Involved with the prog since the beginning, Kev O’Neill is much more visible in this prog – getting both a cover and a three-episode story (apparently written and drawn by the art droid). A giant alien dominates the cover, with details on its spacesuit which would be at home on the casing of one of O’Neill’s meks. There is no official credit, but O’Neill sneaks his surname in at the bottom.
This prog sees a departure from the usual style of cover, as (I believe) Pat Mills wanted to get Brian Bolland on board, but the artist was still on contract to produce comics for Nigeria. His way around this was to commission Bolland to produce some covers, and get a writer to put together a story behind the cover. Though I don’t think Mills was editor at this time, so he either commissioned the covers before going to freelance writer, had a lot of influence over the next person to take the mantle of Tharg, or I’m completely wrong about all this. Anyway, cover-wise we get an eye-catching composition of a robot in a warzone, clasping a frightened dog to itself.