Reviewed: Prog 1950
One of the many nice things about 2000 AD is that it regularly provides jumping-onpoint issues. This (astonishingly the 1,950th issue) is a particularly strong one, with four opening instalments that give a good taste of where these stories are going.
Judge Dredd has pride of place, just as he should. “Serial Serial” sees the return of mass-murderer PJ Maybe. The twist here is that you never actually see Maybe. He manipulates events from afar by tipping Dredd off about an unsolved case. It’s good fun, and quite different to the epic disaster stories that have engulfed Mega City One of late.
Defoe is an alt-universe zombie story set in the 1600s. Pat Mills’ dialogue is ornate, but the story so far can be summed up as: zombies attack. Happily, Leigh Gallagher’s monochrome art is wonderfully macabre. The story opens with a rotting cadaver and only gets nastier from there.
Brass Sun is one of the more intriguing 2000 AD series of recent years. A steampunk adventure (albeit with thankfully few dodgy imperialist overtones) it’s very different from the violent strips that make up the rest of the issue. Inj Culbard’s art has a cool, attractively European feel and it’s engaging enough to encourage new readers to check out the back catalogue.
Finally, Bad Company. This future war saga reached a natural conclusion in the late ’80s, and subsequent revivals haven’t quite matched it at its best. “First Casualties” looks set to change that. Ten years after the Krool war, Danny Franks is a haunted shadow of his former self, drafted back into service in an attempt to find old comrade Kano. It’s different enough from previous stories to not feel like a retread, while Rufus Dayglo and Jim McCarthy’s art is a loving tribute to the late Brett Ewins and is every bit as insane as his original etchings. Will Salmon
The comic of the future revives past glories.