In Review: 2000AD 2066

I’ve been thrown off course this week by unexpected events both professional and family related, but just a quick plug for this week’s 2000AD, on sale now in all good newsagents and comic shops, and various digital platforms.

Top thrill? Action wise it’s a toss up between another prison break-building episode of “Judge Dredd” and the dramatic, moving developments in “Brass Sun“, which might just prompt a lump in your throat. (Or it might simply be your porridge getting stuck in your gullet. Yes, that’s definitely it. No way writer Ian Edginton and artist INJ Culbard,who also delivers this week’s cover, could provoke an emotional response with just one frame, right? Wrong!)

While there’s quite a lot of moralising and exposition to this week’s “Savage” (and “A.B.C. Warriors”, too), there’s a creeping horror to the machinations of Howard Quartz that has its own drama, and things really aren’t looking good for the strip’s eponymous hero. Great stuff from Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard.

Oh, and “Bad Company” rightfully gets bumped to second strip in the Prog this issue. Peter Milligan and Rufus Dayglo deliver full on action and craziness, with some great twists. Knock out,

Episodes include:

Judge Dredd » The Shroud (Part 2)

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! After crashing in the Siberian wastes, he’s been picked up by scavengers, who have sold him on to slavers…

Bad Company » Terrorists (Part 6)

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…

Savage » The Thousand Year Stare (Part 6)

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. He has teamed up with Volgan police officer Nika Volodina to investigate Volgan experiments…

Brass Sun » Engine Summer (Part 6)

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…

A.B.C. Warriors » Fallout (Part 6)

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, they’re determined to take down the villainous Howard Quartz…

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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