This 12 issue maxi series serves to introduce new readers and reintroduce old readers to the pages of 2000AD.
Wrapped by an excellent and iconic cover by Jamie McKelvie this series goes to answer the question “Where do I start with 2000AD?”
JUDGE DREDD: TERROR by John Wagner (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Tom Frame (l)
The first story, as per tradition, is Judge Dredd. This is a dark story with Dredd dealing with the terrorist group Total War. Our works really well as a primer. We get a good look at the citizens of Mega City One, the crimes and the Judges. This story has more of the investigation than action, but that doesn’t make it any more gripping. Terror, the name of the story, is a large part of the story – it has Dredd’s view of terrorists and the differing types in Mega City One. Dredd does get some action in in the final third of the story – you can feel his frustration really well and the build up is excellent.
The ending of the story does give you the impression that Justice Never Sleeps in Mega City One!
JAEGIR: STRIGOI by Gordon Rennie (w) Simon Coleby (a) Len O’Grady (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Jaegir is something new for new readers and for old readers it takes us back to the days of Rogue Trooper. This time we’re not on the side of the Blue Skinned GI, but the Norts – traditional enemies of Rogue Trooper (although he does have some problems with the Southers!)
This (re)introduction puts us down and dirty in the homeland of the Norts where Kapiten Jaegir is hunting down those accused of war crimes. The problem being is that there is something worse. It’s a genetic taint which affects some families, causing them to mutate into a monster and kill everyone – including their loved ones. This issue introduces the world and the problems very well – with it all being about the set up, although there is a lot of action as Jaegir has her own work to do.
This is some dark sci-fi mixed in with a military caste!
HALO JONES by Alan Moore (w) Ian Gibson (a) Barbara Nosenzo (c) Steve Potter (l)
Some classic and renowned sci fi! Halo Jones is the gold standard of 2000 AD With a classic team behind it. This issue features the first three Progs of The Ballard Of Halo Jones. What we have is a really good introduction of the characters and where they are. We also get a good reason why Halo wants to get out of there!
This is the colour version of the Halo Jones, with a lot going on in each packed panel. This story has a lot going on and a lot to take in but it deserves its place here!
BRINK by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Brink starts here! This is weird, because we’re well into the story in the weekly comics, but it’s good to see it in this collection. What seems like a standard busy for the security teams turns into something a lot deeper. There’s a lot of technology to learn about, but the information boxes are well places and add some good information for us all. The claustrophobic feel to it all is well done and you can understand why some people may go a little mad. It’s it madness, or is it something more? This issue has some good art, with some nice scenes – there is some good action here too!
THARG’S ALIEN INVASIONS by Henry Flint (s+a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Finally to finish off, we get a bleak 12 panel page from Tharg himself. I real end-of-the-world thing with aliens, zombies and more!
All in 12 panels – a dark humoured finish!
In all, this is an excellent issue and a primer for new readers and enjoyment for lapsed and current readers – I’m off to lend this to my daughter and introduce her to the world of 2000 AD!