2000 AD cre­atives Matt Smith, Kevin O’Neill and Pat Mills cel­e­brate Prog 2000...

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De­signed not just as a trip back in time but also a taster of what’s to come, this month’s land­mark Prog 2000 of the Gal­axy’s Great­est Comic fea­tures special one-off ad­ven­tures from old favourites Judges Dredd and An­der­son, and Rogue Trooper.

“I de­cided to have Tharg move through the pe­ri­ods of 2000 AD his­tory across the six sto­ries within the is­sue, end­ing with the start of a brand new se­ries in Peter Mil­li­gan and Rufus’s Day­glo’s Coun­ter­feit Girl, so that it wasn’t all about the nos­tal­gia,” says cur­rent Mighty One Matt Smith, re­veal­ing that there will also be special in­ter­lude pages il­lus­trated by the likes of Mike McMa­hon, Dave Gib­bons and Brian Bol­land. “I came up with the idea of hav­ing Tharg open­ing doors into the bub­ble uni­verses that each story world is con­tained within, so he could lit­er­ally walk through the ac­tion.”

Prog 2000 sees Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill re­turn to Neme­sis the War­lock with the de­light­fully twisted Tubu­lar Hells. “It’s a clas­sic ‘Tube’ story with lots of twists and turns,” says Mills. “Kevin and I share a dis­like of the es­tab­lish­ment and in par­tic­u­lar the Catholic Church, so this is very much in the tra­di­tion of clas­sic Neme­sis sto­ries. Af­ter all, the premise of Neme­sis has al­ways been ‘The Span­ish In­qui­si­tion in space.’”

“We both have a de­mented sense of hu­mour that man­i­fests in the worse-is-bet­ter sit­u­a­tions that we put Neme­sis and Torque­mada in,” adds O’Neill. “Draw­ing them again re­minded me of the power of a strong pair of char­ac­ters, plus my heart al­ways lifts when I draw the Bl­itzs­pear.”

2000 AD Prog #2000 is pub­lished by Re­bel­lion on 28 Septem­ber.

Let’s all meet up in the Prog 2000…

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