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Writer: Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton, Kek-W, Pat Mills, TC Eglinton Artist: Colin Macneil, D-Israel, Nick Cyer, Dave Kendall, INJ Culbard Colourist: Chris Blythe Letterer: Annie Parkhouse, Ellie de Ville, Simon Bowland Publisher: 2000AD Format: Ongoing Review
Star Wars: Poe Dameron (Marvel)
Everybody’s new favourite space rogue is under Leia’s orders
The Spectacular SpiderMan (Marvel)
Peter Parker returns in a new series from Chip Zdarsky.
A Fractured Mind (Red 5 Comics)
A new detective novel hunts for the killer.
A Chicago hitman and a Seattle housewife switch places to deadly effect.
Set in the JudgeDredd universe, the first collection of 2000 AD’s breakouts is Law less: Welcome To Badrock headed by writer Dan Abnett with art from Phil Winslade – both are familiar talents to 2000AD and the world of JudgeDredd.
Set after the events of Abnett’s Insurrection, those who are new to the series will still be able to jump onboard and treat Lawless as a standalone story. Marshal Meta Lawson finds herself assigned to the town of Badrock on the planet 43 Rega, still healing from an invasion by alien race the Zhind. Badrock is a no- good town and Lawson finds herself trying to keep the peace stuck between the dregs and troublemakers, assisted by Nerys Pettifer and hulking mutant gorilla Kill-A-Man Jaroo.
Lawless is a wonderful Mad Max-esque style space opera full of bizarre characters. The subtle complexities of Badrock’s politics and society are as enjoyable a read as the mystery of Metta Lawson herself. She’s a badass judge with a no bullshit attitude when it comes to crime, but Abnett never strays into familiar territory with the trope.
Winslade’s art is stunning; every mutant, human, creature and robot is a fascinating glimpse into the creator’s mind-sets – a wild west tale in space. From the vast wasteland to the striking detail and expression, combined with superb sci-fi storytelling, this is a creative match made in heaven. Welcome To Badrock has ‘potential film script’ written all over it. Claire Lim
If the history of comic book art was to be taught in schools, then Jack Kirby’s work would be the first lesson. The impact he made on the form is something we take for granted now, and he is still emulated today. Before Kirby, comics were much like newspaper strips featuring still figures. Kirby added motion and made the pages come to life. He also helped create some of the most iconic characters in comics.
Almost ten years after Kirby: King Of Comics was originally published, Mark Evanier has gone through his biography of the legendary artist, added a new chapter, rewritten bits and replaced some of the artwork with pieces he has gathered since 2008. The 240-page book is part biography and part coffee-table art book – the majority of it is the latter. This means it doesn’t go as in-depth as you would expect from a typical biography, but there are several anecdotal stories shared by Jack and his wife Roz before their passing.
There are stories from Kirby on the people he worked with and the inspirations behind the titles. The artwork featured includes pieces spanning his entire career, varying from original pencils to one-off sketches. It’s truly a book fit for a king. Aiden Dalby
Ravina The Witch is one of the most captivating visual experiences you can hope for in such a small book. Junko Mizano’s fuses shojo manga with a very Western, pop-art influenced style that results in a dreamy, otherworldly noir affair that has a unique visual language and weaves narrative and imagery together seamlessly.
The story – focusing on the eponymous Ravina – explores what it is to be normal and what it is to have that normality challenged, removed. Think of the book as a more modern, easternised version of Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland – it has that dreamlike detachment from reality while somehow remaining grounded and spinning a relatable, satisfying tale. Hints of eroticism, talking cabbages and Grimm inspiration all come together artisanally in Ravina – we recommend it highly. Dom Peppiatt
Sons of Booth puts Dredd in familiar and potentially dangerous territory. The series has always excelled when it’s addressed the issues of its time and used MegaCity One as a lens to view them through. Everything from Eglington’s script to Chris Blythe’s urban, washedout colours excels.
With Defoe, Pat Mills’s 17th Century zombie hunter has found a perfect home. The story is great fun, being a noir-esque setup for dirty deeds in the shadow of the post-apocalypse. Ellie De Ville’s letters are top notch too.
Abnett’s Brink is next with art by INJ Culbard and lettering by Simon Bowland. Bridget Kurtis, cop-turnedconsultant on a space station construction project, is a fun lead and gets to do some top-level snarking. Culbard’s art is extraordinary, and Bowland’s lettering ties it all together.
Scarlet Traces, Ian Edginton and D’Israeli’s alternate history of The War Of The Worlds, is one of the best sci-fi stories of the last two decades. The new volume continues here, and sees Earth struggling to deal with an influx of Venusian refugees and a Martian assault. Edginton has a keen ear for naturalistic dialogue and a nasty sense of humour.
Finally, Cursed: The Fall Of Deadworld has everything stacked against it. It’s another mid-run story, a return to the Dark Judge well that we visit often and has frequently been dry. However, from the first panel to the last, Kek-W’s script impresses. Action defines character and there’s a tangible sense of dread. It’s all presented in detailed art from Kendall, and de Ville once again provides lettering and helps deliver the crucial impact needed. Alasdair Stuart