When 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.
This Week’s New Sci-Fi Comics
Alex + Ada #9 (Image Comics)
Ada explores life without Alex and discovers just how dangerous it is to be a sentient android out in the world.
The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #3 (Marvel Comics)
STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC RETURNS — TO THE MEAN STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY! • Eddie Dean, the troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds, has survived to his 10th birthday. But will he live to see another? • What horrors lurk within the Dutch Hill Mansion? • A bold new chapter continues by writers Peter David (All-New X-Factor) and Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance), and artist Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk)!
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #3 (Titan Publishing)
A devil haunts the midnight crossroads, and musicians are its prey! There’s a devil out on the bayou. Something stalking bluesmen through the swamps of Mississippi, offering them talent beyond imagining, worlds at their feet in exchange for their souls! When Alice asks the Doctor if they can visit one of her mother’s musical heroes, she’s initially disappointed.
Is Jones, a forgettable singer whose talent seems to be that of disappearing in a crowded room, really the colossal talent who brought passion, creativity and meaning to her mother’s life? And what does he have to do with the nightmarish deals taking place in the dead of night?
God Hates Astronauts #2 (Image Comics)
With an army of space crabs about to launch, we take a second to look back and reflect on why those darn space crabs are so crabby! CRABS!
Guardians 3000 #1 (Marvel Comics)
• Dive right into the action as the original Guardians of the Galaxy — Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27 — try to save the future universe from the menace of the Badoon. • But what happens when the Guardians discover something behind the Badoon…something even worse than they could have ever imagined? • The very future itself is in danger, and the only possibility of salvation relies on the shoulders of this ragtag, bombastic group of underdogs. Thrown together by fate and fighting against intolerable oppression, how can they even hope to survive the first issue?!
Legendary Star-Lord #4 (Marvel Comics)
The battle to end all battles — Star-Lord vs. Thanos! • As Peter Quill attempts to return to Earth, he encounters the all-powerful Titan responsible for so much mayhem in his life. • How can Star-Lord possibly get out of this alive?! • Plus, a guest appearance by Kitty Pryde!
Lobo #1 (DC Comics)
The all-new Lobo brings the ultraviolence to his new ongoing series! If the first few blood-soaked pages of this issue don’t shock you — nothing will!
RoboCop #4 (Boom! Studios)
The guns are gone. Old Detroit riots. The politicians rage. Everything is going according to plan. With Killian’s undertaking in full effect, RoboCop and Anne Lewis are the only ones who can stop his siege for power.
Rogue Troopers Classics #6 (IDW Publishing)
The adventures of the only surviving Genetic Infantryman continue! In this issue, take in the finale of ‘Bagman Blues,’ meet the oddball ‘Body Looters,’ and begin the epic ‘All Hell on the Dix-I Front’!
Tech Jacket #4 (Image Comics)
Just what is the Colossal doing to Zack Thompson? The evolution of the Tech Jacket starts here!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 (IDW Publishing)
Old Hob has perfected the art of making mutants! With the ranks of his mutant gang swelling, the Turtles will have to determine if they can truly trust Hob against the Foot. Throw in Alopex’s return to New York and the mutant mayhem will only get crazier!
The Walking Dead #132 (Image Comics)
The X-Files: Year Zero #3 (IDW Publishing)
When a blue-collar worker from New Jersey passes prophetic messages to the FBI from a mysterious ‘Mr. Zero,’ Mulder is convinced it is the same otherworldly entity that contacted the FBI through a suburban housewife in the 1940s. This similarly named ‘Mr. Xero’ pointed the FBI toward many unusual cases, leading to the establishment of ‘the X-Files’!