Tharg The Mighty here, alien editor of this pulsating publication, where Thrill-power rules! Welcome back to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, my Squaxx — the award-winning sci-fi anthology that’s precision-engineered to not only stimulate your imagination circuits but also blow away the January blues!
Within these ghafflebette pages you’ll find the latest instalments of Judge Dredd, Proteus Vex, Joe Pineapples and The Out, plus the penultimate episode of Hope.
Close the curtains, curl up in your chair of choice, and allow 2000 AD to transport you to universes far away!
Cover: Mark Harrison
- Judge Dredd - The Night Shifter (Part 2) (Ken Niemand - Nicolo Assirelli)
Mega-City One, 2145 AD. Home to over 200 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Unemployment is endemic and boredom universal. Tensions run a constant knife-edge and crime is rampant. Only future cops the Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!
- Joe Pineapples - Tin Man (Part 3) (Pat Mills - Simon Bisley)
Former war-droids, the ABC Warriors were reassigned to bring peace to the frontier planet of Mars. Comprising Hammerstein, Deadlock, Blackblood, Steelhorn, Mongrol and Happy Shrapnel, the Mek-Nifcent Seven’s sharpshooter was Joe Pineapples, a robot with more secrets than most. Needing a break from his comrades, Joe’s headed off across the cosmos with sewer-droid Ro-Jaws in tow..
- Hope - …In the Shadows - Reel Two (Part 11) (Guy Adams - Jimmy Broxton)
An alternate 1940s USA. WWII is over, victory having been secured by occult means, and consequently magic is a part of everyday life. Mallory HOPE is one such skilled operative, though calling on the dark arts takes its toll on the user. He’s also a P.I., hired for all manner of down n’ dirty jobs — and an investigation into a cursed movie has led to the reappearance of Hope’s missing wife, Alice, who has plans for the film...
- Proteus Vex - Crawlspace (Part 3) (Mike Carroll - Jake Lynch)
The far future. The centuries-long war between the Alliance and the Obdurate people is over, a conflict brought to an end with the deaths of billions when the Alliance teleported a dying white dwarf star into the Obdurate system. Imperium agent PROTEUS VEX — who is operated by a flesh-pilot — became an enemy of the Alliance when he released info about past war crimes. But now war with the Scorchers has broken out...
- The Out - Book Three (Part 3) (Dan Abnett - Mark Harrison)
The furthest edge of the universe, far into the future. Cyd Finlea is photo-journalist working for the publishers Global Neographic, travelling deep into outer space — otherwise known as THE OUT — and cataloguing the alien societies that she encounters. She left Earth ten years ago and has been seeking other ex-pat humans — but she discovered that she’d been contaminated by the Tankinar, turning her into a cyborg. Cyd has managed to break free...