Vector 13

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Vector 13 is a comic strip published in the British magazine 2000 AD. It featured the eponymous agency set up to investigate anomalous phenomena and conspiracy theories. It was influenced by American TV drama The X-Files (which was at the height of its popularity at the time) and other events like the 1995 release of the alien autopsy film; as the general interest in the paranormal and parapolitics waned, the series was wound up and replaced by Pulp Sci-Fi as a venue for single issue self-contained stories. In turn it foreshadowed other comics series dedicated to similar agencies, such as Caballistics, Inc. and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.

The format was created by former 2000 AD editor and long-time contributor, Alan McKenzie.

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Each story was presented by the Men in Black, as being a true file from their cases touching on a whole range of Forteana from Mothman to the Chupacabras and broader conspiracy theories such as those surrounding Project MKULTRA.

In the middle of the series run (and as the interest in such subjects peaked) the MiB even broke out of their own strip and fictionally took over the running of the magazine from #1014 (appearing as part of the logo from #1015), as Tharg was allegedly away dealing with a crisis. This first issue coinciding with a promotion of the X-Files series 2 trading cards.

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Installments include:

  • Series 1:
  • Series 2:
    • "Case One: Berserkers" (by Brian Williamson and John Ridgway, in 2000 AD #965, 1995)
    • "Case Two: Danse Macabre" (with Dan Abnett and Kevin Cullen, in 2000 AD #966, 1995)
    • "Case Three: Heatwave" (by Kevin Gill and Dave D'Antiquis, in 2000 AD #967, 1995)
    • "Case Four: Operation Mordred" (by Peter Hogan and Lee Sullivan, in 2000 AD #968, 1995)
    • "Case Five: Shadrach" (by Dan Abnett and Nick Percival, in 2000 AD #969, 1995)
    • "Case Six: A Salver in the Heavens" (by Dan Abnett and John Ridgway, in 2000 AD #970, 1995)
    • "Case Seven: Psi-Wars" (by Kek-W and Kevin Cullen, in 2000 AD #971, 1995)
    • "Case Eight: Red in Tooth and Claus" (by John Tomlinson and Lee Sullivan, in 2000 AD #972, 1995)
    • "Case Nine: Blackout" (by Dan Abnett and Mike Perkins, in 2000 AD #973, 1996)
    • "Case Ten: Thrillkill" (by Brian Williamson and John Burns, in 2000 AD #974, 1995)
    • "Case Eleven: K2" (with Kevin Gill and Mike Hadley, in 2000 AD #975, 1995)
  • Series 3:
    • "Case Zero: Oath of Office" (by Gordon Rennie and Garry Marshall, in 2000 AD #987, 1996)
    • "Case One: Extraction Point" (by Simon Jowett and Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #988, 1996)
    • "Case Two: Trinity" (by Simon Furman and John Higgins, in 2000 AD #989, 1996)
    • "Case Three: The Dream Factory" (by Kek-W and Steve Yeowell, in 2000 AD #990, 1996)
    • "Case Four: Parts and Labour" (by Dan Abnett and Mick Austin, in 2000 AD #991, 1996)
    • "Case Five: Assassin" (by Alan McKenzie and Dave D'Antiquis, in 2000 AD #992, 1996)
    • "Case Six: Screaming Friar" (by Brian Williamson and John Burns, in 2000 AD #993, 1996)
    • "Case Seven: Buzz-Saw" (by Kevin Gill and Kevin Cullen, in 2000 AD #994, 1996)
    • "Case Eight: Worlds at War" (by Dan Abnett and John Ridgway, in 2000 AD #995, 1996)
    • "Case Nine: Down to the Woods" (by Brian Williamson and Kevin Cullen, in 2000 AD #996, 1996)
    • "Case Ten: Video Nasty" (by Pat Mills and John Ridgway, in 2000 AD #997, 1996)
    • "Case Eleven: Imaginary Friend" (by Nick Abadzis and Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #998-999, 1996)
  • Series 4:
    • "Case One: Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" (by Steve White and Henry Flint, in 2000 AD #1024, 1997)
    • "Case Two: It's Good to Talk" (by Nick Abadzis and Sean Phillips, in 2000 AD #1025, 1997)
    • "Case Three: The Blackwater Incident" (by Shaky Kane and David Bircham, in 2000 AD #1026, 1997)
    • "Case Four: Bad Moon Rising" (by Steve White and Amanda Fletcher, in 2000 AD #1027, 1997)
    • "Case Five: Patent Pending" (by Gordon Rennie and Mike Perkins, in 2000 AD #1028, 1997)
    • "Case Six: Bodysnatchers" (by Gordon Rennie and Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1029, 1997)
    • "Case Seven: The Immortality Question" (with Paul Neal and Cyril Julien, in 2000 AD #1030, 1997)
    • "Case Eight: Unhallowed Ground" (by Gordon Rennie and Allan Bednar as "Neal Brand", in 2000 AD #1031, 1997)
    • "Case Nine: The Sad Child" (by Dan Abnett and Paul Marshall, in 2000 AD #1032, 1997)
    • "Case Ten: Case Closed?" (by David Bishop and Simon Davis, in 2000 AD #1032, 1997)
  • Series 5:
    • "Case Zero: Shadows and Light" (by Gordon Rennie and Dylan Teague, in 2000 AD #1060, 1997)
    • "Case One: Side Step" (by Dan Abnett and Chris Weston, in 2000 AD # 1062, 1997)
    • "Case Two: Cryptogram" (by Dan Abnett and Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1063, 1997)
    • "Case Three: Graven Images" (by John Smith and Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1064, 1997)
    • "Case Four: HALO" (by Chris Standley and Robert McCallum, in 2000 AD # 1065 (1997))
    • "Case Six: MK-Ultra" (by Gordon Rennie and Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1067, 1997)
    • "Case Seven: Night of the Jaguar" (by Steve White and Marc Wigmore, in 2000 AD #1068, 1997)
    • "Case Eight: Midnight Rambler" (by Gordon Rennie and Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #1069, 1997)
    • "Case Nine: JFKed" (by Dan Abnett and Allan Bednar as "Neal Brand", in 2000 AD #1070, 1997)
    • "Case Ten: Angels" (by Robbie Morrison and Lee Sullivan, in 2000 AD #1071, 1997)
    • "Case Eleven: Search & Rescue" (by Gordon Rennie and Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1072, 1997)
    • "Case Twelve: Deep Freeze" (by Kek-W and Paul Marshall, in 2000 AD #1073, 1997)
    • "Case Thirteen: Sands of Death" (by Robbie Morrison and Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1074, 1997)
    • "Case Fourteen: Chupacabras" (by Chris Standley and Allan Bednar as "Neal Brand", in 2000 AD #1075, 1997)
    • "Case Fifteen: Time's Arrow" (by Gordon Rennie and Patrick Woodrow, in 2000 AD #1076, 1998)
  • Series 6:
    • "Case One: Houdini" (by Dan Abnett and Robert McCallum, in 2000 AD #1078, 1998)
    • "Case Two: Chill Out" (by D. McDonagh and Charles Gillespie, in 2000 AD #1079, 1998)
    • "Case Three: Shades of Grey" (by Dan Abnett and Robert McCallum, in 2000 AD #1080, 1998)
    • "Case Four: Einstein's Monsters" (by Gordon Rennie and Cyril Julien, in 2000 AD #1081, 1998)
    • "Case Five: Seal of Solomon" (by Gordon Rennie and Alex Ronald, in 2000 AD #1082, 1998)
    • "Case Six: Godhead Revisited" (by Dan Abnett and Allan Bednar, in 2000 AD #1083, 1998)
  • A stand alone episode:
    • "Divine Fury" (with Lee Marks and Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1117, 1998)
  • Specials:
    • "Case 459: Sheep's Clothing" (by Dan Abnett and Lee Sullivan, in 2000 AD Winter Special 1995)
    • "Case 667: Suburban Hell" (by Igor Goldkind, Dix and Nick Abadzis, in 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996)

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