The Weekly 2000AD – Previewing Prog 2105: The Fiends Reach An End And The Small House Explodes

by Richard Bruton

This is Prog 2105 and part 6 of all five strips that began in 2100. And five excellent strips they are as well, all showing the excellence of today’s 2000AD and the breadth of excitement and thrill-power you’ll be getting. Under a cracking Kingdom cover from Tiernen Trevallion It’s also getting to the point where things are developing so beautifully in all five strips that giving too much away would be a crime. So, it’s a page-turner that will leave you breathless in Judge Dredd: The Small House, a creeping sense of things about to go south in Brink, absolute psi-pocalypse in Skip Tracer as the evil is unleashed into the world, Gene the Hackman back in action in Kingdom, and, sadly, the final part of Fiends of the Eastern Front... six episodes have been far too few for that one!

Prog 2105 is out in the UK and digitally on 31 October, whilst those of you in the North American Mega-Cities will be waiting expectantly for a month or so later to get hold of the 2000AD 4-pack.

So… here’s what’s inside…

JUDGE DREDD: THE SMALL HOUSE – PART 6 – Rob Williams, Henry Flint, colors Chris Blythe, letters Annie Parkhouse.

There’s something about The Small House, an excitement that means I turn every page with my breath held, not knowing what twists Williams is going to throw my way, not knowing what visual brilliance Henry Flint will deliver. It starts here with Judge Sam, staring wide-eyed at the energy trails and burns through the pages until that final page, that incredible, shocking, brutal final page… The Small House was something I was waiting for and it’s absolutely delivering the thrills week after week. And Henry Flint continues to deliver something that we’ll be looking back on in years to come as the definitive Dredd of a decade.

SKIP TRACER: LEGION – PART 6 – James Peaty, Colin MacNeil, colors Dylan Teague, letters Ellie De Ville.

Nathan Blake’s still inside his brother’s head, whilst the entity that was inside there has escaped into the outside world… possibly all part of the grand plan of the agents of the Consociation. What was a simple sci-fi tale back when it started has transformed into something a lot more complex and fascinating. Loads of fun.

BRINK – HIGH SOCIETY – PART 6 – Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, letters Simon Bowland.

With Hab Security officer Bridge deep undercover on the super-rich environ of Yuliya habits, this series of Brink has exploded with the space available to the mega-rich, contrasting beautifully with the boxed-in cubicles of the servants, and it’s something CUlbard’s art is magnificent at capturing, with every page a beauty. Abnett’s writing matches Culbard’s art here so well, the story progressing wonderfully slowly, with the bare minimum happening every episode, yet it’s still an enthralling tale, the excitement not in the action but in the anticipation of how it’s all going to play out.

FIENDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: 1812 – PART 6 – FINAL EPISODE – Ian Edginton, Dave Taylor, letters Annie Parkhouse.

Six episodes is just too few for something this darned good. And it’s down to two great creative teams; the genius of the original concept and design from Gerry Finley-Day and the much-missed Carlos Ezquerra and the brilliance of this new series from Mssrs Edginton and Taylor, who’ve taken the idea and the design and delivered something worthy of the original… the highest praise I can give. All I ask for is that we’ll see more of the vampiric Hauptmann Constanta in some future war very soon.

KINGDOM: ALPHA AND OMEGA – PART 6 – Dan Abnett, Richard Elson, colors Abigail Bulmer, letters Ellie De Ville.

As I was saying last Prog, this is another series that’s moved far past its original hard sci-fi origins to develop into Dan Abnett’s look at evolution and societal change under threat from extinction. The introduction of the next-gen Riders, collaborating with both Them and the parasitic ticks against the Masters, has really opened up the strip’s potential for future episodes. And alongside Abnett, Elson’s striking, bold artwork captures the action so well.

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