2000AD Prog 1837
Published weekly in the UK by Rebellion
Subscription release 15th June 2013
General release in print & digital 19th June 2013
Cover by Chris Weston
No letters page.
It’s a great fully painted cover from Chris Weston.
Tharg concentrates on the return of John Wagner to Dredd & pimping the Megazine. We get a teaser for a forthcoming thrill Kingdom: Aux Drift by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson.
Later in the Prog there is a competition to win Superman Lego sets & a teaser for IDW’s Judge Dredd Year One #3.
In this Prog
Judge Dredd: Wastelands part 1
Script: John Wagner
Art: Dave Taylor
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
John Wagner returns to show us how Dredd is reacting to the aftermath of Chaos Day. He’s feeling the guilt that was dumped on him last issue in Skulls. As always in the suffering there are Cits making a few Creds, seems to be fully legit though – but what seems to be legit might not be.
Prospective Apartment purchasers are attacked during a viewing, this doesn’t look like a random attack.
Not a fan of the art to be honest, Beeny doesn’t seem consistently drawn. But I’m no artist, I got a D in my O Level. That’s my only grip really, the rest is fine, just Beeny looks odd in a few panels.
Defoe: The Damned, part 2
Script: Pat Mills
Art: Leigh Gallagher
Letters: Ellie De Ville
Poor old Titus… we’ve heard about this but this is the first time we see what happened to his family. Brutally murdered by a man he trusted and his neighbours didn’t help because they knew he had been a Leveller. He’d been among the troops that had driven women and children back in to Colchester to starve. Titus’s family suffered for his military past.
Seeing him trying to rescue his dead family, knowing they were zombies and that his mind had no concept of this was quite emotive. I’ve read some criticism of the pacing of last week’s episode. The criticism is that the episode reads as though it was paced for a graphic novel not a Prog sized instalment. I disagree, from a long standing reader’s viewpoint the anticipation of him pulling his dead family out of the well was full of dread. I think new readers to Defoe had enough information in the first part to get this too.
The two larger panels on the third page of this episode were amazing. Leigh Gallagher has the zombies’ movements perfect for atmosphere. A really well illustrated series.
Cadet Anderson Psi Division : One in Ten part 5
Script: Alan Grant
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
A raid on a restaurant by the Cadets gives us a slightly routine episode to this story. Nothing wrong with this, a few readers might be relieved to see no baby body parts. Though the barfing cits when they are informed the meat they are eating may well be human might upset a few readers.
It isn’t a run away hit for me but it is an enjoyable story.
Sinister Dexter Witless Protection: In Plain Shite, part 2
Script: Dan Abnett
Art: John Burns
Letters: Ellie de Ville
Finney is still talking directly to the reader and it is getting noticed by those around him.
He isn’t at the top of his game solo and makes a bit of a mistake with the ‘neutral’ venue to meet Frontal. I’m slightly concerned about that envelope Finney is opening…
Nice body positioning and angles…
Future Shocks: Time is The Only Enemy
Script: David Baillie
Art: Graeme Neil Reid
Letters: Simon Bowland
A much better story than last week’s Terror Tale from Mr Baillie. In this case it is a topic that’s been done before but the angle David has used gives it a great breath of fresh thought.
I think I should mention that last week’s story was illustrated by the winner of the 2012 2000AD Portfolio competition that was run at Thoughbubble in Leeds. The competition is on again this November – check it out!
A brilliant Terror Tale from Montynero!