Welcome to the latest Regened takeover, where I wrest control of the Command Module from my Uncle Tharg for one week only, and charge the creator droids with scripting and drawing stories for Terrans of any size.
Inside this bumper prog you’ll find another complete Cadet Dredd thriller, this time by James Peaty and Joe Currie, as a cadet from Mega-City Two joins the Academy of Law in The Exchange; dwarf private eye Renk returns after his debut tale in Prog 2296 for the follow-up Twinkle Toes, once again by Paul Starkey and Anna Readman; artificial intelligence and its impact on a human workforce comes under the spotlight in the Future Shock AutoCop by Karl Stock and Toby Willsmer; and we’re back at magical comprehensive Lowborn High for the latest adventure by David Barnett and Mike Walters!
Several of the series that first appeared in the Regened progs have now been collected into graphic novels, including Pandora Perfect, Department K and Full Tilt Boogie — and there are also four anthology volumes, compiling the strips from previous issues. There’s a wealth of all-ages material available right now from shop.2000AD.com, so check it out, humes!
Cover: Peter Yong
- Cadet Dredd - The Exchange (James Peaty - Joe Currie)
Mega-City One, 2077 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 zerotolerance 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!
- Lowborn High - Wishing Well (David Barnett - Mike Walters)
For as long as anyone can remember, Wychdusk Manor has been the school to which all the top magical novices are sent, where they are trained to become the world’s greatest wizards. There, students are taught every form of spellcasting by the wisest of mages, and to be part of Wychdusk’s alumni is an incredible honour. But what about those that don’t make the grade, that don’t have the talent to make it to this prestigious establishment? For them, there’s LOWBORN HIGH, a rundown inner-city comprehensive that is often struggling with funding. Androgeus Frost has recently joined the school, becoming friends with Maisy, Ali and Drill and forming the Deadbeats Club, but he feels he belongs at Wychdusk…
- Future Shocks- Autocop (Karl Stock - Toby Willsmer)
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, in the near future, the increasing use of A.I. is causing much concern amongst human workers, fearful of losing their jobs to automation. Murtin Spork is a plasti-soup taster, who thinks his role is irreplaceable, but technology is progressing at an alarming rate…
- Renk - Twinkle Toes (Paul Starkey - Anna Readman)
Crepuscularia is the biggest city in the eastern region, sitting on the edge of the Weeping Desert, home to over fifty thousand beings. It’s a massive melting pot, in which entities of all types live together amongst its narrow streets, and next to anything is bought and sold from the various traders. But if you want someone or something found, and you don’t have the gold to employ a wizard, or the silver for a warrior, then dwarf RENK will take your copper coin. A wily private detective, his diminutive stature belies a dogged determination to locate his quarry, and he knows the vast metropolis like the back of his hand…