Review: 2000AD Prog 2013

And so we come to the year end and traditionally 2000AD have a year end bumper edition. And after what they’ve put us through this year with Dark Judges, ABC Warriors and 3-way storylines we get something for everyone!

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We kick off with a one shot Judge Dredd story – still dealing with the after effects of Chaos Day in a winter setting. I enjoy these stories – they seem to take Dredd away from his comfort zone and I love the art with the wrap Dredd wears.
The story ends with about as much Christmas spirit as Dredd can muster!

In between we get a teaser of what is to come in 2013 and as it’s already been released I have no problem with putting it here:

Pretty good!

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Next up we have Absalom: Dirty Postcards which is as much an un-christmasy story you can get. Genuinely disturbing in many ways. Stories with kids always get me! In a traditional 2000AD style in black & white the tone is excellent with a suitably spooky ending!

In addition to the stories, in the digital edition 2000AD have also provided some ‘behind the scenes’ with sketches and more which make it interesting

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We return to some classic stories with a new volume of Savage – this being book 8. This brings us the underground storytelling we have come to expect from Savage, so expect battles, robots, aliens and betrayal! Not a huge amount to go on here, but enjoyable!

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We get some more strange storytelling with Ampney Crusis Investigates with parallel dimensions, blood and the British Government! Again, as is the manner of this prog, we only get a little to go on, but its a good ground floor level introduction to a character I don’t know too much about!

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We get some WWII action with a twist with Ack-Ack Macaque. Although this is a done-in-one story, we do get references to things to come with this character, which I like the look of – Nazi walking machines too!

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The Red Seas returns! A story I am not too fiond of, but you’ve got to give it credit – it keeps going (I’m allowed to like some and not the others!) This part one of ‘Fire Across the Deep’ feels like an ending and a beginning of a beginning!

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The preview story style continues in Aquila: Quo Vadis Domine set around Rome with many gods – including Christian and Roman – as well as demons from below. I liked this story and it’s set up, I hope to see more of these!

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I think this is a new character (at least to me!) in The Visable Man: Scars which starts an imprisonment and escape story. Easy to read and nicely paced this looks like a fun read!

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Finally we get the return of Johnny Alpha in ‘The life and death of…’ The SD story is a favorite of mine, and Alpha’s back story is rich for mining – this gives a look at the plight of the mutants and a new mutant too!

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