastern coast of post-apocalyptic North America, with the irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth to the west and the polluted Black Atlantic to the east. Home to 50 million citizens, crammed into gigantic citi-blocks, overcrowding is rife, unemployment endemic and boredom universal. Struggling to get back on its feet after the Chaos Bug outbreak, resources are stretched, tensions run a constant knife-edge, and crime is rampant. Only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. Empowered to dispense instant justice, these future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
STICKLEBACK // THE THRU’PENNY OPERA
London, the end of the nineteenth century. STICKLEBACK was a master criminal, pulling the strings amidst the denizens of the capital’s underworld, and led a gang of freaks, oddballs and semi-supernatural entities that had the city under their thumb. But when the Countess Irena Bernoulli tried to take over the city’s vice rackets, the Pope of Crime fought back, and ended up plunging to his apparent death into the murky waters of the Thames. Resurrected five years later by the secret society the Brotherhood of the Book to perform at their bidding, Stickleback awoke to a very different London, and though he’s back in charge of what’s left of his bunch of misfits, the city’s days may well be numbered…,
Stickleback created by Ian Edginton & D’Israeli
KINGDOM // AUX DRIFT
Earth, the far future. Mankind has been all but destroyed, those still surviving forced into hiding by Them – insectile creatures that have taken over the world. Charged with protecting humanity are genetically engineered dog-soldiers like Gene the Hackman — savage warriors that patrol the wilderness, directed by Urgings from their Masters. Gene led his pack in ‘Anarchticy’, the one place that Them had not yet encroached upon, but his comrades were decimated when the monsters built a land bridge and invaded. Without a pack to lead, Gene went wandering, no longer Alpha-dog, seeking out his Masters, waging constant war against Them. Most recently, he fell in with the Wild Bunch, mongrel aux that he has taken to lead out into the wilds of Auxtralia…
Kingdom created by Dan Abnett & Richard Elson