NEW READERS Start Here – 2000AD ‘Jump On’ Prog 1924 – spoiler light (preview pages)

1924 cover2000AD Prog 1924

Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release
Saturday 28th March 2015

General release in print & digital
Wednesday 1st April 2015
Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS App & 2000AD Shop

Genre – Sci-Fi

Here’s the line-up for this Prog, this is a ‘Jump On’ point. All the stories are Part 1 of multipart stories and the balance is planned tyo help new readers have an ideal place to start reading 2000AD. Obviously it is also a good way for lapsed readers to slip in unnoticed.

1924 contents

Tharg obviously sings the praises of a ‘Jump On’ Prog and also points out that there are plenty of other great 2000AD products out there, including the Judge Dredd Mega Collection published in partnership with Hachette Partworks.

Judge Dredd

Enceladus: New Life
Part 1

Script: Rob Williams
Art: Henry Flint
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Judge Dredd Created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
First Appearance – Prog 2

As the ‘Previously’ says in the Nerve Centre this story is a sequel to the story Judge Dredd: Titan from Prog 1962 to 1869 (January to March 2014).

Post Chaos Day sees Mega City One still receiving aid from Brit Cit. Dredd being back in space so soon after Dark Justice has brought a few disappointed groans from some fans. However Rob Williams has a different style to John Wagner so personally I see no problem.

A Williams/Flint story is certainly a good start for new or returning readers though and that is probably the main part to this story being in a ‘Jump On’ Prog.

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1924 jd2

1924 S1Sláine

The Brutania Chronicles Book 2: Primordial
Part 1

Script: Pat Mills
Art: Simon Davis
Letters: Ellie De Ville

Sláine was created by Pat Mills & Angie Kincaid
First Appearance Prog 330

This story continues straight from The Brutania Chronicles Book 1: A Simple Killing.

Pat Mills still writes a good Sláine but I do miss his times with Ukko. This story does need the ‘Previously’ text above for new or returning readers to get up to speed but after the first two pages everyone should be fine.

Lovely first page, very lovely.

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Grey1924 GA 1 Area

Another Day on the Job
Part 1

Script: Dan Abnett
Art: Mark Harrison
Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Grey Area was created by Dan Abnett and Karl Richardson
First Appearance Prog 1764

Again the intro page is needed for new or returning readers.

It’s a very interesting turn of events and there vocal patterns seen in these preview pages show how Dan Abnett can use none standard English really well – I love how the characters from Kingdom talk, that is where comparisons end though as the stories are in no way connected (and I far prefer Kingdom to be honest).

Grey Area is a decent standard story and certainly easy to get in to. This is in many ways a new start so there is room for Dan to take this in any direction.

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1924 O1Orlok: Agent of East-Meg One

The Rasputin Caper
Part 1

Script: Arthur Wyatt
Art: Jake Lynch
Letters: Ellie De Ville

Orlok was created by John Wagner, Alan Grant & Steve Dillon
First appearance Prog 236

Arthur Wyatt and Jake Lynch re-introduced Orlok to 2000AD in last years Sci-Fi Special last year and the first of the ongoing series premiered in Prog 1912 in January this year.

With a very well honed knowledge of the world of Judge Dredd Arthur Wyatt was a good choice to pen the new (old) adventures of Orlok. There is a lot of room for Arthur and Jake to play with before reaching the time Orlok first entered Dredd;s storyline.

You can read more about Orlok in my article Who is Orlok?

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1924 SD1Strontium Dog

The Stix Fix
Part 1

Script: John Wagner
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Simon Bowland

Strontium Dog was created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
First Appearance Starlord Issue 1
First appearance in 2000AD Prog 86

What a classic Strontium Dog intro, Bringing back the Stix family is great, they have always been one of my favourite villains in Strontium Dog, regular readers probably did what I did, check for S/D badges…

This first episode deals with the end of the last story and shifts things up a gear. A great fresh start for a new reader that gives clear info that there is a huge backstory without the need to actually understand it all. This is one of John Wagner’s strengths.

You can read interviews of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra about Strontium Dog elsewhere on this Blog.

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