2000ad Prog 1887
Review By Seth
Behind an eye catching Nick Percival cover, “Judge Dredd : Traumatown” by Michael Carroll, Percival and Annie Parkhouse reaches its conclusion, with Dredd and company discovering the cause the psychic disruption around Dredd. Shades of the classic Wagner/Grant/Ewins strip “Haunting of Sector House 9” here, Justice Department still dealing with the fallout from “Day of Chaos”. A taut script from Carroll, who deserves recognition as a great Dredd writer, he has Dredd down pat – see the final 3 panels of this episode. Nick Percival delivers suitably horrific art, though (and I know I maybe committing heresy) a tad muddy for my tastes, but with no sacrifices to storytelling. Good to see him back in the prog’.
Rob Williams and Simon Gurr’s “Time Twister” – “Burping Hitler” is up next. Williams’s skewed sense of humour comes to the fore, he’s ideal for 2000ad. Some great one-liners as an infant Adolf takes on would be allied assassins. Great pay off, with Gurr providing artwork reminiscent of Frazer Irving mashed up with Dave D’Antiquis (remember him?)
“Indigo Prime: Perfect Day” reaches its conclusion, and I did not see that coming. Usually crazed and unbalanced John Smith delivers one of his most coherent plots and scripts for knock out art by Lee Carter. In short, dying Nazi Viktor Schroeder has a plan to change human history, and there’s a traitor in Indigo Prime. Smith uses more of his heroes and influences as agents for the interdimensional trouble shooters. Half the twist I should have seen coming, but the other came out of the blue and sets a new direction for the series. Excellent stuff.
Finally, the ETC set off to confront an invasion by God (or at least a god) in “Grey Area: Nearer My God to Thee”. Techie and occasionally overly fussy art by Mark Harrison doesn’t detract from Dan Abnett’s intriguing tale of invasion by deity. Good script, great ideas: more of this, less of “Sin Dex “. “Grey Area” grows on you, even with the slightly ridiculous romantic sub plot.
Despite coming to the end of the latest “promo cycle” (eww), the prog remains strong. Top thrill for me is Indigo Prime, but just by a whisker.