Wrapped in a great cover by “Grey Area”: artist Mark Harrison (more on that here), 2000AD Prog 2125 is on sale now in all good UK newsagents, comics shops and digital platforms.
Right from the get go, this is a terrific issue of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, with Rob Williams working hand in hand with artist Chris Weston on a script that concludes the all-action “Judge Dredd” two-part tale, “Unearthed”, that has its origins in the Apocalypse War. It’s a great short story that hits right at the heart of Dredd’s character, with terrific art from Patrick Goddard.
There other strips are that are on fire right now, too – “Kingmaker” and “Grey Area” will appeal to action lovers, but I really like “Survival Geeks”, with Neil Googe’s art the perfect complement to a savvy strip ribbing the whole AD&D gaming schtick. Plus, we get Dan Cornwell having fun with Guy Adams “Max Normal” tale, too.
All in all, a smashing combination of adventure, humour and all out thrills. Thinsg are on a roll – and no, I’m not talking about a D20!
JUDGE DREDD // UNEARTHED
Writer: Rob Williams & Chris Weston Artist: Patrick Goddard Colourist: Chris Blythe Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. Home to over 130 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Unemployment is rife, boredom universal, and crime is rampant. Only the Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, a Sov craft that has been buried since the Apocalypse War is freed…
KINGMAKER // OUROBOROS
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: Leigh Gallagher Letters: Ellie de Ville
The people of the Nine Kingdoms may have defeated Ichnar the Wraith King to live in relative peace and harmony, but they hadn’t reckoned on the Thorn — a race of aliens that occupied their world with the intention of strip-mining its magic. Wizard Ablard, ork Crixus and dryad Princess Yarrow believe they may have the means to stop them — not least because Crixus can somehow manifest the Ebora, the world-spirit…
SURVIVAL GEEKS // DUNGEONS & DATING (BASIC)
Writer: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby Artist: Neil Googe Colourist: Gary Caldwell Letters: Annie Parkhouse
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. Now, they’ve entered a role-playing simulation of Clive’s invention…
MAX NORMAL // HOW THE MAX GOT HIS STRIPES
Writer: Guy Adams Artist: Dan Cornwell Colourist: Jim Boswell Letters: Simon Bowland
Mega-City One, 2141 AD. MAX NORMAL was once Dredd’s go-to informer, the Pinstripe Freak who had his ear permanently to the slab, the shuggy-playing legend with a taste for shampagne and the high life, who cruised the streets of the metropolis picking up all manner of info. Forty years later, he’s left much of his nark larks behind him, so when he hears that shuggy hall the Golden Pocket is up for sale, he has an eye on buying it…
GREY AREA// MAKING HISTORY
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: 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 Adam Bulliet and his team — wife Birdy, linguist Kymn, weapons expert Feo, and alien transfer Resting Bitch Face. Now, a black- ops team has gone rogue and launched a ‘God Star’ weapon at the Congruence…