Published in the UK by Rebellion
Saturday 6th June 2015
General release in print & digital
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Genre – Sci-Fi
2000AD do regular Jump On Progs with a full set of new stories, the last one was Prog 1924 in March. This Prog isn’t all of that but there are three new stories, only Sláine is part way through, this story ends in Prog 1936. Another new story joins the line-up in Prog 1935.
With this Preview I can bring you all five pages of Absalom: Under a False Flag, part 1.
Absalom is a mean mouthed London Detective who specialises in the kind of xcases other cops would rather not know about. This story has been described as ‘The Sweeney meets X-Files’.
The new series of Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallian’s Absalom is entitled Under A False Flag. Absalom leads a special unit that has jurisdiction over a diplomatic treaty made in the 16th Century between the throne of England and Hell. They are tasked with keeping Demons in line that cross the boundaries of that Accord – and they keep them in line in a very final manner.
Now, with a stack of troubles that include inoperable cancer, Absalom is dealing with a serial killer who leaves no corpses; just piles of dust.
Gordon Rennie delivers a script full of bile riddled dialogue that gives a fine example of the hard boiled Detective types from UK TV from the 70s. There is plenty of depth alongside the trust veneer.
Tiernan Trevellion’s story telling is top notch, just look at the energy in the first page and compare it to the old and tired Absalom on pages three and four. No wasted lines and the greytones give the grime of an understory to the cities of UK with the sheen you’d get from colour.
There is more about what is in this Prug under these preview pages.
Judge Dredd: Blood of Emeralds Part 1
Script: Michael Carroll
Art: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Judge Dredd Created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
First Appearance – Prog 2
Judge Joyce joined Mega-City One Justice Department in the days after Chaos Day. His late father had been the top Judge in the Murphyville, Ireland’s answer to Judge Dredd in Ireland’s answser to Mega-City One. Now someone wants Judge Joyce the younger dead.
Michael Carroll is from Southern Ireland and Colin MacNeil is Scottish. So if any stereotypes raise their heads, I’ve seen episode two watch out for Judges’ names, don’t blame the English.
Sláine The Brutania Chronicles Book 2: Primordial Part 11
Script: Pat Mills
Art: Simon Davis
Letters: Ellie De Ville
Sláine was created by Pat Mills & Angie Kincaid
First Appearance Prog 330
Only two episodes after this one and the action has cranked up a notch.
Sláine has always had top artists working on it and Simon Davis has brought his own style to the table. Sláine in a warp spasm is a classic.
Helium Locked In Part 1
Script: Ian Edginton
Letters: Ellie De Ville
Helium was created by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli
First Appearance Prog 1934
Three hundred years have passed since the great war and 85% of the land is hidden beneath a poisonous mist called the Fugue, or simply the Poison Belt. Nothing human can live in the Fugue. But something is down there.
Edginton and D’Israeli work together on Stickleback, this isn’t the same kind of story at all and that means a different art style from D’Israeli. Interestingly I see hints of Brass Sun which is written by Edginton but illustrated by INJ Culbard. I say hints, it is pure D’Israeli, if you can ever figure out what a pure D’Istaeli looks like.
This is a double sized intro, Edginton seems to like writing those.
Outlier: Dark Symmetries by T.C. Eglington & Karl Richardson