2000AD Prog 1826 – general release 03/04/13 – spoilers

2000AD Prog 1826

Published weekly in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release 30th March 2013

General release in print & digital 3rd April 2013

Cover by Paul Davidson

This Prog has the traditional 5 thrill line-up, no letters page. 2000AD usually only carries adverts for itself, Judge Dredd Megazine or other products from sister organisation in the Rebellion group.

In this Prog

Judge Dredd: Suicide Watch part 1

Script: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Art: Paul Davidson
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

The story starts with a flashback set 2 months ago with an attempt on the life of Judge Dredd. That doesn’t go well for the three perps in question. One panel shows an ominous character, no bodies are located.

We are then introduced to a mysterious group who are monitoring the Judge’s frequency. Most of the members are wearing blank masks.

Jump to Dredd’s present time and we find ourselves with Psi Judge Hamida, first seen Judge Dredd: Scream (Progs 1737 to 1739) also scripted by Gordon Rennie. That story re-introduced Brainblooms first seen in Prog 9 in 1977. Judge Hamida is a practicing Muslim, Psi Judges are given much more freedom of expression than other Judges as restricting their personality also restricts their abilities.

Hamida identifies the mystery group as a potential Suicide Cult.

The script is intriguing and I can guess just how much speculation will be put in to that one panel I singled out…

Judge Hamida’s faith was already explored last time we saw her and it is looked at again in this story. Gordon Rennie handles this subject well and the character is simply a Muslim in the same way that Psi Judge Omar was a Sikh. It in no way affects their ability to be am effective Psi. It may be noted that Christian faith is often parodied in Judge Dredd strips but that of course is because most of the writers come from a Christian background, whether they are practicing or not. Parody works best if you have a detailed knowledge of what you are parodying.

Regular Dredd colourist back on duty gives us a familiar palette. First time on Dredd for Paul Davidson, and a decent job too. Davidson’s Dredd is instantly recognisable as Dredd and the city scenes are in keeping.

Interesting start.

Dandridge: The Copper Conspiracy part 3

Script: Alec Worley
Art: Warren Pleece

Letters: Ellie de Ville

Steady episode with the plot coming in at a nicer pace after the extended feeling of intro I mentioned about Part 2 last week.

We learn more about the plot in a more sedate fashion, we know a little about what happened to Shelley at least. Some lovely lines such as ‘A gentleman finds few things less worthy of attention rhan a villain not wearing a tie.’

Tharg’s 3rillers: Survival Geeks part 3

Script: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Art: Neil Googe
Colours: Gary Caldwell
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

I again thoroughly enjoyed this story. Sam again quoted Star Wars (Episode IV A New Hope) during the rescue by Simon, Rufus and Clive. Also quoted this week is The Princess Bride during a fight scene. Clive solves the puzzle of the vocally inconsistent villain with his RPG-catalouging brain.

Sam punishes the lads for any sexist comments, much to Rufus’s chagrin, and when Clive whisks the house out of that dimension into another incorrect one she prefers what she sees.

I’d like to see more from these characters. I think short stories, maybe up to four parts, would work best. Interestingly Tharg asked to know if readers wanted more… so I’m guessing Tharg liked it.

Stickleback: Number of The Beast part 3

Script: Ian Eddington
Art: D’Israeli
Letters: Ellie de Ville

Again more exposition than plot, but it doesn’t suffer too much for it. I do find D’Israeli’s art somewhat distracting while equally beautiful. It certainly gives the strip an other-world feel.

Zombo in Planet Zombo Part 1

Script: Al Ewing
Art: Henry Flint
Letters: Simon Bowland

A very thinly veiled (or rather obvious) parody of The Beatles in this strip. The Sc4rabs have reformed at the request of the President of Earth to save the planet from the threat of the Zombie Planet piloted on a course for destruction by the head of the body-less ex-theme park owning megalomaniac…

No, it isn’t getting any easier to describe this plot. Especially the elctric-shock inducing pants the pickled Zombo wears. Though they don’t seem to be having much affect this time…

Lunacy from the darlings of 2000AD fandom and frankly; why not?

Next Prog

Again Dandridge, Stickleback & Zombo gives us a majority of oddness in the Prog and that’ll continue next week.

New Tharg’s 3riller: The GhostshipMathmatica by David Baillie, art my Inaki Miranda

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One comment on “2000AD Prog 1826 – general release 03/04/13 – spoilers

  1. Great sfuff mate. I must say it’s refreshing to see a Muslim character in the prog. And a thoroughly enjoyable read overall, and i agree, i’m still wondering what the hell is going on in Zombo! Lol! Hopefully the trade should clear up matters a bit (just waiting for it to be delivered).

    Mabs.

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