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Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine #444

Judge Dredd Megazine #444 has a couple of endings this issue. Firstly, John Wagner and Colin MacNeil's high-speed series Surfer reaches the finale of its first arc as well as the finale of Garth Ennis and Henry Flints Hawk The Slayer mini-series.

Elsewhere, Dredd heads to the remains of the Atlantis tunnel complex after the events of last year's The Hard Way to deal with rogue A.I. Qaganon in Q-topia by Arthur Wyatt and Ian Richardson, plus there are the latest instalments of Death Cap and Lawless, and the penultimate part of Diamond Dogs.

And a great many writers and artists come forward to pay tribute to Garry Leach, who sadly died in March, in Stephen Jewell's obituary.

  • UK and DIGITAL: 18 May 2022 £5.99
  • NORTH AMERICA: 15 June $10.99
  • DIAMOND: MAR221847
  • COVER: ANDY CLARKE

Judge Dredd Megazine #444

In this issue:

Judge Dredd: Q-Topia
by Arthur Wyatt (writer) Ian Richardson (artist) Gary Caldwell (colourist) Annie Parkhouse (letterer)

Mega-City One, 2144 AD. This vast urban hell on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to over 180 million citizens. Crime is rampant, and stemming the tide of chaos are the Judges, future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law! Now, the remains of Atlantis still hide a deadly threat...

Judge Dredd: Q-Topia

Death Cap
by TC Eglington (writer) Boo Cook (artist) Simon Bowland (letterer)

The Cursed Earth, 2144 AD. This irradiated wilderness covers much of what’s left of post-apocalyptic twenty-second century North America. Here, mutants scratch out a meagre existence in ramshackle townships. Former Judge Anita Goya’s family have been masscred, and she’s gone on the hunt for the perpetrators, but she’s been infected with a fungal virus...

Death Cap

Diamond Dogs III
by James Peaty (writer) Warren Please (artist) Simon Bowland (letterer)

Brit-Cit, 2144 AD. The remnants of old Britain still exist alongside the twenty-second century Mega-City, and these ruins are fought over by the Brit-Cit street gangs, who see them as valuable territory. Nia Jones used to run with the Diamond Dogs, but she’s also a Justice Dept informer, trying to buy her way out. Now, she’s working with Detective-Judge Armitage... 

Diamond Dogs III

Lawless: Ballots Over Badrock
by Dan Abnett (writer), Phil Windslade (artist) Jim Campbell (letterer)

Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson was appointed to the frontier township of Badrock on the planet 43 Rega, intent on stamping her authority on the colony. But in doing so, Lawson made many enemies, including Munce, Inc., the mega-corporation that funded Badrock. Now, with the SJS also in charge, Lawson tried to run for mayor, but she failed to secure the vote...

Lawless: Ballots Over Badrock

Surfer
by John Wagner (writer) Colin MacNeil (artist) Chris Blythe (colourist) Annie Parkhouse (letterer)

Mega-City One, 2144 AD. Skysurfing is one of the most popular pastimes in the twenty-second century metropolis, a sport that requires a great deal of skill and agility. Young Zane Perks is a particularly gifted surfer, and won a place to be in a movie recreating the famous Supersurf 7. But the film’s a scam, and the surfers have been hung out to dry by the producers...

Surfer

Features: Obituary - Garry Leach by Steven Jewell, Tazio Bettin interview and New Books - 45 Years of 2000 AD art book by Karl Stock
Bagged graphic novel: Hawk the Slayer #5 by Garth Ennis (writer) Henry Flint (artist) Rob Steen (letterer)

Hawk the Slayer #5

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPad, Android, Windows 10

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