List of minor 2000 AD stories
Absalom is a horror story spin-off from Caballistics, Inc. by Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion. It spanned three installments "Noblesse Obligie" in 2000 AD #1732-1739 (May–June 2011), "Sick leave" in 2000 AD Prog 2012 (December 2011) and "Ghosts of London" in 2000 AD #1765-1771 (January–February 2012).
Ampney Crucis Investigates
Ampney Crucis Investigates is an occult detective story by Ian Edginton and Simon Davis starring the fictional investigator Ampney Crucis and his man servant Eddie Cromwell. It started in 2000 AD #1611 (2008) and up to the end of 2011 has spanned four parts.
Babe Race 2000
Babe Race 2000 is a story written by Mark Millar, with art by Anthony Williams which ran in an eponymous story in 2000 AD #883-888 (1994) and a one-off, "Bounty Hunter Mom", in the 1995 2000AD Yearbook.
Bato Loco is a story written by Gordon Rennie, with art by Simon Coleby that had two outings in the Judge Dredd Megazine. It featured Carlito "Bato Loco" Agarra from the Barrio Blocks who was introduced in the story "Bato Loco" in Judge Dredd Megazine #202 (February 2003).
Carver Hale was a story about a London mobster who gets possessed by a demon. It was written by Mike Carey with art by Mike Perkins (with some fill-in inking by Dylan Teague). It came about because then editor Andy Diggle was commissioning more horror stories and Carey said he "was aiming to get some of the flavour of Hellblazer, but in a more in-your-face, action-oriented story."
Citi-Def by Tony Lee, with art by Jack Lawrence. The series is set in the Judge Dredd universe, focusing on the City Defence units of armed militia. The first instalment as described as a good start with "cute" and "cartoony" art, and the second part was "an awesome romp" and "a fabulous idea, and here it's executed with great aplomb," although the reviewer felt it was pitched at a younger audience that usual. Another reviewer felt that while the artist "is pretty good at this sort of art, but I hate it" and reiterated concerns about the lack of sophistication but did acknowledge that "there are bags of fun ideas here."
The first story, "Field Trip", ran in Judge Dredd Megazine starting in issue #279.
It is set in the Ravenglade Estate (nicknamed "Cradlegrave"), somewhere in Lancashire. It follows the story of teenage Shane Holt, who has recently been released from Thorn Hill young offenders institution.
Cursed Earth Koburn
Dinosty was the first series Pat Mills and Clint Langley had collaborated on (although Langley's first job at 2000 AD had been a Future Shock with Mills) and they would go on to work together on Mills' long-running stories ABC Warriors and Sláine.
The story itself was originally supposed to appear in the spin-off comic Earthside 8, but this title was never published. However, this was not the end of the problems as the move to 2000 AD happened when Mills felt his relationship with the editors was breaking down and he came to believe that "Dinosty suffered from covert and non-verbalised editorial opposition, or maybe just disinterest." The story would eventually run in 1994, in issues #873 - 882.
Glimmer Rats is a military science fiction story which appeared in 2000 AD, written by Gordon Rennie, with art by Mark Harrison. It was collected into a sixty-page hardcover (ISBN 1904265006). Rennie has described the inspiration for the story as "Sven Hassel novels and a certain oblique pretentiousness."
Insurrection is a series by Dan Abnett published in Judge Dredd Megazine starting in January 2009. Abnett explains that "the actual brief was to bring to the Dredd Universe something of the epic war-in-space scale of the stuff I write for Warhammer 40K. Tharg (Matt to his friends) wanted a stonking big space war story that would suit the universe of the Mega-Cities".
He is joined by artist Colin MacNeil, who has also worked on a number of Warhammer 40K stories, and one reviewer notes the similarities suggesting "MacNeil is reprising exactly the same art style that he used on the "Bloodquest" strip in the Warhammer Monthly comic."
The reception has been positive with reviews of the first episode suggesting "With cracking art and a storming first episode I have to say ‘Insurrection’ has the potential to be the best Dredd off world spin-off ever" and "This was as good a first episode as I can remember reading and I can see Insurrection having the legs to deliver on that initial promise." Reviews only got better after that, including: "Quite simply, this is the best non-Dredd story ever to run in the Megazine" and "glorious"
Journal of Luke Kirby
The Journal of Luke Kirby was a long-running series, first appearing 1988 and running through to a last appearance in 1995. It was written by Alan McKenzie and had art by John Ridgway, Steve Parkhouse and Graham Higgins. Luke Kirby predates other boy wizards, such as Harry Potter and the Vertigo character Timothy Hunter.
Maniac 5 was, along with Red Razors, one of Mark Millar's major solo series at 2000 AD, the others being co-written with Grant Morrison. It formed part of the "Summer Offensive" in 1993, along with Judge Dredd: "Inferno", Slaughterbowl, Really & Truly and Big Dave. The initial, eponymous story was drawn by Red Razors artist Steve Yeowell, who would also draw the final story "Maniac 6", and other artists would work on the one-offs: David Hine on "War Journal", in 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1993, and Richard Elson on "Maniac 6 Prologue", in 2000 AD Winter Special 1993.
Pulp Sci-fi was another Future Shock-style series, designed by David Bishop to replace Vector 13. It would be the launch pad for other series like Rose O'Rion but failed to prove popular with writers and ended two years after it started.
Purgatory was a Judge Dredd spin-off that focused on Judge Grice and was written by Mark Millar, with art by Carlos Ezquerra. The series ran in 2000 AD #834-841 in 1993 and led straight into up the Judge Dredd story "Inferno", with Ezquerra remaining on art and Grant Morrison taking over writing duties.
Rain Dogs is a science fiction story set in a flooded New York, which appeared in 2000 AD, written by Gordon Rennie, with art by Colin Wilson. It was collected into a fifty-two page hardcover (ISBN 1904265014).
Rose O'Rion span out of Pulp Sci-fi and was written by Kek-W, with art by Andy Clarke. The character returned in the 2000 AD fanzine Zarjaz #10 as an illustrated text story, with art from Dylan Teague.
Sancho Panzer is a story which ran in seven consecutive stories which ran in 2000 AD #1112 - 1123 in 1998. It was written by Dan Abnett, with Henry Flint providing the art, and featured the eponymous character who pilots a giant tank called Mojo with the assistance of his technician Tool. He is pursued by reporter Lynx Fahren/Farren, who is trying to get to the truth behind the legend, and General Herman Spurn, who was defeated by Panzer and is looking for revenge. Everyone has to pull together when the planet, Vainglory Five, is invaded by giant worms.
Abnett had tried to repeat the success of Sinister Dexter by seeing what worked and basing another story on those elements:
I looked at what was popular with Sinister Dexter - extreme violence and witty dialogue, catchphrases galore and as many puns as you can fit in. Then I added heavy artillery action, something Henry did well. It should have been a blast, but wasn't popular... I assume Sancho's failure was due entirely to the strength of the story, because the art was so good.
Silo was Mark Millar's first series at 2000 AD which was greenlit after he had had just two Future Shocks published, and it was drawn by Dave D'Antiquis, who had drawn the first of those. The story ran in issues #706-711 in 1990 and was reprinted in Extreme Edition #14 and involved two American soldiers in a nuclear missile silo apparently haunted by the ghost of Edward Bulwer-Lytton who was intent on ending the world.
Slaughterbowl is a story by John Smith and Paul Peart that ran in 2000 AD #842-849 as part of their "Summer Offensive." It featured convicts piloting cybernetic dinosaurs as a sport of the future.
Snow/Tiger was a story featuring "a mixture of paranoid politics and extreme violence"written by Andy Diggle and was originally pitched to Vertigo but it was turned down as being "too mainstream". He reworked it, "I just took out the politics and left in the extreme violence", but the politics that remained still proved controversial, although Diggle concludes that "the fact the story pissed people off on both sides of the political spectrum suggest I probably pitched it about right."
Only one story was published, "Pax Americana", in 2000 AD ##1336-1342 and it was collected in a free trade paperback given away in the Judge Dredd Megazine #276.
Stalag #666 is a fifteen-part story, with a double-length (ten page) first instalment, by Tony Lee, with art by Jon Davis-Hunt. Lee describes it as "a futuristic space story that happens to be set in a prison camp. and it's (and I'll be honest here) a mash of clichés and homages as let's be truthful here, you couldn't do a prison camp story and not be like that."
The story ran in 2000 AD #1600-1614 between August and November in 2008.
Tales from Beyond Science
Tales from Beyond Science was a series of one-off Future Shock-style stories all drawn by Rian Hughes with the writers Mark Millar, Alan McKenzie and John Smith. The story was devised by writer Millar and then editor McKenzie who brought Smith and Hughes in as the last members of the team. The series was published in 1992 in 2000 AD #774-779 and as part of a couple of special issues. Hughes has had these stories collected, along with new material, and published by Image Comics (ISBN 1607064715).
Thirteen was a one-off story written by Mike Carey, with art by Andy Clarke. The story had been on Carey's mind for seven years before appearing in the comic. The writer has said "I wanted to do a story that was an insane, over-the-top space opera combined with the seventies paranoid thriller. I also had this idea for a narrative structure that would start small and then just keep on opening outwards like Chinese boxes until it was working on a cosmic level"
Tyranny Rex is a story by John Smith and Steve Dillon. The main character is an artist and reptile, whose story crossed over with Indigo Prime. The stories appeared between 1988 and 1994, with a number of artists including Will Simpson, Dougie Braithwaite, Steve Sampson, Duncan Fegredo, Mark Buckingham, Paul Marshall and Richard Elson, and the character made a comeback in 2004, with Steve Yeowell on art duties but no further stories appeared.
Rennie describes the origins of the story (one of his first in 2000 AD after stories being published in the Megazine): "It came about when I and a number of other writers were asked to put together pitches for a new fantasy strip, with guidelines suggested by the editor". However, he does not rate the story highly:
I didn't think my idea was much cop when I came up with it, I still didn't think much of it when I pitched it, and I absolutely fucking hated it while I was writing it. [...] Chopping and changing artists every few episodes didn't help, but the fact that the series was generally just crap to begin with was probably the biggest drawback. Of everything I've ever written, Witch World is easily the one thing I wish I hadn't done. One or two Vector 13s aside, it was the first thing I did for 2000 AD, a comic that's been part of my life for 25 years, and the fact that it was hackneyed old rubbish is still a source of eternal mortification.
Zombo is a story written by Al Ewing, based on ideas by series artist Henry Flint, who also provided the art. The first series was set on a "death planet", one of a number of hostile and malevolent living planets, where the eponymous character has to lead the passengers of a crashed space ship to safety.
Zombo first appeared in 2000 AD #1632.
- Ampney Crucis Investigates at Barney
- Ampney Crucis Investigates at Barney
- Babe Race 2000 at Barney
- Bato Loco at 2000 AD online
- Carver Hale at 2000 AD online
- Bishop 2007, p. 217.
- Bishop 2007, p. 220.
- Citi-Def at 2000 AD online
- Citi-Def review from Judge Dredd Megazine #279 at 2000 AD Review[dead link]
- Citi-Def review from Judge Dredd Megazine #280 at 2000 AD Review[dead link]
- Citi-Def review from Judge Dredd Megazine #281 at 2000 AD Review[dead link]
- Cradelgrave at 2000 AD online
- Cradlegrave - script to page at 2000 AD Review (July 23, 2009)[dead link]
- Cursed Earth Koburn at 2000 AD online
- Dinosty at 2000 AD online
- Bishop 2007, p. 167.
- Glimmer Rats at 2000 AD online
- Bishop, David (February 28, 2007). "28 Days of 2000 AD #28.1: Gordon Rennie". Vicious Imagery. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
- The Grudge-Father at 2000 AD online
- Insurrection at 2000 AD online
- Judge Dredd Megazine #27 (January 2009)
- Dan Abnett on Insurrection at 2000 AD Review (March 7, 2009)[dead link]
- Insurrection review from Judge Dredd Megazine #280 at 2000 AD Review[dead link]
- Insurrection review from Judge Dredd Megazine #279 at 2000 AD Review[dead link]
- Insurrection review from Judge Dredd Megazine #281 at 2000 AD Review[dead link]
- Luke Kirby at 2000 AD online
- 2000 AD #571-577
- Singh, Arune (August 6, 2002). "Wizard of Hicksville: Horrocks talks 'Hunter: Age of Magic'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
There was even a story in 2000AD (called the Journals of Luke Kirby) which came out a few years before the 'Books of Magic,' which was extremely similar to both the 'BoM' and 'Harry Potter.'
- Maniac 5 at 2000 AD online
- 2000 AD #842-849 (1993)
- Bishop 2007, p. 160.
- 2000 AD #956-963
- Necrophim at 2000 AD online
- Pulp Sci-fi at 2000 AD online
- Bishop 2007, p. 201.
- Bishop 2007, p. 202.
- Purgatory at 2000 AD online
- Rain Dogs at 2000 AD online
- Rose O'Rion at 2000 AD online
- Sancho Panzer at 2000 AD online
- Bishop 2007, p. 204.
- Silo at Barney
- Bishop 2007, p. 140.
- Slaughterbowl at Barney
- Snow/Tiger at Barney
- Bishop 2007, p. 230.
- Andy Diggle Q&A, conducted by Richmond Clements, 2000 AD Review (July 27, 2003)
- Bishop 2007, p. 230-231.
- Stalag #666 at 2000 AD online
- "Lee's Prisoners of Stalag #666". Comicon.com. September 25, 2008.
- Tales from Beyond Science at Barney
- Truitt, Brian (September 19, 2011). "Artist revisits 'Tales from Beyond Science' in new book". USA Today. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- Thirteen at Barney
- Bishop 2007, p. 225.
- Tyranny Rex at Barney
- Witch World at 2000 AD online
- Zombo at 2000 AD online
- Zombo! at 2000 AD Review (May 31, 2009)[dead link]