2000AD Prog 2267, on sale now in all good newsagents and comic shops, sports a smashing Judge Dredd cover by David Millgate – and there’s plenty of action inside.
“The Dead Chief Judge’s Society” kicks things off, an apparently crazy perp interrogated by Dredd – the failed robber haunted by, he claims, bickering Chief Judges. It’s an odd story with a twist!
Talking of Judge Dredd, 2000AD fans should need no reminding that London’s Cartoon Museum is currently hosting a small exhibition of Judge Dredd art to mark four and a half decades of the zero-tolerance lawman. Dredd @ 45, which is running right, is an ‘In Focus’ exhibition, taking a look at the changing styles and work practices over the years that have seen the Judge evolve into the iconic figure that he is today.
From the physical cut-and-stick techniques used in the 1970s to the digital methods employed now, it charts the change in comics creation, and yet Ol’ Stoney-Face himself remains resolutely the same. For more info, visit www.cartoonmuseum.org
Favourite thrill of the issue is a hard choice, with both Jake Lynch, on “Proteus Vex” and David Roach, on “Saphir” competing for attention for me, which is not to dismiss the great work on the other strips! I’d have to say that Jake snags it, simply because “Proteus Vex” is so utterly crazy in a throwback kind of way to early 2000AD… but what do you think?
In Prog 2267…
Judge Dredd – THE DEAD CHIEF JUDGES’ SOCIETY
by Kenneth Niemand (w) Rob Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse
Mega-City One, 2144 AD. Home to over 180 million citizens, this urban hell is situated along the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America. Unemployment is rife, and boredom universal. Tensions rest on a constant knife-edge. Crime is rampant and only the Judges — zero-tolerance cops empowered to dispense instant justice — can stop total anarchy. Toughest of them all is JUDGE DREDD — he is the Law!
PROTEUS VEX – Desire Paths (part 6)
by Michael Carroll (w) Jake Lynch (a) Jim Boswell (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Another galaxy, the far future. The centuries-long war between the Alliance and the Obdurate people is over, a conflict brought to an end with the deaths of billions when the Alliance teleported a dying white dwarf star into the Obdurate system. Imperium agent PROTEUS VEX — who is operated by a flesh-pilot — has now become an enemy of the Alliance when he released information about past war crimes…
The Order – Fantastic Voyage (part 6)
by Kek-W (w) John Burns (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Throughout history, mankind has been under threat of extermination by the Wurms, creatures that break into our reality. Defending humanity are the men and women of THE ORDER, a band of warriors that have fought the entities across the centuries. But time has become fractured, and now the despotic Francis Bacon is determined to rule a vast empire. Anna Kohl and the others, fleeing Bacon, have tumbled over Times Edge…
Kingmaker – Falls the Shadow (part 6)
by Ian Edginton (w) Leigh Gallagher (a) Jim Campbell (l)
The Nine Kingdoms may have defeated Ichnar the Wraith King to live in relative peace, but they hadn’t reckoned on the Thorn — a race of aliens that occupied their world with the intention of strip-mining its magic. Wizard Ablard, ork Crixus and dryad Princess Yarrow believe they may have the means to stop them — not least because Crixus can somehow conjure the Ebora, the world-spirit. But Ichnar has manifested in Ablard…
Saphir – Liaisons Dangereuses (part 3)
by Kek-W (w) David Roach (a) Peter Doherty (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Paris, 1899. Inspector Alphonse Mucha of the Sûreté previously met and became involved with the mysterious Lady Sofia Corundum when he was called to her house and was embroiled in an adventure that took him to a dangerous dimension. Now, the powerful Lady Sofia has need of the Inspector once more — and yet again Paris is about to feel the wrath of a being from another reality…
• Don’t forget Judge Dredd Megazine 440 is still on sale in all good newsagents, too!
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