My thoughts on what’s inside this weeks prog of 2000 AD
JUDGE DREDD: ICON by TC Eglinton (w) Colin MacNeil (a), Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
A new story arc starts with Dredd – not just a one-shot to ease you in, and you get a good Judges/citizens story, with the citizens being their usual self – and it looks like it’s the Judges who will have to clear it up! The bone of contention this time is how the citizens view Dredd – and a statue of him! This looks to be a very interesting arc, with power plays behind the scenes, making things worse….
ROGUE TROOPER: A SOLDIER’S DUTY by James Robinson (w) Leonardo Manco (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Always nice to see the return of the original G.I. – in this issue there are no chips, but that makes sense as they would only be too much for the story. This is the story of Rogue Trooper, as told by a Nort commander who is under attack from the Genetic Infantryman! It’s well told with some bleak humor and plenty of action.
GREY AREA: HOMELAND SECURITY by Dan Abnett (w) Mark Harrison (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Just as things seem to have settled down, the team from the Grey Area are pulled into more trouble. And this time it looks like a war! The remains of the godstar are all over the world, and it looks like some have been using that tech to supplement their war machines – and that’s when the Grey Area teams get pulled in. An interesting idea, and a good re-introduction to the characters, while adding new ones!
SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Cover star Slaine returns, and the battle against Archon continues with his stone soldiers. There is a good look into the mindset of Slaine here as it looks like there is going to be a slow build up in this story!
INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by John Smith, Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Indigo Prime returns and gives us a nice small recap, while introducing some of the main characters. We also get an idea of the impending doom that is coming!
SINISTER DEXTER: DOWN IN THE DUMPS by Dan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) John Charles (c) Ellie De Ville (l)
This is a fun one-shot for Sinister Dexter – giving us a tour of Download (unintended from the characters) as well as adding a new member to their team (unofficially) Funny without any gun action too!
THE FALL OF DEADWORLD: HOME by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
‘Home’ is right, with Fairfax returning to the judges headquarters – and everything that contains. There are some interesting points here, with old scores to settle, and a closer look at the nature of fear – and then there is the Chief Judge!