The Weekly 2000 AD Prog 2176: Hershey Is The Law!

by Richard Bruton

The Weekly 2000 AD, bringing you the very best from the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, week in and week out, no matter what’s happening out there in the world. This week, it’s the big reveal for the super-secret Hershey strip we told you about the other day!

Cover by Simon Fraser

Prog 2176 is out in the UK and on digital on 8 April from newsagents and comic shops – and in these most difficult of times, we really need to do everything we can to support those comic shops and make sure we don’t lose them.
JUDGE DREDD: THE BIRD LADY OF AL CAPONE – Kenneth Niemand, Nick Dyer, colours by Barbara Nosenzo, letters by Annie Parkhouse
A simple done in one Dredd, that sort of sentimental thing you get every so often, showing a little bit of Dredd’s softer side.
It starts with birds and ends with birds, and in between Niemand’s tale goes from A to B to C, no surprises, nothing spectacular, just one of those things. As for Dyer’s artwork, things are all just a bit muddy compared with his past work, where the line seemed tighter.

SURVIVAL GEEKS: CRISIS OF INFINITE NERDS – PART 2 – Emma Beeby, Gordon Rennie, Neil Googe, colours by Gary Caldwell, letters by Annie Parkhouse
Nerd culture rampant, all the Survival Geeks in all the multiverses pulled into one place, something to do with the ‘Celestial Synchronicity Conundrum’, and with all involved taking potshots at Star Trek, Aliens, and the whole ridiculous superhero event thingys that modern comics seem to depend on every couple of months.
Needless to say, it’s silly and wonderfully so, with Googe’s art a perfect match for the daftness.

SKIP TRACER: NIMROD – PART 6 – James Peatty, Paul Marshall, colours by Dylan Teague, letters by Simon Bowland.
The Nimrod thing continues, with Nolan making contact, or a connection, getting an out of body sort of thing going on and discovering that everything’s under threat.
There’s a wonderful solidity to Marshall’s artwork, a polished style, but there’s a sense that the storyline is getting away from us, with the whole Nimrod threat just being too vague, too far into this storyline.

AQUILA: THE BURNING FIELDS – PART 3 – Gordon Rennie, Patrick Goddard, colours by Pippa Bowland, letters by Jim Campbell
Again, the life of Aquila plays out across the pages here, whether it’s the past or his present, and it still looks very much as though this could well be the end of the line.
Looking for a way to release himself from the deal with the Goddess Ammit, he’s with the Romans besieging Masala, only to get into the city and find nothing but death bar one lone priest, whose secret shall be the final thing Aquila sees.

HERSHEY: DISEASE – PART 2 – Rob Williams, Simon Fraser, letters by Simon Bowland
This was the big news from last Prog, the strip that 2000 AD kept quiet, all the better to give readers a treat, a real surprise. And it certainly worked.
So Chief Judge Hershey’s not dead, not yet anyway. The disease that’s ravaging her might give her three months, might give her 18 months – but that’s enough for her to make amends, right the wrongs of Judge Smiley’s influence across the globe.
Hershey’s disease spreading, just as Smiley’s corruption spread across the world, a disease of Hershey’s making.
It’s a beautiful thing, Fraser’s artwork vibrant, stylised, tonal thing, pages with mood colouring.

2000 AD Prog 2176 is out the Wednesday 8th April doom Rebellion

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