The Weekly 2000 AD – Prog 2155 Previewed: No Angel Delight For Defoe

by Richard Bruton

Another week, another stunning Prog from 2000 AD, looked at and previewed in the Weekly 2000 AD.

Five thrill-powered strips await you inside, where there’s more Dredd down in Guatemala, more Defoe taking on the angels, more from the Hate Box in Brink, More magical noir in Hope, and all the latest from poor doomed Deadworld.

(Cover by S K Moore)

But before that… you really need to take just a few minutes really getting absorbed in a simply fabulous cover from SK Moore. His work on Defoe is a real highlight of the comic right now, and this wrap-round cover is just beautiful…

Prog 2155 is out in the UK and on digital from 30 October, with international copies coming out later – ask for it by name at your local comic shop.

JUDGE DREDD – GUATEMALA – PART 6 – John Wagner, Colin MacNeil, colors Chris Blythe, letters Annie Parkhouse.

El Presidente wants a deal – six Mark 8 Mechanismo units for the three particularly intriguing humans we meet last time, as we found out just why Hershey was so determined that Dredd carry out her death-bed request.

Now seriously, do you really expect Dredd to concede to those demands? Hell no, there’s a cunning plan in place. But El Presidente is watching all…

Oh, it’s going to kick off in the best Wagnerian fashion. Guatemala is proof yet again that the Wagner and MacNeil team is one of the best for Dredd.

Wagner might not get back to MC-1 all that often, but it’s damn well worth it when he does.

DEFOE – THE DIVISOR – PART 6 – Pat Mills, SK Moore, letters Ellie De Ville

Oh hell, this one really is a wonder. It’s Defoe meeting the angels, who’ve come to Earth to demand the return, for imprisonment, of Irdonozur. Defoe, being Defoe, isn’t going to go for that. Not one bit…

So, it’s extraterrestrial angels come to Earth, a zombie raising monster headed for the moon, and Titus Defoe is in their way. My money is on Defoe.

Damn, this looks amazing, SK Moore taking Mills’ script and story, which is the first Defoe that’s really been fun for me, and elevating things into something that I can’t get enough of.

Again, it’s the incredible detail and sheer amount of stuff Moore throws at the page that’s the thing. It shouldn’t work, having so much happening, so many different styles and effects, so many different panel/page layouts going on… but it does. It’s insane yet it’s still so readable.

One of the strips of my 2000 AD year? Could be.

BRINK BOOK 4 – HATE BOX – PART 6 – Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, letters Simon Bowland

Here we are, six parts in and it’s about time Bridge put some of her fellow officers’ noses out of joint. And oh, she does it so well… was it incompetence, was it just an accident, was it something else… oh, this is going to be fun to get to the bottom of.

This week in the INJ Culbard makes great art section… the lighting that’s going on in Brink here. We’re back in the tight, claustrophobic environs of a standard hab here, so Culbard draws us back in, everything given an artificial green glow, it just adds so much to things, colouring perfection to go along with artistic wonder…

There’s a deep enjoyment in watching Brink unfold, so slowly, so perfectly, everything slowly working itself out, all the threads pulling together.

Abnett and Culbard just deliver the goods, week in and week out.

HOPE… UNDER FIRE – PART 6 – Guy Adams, Jimmy Broxton, letters Ellie De Ville

Hope is all about the atmosphere, the noir look, that glorious artwork from Broxton sitting there on the black background to each page, the panels and the words sitting there against that backdrop, a stylish, attractive, and really effective way to do things. It looks, and reads, just beautifully.

This episode, Hope takes a little trip back in time, back to his worst moments, worse even than the war, where his life changed forever. An episode that really builds and builds, right up until a final panel that rather kicks you in the guts and sets up the end of this one. Great work.

THE FALL OF DEADWORLD – DOOMED – Part 5 – Kek-W, Dave Kendall, letters Annie Parkhouse

So, Deadworld – where we know what the ending will be… the Dark Judges sitting pretty on a world where they’ve killed everyone. But, this is the tale of the times before, the Fall.

And right now, we’re looking at things from the futile (we assume) resistance movement, caught here between the Dark Judges and their army of zombie slaves and the invading Sov forces, who really didn’t think they’d be walking into this sort of nightmare.

It’s both brilliantly done and getting just that little bit hmmmm.

The brilliant comes from the sheer thrill of seeing it all kick off, seeing Dave Kendall’s perfectly suited artwork and enjoying the to and fro of this doomed world.

The hmmmm comes from a sense of feeling that perhaps, just perhaps, we need to actually see the Fall of Deadworld some point soon, rather than a continuing stretching out of events. It’s fun, it really is, but with this sort of tale, where we’ve had the beginning and we know what happens in the end, stretching out the middle too much will just lessen the impact of the whole thing.

Now… a special treat… a lil extra…

First of all, go see this from SK Moore. That’s how much is going into not just the cover to Defoe but the entire Divisor series. This is just the edited version of what SK Moore had to say on his FB feed

Squaxx!….Hold up PROG 2150. Hold it an angle and look across the plain of the back cover… Pat’s London follows the post-fire city plan of John Evelyn, but in reality, Evelyn’s plan was rejected… The John Evelyn map is the Sepher Yetzirah but only takes up a small part of old London….too small for me (megalomaniac) so in my version of ‘clockpunk’ London the Evelyn map forms the centre point of a much vaster London-sized Sepher Yetzirah — one that has special engineering importance, London is a machine, a tesseract, a mathematical object and personal obsession of mine for decades….the tesseract is already closely related to the tree of life. It is a HYPERCUBE — a cube within a cube. If you hold up Prog 2150 and you look across its picture plain you see another dimension, not a cube. You see Death.

You see DEATH. It is a homage to a great master – Hans Holbein the Younger. He did it first….buy the Prog and visit the National Gallery in London to see the original and the original DEATH. (links below)

More to come in 2000 AD Covers Uncovered (depending on when you’re seeing this, either a week or so into the future or somewhere in the past – oh, the wonder of the Internet)

Now, to give you a little bit of what it’s all about, here’s the cover, the back cover, and a few highlights… brilliant stuff…

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