The Weekly 2000 AD – Prog 2152 Previewed: Burn Baby Burn!

by Richard Bruton

Time once more for a spin around this week’s 2000 AD. Three Progs into the new set of strips and it’s all heating up… especially with that stunning Judge Fire cover. Fire and the gang are all featuring in the ongoing Fall of Deadworld, and there’s more Judge Dredd down in Guatemala, more incredible looking action in Defoe, space thrills with Brink, and it’s looking none too good for Mallory Hope in Hope Under Fire.

Jump in one and all, it’s the Comicon Weekly 2000AD

(Cover by Cliff Robinson, colours by Dylan Teague)

Prog 2152 is out in the UK and on digital from 9 October, with international copies coming out later – ask for it by name at your local comic shop.

JUDGE DREDD – GUATEMALA – PART 3 – John Wagner, Colin MacNeil, colors Chris Blythe, letters Annie Parkhouse.

Dredd and his team are in Guatemala, waiting for their audience with El Presidente, robo-ruler with his gold-plated fingers on the nuke button. Dredd doing diplomacy? It’s not going to last, is it?

And of course, there’s still that mystery mission that Hershey talked about.

Tension builds, as it always does with Wagner’s tales and it’s a joy to see MacNeill on the art duties once more.

 

DEFOE – THE DIVISOR – PART 3 – Pat Mills, SK Moore, letters Ellie De Ville

Sometimes it’s the little things, and here, it’s those unusual sound effects – they just give it that little extra. Not that it needs it mind, SK Moore’s artwork still continues to entrance me. It’s the mix of stark black and white and those little effects details, combined with a really great sense of storytelling that’s doing it. A really exciting new artist for 2000 AD.

As for what’s going on… It’s Defoe doing what he does best, getting rid of Reeks. But there’s more than that going on, with the Astronomer Royal and the Space Docks playing a part and reports of ‘Angels’ flying above, with technologies millions of years ahead of Earth’s primitive spacecraft of clockwork and gunpowder propulsion.

And according to the Astronomer Royal, the Divisor will play its part, as Irdonozur makes a play to return to the moon and rule over all.

And the man to stop him? You guessed it. Defoe is about to step up.

BRINK BOOK 4 – HATE BOX – PART 3 – Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, letters Simon Bowland

HabSec Officer Bridget Kurtis returns to her birth habitat, Salma, as Head of Major Crimes. And unless I’m very much mistaken, I think she’s going to find plenty to keep her busy.

As is usual with Brink, very little happens here. It’s almost just a meet and greet for Bridge and her new colleagues, exposition stuff. And yet, Abnett and Culbard manage to make even the most mundane of things eminently readable, and anyone who’s read the previous Brinks will be looking for all the connections, all the possibilities for where we’re going.

And it’s just so damn gorgeous to look at, with Hate Box set back on the Habs, we’re back to the close, claustrophobic art, drenched in neon and artificial light.

And Culbard’s having the best time with his page designs, inventive panels, yet such solid storytelling. A class act and then some.

HOPE… UNDER FIRE – PART 3 – Guy Adams, Jimmy Broxton, letters Ellie De Ville

Magician/P.I., Mallory Hope is in deep when it comes to Alberto Modi, made man, former army man fighting in the war alongside Hope. And Modi is using the leverage he has on Hope to get him looking for whoever is stealing from him.

And as you can see from that first page… it’s really not going all that well. A tail gone bad leaves him in a chair on the wrong end of a beating.

Hard, brilliant noir with that magical twist. Hope reads and looks so good.

THE FALL OF DEADWORLD – DOOMED – Part 3 – Kek-W, Dave Kendall, letters Annie Parkhouse

As we wait for the inevitable end, Kek-W manages to keep things fresh (in a zombie-fied strip full of corpses way) with various storylines playing out, including the futile resistance group dealing with infection, the Judges in-fighting, the rise of the Dark Judges and, as promised, here come the Sovs.

Plenty of fun to be had watching Deadworld fall and Kendall’s art suits it perfectly.

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