Review: 2000 AD – Prog 2170

Some thoughts on this week’s 2000 AD. It’s a special all-ages one this week, with some special stories for younger readers to get into 2000 AD

The 2000 AD for all ages is back – and it’s better than ever! 2000 AD Regened is a bumper issue of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, featuring all-new stories for all ages from creators such as Leah Moore and John Reppion (Albion, Dracula), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who, Star Wars), Nick Roche (Transformers), and Ilias Kyriazis (Collider). This is the first of FOUR issues of 2000 AD Regened for 2020, a concerted push by Rebellion to bring new readers of both comic books and 2000 AD itself!

  • UK and DIGITAL: 26 February 2019 £2.99
  • NORTH AMERICA: 26 March 2019 $7.99 (per pack)
  • DIAMOND: DEC191838
I really like this classic Eagle-feel cover by Mark Sexton

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: SCHOOL TRIP by Rory McConville (w) Ilias Kyriazis (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Another story of young Dredd. We get to see a bit of the classic cynical Dredd that we all know and love, plus technology and interdimensional travel. Dredd is his usual cool self, and there are some nice big action scenes.
The resolution is pretty action-packed, and we get treated to a classic Dredd comment at the end. I like the art in this and the colouring is good fun.
I really enjoy reading Rory’s tech stories for Dredd.

FINDER & KEEPER: DEAD SIGNAL by Leah Moore, Jogn Reppion (w) Davide Tinto (a) Jim Boswell (c) Simon Bowland (l)

I’m glad to see the return of Finder & Keeper. I really enjoyed the premise of the first story and this one doesn’t disappoint. The mix of old mythology and new technology works really well, as does the comment at the end of the story. This could be done as a really creepy story, but the art keeps it light making it a perfect fit for enquiring minds!

FUTURE SHOCKS by Karl Stock (w) Luke Horsman (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

I good Future Shock for this issue too. Karma is always something that features in Future Shocks and this issue really builds that up. The main character is so unlikeable you can see that something bad is going to happen a long way away. It’s worth it for the ending though, showing just how Karma can get you.
Special mention to the Karma Police

THE GRONK: THE TROUBLE WITH GRONKSES by David Baillie (w) Rob Davis (a) Jim Campbell (l)

A nice bit of xenobiology here with the Gronkses. The villain of the piece is very unlikable. Once you get into the way the Gronks speak, it’s a fun story. It’s hard to be nasty to the Gronks and it’s fun to see them fight back – kind of like Ewoks.

ROGUE TROOPER: SAVAGE SWAMP by Cavan Scott (w) Nick Roche (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Simon Bowland (l)

Finally some Rogue Trooper. This shies away from some of the harsher sides of this war. There are some deaths, but they are off-panel and work well. Rogue shows his humane side in this issue, trying to make something better on the planet – that’s pretty rare, and it would be interesting to see some of the characters he meets here again.

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