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2000 A.D. Prog 1976

    Ian Jane

  • 2000 A.D. Prog 1976

    2000 A.D. Prog 1976
    Released by: 2000 A.D./Rebellion
    Released on: April 20th, 2016.
    Written by: Various
    Illustrated by: Various
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    2000 A.D. Prog 1976 is on the stands now, complete with a gorgeous painted Aquila cover courtesy of the great Liam Sharp!

    Judge Dredd - The Grindstone Cowboys by Michael Carroll and Colin MacNeil: After surviving his encounter with Thorn, the mutant leader, Dredd decides he and his team need to rearm themselves. They head to a munitions plant, likely the same one that Thorn is heading to, while back at HQ the judges talk about Dredd's predicament and why certain parties want him out of the picture. When Dredd and his men get to the munitions plant, they find that the mutants have beaten them to the punch - and then things get violent.

    Lots of spot on social commentary in this installment as the reasons behind the mutant revolution are explored through the Judges' dialogue in clever ways. Lots of good action here too, giving Carroll's story a nice balance. MacNeil's artwork is always a kick, and this installment is no exception. This is the best chapter in this story so far and there's no reason to expect the creative team not to keep up the great work.

    Survival Geeks - Geek Fatales by Gordon Remmie, Emma Beeby and Neil Googe: The rodent army has the geeks held captive after the battle didn't go in their favor. It looks like they're going to be subjected to vivisection experiments - but the gender swapped versions of themselves are alive and well in the sewers below, planning a rescue. Sort of.

    Lots of pop culture references and some okay humor here, some action too, but the story isn't catching fire the way it should. Nice artwork and great use of color, some cool layouts and good penciling - it's nice to look at, but not much to read.

    Tainted: The Fall Of Deadworld by Kek-W and Dave Kendal: At the police station storm refugees are trying to take shelter but it looks like one of them is contaminated - will it spread? Patient Zero is isolated and locked up when a Judge Transport lands - but these Judges, they're bad news. The sheriff is shot dead while Fairfax wakes up to find himself under attack while what's left of the family take over the pastor's bus so that Luke can rest and hopefully survive the snake bite. And then the locusts show up.

    This is a spooky, dark, twisted run that's got a lot more going on than just typical post apocalyptic zombie action. Kek-W's story gives us some welcome background information on Fairfax in this chapter while the 'Grey Division Judges' subplot continues to get interesting and increasingly subversive. The artwork? Fantastic. Kendal's style is hyper detailed and beautifully grotesque.

    Future Shocks: Tour Guide by Rory McConville and Joshua George: On Mars a dying man named Milo books a private 'Earth Tour' so that he can see his ancestral land before he passes away. Our female tour guide explores the area in question and Milo experiences it through VR. He guides her to a teleporter and offers her the remains of his fortune if she'll swap places with him - but of course, there's a catch.

    This is a fun little Twilight Zone style self contained storyline. The twist isn't super hard to see coming but it's a fun read and George's black and white art is nicely detailed and fairly stylish as well. This would fit right in with an old issue of Creepy or Eerie - and that's a compliment for sure.

    Aquila: Charon's Mercy by Gordon Rennie and Paul Davidson: Tortrix The Necromancer tortures his latest plaything while his army of zombies scurry about. From there we see that Aquila has been captured and we learn, through a violent and gory flashback, just how that happened. With that out of the way, well, Tortix has some nasty ideas in mind for the guy, very nasty ideas indeed.

    This has been a fun read since the first chapter, a nice mix of horror and action and gore and black magic - twisted fantasy style stuff, it's quite entertaining. This ends on a cliffhanger but advances the story nicely while Paul Davidson's illustrations show great detail alongside some really fantastic and remarkably ugly creature design.

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