The Weekly 2000 AD – Prog 2148 Previewed: Sinister & Dexter – The Guns & The Machine

by Richard Bruton

There are many uncertain things in this world, especially here in the UK, where the lunatics truly have taken over the asylum. But one thing that’s reassuringly certain in this uncertain world is that every Wednesday sees a brand-new 2000 AD Prog come out – packed with the best sci-fi comics you can find. And here at the Comicon Weekly 2000 AD, we’re here to tell you all about it.

So, with Prog 2148, we’re gearing up towards the next big jumping on point in 2150, which means things are all coming to a head. That means the penultimate episodes of the current Dredd, Jaegir, and Sinister Dexter, the final episodes of Indigo Prime and the latest Tharg’s 3Riller.

Prog 2148 is out in the UK and on digital from 11 September, with international copies coming out later – ask for it by name at your local comic shop.

Cover by Dylan Teague

JUDGE DREDD: THE FALL OF BARBARBARA GRIMM – PART 3 – Michael Carroll, Nick Dyer, colours Quinton Winter, letters Annie Parkhouse

Carroll really rather nails it here with the line, “The Jays believe that they’re the good guys because they’re the ones that make the rules”.

It’s absolutely true and cuts to the truth of Dredd and the Justice Department. It’s a fascist regime run by law-makers who believe they’re doing the right thing. And if that means a little collateral damage, so be it. It’s all in service to the law.

And sadly for her, Barbarbara Grimm is that collateral damage. The choice is simple and brutal and she’s at breaking point. It’s all going to go horribly wrong for this MC-1 cit.

It’s the sort of classic Dredd without Dredd strip that is part of the fabric of the Dredd Universe. It’s been there from the beginning and no matter how brilliant the epic Dredds such as the recently published Small House might be, the thing that keeps Dredd interesting, the thing that makes it work is this sort of smaller, tighter focused tale of the world and the people. Excellent work from Carroll and Dyer.

INDIGO PRIME: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF VISTA – PART 10 – FINAL PART – KEK-W and Lee Carter, letters by Ellie De Ville

The finale of a mad piece of sci-fi here with the end of this latest Indigo Prime. Kek-W has done a fine job of taking on John Smith’s wonderfully strange world and crafted, with Lee Carter’s tight artwork, something of a mix of over the top daftness and strong adventure, all ending in a brilliantly bizarre fashion with Danny exiting stage left to somewhere totally unexpected.

Yes, it’s been a blast revisiting the world of Indigo Prime with Kek-W and Carter, hopefully, it won’t be too long until we get some more.

SINISTER DEXTER: NARROW MINDED – PART 2 – Dan Abnett and Steve Yeowell, Colors John Charles, letters Annie Parkhouse

Babysitting an Artificial Intelligence might not be the normal day’s work for Sinister and Dexter, but there’s bills to be paid. And for Ramone, it might finally sort out the voice he’s been hearing in his head. But before then, there’s the small issue of the smartest AI in the world getting samrter and hiding it… and then the not inconsequential matter of the heavily-armed soldiers ready to storm the place.

Sinister Dexter has always been one that people seem to either get or they don’t. For a long time, I was in the don’t get camp, but over the last few years I’ve definitely got it, and now love the thing, with Abnett putting so many great funny touches in amongst the action. And as for Yeowell’s artwork, it’s morphed so well from the stark b&w I always associated with him to a rich, lush coloured thing that you see below.

THARG’S 3RILLERS: RED ROAD – PART 3 – FINAL PART – Andi Ewington and Ben Willsher, letters by Simon Bowland

Mad Max on Mars with added orange. Or something like that. One of the best 3Rillers I’ve read in a long time, probably since Rennie, Beeby, and Googe started Survival Geeks.

What makes it work is that Ewington doesn’t try too hard to do too much, just uses the 15 pages to tell a simple story, beautifully adapted by Willsher. Martian rescues martian from human slaver. That’s it. But it’s the style they did it with that made it work. Obviously, there’s potential for more and it’s something that I’d love to see.

JAEGIR: VALKYRIE -PART 5 – Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby, colors Gary Caldwell, letters Ellie De Ville

Jaegir’s breaking out, her men are breaking in, and the Southers are looking for her. All of which means it’s a fine chance to be reminded that Jaegir just isn’t any sort of hero. She’s a brutal soldier, massacring her way out, just as bad as those who were holding her. And all done in stunning work from Coleby.

And to end it with a strangely touching moment was a real surprise. Next issue’s finale should be well worth reading.

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