Review: 2000 AD – Prog 2039

My thoughts on this weeks prog of 2000 AD

A pretty creepy cover, which sums up Brink nicely!

Judge Dredd: Box Office Bomb by Rory McConville (w) Ben Wilsher (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

A pretty standard one-shot Judge Dredd story. I think these shorter stories are a good idea, as they stop us from getting event fatigue with Dredd. This one was a more serious issue than some of the previous ones. Dealing with movies and clones, it was entertaining, and a nice finish. Dredd needs to keep up with popular culture more, although it does make it a nice narrative for readers!

Brink: Skeleton Life by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)

There’s some mopping up to do as Kurtis questions the survivors of the plot in the new habitation! There is still a lot of mystery here, and the cult/sect is still making trouble. The effect that some of the small changes on some is interesting, as is the use of words to cause sickness in those who heard it!
Next issue looks to be interesting as things escalate!

Defoe: Diehards by Pat Mills (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Defoe’s story finishes here (for now!) and we do get some fun here. Defoe even smiles, although it is in reference to what he was up to before the reeks started attacking. I liked his relationship with Daniel at the end, and everything seems to get wrapped up nicely. The quick finishing off of the remaining reeks was fun and fast moving! Hopefully we’ll see more Defoe in the future!

Grey Area: Life On Earth by Dan Abnett (w) Mark Harrison (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Grey Area takes a bit of a break from the action, with the two visitors/exchangees from another world reflect on their time in the Grey Area. there are opposing views and there are other problems as they are beginning to feel more alone! It’s a nice narrative, and I like ‘Musk’ and ‘Bitch’ s reactions to each other and how they discuss humankind.

Hunted: Furies by Gordon Rennie (w) PJ Holden (a) Len O’Grady (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

The traitor general’s plan comes out and it looks like he has (for now) a blue skinned ally. It’s well done and calls back to the mythos of the GI’s. Will we get Rogue in this too? Maybe!

Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, 2000 AD Windows 10 app

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