The 2000AD Preview – Prog 2070

Published On February 27, 2018 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, The Weekly 2000AD

I said it last week, I’ll say it again. The current lineup in 2000AD is superb. Everything is really hitting stride, all looks great. So… fancy a look inside?

I praised Dave Taylor’s return to Judge Dredd, but here he gets the cover as well. And damn, it’s so very good.

In Judge Dredd: Live Evil, Judge Exorcist Lamia has been forced back into action by Dredd, to investigate the crash-landed science ship full of dead crew. When she first appeared we learnt practically nothing of her, bar that she died and came back, with the power to see and talk to the dead. But here we get more of the tragic tale of Judge Miryam Lamia, and the deal she brokered to live.

Oh, it’s a dark strip. Dark in tone, but also dark in look, as Taylor does magnificent things with the artwork, all shadows and then bursts of shocking light as we see the masses of the dead through Lamia’s eyes. All those dead from Chaos Day, all clamouring for her help. It’s shaping up to be a very special series here. And Lamia’s a spectacularly interesting character.

The two Pat Mills written storylines are winding up to end right now. But with Clint Langley in ABC Warriors Mills is certainly winding up in spectacular fashion, with a huge finale of combat between the Warriors and the Martian Volgon forces. And it’s all going to come to a head, with Blackblood versus the ABC Warriors.

And in the other Mills strip, Savage and Quartz are having a huge standoff, but Quartz just can’t wait to show off his massive… weapon. Or many weapons. Just like ABC Warriors, it’s action all the way as Savage winds up to the end.

Bad Company: Terrorists has seen Peter Milligan really delight in putting the Company through the mill. Last Prog saw poor Danny in pieces.

“My name’s Danny Franks. I’m a fool. I’d forgotten the THIRD law of Bad Company. There are no happy endings.”

This issue might see, if not a happy ending, but a glimmer of a possibility of a maybe not disastrous one. But it’s a spectacularly good fun ride for us if not for them.

Brass Sun‘s last episode brought us up to date with Wren. Poor Wren, without hope, lost, deserted by Septimus. And we also got to hear of what had happened in the world since she went missing. The Prime Numbers have a new leader, an inquisitor known as The King In Yellow. And just like us, Ariel O’Conner’s got “at least a million questions!”

“What happened here? I get the feeling there’s a lot you’re not telling me.
Where’s Septimus?
Why did he leave?
Why didn’t you go with him?”

And then you see Wren’s face, a beautiful bit of Culbard expression. And we find out the tragic details. Poor Wren. Brutal. Heartbreaking. And it looks like it’s only going to continue.

Ok, now for those preview pages…

 

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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