The Weekly 2000 AD – Prog 2146 Previewed: Dredd Motors On And On

by Richard Bruton

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With the finale of Dredd: Control last prog it’s time for Mssrs Carroll and Dyer to step up and give us the classic Dredd feeling The Fall of Barbarbara Grimm. Alongside this, there’s the low-key Sinister Dexter tale, Dolores 4 Ever, the continuing lunacy and wonder of Indigo Prime and the brutal latest from Jaegir. And rounding out the prog, we have the latest of Tharg’s 3Riller 3-parter with Red Road.
Prog 2146 is out in the UK and on digital from 28 August, with international copies coming out later – ask for it by name at your local comic shop.

Cover by Paul Williams

JUDGE DREDD: THE FALL OF BARBARBARA GRIMM – PART 1 – Michael Carroll, Nick Dyer, colours Quinton Winter, letters Annie Parkhouse
One classic Dredd story type that is much loved by myself and many, many others is the viewpoint of the common MC-1 citizen tale. And with The Fall of Barbarbara Grimm, that’s just what Carroll and Dyer deliver.
Poor Barbarbara, chief of maintenance at Iso-Block P76 for almost 6 years, she just doesn’t stand a chance… first, it’s the Crime Syndicate getting its hooks into her and then the Js. There’s just no way out.
In part one we see the all too easy way the Syndicate gets its hooks into her…

There’s just no option, and that’s a brutal way of Carroll showing it. By the end, things get even worse for Barbarbara and all I can see in her future is misery and either death or cube time. But it’s the way it’s going to pan out that makes this one feel like a great one, with Carroll’s excellent writing perfectly suited to this sort of tale. Similarly, Nick Dyer’s art feels well-matched to this sort of down and dirty little tale of wretchedness and desperation.

SINISTER DEXTER: DOLORES 4 EVER – PART 2 – Dan Abnett and Steve Yeowell, Colors John Charles, letters Annie Parkhouse
As with a lot of these recent Sinister Dexter tales, this two-parter is merely the part of a greater whole to the SD world.
Dolores 4 Ever feels like a palette cleanser, with Finn having a melancholy trip out into Downlode, the sense of a man lost, disconnected from what he always thought of as home.
But as with a lot of Abnett’s writing, it’s all playing into the background of the strip, feeding into everything to come, with mentions of the Blevmoi outfit as competing guns to the Lizard King that Finn & Ray are currently working for, the mystery tattoos, and more going on.

INDIGO PRIME: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF VISTA – PART 8 – KEK-W and Lee Carter, letters by Ellie De Ville
Full speed ahead for the craziness now, the Lanzer Corporation is out in the open and IP’s Major Arcana and the remaining three IP ops are trapped in a parallel reality. And then there’s giant Bill Burroughs materialising and Doc Cotton turning up with drugs of all shapes and sizes.
All of which pales into normality to the three stooges and what they’re riding…

Yep, that’s what I’m enjoying most about Indigo Prime, the madness thrown to the fore, the adventure more in the background, with Lee Carter’s artwork a perfect fit for it all.

THARG’S 3RILLERS: RED ROAD – PART 1 – Andi Ewington and Ben Willsher, letters by Simon Bowland
Mankind has colonised Mars in this latest Tharg 3Riller, a done in 3-parts mini thriller. But as humanity spreads across the red planet and makes the same mistakes, they’re discovering that they aren’t alone.
This is fast and furious all backed with red, as Ewington and Willsher combine to deliver something very fun with a lovely, stylised look.

JAEGIR: VALKYRIE -PART 3 – Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby, colors Gary Caldwell, letters Ellie De Ville
Kapitan-Inspector Atalia Jaegir is a wanted woman, whether it’s her torturer Colonel Raksha or his boss General Kovert, who’s coming in to take reclaim the prisoner. And in the melee, Jaegir’s own troops are coming in to rescue her as well.

But Atalia’s not one to wait around and here we get to see her in action once more, just in case we forgot how brutal she can be.
More classic work from Rennie and Coleby here, looking so good, reading so well.

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