The Weekly 2000AD – Prog 1989

Published On July 17, 2016 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews, The Weekly 2000AD

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INJ Culbard’s Brink cover. Oh so gorgeous.

Judge Dredd: Reclamation by Michael Carroll and Colin MacNeil

Dredd and his select band are making their way to Texas City Chief Judge Oswin, holed up in the Hall Of Justice. There’s an unexpected ally showing up, and Oswin’s plans seem to be coming apart a little. After all, you should never really bet against Dredd, should you?

It’s all building up to a conclusion here, and it’s a bloody great storyline, Carroll delivering a tight mix of political upheaval and good action, MacNeil delivering his customary stellar artwork. It’s been a real pleasure seeing Carroll play with MC-1 these past few months.

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Brink by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard

Well, we’ve gone from slow paced yet brilliantly tight police procedural thing to something very very big, with Bridge now chatting with men who could completely change the course of humanity’s future. There’s a plan to get humanity off the habitats and to other habitable worlds. But there’s a catch, oh there’s always a catch.

Again, for five pages of simply exposition, Abnett and Culbard manage to make it a real tension builder, as the entire strip has been thus far. It’s really turned out to be something very special, with both gents pulling out the stops.

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Black Shuck by Leah Moore, John Reppion, Steve Yeowell

Black Shuck is under attack, his wife very close to giving birth and there’s all manner of mysteries from Black Shuck’s childhood brought up here.

Again, nothing that makes me go wow, but solid storytelling, some really nice art from Yeowell, it’s a readable series.

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Future Shocks: Meat by Martin Feekins and Jon Davis-Hunt

A sci-fi western bounty hunter meets wanna be assistant. Stuff happens.

Ok, it’s alright, but me and Future Shocks? We really don’t get on too well. Can’t help it. Just too short, bang, bang, bang, twist. And this twist you could see coming waaaay off. Nice art from Davis-Hunt though, looking rather Frank Quitely-ish here.

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Scarlet Traces: Cold War by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli

After last issue’s fast and furious start we settle down a little here to see the reaction to one of the Martian construct humans landing on Earth, offering secrets and possibly lies to the Military and a rather Heathian bumbling Prime Minister.

Intrigue and deception and grand plots, that’s always been the way of Edginton and D’Israeli’s Scarlet traces and Cold War appears to be keeping this excellent run of form up quite perfectly. It’s going to be so much fun seeing how this plays out.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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