Review: 2000AD – Prog 1848

2000ad 1848

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Gods and Monsters!

Dredd: Bender 
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law!

Sláine: The Book of Scars 
Celtic hero Slaine – exile, wanderer and later king – defends his people from the sea demons, at the behest of the Earth Goddess…

Age of the Wolf: Wolfworld 
London, 2026. Ten years have passed since the world first found itself living under a permanent full moon as the result of an ancient prophecy, and the wolves emerged. Following Rowan Morrigan’s battle with Fenris, the capital has now succumbed to nature and the green is spreading across the land, human survivors forced into hiding by the lupine predators that stalk the city…

Past Imperfect: Origins 
Tales from the past, but not as we know it…

Ten-Seconders: Godsend 
The near future. Human society has all but been destroyed, with ragtag bands of survivors existing amongst the ruins and trying to escape the attention of the Gods and their Followers. The Gods came to Earth several years ago, offering to help makind with their incredible powers, and for a time it seemed the planet had its own protectors – but the Gods wanted humanity to bow down before them and accept them as their rulers. Those that refused are now fighting a guerrilla war against the superbeings – but a person’s life expectancy in such a battle is just ten seconds…

This weeks 2000AD has a real nice mix of Sci-Fi and Fantasy – mixing the both in some cases.

Judge Dredd is purely Sci-Fi, with the corrupt Judge finally going to far, as we get towards the conclusion of this story arc. Lou Bender seems pretty well justified in some of his approaches – reacting to how Mega City One has gone, but Lock’s conflicted reactions make this a good story too.

Age of the Wolf is pretty grim, as we get to the end of this story. The Grey Witch is an excellent character and the world of runes, werewolves and humans that has been created here is excellent. It’s a violent issue, with a nice twist/cliffhanger ending!

We get a new look at old stories of Slaine in Sláine: The Book of Scars and this weeks looks at another old battle of Slaine’s (with some fun dwarf commentary) The changes in art make this a fun read from week to week, and it’s a brave look at the old Slaine stories, which I don’t remember seeing before!

Past Imperfect changes the way we look at old stories we think we know – in this case Darwin’s travels. I would have liked to have seen this stretched over a few more issues, as it seems a little rushed.

The Ten-Seconders gets to the endgame as well, with players being taken off the board. I actually found the loss of Damage more upsetting! Get ready for the big battle?

You can get 2000AD Prog 1848 Online or on the Newstand!


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