The latest Prog of 2000AD hits the shelves on Wednesday 30th May. So, ideal time to have a little wee preview of all things coming up. eh? Here’s Prog 2083… all wrapped behind a spectacular front and back Survival Geeks cover from Neil Googe!
There you go, front and back covers by Neil Googe. So many Easter eggs to go looking for. My favourite? Has to be the Christian Grey’s banner. But for God’s sake, don’t just look at the cover and think ‘that’s cool’, it must have taken Googe so long to do, get looking for all the in-jokes and sci-fi / TV / convention gags!
Ok, cover over and done with… time for the insides…
Five strips, and they’re all pretty damned good this week.
JUDGE DREDD: THE PARADIGM SHIFT – Michael Carroll and Jake Lynch
Sort of tying into Michael Carroll’s new Dredd novella, Avalanche, dealing with the very earliest days of the Justice Department, where the new Judges are finding it hard getting acceptance from existing law enforcement and the military. The Paradigm Shift sees Dredd investigating the theft of a tablet that has some connection to crimes a century ago. And whilst Dredd delves into that one, we head back in time to the dawn of the Judges, to see Judge Deacon getting in deep with a very secret Gov agency that might be responsible for mass murder.
Yes, this is turning into a very tight, very tense little thriller courtesy of Carroll. And Jake Lynch’s artwork is looking superb here, very old-skool, and doesn’t he do a fine Dredd chin?
SKIP TRACER: HEAVY IS THE HEAD – James Peaty and Paul Marshall
Now on episode three, this new story is doing so much right; pacy, conspiracy laden, unfolding at just the right speed. The Skip Tracer is Nolan Blake, whose bounty was assassinated back in episode one for daring to mention ‘The Crown’. And, being an inquisitive sort, Blake has decided to throw caution to the wind and do a little digging himself.
It’s early days yet with Skip Tracer, but I’ve got a good feeling about it so far. Peaty is writing a solid thriller, and Marshall’s art looks very nice indeed.
SURVIVAL GEEKS: GEEK-CON – Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby and Neil Googe
The funniest 2000AD since Zombo takes itself off to a massive Sci-Fi Convention. Oh, you can just feel the knives being sharpened! Whether it’s loving pastiche or biting satire isn’t the important thing, it’s just a funny, funny series. The Survival Geeks find themselves stars in their own little bubble at Warp-Con, and even Sam finds herself won over with the cute as anything mini-me cosplay.
But this episode sees the introduction of Inspector Qui, who absolutely, oh no, whatever gave you that idea, has nothing to do with a certain Doctor. Who is he/she? All part of the gag!
“Oh darling, your universe and their obsession with gender. Switching was so last Warp-Con!”
THE FALL OF DEADWORLD: DAMNED – Kek-W and Dave Kendall
There’s a distinct Mad Max style vibe to the latest chapter in the events documenting the slow decay and fall of what will become the Deadworld this week. Week by week, we see the development of Judge Child, and this week she’s really stepping up, authority and strength by presence, not through violence. It’s a super-fast episode, but slow your eye enough and you’ll see plenty to enjoy in Kendall’s artwork.
DURHAM RED: BORN BAD – Alec Worley and Ben Willsher
After her return last issue, we get to see the full reveal of the complete revamp of this 2000AD favourite in this episode. And oh boy, have they pulled it off. Gone is the stupidly over-sexualised look and in comes something powerful, bad ass and bloody attractive to boot. Yep, this new version of Durham Red is kicking some ass here, looking to reunite a monkey mob-boss with his loverly ol’ Ma. And Willsher’s artwork could easily be the finest of his career. Spectacular detail, a beautiful set of colours as well.