The Weekly 2000 AD Prog #2174: Aquila Screams His Way Back Into The Prog

by Richard Bruton

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

This week, it’s the return of Aquila in The Burning Fields by Gordon Rennie and Patrick Goddard and time for a new Dredd tale by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli. There are more adventures for Skip Tracer and the finales of both Sinister Dexter and Feral & Foe.

(Cover by Will Simpson)

Prog 2174 is out in the UK and on digital on 25 March, 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 2000 AD


JUDGE DREDD: HAIR OF THE DOG – PART 1 – Ian Edginton, D’israeli, letters by Annie Parkhouse

It’s a wonderful welcome back to the unique artistic stylings of D’Israeli to Dredd, an artist whose collaborations with Ian Edginton on the likes of Stickleback are always a highlight. And so it is here, as we’re looking in on the Justice Dept. R&D dept, who’ve been working on the next-gen Lawgiver… and now it’s gone missing, vanished, just like that…

And alongside a fabulously different looking Dredd, there’s the return of Tek-Judge O’Reilly and the introduction of this lil’ fella…

After all, if you have alien particles in your bomb debris, isn’t it best to get a lawman from said alien system to help out? A mini alien Dredd going on patrol with the full-sized version?

Oh yes, this is going to be a fun one!


AQUILA: THE BURNING FIELDS – PART 1 – Gordon Rennie, Patrick Goddard, colours by Pippa Bowland, letters by Jim Campbell

The return of Aquila means more hack and slash as Ammit the Devourer’s immortal servant continues his search for her in an attempt to end his servitude and release himself from his immortality.

The last adventure was back in 2016, where Aquila was looking for a way into Hell, along with the severed head of the sorceror Scarabatus. BUt now, 10 years into his future, a blind Aquila fights desperately for other’s entertainment, beaten, crippled.

It’s all about what happened in The Burning Fields, as Aquila starts his journey to Hades..

Now, Aquila is one of those that’s left me a bit cold in the past, not really anything I can point to, Rennie’s writing is solid, Patrick Goddard’s artwork is a sheer delight (as pretty much always), but it’s just never connected. Hey, it happens – you can’t like everything in an anthology all the time.


SINISTER DEXTER: THE FRIGHTENERS – PART 3 – FINAL PART – Dan Abnett, Steve Yeowell, colours by John Charles, letters by Simon Bowland

Ray’s still off injured, which leaves Finn to put the scare on the owner of a funhouse… but things just ‘aint gone the way it should have done for such an easy job.

(You know, for one of Downlode’s elite gun-sharks, Finn manages to mess things up like a complete amateur far too often.)

This is one of those 3-part, almost throwaway Sinister Dexter tales, lightweight, fun for what it is, a mere trail for what’s to come, quick mentions of the AI and Ink Inc, and then all done.


SKIP TRACER: NIMROD – PART 4 – James Peatty, Paul Marshall, colours by Dylan Teague, letters by Simon Bowland.

Skip Tracer, beloved strip of all those Facebook 2000 AD groups (hmmm, perhaps not), but like SInister Dexter before it, Skip Tracer is one of those strips that just does what it does, does it well, and as long as you don’t expect too much, it’s a good little read.

Here, Skip’s getting the low-down on Nimrod and, no surprise, it’s all tying in to his time as a Consociation Shock Trooper.


FERAL & FOE – PART 12 – FINAL PART – Dan Abnett, Richard Elson, colors by Richard & Joe Elson, letters by Annie Parkhouse

Well, it’s farewell here to the fun and fantasy that has been Feral & Foe.

Unsurprisingly, Wraith and Bode, along with the squad they took into this particular fight, are not exactly looking like the sort of fighters that are going to walk out of this one alive.

But damn, it’s been a fun 12-parter.

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