Joko-Jargo here again, bringing you another special all-ages edition of the Galaxy’s Greatest!
Welcome to the fourth and last Regened issue of 2022, and once more I have a prime selection of Thrills for Terrans of all sizes. Cadet Dredd is joined by his clone-brother Rico at the Mega-City One docks as they investigate a suspicious ship in ‘Undertow’ by Paul Starkey, Silvia Califano and Gary Welsh; the Welsh art-droid also collaborates with writer David Barnett on another Chopper adventure, ‘All For One’, as Marlon Shakespeare learns something about solidarity amongst his fellow juves.
There’s a one-off tale of the unexpected in Future Shocks with ‘The Planet Breakers’ by Karl Stock and Karl Richardson; the twenty-fifth century sport of Gravity Blading makes its debut in the pilot episode of new story Bladers by James Peaty and Leigh Gallagher, introducing Abi Caine’s misfit team the Gravity Bombshells; and there’s humour and carnage as we visit the early days of maniac-for-hire Ulysses Sweet in ‘Psychobaby’.
Cover: Alex Ronald
- Cadet Dredd - Undertow (Paul Starkey - Silvia Califano & Gary Welsh)
Mega-City One, 2076 AD. Home to over 800 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. On one side is the polluted Black Atlantic, and to the west is the blasted radlands of the Cursed Earth. Overcrowding in the metropolis is rife, unemployment is at ninety per cent, boredom is universal and crime is rampant. Only the Judges — a zero-tolerance police force empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. CADET JOE DREDD — together with his clone-brother Rico — is a rising star in Justice Department, and will one day be its finest officer. Make no mistake, he is the Law!
- Bladers (James Peaty - Leigh Gallagher)
It’s the twenty-fifth century, and humanity has spread out amongst the stars. One of its biggest exports is Gravity Blading, the most exciting, successful and lucrative sport in the galaxy. One person who dreamed of being a Blader was Abi Caine, but severe injury forced her out of the trials. However, an unexpected and sizable inheritance has enabled her to re-enter the world of G-Blading, though not as a competitor — she’s buying up the Gravity Bombshells, a team on its last legs after their previous manager proved corrupt. Caine’s got her work cut out if she’s going get the Bombshells ready for the play-offs...
- Ulysses Sweet - Psychobaby (Guy Adams - Paul Marshall)
The future. At some point the adult Ulysses Sweet will become infamous across the galaxy as a Maniac-For-Hire — if you have an incredibly dangerous mission that requires someone insane enough to face improbable odds, then Sweet is your man. Prone to acts of violence, and possessing a dubious connection to reality, you hire Ulysses at your peril. Indeed, there’s every chance you’ll make the situation even worse. But when it comes to utter madness, no one can touch him — and this all started as a baby, with a love for explosive weaponry and remembering the words his ruthless criminal mother told him...
- Future Shock - The Planet Breakers (Karl Stock - Karl Richardson)
Out in the vast reaches of the universe, there are an infinite number of stories waiting to be told. These cautionary tales pass from traveller to traveller in the spaceports and around campfires on distant planets, acquiring the status of legend, their shocking ends a salutary lesson in hubris. Anything is possible in these twisted trips into the galaxy’s dark side. Abandon your preconceptions, and expect the unexpected. Now, at some point in the future, the human race’s need for resources to solve its energy crisis will mean it will start mining other planets. But what happens when plundering a world goes drastically wrong...?
- Chopper - All for One (David Barnett - Gary Welsh)
Mega-City One, 2103 AD. Marlon Shakespeare was just an ordinary juve in the vast twenty-second century metropolis, and like most of his generation had little to no prospects, expecting a future of unemployment and boredom. His parents have already embraced the meaninglessness of life in the Big Meg, and spend their days heading eggs into a bucket or washing up. But Marlon was determined to make a name for himself, and under the alias CHOPPER, became a famous scrawler, spraying his tag in the most audacious of places. He was eventually arrested and served an iso-cube sentence, but he’s now out, and taking up skysurfing...