Review of 2000AD prog 1902 by Richard Mc
Kingdom cover by Richard Elson.
After reading the hilarious write up over on 2000AD Covers Uncovered it’s hard not to now think “gratuitous butt shot” but still a great, action packed cover with gorgeous colours.
Nerve Centre tells us that Dept of Monsterology was released on October 8th. Think I’ll personally hold off on getting this till the next time PJ Holden is at a con I’m attending. Really wanna read it as loved the first issue so fancy picking up a copy from the man himself.
Another issue of Dredd and his small team trying to bring order to Gramercy Heights and another issue I’m really enjoying.
The main event in this one is a dust up between two of the block’s gangs and whilst they are quick on the scene it was interesting to note Dredd and co. could really only perform clean up duty and take down perps after the event.
Was also interesting to read that even pre Chaos Day a cityblock would only have had a staff of seven Judges when I would have expected it to be a hell of a lot more.
In this issue we also get the second instance of Dredd’s stubborness with regards calling in backup or admitting he needs help. Is he starting to believe his own legend? And if so, it it going to bite him on the arse any time soon? I’m getting a feeling it might be and that Dredd admitting he’s not invincible or even infallable might be the whole point of this arc. Either way, still a great read and the art is classic Dredd at its best.
“Five years? I’m just a juvey!”
“You wont be when you get out”.
An installment in two halves. The first dealing with our “hero” finding out more about The Cutter, the second setting some wheels in motion. All exposition and there to move the plot along to the next set piece but it’s to the writer’s credit that it’s still an enjoyable read.
Stickleback re-establishing his threat level was particular fun and Bullish’s comments about his ex-wife made me chuckle.
The art continues to be amazing and unlike anything else out there and really raises the strip up to another level.
Overall nothing mind blowing but solid stuff and has me waiting for the next part.
After last weeks action packed opener we get an insight into how the Grey Suits are controlled and it’s fucking harsh stuff! Felt very 60’s cult television to me which wasn’t a bad thing. Dont get me wrong, I prefered seeing him punch someones face off but this was a cool change of pace showing us how it all works.
Art is again absolutely brilliant as are the colours which give it all a really unique look. Good stuff, bring on the next part.
Whaaaaa? That was some weird shit! Loving the tone of it all though and whilst looking like a traditional Western every page lets you know that nothing is quite as it seems. Giving me a bit of a Silent Hill feeling actually.
Especially loving the horse and the way he’s only telling Azrael what he wants and when he doesn’t want to give out any more he reverts to “How would I know. I am a horse”. Clever stuff and again, weird in a very, very good way.
Art is dripping with atmosphere and the spot colour on the gun was a really nice touch.
Prog on 4 for 4 so far.
Three parts in and this is still sticking to it’s strengths…. Gene and company tearing the shit out of any bugs they come across. Story wise it get them in with the Aux Drift crew and gives everyone a sense of mutual trust. Whether that turns out to be justified remains to be seen.
Kinetic as hell, looks great and as I’ve said before a really good contrast to the rest of the prog’s content.
Overall : Not a dud in the bunch. Normally I’d hope for three of the five to be this good.