In Review: 2000AD Prog 2074

2000AD Prog 2074 - Cover

The latest issue of 2000AD (Prog 2074), featuring a cover by US artist Emily Zeinner, is on sale now in all good comic shops and newsagents in the UK, as well as various digital platforms globally. This week, the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic continues its new start with the return of a familiar and potentially dangerous face in “Judge Anderson” (no spoilers!) and under the radar machinations continue elsewhere in Mega City One, to the concern of Judge Dredd.

Favourites this issue? The little things include the panel from artist Chris Weston where SJS Judge Pin cocks their head in a near zombie-like way as an investigation continues. It’s as creepy a scene as the thin smile on her devious lips later in the story (no spoilers!). Oh, and the peaceful aliens facing misery at the hands of new arrivals on their planet in “Strontium Dog”, with Carlos Ezquerra channelling hi inner Moebius with their look. Glorious.

I would say that while Prog 2073 was a jump on point for new readers, “Judge Dredd”, “Jaegir” and “Judge Anderson” all draw on back story in their telling, but writers Rob Williams, Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby do this without leaving new Squaxx dek Thargo all at sea (or space).

The art on these current progs remains top notch, but for me Weston and Simon Coleby are knocking it out of the part on their respective thrills.

Another great issue!

Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 394 - CoverAlso on sale now is Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 394, which continues the brilliant “Judge Dredd – Krong Island” story and the frankly mind blowing “Lawless – Breaking Badrock”, which offers some of the most beautiful art, by Phil Winslade, to grace the title. Along with plenty more terrific strips, there’s also a great feature on “Charley’s War”, the World War One comic we have devoted a special section of downthetubes to, tying in with the release of new collections from Rebellion.

2000AD: The Ultimate Collection Issue 162000AD: The Ultimate Collection Issue 16 is also on sale this week, the third volume of “Nemesis the Warlock” stories, which as with 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine, is on sale in all good comic shops and newsagents.

While Nemesis and Purity continue to search for the Warlock’s son Thoth in the Time Wastes in a bid to save Termight from destruction, Torquemada has returned to the tube world that he ruled over as Grand Master. But something is attacking Torquemada’s previous incarnations, causing him to decay, and he must travel back in history to the first Tomas de Torquemada – leader of the Spanish Inquisition!

• Forbidden Planet has 2000AD Prog 2074 and other Rebellion releases on sale now (using this link helps support downthetubes) or head over to 2000ad.com for digital download links and more

In this issue

Judge Dredd » Fit for Purpose (part 2)
by Rob Williams (Writer) Chris Weston (Artist) Dylan Teague (Colourist) 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 Judges — empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of
them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law! Now, the psychopathic Judge Pin of the SJS has demanded that Dredd’s ally Gerhart face a tribunal to determine his effectiveness…

2000AD Prog 2074 - Judge Dredd

Jaegir » In The Realm Of Pyrrhus (part 2)
by Gordon Rennie (Writer) Simon Coleby (Artist) Len O’Grady (Colourist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)

The Greater Nordland Republic. While the Norts are currently engaged in a galaxy-wide war with the Souther forces, it falls to military officers such as Kapiten-Inspector Atalia JAEGIR of the Nordland State Security Police to investigate war criminals amongst her own ranks. She’s also suffering from the Strigoi curse, a fault in the Nort DNA that can bring out the beast within. Now, she’s on a mission with her team to Nu Earth…

2000AD Prog 2074 - Jaegir

Sinister Dexter » Night Class
by Dan Abnett (Writer) Steve Yeowell (Artist) John Charles (Colourist) Ellie De Ville (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…

2000AD Prog 2074 - Sinister Dexter

Judge Anderson » Undertow (part 2)
by Emma Beeby (Writer) David Roach (Artist) Jose Villarrubia (Colourist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)

Mega-City One, 2140 AD. Psi-Division is a section of Justice Department that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents — from precognition to exorcism, it deals with all manner of paranormal crimes. Cass ANDERSON is Justice Dept’s top telepath, and has saved the city on numerous occasions from all manner of supernatural threats. Recently she’s taken the rookie Psi-Judge Flowers, a danger pre-cog, under her wing…

2000AD Prog 2074 - Judge Anderson

Strontium Dog » The Son (part 2)
by John Wagner (Writer) Carlos Ezquerra (Artist) Ellie De Ville (Letterer)

Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These ‘mutants’ became a victimised underclass, forced into ghettos, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent, or STRONTIUM DOG, is Johnny Alpha, who recently led a mutant revolt against the norms. Now, the Doghouse, orbiting base of the S/D agency, had reopened for business…

2000AD Prog 2074 - Strontium Dog

• Forbidden Planet has 2000AD Prog 2074 and other Rebellion releases on sale now (using this link helps support downthetubes) or head over to 2000ad.com for digital download links and more

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. 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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