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Prog #2191 is out in the UK on 22 July on digital and from newsagents and comic shops. Yes, you can probably go out and get a copy right now, but do everyone a favour and make sure you mask up to do so. Think of it a cool Judge’s respirator and lean into it as cosplay.
So… it’s Prog 2191, more from all five ongoing strips. It’s time to get apocalyptic in End of Days, boogie down with the gang in Full Tilt Boogie, say hello to the Red Madonna (more death, less dance moves) in The Diaboliks, more twisty things happening to nice art in The Order, and getting to see what Cyd’s reaction to seeing her first fellow human in years in the best thing here… The OUT.
JUDGE DREDD: END OF DAYS – PART 8 – Rob Williams, Henry Flint, colours by Chris Blythe, letters by Annie Parkhouse
Dredd did the nuke it from orbit thing last Prog and that really was a bit of a mistake. Disease is pouring from the ice and Pestilence is on its way.
Things aren’t going so great back in MC-1 either. Blocks falling, the storm getting worse.
Back to Pestilence though – it’s already falling apart for what remains of Dredd’s little gang. And there’s a nasty little surprise in store on that final page.
Now, we’re over halfway through the 15-parts of ‘End Of Days’. One Horseman down, three to go. Is it just going to fall into a pattern now? Are we doing Pestilence parts 7-9 and then Horseman 3 in parts 10-12, and ending with Horseman 4 in parts 13-15? Is it going to be that predictable? Is that going to make it work? Right now, I’m just not entirely convinced. It’s good, but it’s not the epic tale that the title implied we’d get.
It’s good, for sure. Just not the epic I really wanted. However, one thing that is guaranteed is that you’re going to love the visuals. Henry Flint really does rank in the top echelon of Dredd artists.
FULL TILT BOOGIE – PART 7 – Alex De Campi, Eduardo Ocana, letters by Simon Bowland
The Luxine Knights are coming after the Full Tilt Boogie and all those on her, which is why Prince Ifan wants to stay around. Although not onboard. Shifty little oik that one.
Again, there’s the nature of family being brought front and centre, with Tee needing a little reminding of what’s important, even though she thinks she’s doing the right thing to keep Grandma and the Cat safe – but her little family has grown without her even realising it. Cue Grandma reminding her. And I’m with her – there is no such thing as too much garlic.
It’s a thrill that’s perfectly at home in 2000 AD, proof I reckon that the idea of the Regened Progs, getting new strips with an all-ages appeal and seeing how they could then fit into 2000 AD itself, is perfect for going forwards. And with its Saturday morning cartoon vibe going on, echoes of Manga and Anime, excellent artwork, and a great comedic lightness, Full Tilt Boogie will hopefully be around for series after series.
THE DIABOLIKS – PROFONDO ROSSO – PART 4 – Gordon Rennie and Antonio Fuso, letters by Jim Campbell.
The Lady of Vendetta, Blessed Red Madonna, is busy recruiting men to the cause, with those that don’t agree sliced and diced. Fuso adds Columbo to the Italian Polizia who quickly make the connection to both the Madonna and Damien Dellamore.
Cut to the Diaboliks in a beautifully drawn Cemetary – love that bit of art from Fuso.
And the facial expressions all round when Damien gets invited to partake in a little sex magic ritual…
Well, it’s a fun enough tale, but it’s another one of those you have the sense that it’s building towards an ending that merely sets up the next series rather than concentrating on getting this first series right.
THE ORDER – LAND OF THE FREE – PART 8 – Kek-W, John Burns, letters by Simon Bowland.
Armoured Gideon cussing out Francis Bacon, big robot things fighting other big robot things, disrupted memories leading to glimpses of other times and other lives. Because yes, what The Order really needed was more timelines and more people involved.
No, this one really does nothing for me bar looking at some of that delightful John Burns art.
THE OUT – PART 5 – Dan Abnett, Mark Harrison, letters by Annie Parkhouse
Last Prog, photo-journo Cyd Finlea saw her first human in nigh on 10 years. And this Prog, as The Out has done from the off, things absolutely don’t go the way you thought they would. There’s no time to chat, no time at all, and they say goodbye knowing they won’t see each other again.
That’s why The Out is impressing the hell out of me. It’s got a storyline now, with Cyd observing the ongoing refugee crisis as the Tankinar invade. But that’s background, events happening around Cyd and all she can do is observe and take pictures. Until she makes the decision to actually head into the warzone, take up the mantle of a war journalist.
Full credit to Harrison for the artwork here, making everything just so damn packed with just out of focus details in the background, yet never losing track of keeping every page readable. And those full-page moments, when Harrison pulls out and does magical things. Wow.