The Weekly 2000 AD – Prog 2154 Previewed: Hope’s Apocalypse Then

by Richard Bruton

Time once more for The Weekly 2000 AD, Comicon’s 7-day look inside the pages of the best damn sci-fi comic to come out of the UK.

Yet again, it’s packed with thrills, more Dredd in Guatemala, more claustrophobic tension in Brink, more explosive zombie hunting in Defoe, more magic and madness in Hope, and more doom and destruction in The Fall of Deadworld. Basically, it’s more, more, more, and more. But dammit, it’s on a real roll of great tales right now.

(Cover by Clint Langley)

Prog 2154 is out in the UK and on digital from 23 October, with international copies coming out later – ask for it by name at your local comic shop.

JUDGE DREDD – GUATEMALA – PART 5 – John Wagner, Colin MacNeil, colors Chris Blythe, letters Annie Parkhouse.

After last issue, with Dredd making contact with the Humanistas, we finally get to that special mission given to Dredd by Chief Judge Hershey on her deathbed. And oh boy, it’s a cracker, as Judge Beeby finds a mystery woman in the slums of Guatemala.

Meanwhile, El Presidente of the first Robo-State has plans for the Mecha-Judge units… oh, this is one that’s really getting good.

DEFOE – THE DIVISOR – PART 5 – Pat Mills, SK Moore, letters Ellie De Ville

For a strip that never connected before now, I am absolutely loving this new series of Defoe. It’s a combination of finally synching up with the storylines and that incredible artwork of SK Moore’s, so detailed, so many different styles, so much going on through some really busy pages… yet at no point is there ever any loss of readability, and that’s hugely impressive.

It’s time for Defoe to head off Irdonozur as he’s coached to the ports, from whence he’ll be away to the Dutch spaceport and onboard the Somnium.

Next stop, the moon and then it’s zombies in space – how good does that sound?

BRINK BOOK 4 – HATE BOX – PART 5 – Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, letters Simon Bowland

There’s nine dead bodies in a container on Salma Habitat and Hab-Sec Head of Major Crime, Bridget Kurtis, is on the scene.

Again, it’s just one of those masterclasses in how to do this sort of strip, week in, week out, ramping things up, delivering quality in short bursts. Here it’s all about the way Abnett and Culbard put together a crime scene and have Bridge walk her way through events. You simply can’t take your eyes off her as she does it, all thanks to Culbard’s wonderful visuals.

HOPE… UNDER FIRE – PART 5 – Guy Adams, Jimmy Broxton, letters Ellie De Ville

After being drugged, Magician/P.I., Mallory Hope, is back in the war, back to the moments where his debt to Alberto Modi came about.

Unsure of reality, all Hope can think to do is get back to his apartment and recover, but Modi’s on his case almost immediately.

Again, beautiful, noir black & white art from Broxton in an interlude feeling moment in the latest Hope.

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

Imagine you’re the supreme commander of the Sov forces invading this world’s America… it all seemed so easy, missiles first, ground troops after, invade, subdue the Judges, rule. Simple. Except this is Deadworld and it was never going to go well.

So, instead of the easy takeover… you get a world on fire and zombies all over the place.

Super stuff going on, with the Sovs coming in it might give the series the legs to keep going, give it another angle to play off. Otherwise, at some point, possibly sooner rather than later, it’s going to be time to sign off on the Fall of Deadworld. But dammit, I’m going to enjoy it whilst it lasts.

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