Comic(s) Relief: 2000AD Hits 1900 Issues, Celebrates With Freebies

By David Wharton | Updated

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2000ADWhen the name of your magazine is 2000AD and the number of issues is only 1,000 behind your title, that’s an achievement bloody well worth recognizing. Yes, the loooooooooong-running British anthology series is releasing its 1,900th issue tomorrow, a feat that’s pretty unbelievable given how often comics series start over with a new #1 just to fish for extra sales. The publication also just so happens to fall on “Dredd Day,” so if you’re a fan of the movie but have never actually checked out the comic where he originated, this is the perfect excuse. 2000AD #1,900 will feature a new Judge Dredd story from creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, as well as kicking off two new serialized stories: a fantasy tale called Kingdom and a Victorian supernatural romp called Stickleback.

2000AD editor Matt Smith told THR’s Heat Vision blog that this issue was the perfect place for uninitiated readers to jump aboard:

It’s got three bumper episodes of stories from Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton, and John Wagner — all of which are unlike anything else you can pick up today. It’s the perfect issue to discover this powerhouse of comics talent, with its heady cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy action with a mean streak of black humor and dry wit.

If the idea of diving headfirst into the 1900th goddam issue of a comic sounds daunting, you can also pick up a digital sampler to help ease you in…and it’s free! 2000AD: The Prog 1900 Mega-Preview includes the very first Judge Dredd story ever published, as well as excerpts from a pair of later stories, and the first chapters of both Kingdom and Stickleback, just for good measure. You can download it right here.

You can purchase the latest issue of 2000AD — plus tons more content — from the official webstore. Have at it, or you will be judged.

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