In Review: 2000AD Prog 2033 – Dumb Learner Drivers and Echoes of “Charley’s War”

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Rich Mega-City One “learner drivers” look like they’re about to get a deadly comeuppance as Judge Dredd investigates a missing person case in this week’s thrill-packed 2000AD, with art from Brendan McCarthy putting a suitably macabre spin on the story from TC Eglington. “Hoverrods” kicks off a jam-packed Prog on sale now in all good newsagents and comic shops – and various digital platforms.

Here’s what else is in another great issue issue, which includes a nice visual tribute to artist Edmund Bagwell (read our tribute here) in the Nerve Centre and a reminder that donations should be made to pancreaticcancer.org.uk in his memory.

For me, “Scarlet Traces” continues to fire on all cylinders (and there’s a lot of fire in this episode!) with some lovely echoes of “Charley’s War” to the tale from Ian Edginton and D’Israeli… The story conjures a real sense of incoing doomsday, a scenario that of course isn’t a rarity in 2000AD, but the final page of the chapter leave you in awe – and with a sense of sickening dread.

2000AD 2033 Judge Dredd: Hoverods - Part 1

Judge Dredd: Hoverods – Part 1
Writer: T.C. Eglington Artist: Brendan McCarthy Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

Mega-City One, 2139 AD. Home to over 72 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Unemployment is rife, poverty widespread, and crime is rampant. Tensions rest on a constant knife-edge, and only the zero-tolerance Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!

2000AD 2033 Brink: Skeleton Life - Part 11

Brink: Skeleton Life – Part 11
Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: INJ Culbard Letterer: Simon Bowland

The late 21st century, and through environmental catastrophe and industrial overload Earth has been reduced to a uninhabitable wasteland. Mankind finally evacuated the planet in 2072 and millions were housed in a number of deep-space Habitats. Bridget Kurtis, investigator with the Habitat Security Division, was involved in a sect-crime case that saw her partner murdered. Now, all communications with Mercury have been lost…

2000AD 2033 Defoe: Diehards - Part 8Defoe: Diehards – Part 8
Writer: Pat Mills Artist: Colin MacNeil Letterer: Ellie de Ville

  1. It is five years since London was devastated by the Great Fire, the inferno caused by a comet passing over the capital, and from the ashes rose the undead, hungry for the flesh of the living. Protecting the populace is former Leveller Titus DEFOE, who led an elite squad of zombie hunters. Having defeated the evil magician Faust, who was controlling the stenches, he tried to retire — but the reeks have returned once more…

2000AD 2033 Scarlet Traces: Cold War Book 2 - Part 11

Scarlet Traces: Cold War Book 2 – Part 11
Writer: Ian Edginton Artist: D’Israeli Letterer: Annie Parkhouse

  1. It is several decades since Mars waged war on Earth, and the major nations have access to Martian-derived technology. Britain, however, is still recovering from Martian bombardment in the 1940s, when much of the south of England was destroyed. This was followed by the arrival in the 1950s of two million Venusians, seeking refuge from Martian occupation. Now, the Martians are planning to wipe out the solar system…

2000AD 2033 The Fall of Deadworld: Cursed - Part 11The Fall of Deadworld: Cursed – Part 11
Writer: Kek-W Artist: Dave Kendall Letterer: Ellie de Ville

The planet that eventually became known as DEADWORLD was once a regular civilisation existing in a dimension parallel to our own. But the end of days is coming: riots, storms, food shortages. Creatures known as the Dark Judges are spreading their contagion, exterminating all life. Judge Fairfax and his ward Jess are attempting to seek a safe haven as the world around them is being mercilessly destroyed…

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. 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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