The Weekly 2000 AD Prog 2179: Dredd Sees All And Dredd Wants You Home

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.

Cover by Stewart K Moore

And what a cover that one is – Stewart K Moore was the new artist on the latest Defoe and has delivered a spectacular cover this week, but what you see above is only half the story. Check at the end of this preview for the full wrap-round cover.
Prog 2179 is out in the UK and on digital on 29 April from newsagents and comic shops. Well, from those that are still open at least. But please, please, if your LCS offers a standing order service, kerb-side pickup, mail order, make use of them. It’s a tough time for all of us right now, and the comic shops, the backbone of the industry, needs all of us to do our bit to help.

JUDGE DREDD: CHIMPSKY’S LAW – PART 2Kenneth Niemand, PJ Holden, colours by Quinton Winter, letters by Annie Parkhouse
When you’re an ageing, overweight Judge, whose crime stats are only kept low because of the help of your pal Noam Chimpsky, the one thing you don’t want is to have Dredd turn up for a fitness assessment. Which is just what’s happening with Judge Stan. Poor Judge Stan.
But it’s bad news for Noam as well, as Dredd’s already putting two and two together and figuring vigilante assistance. Although, with the local idiot terrorist cell in the block acting up, Dredd might be the least of his worries now.
Yep, just as I figured, this is a fun one, Chimpsky’s a great character and the whole thing is developing nicely, one of those tales with Dredd in the background, with the story playing off him.
And of course, the art from Holden is just lovely, the thick lines, the great figure work, excellent page designs, the whole thing just works a treat.

SURVIVAL GEEKS: CRISIS OF INFINITE NERDS – PART 5Emma Beeby, Gordon Rennie, Neil Googe, colours by Gary Caldwell, letters by Annie Parkhouse
If you don’t remember Knightmare, the rather crap/cool (depends how old you were) kids TV fantasy series with terrible/spectacular special effects from back in the late 80s, then you’ll possibly not get the gag here. But suffice to say, in the Survival Geeks world, what was a relatively tame thing has become something far more stupid and dangerous.
But our particular set of Geeks get through it with ease, all thanks to Clive… although, which Clive it really is is up for debate, especially since the Griefer Geeks have had to get a new clone replacement for their Clive. Hmmm, could something strange have happened in the memory palace last Prog?
Anyway, it all keeps on keeping on, loads of fun, a lightness that’s much needed these days, and Googe’s art is excellent, even though his great looking double-page spreads make previewing it all really tough.

SKIP TRACER: NIMROD – PART 9James Peatty, Paul Marshall, colours by Dylan Teague, letters by Simon Bowland.
More troubles with Nimrod, except the big bad here, as it’s always been, is the Consociation. Doesn’t matter whether it’s Legion or Nimrod, their dirty hands are all over things.
But in the opposite corner, you have Nolan Blake. Who, this Prog, faces down Nimrod in one of those blink and you’ll miss it ways of getting rid of the threat, only to have another bigger threat appear by the episode’s end.
It’s the old problem of the big villain plot, build them up and up and then beat them in a way that seems too simple, too easy. It makes for a hmmm moment here in what’s been a by the numbers sort of strip.

AQUILA: THE BURNING FIELDS – PART 6Gordon Rennie, Patrick Goddard, colours by Pippa Bowland, letters by Jim Campbell
So, blind Aquila needs to get some eyes to find the gate to Hades somewhere, and he knows just where to get them from… right in the middle of an acid lake…

There’s the solution, the head of Scarabatus the Undying. And one bit of quick needlework and Aquila has eyes again, or at least he can see through the eyes of Scarabatus.
Now, just the simple matter of getting to those gates to Hades.
Again, like Skip Tracer, it’s another strip going from A to B to C, but the extra bit of history, bloodshed, and fantasy gives it that boost. And then there’s the Patrick Goddard artwork, always so good.

HERSHEY: DISEASE – PART 5Rob Williams, Simon Fraser, letters by Simon Bowland
She knew it was never going to be easy, heading around the world and neutralising those Enceladus Energy areas set up by Judge Smiley. But now Hershey’s starting to get an idea of just how hard a job it’s all going to be.

And here in Comuna 13, her first attempt at making amends, it’s all going wrong already. Falcao, the Enceladus powered Cartel boss just has too much power, has his fingers everywhere, knows her plans, her allies, and is setting Hershey up to fail.
Yes, it was a strip that was aiming high, but Williams and Fraser have managed to deliver the goods so far. It’s a kinetic, breathless episode here, with Fraser’s artwork ruling the day, Williams’ dialogue taking a step back and letting Fraser show just how good he can be.

Now, that Stewart K Moore cover in full…

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