In Review: 2000AD Prog 2063

2000AD Prog 2063 - Cover

Wrapped in a cover from Neil Roberts, 2000AD Prog 2063 hits all good newsagents, comic shops and digital platforms today, Wednesday 10th January 2018.

This week’s favourite dialogue? Got to be Fly-Trap’s “My tendrils… they’re throbbing!”. Yes, much in demand scripter Peter Milligan delivers full-on craziness in “Bad Company” this week, with Rufus Dayglo’s art perfect for the story, as Mullarkey begins to struggle to keep kill-crazy Kano in check and the Company face down a telepathically-generated attack. Great stuff.

Indeed, with Hammerstein and Mongrol going at it full throttle in “ABC Warriors” and Judge Dredd facing off what appear to be deadly ghosts, there’s plenty of chills and thrills this prog, and while “Brass Sun” largely comprises the most horrific public service imaginable, the final page twists the knife for Wren and Septimus.

Colin MacNeill’s art on “Judge Dredd” by the way, is top notch.

Savage” is a bit of a pause for breath and some back story catch up, but ends on the kind of cliffhanger this partly retro series thrives on, harking back to early Progs. Cracking!

Don’t forget that next week, the new Judge Dredd Magazine is on sale, with three new stories making their debut – including the final DREDD movie comic sequel, guest starring… Judge Death and the other Dark Judges.

Plus, 2000AD – The Ultimate Collection Issue 10 is on sale now in newsagents, offering more Dredd action with the collected story “Return of the King”.

In this issue:

by Michael Carroll (Writer) Colin MacNeil (Artist) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)

Mega-City One, 2140 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!

He’s been picked up by scavengers near the East-Meg One ruins, but they are seemingly being possessed…

2000AD Prog 2063 - Judge Dredd

by Pat Mills (Writer) Clint Langley (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)

Mars, the far future. War droids created for a conflict that ended centuries ago, the ABC WARRIORS are resistant to Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical warfare. Charged with bringing peace to the civil war-ravaged frontier colonies on the Red Planet, the Mek-nificent Seven have recently recruited the mechanic Tubal Caine, who was once Happy Shrapnel. Now, in the city of Mekana, divisions are appearing within the team…

2000AD Prog 2063 - ABC Warriors

by Ian Edginton (Writer) INJ Culbard (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)

The Orrery is a clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast BRASS SUN, but the outer worlds are freezing as the sun dies. Young Wren must find the elements of the key that will restart the sun, and has embarked on an epic quest with conductor novice Septimus. An aspect of the Blind Watchmaker, the Orrery’s creator, was implanted in Wren’s head, and she’s now transferred it to Arthur, a robot assassin…

2000AD Prog 2063 - Brass Sun

by Pat Mills (Writer) Patrick Goddard (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)

In 1999, Britain was invaded by the Volgans, and lorry driver BILL SAVAGE’s family were killed. He led the resistance to victory in 2010, when the enemy surrendered. Now, in 2015, Savage has been stationed in Volgan-occupied Berlin under the guise of bar owner Herr Wilder, but his hatred of Volgans caused him to go on killing sprees. Now he has partnered with Volgan cop Nika Volodina to investigate Volgan experiments…

2000AD Prog 2063 - Savage

by Peter Milligan (Writer) Rufus Dayglo (Artist) Dom Regan (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)

It has been a decade since man fought the Krool on the planet Ararat. Danny Franks was just a raw recruit until he was drafted into the guerrilla unit known as BAD COMPANY.

Kano, Fly-Trap, Mad Tommy and Thrax were living in a veterans’ compound, dosed in psyche-chem to keep the memories at bay, when they realised the truth about the war had been hidden from them. They busted out, and are now enemies of the state…

2000AD Prog 2063 - Bad Company

• 2000AD Prog 2063 is vailable in print UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond. Available in digital from: 2000AD webshop, 2000AD iPad app, 2000AD Android app, 2000AD Windows 10 app

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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