2000AD Prog 2067 hits your local comic shop and newsagent on Weds 7th February… have a little look inside…
Cover by Patrick Goddard, featuring Howard Quartz, who appears not just as the big bad in ABC Warriors, but also pops up right at the start of his ascent to evil in Savage. Which is where it’s all getting rather interesting. Pat Mills has done it before, crossing over characters from one strip to another, possibly most successfully in Nemesis with the ABC Warriors featuring heavily. But here, suddenly, we’re seeing the very beginnings of this 2000AD ABC Warriors Millsverse come into being. It’s a fascinating thing to watch happen. And suddenly, my attention has been grabbed and I’m following right along.
So, in Savage, we’re there with the robotic Howard Quartz, weapons monger to the world, right at the start of his career of villainy. And he’s got Savage just where he wants him, experiencing the time torture of the thousand-year stare, where 24-hours in the chair will feel like 1000-years. Can Bill possibly survive? Well, yeah, course he will. That’s not the point really, as watching it all unfold. Great fun, great art from Goddard, and a real surprise for me that I’m enjoying this. But not as much of a surprise as me enjoying the ABC Warriors. And my word, I am. It’s all seemingly falling apart for the team, with Howard Quartz again in charge of pulling all of the strings. Yep, watching Mills pull things together has really made my enjoyment of ABC Warriors one of the biggest surprises of the year so far. (I know it’s early, but still.)
In non Pat Mills written strips this week… More adventures in the Sov cold with Dredd vs Maul in Michael Carroll and Paul Davidson’s The Shroud, where Dredd seems to be losing, but as always, old Joe has a plan. Trouble is, no one else knows what it is, and his fellow prisoners are growing concerned. This one’s developing nicely, and where Carroll’s taking it is fascinating to see.
Over in Bad Company, Danny, Kano and the gang are under attack and pinned down, in another action-packed episode. It’s got a real trad 2000AD feel, a throwback, but in a good way. It’s romping along with Bad Company getting in and out of trouble pretty much every other episode in their search for the officer who triggered the Ararat war.
Brass Sun finds Wren injured, escaping with Septimus looking after her, while Arthur struggles to recover the system’s operating system. There’s a beautiful sequence in the latter half of this episode that encapsulates a huge part of Brass Sun’s enjoyment for me. Edginton and Culbard do a masterful job of controlling pace and time, with events over a couple of pages following Wren’s breathless escape pictured in glorious, epic slow motion. It’s beautifully done.
Judge Dredd – The Shroud – by Michael Carroll and Paul Davidson
Bad Company – Terrorists – by Peter Milligan, Rufus Dayglo and Dom Regan
Savage – The Thousand Year Stare – by Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard
Brass Sun – Engine Summer – by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard
ABC Warriors – Fallout – by Pat Mills and Clint Langley