I am The Mighty Tharg, all-powerful alien editor of this planet-conquering SF anthology!
Welcome, my Squaxx, to the weekly Thrillblast that is 2000 AD, featuring the very finest in future fiction. This prog we’ve got the scrotnig finale to current Judge Dredd case ‘The Night Shifter’ plus a complete Terror Tale courtesy of the Vincent and Yeowell droids alongside the latest instalments of The Out, Proteus Vex and Joe Pineapples.
Next week, prepare your optical sensors for the start of the final series of Kek-W and John Burns’ time- and dimension-spanning saga The Order, ‘Heart of Darkness’!
Cover: Cliff Robinson & Dylan Teague
- Judge Dredd - The Night Shifter (Part 4) (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 5) (Pat Mills - Clint Langley)
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..
- The Out - Book Three (Part 5) (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...
- Terror Tales - Rites (Honor Vincent - Steve Yeowell)
Experience the terrifying side of Thrill-power with these one-off tales from beyond the veil of sanity. Whether they be ghostly goings-on that send shivers up the spine or splatterfests that sear the retina and paralyse the mind, nothing is what it seems in these glimpses of a realm beyond our own. Mara works for ‘Departures’, a ghost-wrangling service that helps families rid their homes of troublesome spirits...
- Proteus Vex - Crawlspace (Part 5) (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...