Featuring cracking cover art by Tiernen Trevallion, who also delivers another terrific episode of “Absalom” scripted by Gordon Rennie, 2000AD Prog 2059 is on sale in all good newsagents and comic shops tomorrow.
Fronted by an all-action Dredd episode from Michael Carroll and PJ Holden that sees the lawman facing off deadly killers and the threat of a 20-year stretch in an East-Meg Gulag, some of this Prog’s other tales, such as the latest Sinister Dexter from Dan Abnett and Paul Marshall, are set up more than fast-moving. That said, the Dexter tale raises some spectres from the hitmen’s past that are so coming back to bite them, and the art is terrific.
Eddie Robson‘s “Tharg’s 3rillers: House of the Gilded Peak” is similarly a slow burn of an episode, but there’s a lot to keep you guessing, wondering if this is some clever twist to come with this Dungeons and Dragons-inspired tale drawn by Steven Austin. I have some ideas, but no inclination to spoil it for you.
The horror of the latest Slaine from Pat Mills and Simon Davis lies not in the art, which is as ever stunning, but the far-reaching plans for humankind on the part of the Archon Yaldabaoth. Gothic nastiness at its best in more ways than one…
JUDGE DREDD: BLACK SNOW
By Michael Carroll (Writer) PJ Holden (Artist) Quinton Winter (Colourist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
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. Crime is rampant, 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! Now, he has come to the aid of an under-siege Siberian mining facility, but East-Meg forces have intervened…
By Pat Mills (Writer) Simon Davis (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
Albion. Celtic warrior SLÁINE united the tribes of the Earth Goddess and became the first High King of Ireland, but is now a wanderer. Having journeyed to Monadh to rescue Sinead from the Drune Lords, he’s discovered that they have been experimenting on their own creations, much to the displeasure of the Cyths’ jailer, the Archon Yaldabaoth. Now, having escaped the island, Sláine has learned the truth behind his parentage…
SINISTER DEXTER: BILLI NO MATES
By Dan Abnett (Writer) Paul Marshall (Artist) Dylan Teague (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)
Gun-sharks Finnigan SINISTER and Ramone DEXTER are the best hitmen money can buy in the future city of Downlode. Having spent the last year offworld hunting for Holy Moses Tanenbaum, a ganglord from an alternate dimension whose presence threatened the fabric of reality, they’ve returned home, and are getting back to business. But whacking Tanenbaum has reset the continuum, meaning no one knows who they are…
THARG’S 3RILLERS: THE HOUSE OF GILDED PEA
By Eddie Robson (Writer) Steven Austin (Artist) Gary Caldwell (Colourist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)
Three episodes, one complete, self-contained story — a condensed hit of super-charged Thrill-power beamed to you directly from the Nerve Centre! The vast city of Emporarius is populated by all manner of beings, both human and otherwise, and on its crowded streets magic is in everyday use. Now a criminal gang has infiltrated the notoriously reclusive House of Gilded Peak in a bid to rob it of its fabled treasure…
ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS
By Gordon Rennie (Writer) Tiernan Trevallion (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)
UK, 2017. Inspector Harry ABSALOM is an old-school copper — curmudgeonly anti-authoritarian, he’s been with the force for over forty years. Suffering from cancer, he’s the head of a special squad that enforces The Accord, a diplomatic treaty made in the 16th century between the throne of England and the powers of Hell. Now, he’s preparing to enter The Mills, a demon stronghold, to rescue his grandchildren…
• 2000AD is Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond | Available in digital from: 2000AD webshop, 2000AD iPad app, 2000AD Android app and 2000AD Windows 10 app
• 2000AD Signings! Kek-W and Dave Kendall will be signing The Fall of Deadworld graphic novel at Forbidden Planet Bristol on Saturday 9th December, from 1.00 – 2.00 pm and Clint Langley, Rufus Dayglo, Ian Edginton, Frazer Irving, Kek-W and Dave Kendall will be signing Prog 2061 at Forbidden Planet London on Saturday 16th December, from 4.00 – 5.00pm
• Don’t forget Issue 7 of the 2000AD Ultimate Collection is also on sale now in all good newsagents and elsewhere