2000AD Prog 1900 – spoiler free review – new readers start here!

COVER 19002000AD Prog 1900

Published weekly in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release 20th September 2014

General release in print & digital 24th September 2014
Available in all good stockists, 2000AD Futureshop & the 2000AD iPhone Ap

Cover: Greg Staples

This is the much heralded ‘Jump on Prog’ where all the stories are new. It is an ideal place for new readers to start or lapsed readers to get back in the fold.

A new titles logo and cover layout. On the inside cover there is an editorial address from Tharg and a brief explanation of the background to the stories in this issue.

Only three stories this issue, two more start next issue to round the line-up to the standard five stories that is usual for 2000AD.

Judge Dredd: Block Judge part 1
Writer John Wagner
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

Gramercy Heights is a City Block with 307 levels consisting of more than 20,000 apartments and a population of approximately 63,000 citizens.

Blocks of this size don’t rely on the Judges on patrol outside, a Block Judge is on site to keep an eye on things. Thing is the Block Judge has died and the new guy? Well a hint, the story is called Judge Dredd: Block Judge…

Six pages introducing us to the Block and the cast. New readers will be able to tell who is who easily enough as Dredd’s internal monologue lets us know what he thinks of some of his colleagues.

Stickleback: The Thru’penny Opera part 1
Writer: Ian Edgington
Artist: D’Israeli
Letterer: Ellie de Ville

Stickleback is an underworld crime boss. And by underworld I don’t simply mean organised crime. London in the 19th Century wasn’t quite what you may think it was… He lived and died a life of crime and was resurrected to keep on going.

Here we are treated to a ten page double episode opener. In this story someone is bumping off minor Gods of London. It seems his patrons have a new target for him, one lower down the pecking order.

D’Israeli is a chameleon, his art on one story looking nothing like some others. So if you know him from Ordinary you may not recognise him here. In earlier series he has been known to slip in an awful lot more detail than you may notice on first read.

The Noble 1900

2000AD rarely has articles, here is a 3-page exception. Detailing a little of the history of celebratory issues.

Kingdom: Aux Drift part 1
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Richard Elson
Colourist: Abigail Ryder
Letterer: Simon Bowland

‘This is the story of how Gene The Hackman found the Kingdom’

Another ten page double episode opener to this story. Gene has been on a long journey now, you can read a review of his first two outings in Kingdom: The Promised Land. There was a recent novel set in the same timeline, set 100 years later, Fiefdom,

Told from the viewpoint of a genetically built creature, a bi-pedal dog with a very distinctive style of narration that soon becomes instinctive.

Previous stories saw Gene travel from the Antarctic to Tasmania. Now he is in Australia. Of course his grasp on where he is may not be the same as ours.

Next Prog

More from the three stories above plus:
Greysuit by Pat Mills and John Higgins, and
The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael by Rob Williams and Mike Dowling!

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