Judge Dredd

Writ­ers: TC Egling­ton, Si Spencer, Alan Grant, Dan Ab­nett, Tony Lee Artists: Karl Richard­son, Henry Flint, Paul Mar­shall, Phil Winslade, Lee Carter Inker: Eva De La Cruz, Dyan Teague Let­terer: Anne Park­house, Si­mon Bow­land, El­lie de Ville Pub­lisher: Rebel

Comic Heroes - - Comics We Rate - Jack Par­sons

Megazine 345 con­tin­ues sev­eral sto­ries, with­out kick­start­ing any new ones. Af­ter wit­ness­ing a mur­der while test­ing a suit that al­lows them to climb walls, the mob and the Law are af­ter the sib­lings in the con­clu­sion of ‘Gecko’. They have an of­ten ten­der back and forth – not to men­tion a cool suit – so it’s a shame they had a short run.

Part three of HAVN sug­gests some­thing is rot­ten in Nu-Ice­land. When a scream­ing man blows him­self up, Judge Hoff­man dis­cover he was wear­ing a col­lar to dis­guise his iden­tity – like the re­cently caught Abby. How many ‘Al­far’ are se­cretly liv­ing un­der the dome? We’ve no idea, but Henry Flint art has a won­der­ful Seven­ties sci-fi vibe that is en­hanced by Eva de la Cruz’s vivid colour­ing.

Colo­nial Mar­shall Metta Law­less’ at­tempt to bring mega-cor­po­ra­tion Munce Inc to book has deadly con­se­quences in space western ‘Long Range War Part 5’. Dan Ab­nett’s story sets up a shock­ing be­trayal, while Phil Winslade’s in­tri­cate black-and-white art­work con­tin­ues to im­press.

De­spite be­ing the cover fea­ture, ‘Dragon Blood: part five’ only serves to fill pages. An­der­son’s dar­ing es­cape in­cludes hov­er­boards and psy­chic dragons, but doesn’t do much to move the story along.

How­ever, the first vol­ume of Ne­crophim also comes with the is­sue. This dark fan­tasy about po­lit­i­cal in­trigue amongst the fallen an­gels of Hell is like an in­fer­nal Game of Throne. Lee Carter’s greyscale art­work feels ap­pro­pri­ately moody and some of his dis­fig­ured de­mons are the stuff of night­mares.

One of the more pop­u­lar new char­ac­ters to emerge from Star Wars’ Dis­neyin­duced comic-book resur­gence, the rev­e­la­tion that rogue ‘ar­chae­ol­o­gist’ Doc­tor Aphra would be get­ting her own se­ries was both wel­come in that she was get­ting the ex­po­sure the char­ac­ter de­served, and re­fresh­ing in its in­di­ca­tion that they wouldn’t just be fo­cus­ing on the old favourites.

Say­ing that, nos­tal­gia has been the buzz­word in the new Star Wars era, and Aphra’s choice of com­pan­ions are in­dica­tive of this: bounty-hunter wook­iee Black Krrsan­tan (who only sticks around be­cause of the heavy debt owed to him by Aphra), and homi­ci­dal C-3P0 and R2-D2 ana­logues 0-0-0 and BT-1, whose so­lu­tion to ev­ery sit­u­a­tion gen­er­ally in­volves a heavy over­dose of as much cap­i­tal-r ruth­less­ness as pos­si­ble.

More­over, the Star Wars moral patch­work has be­come pro­gres­sively more grey of late, and again that’s re­flected here. As ev­i­denced by her will­ing­ness to work with Darth Vader, she’s morally bank­rupt and out for her­self, yet she’s still easy to root for. This could be at­trib­uted to the tried and tested method of sur­round­ing her with a num­ber of similarly self­cen­tred com­pan­ions, but that would be to do a dis­ser­vice to the work Kieron Gillen has done in cre­at­ing a char­ac­ter to stand out along­side some of cin­ema’s most clas­sic cre­ations.

Es­sen­tially, this is Raiders Of The Lost Ark in space, and ev­ery bit as fun as it sounds. The next vol­ume will be cross­over-heavy, so in the mean­time, treasure this slice of Aphra get­ting her own space.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.