The Grievous Journey Of Ichabod Azrael (And the Dead Left in his Wake): One Last Bullett – starts 2000AD Prog 1901

IchabodThe Grievous Journey Of Ichabod Azrael
(And the Dead Left in his Wake): One Last Bullett

Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Mike Dowling
Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

Part one in 2000AD Prog 1901

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– Saturday 27th September 2014

In stores, 2000AD iAp & Digitally worldwide day & date
– Wednesday 1st October 2014.

One of the logest titles for a comic story…

This story debuted in Prog 1677 in 2010 telling the tale of a mean spirited gunslinger with no respect for any authority. He had been a bushwacker during the American Civil War (Southern soldiers employing guerrilla tactics) and descended in to crime. His crimes catch up with him in the end and he is gunned down. That’s where the story started…

Rob Williams is one of the current stable of writers for Judge Dredd. He wrote the critically acclaimed Ordinary, illustrated by D’Israeli. With artist Simon Coleby he penned The Royals: Masters of War.

On the first two stories the artist was Dom Reardon, also known for  Caballistics Inc, written by Gordon Rennie in 2000AD. This time round the artist is Mike Dowling, artist on last year’s smash hit creator owned mini series Death Sentence, written by Montynero.

I’ve had advance site of the episode from Progs 1901 and 1902.

Firstly I was struck by the way Mike Dowling has preserved the look from the first story yet put his own stamp on it. Sometimes a new artist on a story will go for something different which sometimes jars and sometimes succeeds. In this case everything seems to fit perfectly with recollections yet look fresh. Of course I have the benefit of also having the original to hand to compare.

In the first story Ichabod awoke in a strange world, where he found the dead waiting to be ferried across the River Styx by Charon. Ichabod refused to accept his lot in death, the one true love of his life was drawing him back to the land of the living.

In the second story Ichabod travels through numerous time-zones to prevent the death of his true love and to rescue Charon from The Hunter. Each time Ichabod dies he wakes in a different setting. At the end he discovers he has been misled cruelly.

Now Ichabod is looking for vengeance and any sense of loyalty or justice he had gained in his earlier journeys is gone. Charon is gone and Ichabod crosses the Styx alone.

What and who he finds across the river is familiar but different. One mystery at the moment, who is the tortured author with the unfinished novel? Another, why doesn’t Crow know Ichabod?

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