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 Paul Starkey and Ben Willsher, as the clone must enter the terrifying subterranean world of the Undercity in search of his brother Rico in Deep Trouble; the Gravity Bombshells are back after their debut in Prog 2306 for more high-impact sports action in Bladers by James Peaty and Mark Simmons; a society is obliged to watch everyone else’s lives in the Future Shock Content Provider by Karl Stock and Joe Currie; and the magical drama of Lowborn High comes to its finale, courtesy of David Barnett and Mike Walters, as we pick up the story from Prog 2346’s cliffhanger ending and the Deadbeats Club transported to the Plateau of Ming!
Talking of taking journeys to far-off climes, I must travel back to Quaxxann to attend a conference on spreading Thrill-power to planets at the outer rim of the universe, so I’ll leave you in the hands of my illustrious uncle, who’ll be back next prog!
Cover: 17th & Oak
- Cadet Dredd - Deep Trouble (Paul Starkey - Ben Willsher)
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 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!
- Lowborn High - Fire & Frost (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 - but now they’ve been transported to the Plateau of Ming…
- Future Shocks - Content Provider (Karl Stock - Joe Currie)
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, everyone is obliged to wear Ocula Glasses, livestreaming everything they do to a watching nation. Now, the nondescript Pluto Norgaz is about to become the subject of All Eyes on You, a game show in which he must avoid being seen by the entire nation…
- Bladers - Part 2 (James Peaty - Mark Simmons)
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 bought up the Gravity Bombshells, a team on its last legs after their previous manager proved corrupt. Caine’s been moulding her team and improving their form, ready to meet her nemesis in the play-offs - Judi Neutron, coach of the Thunder Blazers…