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In Review: 2000AD Prog 2096

2000AD 2096 - Cover By Neil RobertsFeaturing a striking The Order-inspired cover by Neil Roberts, the latest issue of weekly SF comic 2000AD is on sale now in all good comic shops and newsagents across the UK, and various digital platforms.

Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby clearly having tremendous fun ripping the whole hack and slash movie genre to pieces in the new series of “Survival Geeks“. It’s great fun and I’m looking forward to see him spike the whole silliness of Friday the 13th and other movies in coming weeks with in his usual barbed style.

John M. Burns continues to give Kek-W‘s “The Order” a wonderful, ethereal style, as the characters head into a dangerous, otherworldly setting. I love the unsettling beauty of this strip, and the breadth of the story.

While “Judge Dredd” is a bit slow this episode after the action opener last week, there are still some funny moments involving a stuffed toy. “Mechastopheles” and its large cast are beginning to grow on me as the series continues, filling in some background to the whole setting. Karl Richardson handles the busy scenes well, although it would be nice to have a scene not set in the dark one in a while. (I doubt that’s going to happen given the storyline!)

Favourite strip is still “Grey Area” right now. Mark Harrison‘s design work on the whole strip is simply stunning and long a perfect pairing, he and Dan Abnett are really delivering on this tale. Lots of twists and turns to come, I suspect!

Episodes this Prog include:

Judge Dredd » The Booth Conspiracy (Part 2)
Writer: T.C Eglington Art: Staz Johnson Colour: Abigail Bulmer Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Mega-City One, 2140 AD. Home to over 100 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Crime is rampant, and only the Judges — future law-enforcers empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, a terror cell called the Sons of Booth are attempting to bring down Justice Department…

2000AD 2096 - Judge Dredd » The Booth Conspiracy (Part 2)

Survival Geeks » SLACK N’ HASH (Part 1)
Writer: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby Art: Neil Googe Colour: Gary Caldwell Letters: Ellie de Ville

Somewhere in the outer limits of space/time, plunging through the planes of reality, is what looks like a regular suburban two-up two-down, but it is in fact powered by misfiring trans-dimensional technology. Inside live sci-fi obsessives Clive, Rufus and Simon, plus reluctant housemate Sam and pet Cthulhu Howard: explorers on the edge of beyond, they’re never far from trouble on the worlds they visit…

2000AD 2096 - Survival Geeks » SLACK N’ HASH (Part 1)

The Order » The New World (Part 10)
Writer: Kek-W Art: John M. Burns Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Throughout history, mankind has been under threat of extermination by the Wyrms, creatures from another plane that systematically break into our reality. Defending humanity are the men and women of THE ORDER, a secret band of warriors that have fought the entities across the centuries. But the Wyrms have fractured time, noble robot knight Ritterstahl has been lost, and The Order themselves are splintering…

2000AD 2096 - The Order » The New World (Part 10)

Mechastopheles » True Faith (Part 5)
Writer: Gordon and Lawrence Rennie Art: Karl Richardson Letters: Simon Bowland

It is over a year since the Fall, when the demons rose and society collapsed, and humanity fights a daily battle in a world where hellish creatures stalk the land. A band of survivors have sought refuge in a demonically powered robot called MECHASTOPHELES, and they use this infernal ark as a means to seek sanctuary and find others that need rescuing. But Lord Mechastopheles is not easily controlled…

2000AD 2096 - Mechastopheles » True Faith (Part 5)

Grey Area » Objectives (Part 2)
Writer: Dan Abnett Art: Mark Harrison Letters: Ellie de Ville

The mid 21st century. Earth has a heavily armed defence network, and any ET arrivals are housed in the Exo Segregation Zone, known as the GREY AREA, which is policed by squads of Exo Transfer Control officers like Captain Adam Bulliet and his team — wife Birdy, linguist Kymn, weapons expert Feo, and alien transfer Resting Bitch Face. But Kymn and Bitch, thought KIA, have actually be seconded to a black-ops unit…

2000AD 2096 - Grey Area » Objectives (Part 2)

2000AD Prog 2096 is on sale in all good newsagents across the UK, comic shops and digital platforms. For back issues and subscriptions visit http://shop.2000ad.com | Don’t forget The Vigilant is also still on sale, and the latest Judge Dredd Megazine!

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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