Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2000AD Prog 1879

Cover is by Phil Winslade and after last week's muted browns Mr Winslade goes for the whole Skittles rainbow. Psychedelic!

Judge Dredd: Shooters Night part 1 by John Wagner, John McCrea, Chris Blythe and Annie Parkhouse
Wagner brings the horrors of Columbine and Sandy Hook to the big Meg and does it in such a way that we really feel the pain of the victims, their families and friends. It's grim and nasty, as is Dredd's simple dispatch of the lone gunman, standard execution round - dead. But there's more to it than that and Dredd has his suspicions.

What a treat to have two Wagner stories back to back, and with McCrea's art I wonder if we'll see a black horse anywhere.

Outlier part 6 by T.C.Eglington, Karl Richardson and Annie Parkhouse
We learn a bit more about what the head woman is prepared to do to capture Caul. Karl Richardson's art does tend to make all his big, hard blokes look alike but at least the story takes a leap forward here towards a conclusion which can't be far away.

Slaine: A Simple Killing part 6 by Pat Mills, Simon Davis and Ellie De Ville
Poor old Sinead. That's nasty stuff when you're transformed into a water breathing snake demon. Still not much happening in each issue though, but it looks lovely.

Sinister Dexter: The Generican Dream part 6 by Dan Abnett, Smudge and Ellie De Ville
Is this nearly done yet? Kill them off in a hail of bullets Butch and Sundance style. Get Simon Fraser or Colin MacNeil to do an elegiac cover and end it in glory.

Jaegir: Strigoi part 6 by Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby, Len O'Grady and Simon Bowland
Jaegir ends with a fairly satisfying moment between Atalia and Grigoru. Just one military quibble which has probably already been mentioned on the podcast. I'm sure a real sniper would be using some form of support, or the prone position rather than the stand up and twist shot that he takes here.

Jaegir has convinced me with the characters and setting so finally it gets the Pick of the Prog from me and I look forward to its soon return.

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