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