Arguably 2000 AD’s second biggest star – after Judge Dredd – is Johnny Alpha, mutant bounty hunter of the late 22nd century. He’s a Clint Eastward-style strong, silent type roaming a series of remote frontier worlds.
Earth is little-seen – at least in the early tales – but we learn that nuclear war has devastated much of the planet, and many children were born with bizarre, often hilariously ugly mutations. Alpha is an honest man with a dark, brooding soul, but actually quite lucky by the standards of his peers – his mutations are hard to spot and unusually beneficial, and he’s landed one of the few jobs available to his kind: working as an off-world operative of the Search/Destroy agency, an outfit manned by mutants willing to chase down the many of their kind who’ve turned to crime.
Many Strontium Dog adventures are like hallucinogen-fuelled Spaghetti Westerns, but later tales up the satire and become more political, especially those that return Johnny to the cruelty of life on Earth.