The 2000AD Preview – Prog 2069

Published On February 20, 2018 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, The Weekly 2000AD

The latest Prog hits the comic shop shelves on 21st February. Time to take a little look at what’s inside.

First off, that cover. Ooooh. That’s a bit good that. My continuing re-appraisal of Clint Langley’s work continues. It’s damn good.

As for other damn good stuff, it’s rather a bloody excellent Prog right now. The continuing adventures of Bad Company, the beautiful Brass Sun, the suddenly rather excellent and continuity filled Savage and ABC Warriors – all great reads.

But leading off the issue we have a new Judge Dredd story by Ian Edginton and Dave Taylor; Live Evil. Featuring the return of the mysterious Judge Exorcist Lamia, it’s also the spectacular return of Dave Taylor’s delicious art to the pages of 2000AD. He draws Dredd like no one else, a distinctly European style, with fun nods to Moebius in the art as well.

It all kicks off when the Deep-Space Science Vessel, The Hettie, returns to MC-1. Just not the way it was ever meant to. A massive crash-landing, flight recorder jettisoned, crew logs wiped, all data scrubbed. And most of the crew were killed in cryo-sleep, possibly by the xeno-biologist team leader. It’s a space mystery come to land, heavily, on MC-1.

Time for the dead to give up their tales, and Dredd knows just the Judge for the job. Exorcist Judge Lamia might be able to talk to the dead, but since Chaos Day, there are simply too many, and she’s finding it almost impossible to block them out, except behind the walls of the Exorcist Citadel. But Dredd being Dredd, there’s no chance for her to refuse…

“Here’s how it’s going to be. You’re an Exorcist Judge. You get access to places like this. If you can’t do the job you’re a citizen, your bare nerve back on the street today. Your choice.”
“That means no choice, right? You’re a bastard, Dredd!”

Yes, yes he is. And yes, she’s going to have to talk to the dead again. It’s a cracking opener, and so good to see both Lamia and Taylor back in the pages of 2000AD.

Now, time for a quick dash round the other four strips…

Bad Company: Terrorists finds the boys still searching for Colonel Crawley, the man who led the massacre to trigger the Ararat War. But right now, they’re busy trying to stop the not missing anymore Mac going completely unhinged. And then there’s the whole Schrodinger’s Dog machine kicking off. Can Mac survive the experience? Damn fine old-skool 2000AD going on here.

We had the almost silent and oh, so beautiful episode of Brass Sun: Engine Summer. Now it’s time to discover just what Wren’s been up to, as Ariel O’Conner gets herself patched up. From the epic sci-fi mechanics of the Orrery straight down to lush jungle greens, complete with a surprising means of transport for Wren. But more surprising is the time that’s passed and that Septimus has left Wren. Worse still, Wren’s questing spirit seems to have deserted her. seeing her broken and without hope, heartbreaking stuff. But damn, it’s fascinating, beautifully heartbreaking stuff.

Just as I’ve come to reassess ABC Warriors recently, my enjoyment of Mills and Goddard’s Savage keeps going. It’s fascinating seeing the connections Mills is putting together, linking the pretty much current day events in Savage with the future wars in ABC Warriors. And it’s all down to that despicable corporate despot Howard Quartz. Against all odds, Savage somehow has to stop Quartz using time-travel weaponry. Watching him and Quartz face off and negotiate is fascinating. They’re both obsessed, both radical, and it’s damn good. And I’m still a huge fan of what Goddard puts down in stark black and white. And jump forward to the future, where the ABC Warriors are gearing up for final battle, against the assembled horde of the Volgons. It’s a brutal showdown, and Langley goes absolutely mad getting every last bit of action on the page.

Judge Dredd: Live Evil – by Ian Edginton and Dave Taylor.

Bad Company: Terrorists – by Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo and Dom Regan.

Brass Sun: Engine Summer – by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard.

Savage: The Thousand Year Stare – by Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard.

ABC Warriors: Fallout – by Pat Mills and Clint Langley.

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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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