The Weekly 2000AD Prog #2168: Launching Into February With Dredd

by Richard Bruton
Cover by Joel Carpenter

(UPDATE: We posted this preview/review of 2000AD waaaayyyy too early, so we’re rectifying that with a re-posting of The Weekly 2000AD from Prog #2168, out this week from Rebellion – Olly MacNamee)

The Weekly 2000AD; week in and week out, giving you the preview of the new 2000AD Prog. The UK’s best sci-fi weekly since 1977. four decades and still going strong.

This week, a dream of neon and gunshots from Joel Carpenter on the cover…

Inside Prog 2168, it’s both the finale and part two of the Dredd tale, Future Crimes Unit, more from Zaucer of Zilk, Feral & FoeProteus Vex, and the penultimate episode of Brink, Hate Box.

Prog 2168 is out in the UK and on digital from 12th February, with international copies coming out later – those of you in the good old US of A might need to ask for it at your LCS. Now, without further ado… The Weekly 2000AD:

 

JUDGE DREDD: FUTURE CRIMES UNIT – PART 2 – – FINAL PART – Rory McConville, Jake Lynch, colors by Jim Boswell, letters by Annie Parkhouse

Well, that was quick, over and done in just 12 pages. And you know what, it works.

I’m even partly thinking it’s one of those things that McConville came up with backwards, the ridiculousness of the last page and the final couple of lines and then we back to create a short and good 2-parter out of. Either way, doesn’t matter, Future Crimes Unit was fun.

Oh, and let’s talk about just how damn good Lynch’s artwork is, how he’s really come into his own in the last year or so. He’s one of that new group of Dredd artists, proof positive that the future of 2000AD is in very good hands.

BRINK BOOK 4 – HATE BOX – PART 19 – Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, letters Simon Bowland

19 parts in and the action all happens last Prog and this, or at least as action happens in Brink, which again is one of its many, many plus points.

So Bridge might just have saved the day, but the presence of the Mercury event clip, the thing that’s been driving all who see it round the bend, may or may not still be in her possession.

As always, Brink just burns so beautifully slowly, so wonderfully well. A class thing from both Abnett and Culbard.

THE ZAUCER OF ZILK: A ZAUCERFUL OF SECRETS – PART 7 Script by Peter Hogan, art and story by Brendan McCarthy, colors by Len O’Grady and McCarthy, letters by Jim Campbell

Can the threat of the Fancy Pants and T’Tooth really all be over just like that? Has the Zaucer really managed to sort everything out? I’m guessing the answer to both of those is a big no, seeing as there’s episodes still to go here.

But The Zaucer of Zilk is about far more than just whatever story hangs off the art, it’s a technicolour delight thanks to McCarthy and O’Grady, and it is, it really is a delight. But there’s also a great joy in the way Hogan’s playing with the words here, just turns of phrase that bring a smile to your face.

 

PROTEUS VEX: ANOTHER DAWN – PART 7 – Michael Carroll, Henry Flint, letters by Simon Bowland

Here’s another strip where it’s a strange read. The structure of it throughout has been fragmented, flashbacks sitting alongside the ongoing story, but it’s something that’s worked and worked well. But a big part of what makes this well worth a look is Henry Flint’s artwork. Long one of the best Dredd artists, Proteus Vex shows a new style, recognisably Flint, but recognisably new all the same.

Proteus Vex, envoy of the Imperium Ascendant, flesh pilot, on the trail of the ex-Chancellor, dead or alive.

So much happening, not all of it quite making sense as yet, but it’s fascinatingly weird stuff.

 

FERAL & FOE – PART 7 – Dan Abnett, Richard Elson, colors by Richard & Joe Elson, letters by Annie Parkhouse

And if things like Zaucer of Zilk and Proteus Vex are the strange things, Feral & Foe is something far more straight-forward, a comedy fantasy thing, a buddy tale.

Bode and Wraith were on the side of the bad guys, till the big bad guy got beaten. Now they have a choice, hunt down their ex-comrades or become Feral & Foe; not a good thing at all.

But, this is Abnett writing and that means there’s more going on here than we might be led to believe. Which is why Wraith is currently dealing with another offer; sides are very fluid in this one, alliances more so, and by the end of it we might find out that we never knew who the hell they were fighting for.

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