2000AD : Prog 2014
Review by Seth
3 issues on from the jumping on prog’. Where we at?
Behind a very nice cover from Neil Roberts illustrating Ritterstahl from “The Order” pulling a Hamlet with his head from the future, Tharg witters about the Meg’s imminent jump on issue and previews the return of “The Alienist”.
Pardon me if I don’t put the bunting out.
In “Judge Dredd”, Michael Carroll revisits threads from his “Every Empire Falls” storyline. JD is running down a perp’ who has fled to “Diana” a former oilrig off the coast of Texas City. Enforcement there dispenses its own variation on the law, causing Dredd some problems and leading to the inevitable fisticuffs. I like Carroll’s take on Dredd, though he has been criticised for having Atlantic Tunnel sized holes in his plots. This is pretty intruiging, but with it tying in wiht the new Dredd strip beginning in the Meg’ I hope they don’t spin it out too long. The art is fantastic. Tiernen Trevallion’s style is nice and chunky and gives everything a battered and worn look.
“Kingmaker” is Ian Edgington’s take on “what if aliens invaded Middle Earth?” The resident Gandalf clone hunted for his magical abilities has been saved by an Ork, and now the two of them are on the run from their extraterrestrial rulers. I can take or leave Edgington’s stuff, “Helium” and “Scarlet Traces” are great, but at the other end of the scale “Red Seas” could not end quickly enough. The script is witty and fast paced and the art is amazing, Leigh Gallagher is a favourite of mine. Fun so far, but unessential, hopefully it won’t outstay it’s welcome.
“Hope” reminds me of Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards series “Turf” from a few years back, but without the clumsiness or cliche. Mobsters with a twist. Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton bring the film noir along with a touch of the supernatural. I find myself looking forward to Adam’s controubtions to the ‘prog – though I might be the only one who liked his revival of “Ulysses Sweet”. Broxton’s art is the mongrol offspring of Mike Dorey and David Lloyd, smokey and atmospheric. Good stuff.
Ah, “The Order”. Where do I start? Well, John Burns continues to deliver. Lovely work. Plot wise, I don’t know, I wish I could say I liked this, but its so anachronistic it reads like something out of “Lion”. The appearance of established fictious and histroical figures is irritating. The last series was the nadir, nothing happened. Please, will someone end this? PLEASE? Kek W also writes the excellent “Tales of Deadworld”. Commission more of that rather than waste resources on this.
Am I missing something with “Kingdom”? I know it’s popular, but I just don’t see why. Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written, beautifully drawn, but it just doesn’t push my buttons. Anyhoo, Dan Abnett and Richard Elson chronicle the continuing adventures of the aux Gene The Hackman. Gene has finally caught up with an old friend. The downside is, it’s whilst he was in orbit and in captivity. It’s not looking good for Gene. Plot threads are drawn tight, resolutions are on the way, but not sure if I care enough.
The momentum of the turn of the year prog’ has already been lost. Is Thargy waiting for the 40th birthday celebrations before overwhelming us with kick arse strips? The Prog’s current saving grace is the stunning art. Story content is is not bad at the moment, but a bit underwhelming.