In Review: 2000AD Prog 2053 comes packed with haunted horrors!

2000AD Prog 2053 - Cover

Wrapped in a cover by Ben Willsher, 2000AD Prog 2053 is on sale today from all good comic shops, newsagents and various digital platforms. Here’s what’s in store for you Squaxx dek Thargo this week…

2000AD Prog 2053 - Judge Dredd

JUDGE DREDD: ADAPTIVE OPTICS by Arthur Wyatt (Writer) Simon Roy (Artist), Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)

A quick alien murder mystery for you from Mega City One this week, with art from Simon Roy, the acclaimed artist on Image Comics Prophet series. There’s a touch of the Zip Nolan (look that Lion comic reference up, kids!), but Roy delivers some of the weirdest aliens you’ve ever seen in the pages of 2000AD.

2000AD Prog 2053 - Slaine

SLÁINE: ARCHON 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, the Archon has awoken and unleashed his army of stone warriors…

Pat Mills and Simon Davis conspire once more to bring you eye-popping visuals to sear your brain as the Slaine mythos becomes legend still further

2000AD Prog 2053 - Absalom

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 antiauthoritarian, 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…

Absalom talks to himself and doesn’t like what he has to hear. Great stuff from Gordon Rennie and the quirky, eye scratching art from Tiernan Trevallion suits this strip perfectly.

2000AD Prog 2053 - Indigo Prime

INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by Kek-W (Writer) Lee Carter (Artist) Simon Bowland (Letterer)

The multiverse. There are an infinite number of parallel realities, and all need managing in case of dimensional instability. This is where INDIGO PRIME comes in, the multiverse’s troubleshooters, whose agents — recruited post-death — are trained to deal with space/time catastrophes.

Now, IP’s Imagineers have been sent into psychic shock following the Christhulhu event, and a team have entered their heads to save them…

This strip surely has to offer one of the most inventive and bloodiest explorations of a Haunted House, ever. Ideas pop from the page at every turn, almost like reading an SF novel in visual from by Charles Stross. Bloody, but brilliant!

2000AD Prog 2053 - Grey Area

GREY AREA: HOMELAND SECURITY by Dan Abnett (Writer) Mark Harrison (Artist) Annie Parkhouse (Letterer)

The mid 21st century. Earth has a heavily armed defence network, and any ETs arriving on the planet are housed in the Exo Segregation Zone, known as the GREY AREA, which is policed by squads of Exo Transfer Control officers like Captain Adam Bulliet and his team — wife Birdy, linguist Kymn, weapons expert Feo, and alien transfer Resting Bitch Face. Now, they’ve headed into the Red Zone in Old Kuwait to stop hostile forces…

The tide is turning in the team’s favour in their latest battle, but has it changed in time and can even they battle near-impossible odds to win the day? Dan Abnett and Mark Harrison deliver an action-packed Thrill bringing this latest “Grey Area” tale to a fast-paced conclusion with a final last panel twist and a promised return of the strip in 2018. Knockout!

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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