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2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, October 22, 2007

Prog 263


Somehow, events in The Apocalypse War seem to be on the upturn although I’m not entirely sure why I think this. Maybe because it’s Part 19 and I know that this epic lasts for around twenty five episodes, like all the epics did before it thereabouts. I’m even less irked by Walter the Wobot and Judge Dredd’s landlady, Maria. I think this is because Walter wescued Dredd from the East Meg occupied Grand Hall of Justice. It was good to see this irritating subplot redeem itself by colliding with the main story and making everything seem slightly more positive. Dredd appears altogether more focused by the end of this episode, as he’s assembled a crack team of eight Judges. Their mission: to destroy East Meg One.

Judge Dredd even references itself in this prog’s episode. It opens with millions of citizens filing out of the city into The Cursed Earth through a gap in the wall. They believe, quite reasonably in the circumstances, that life in an irradiated wasteland will be better that staying in the shattered Big Meg. Here, Carlos Ezquerra draws exactly the same scene that Mike McMahon drew during the saga, The Day The Law Died.

2000 AD seems to be in the midst of a golden period again. There’s the Apocalypse War, Robo-Hunter, ACE Trucking Co and, although it’s on a break this prog, Rogue Trooper. The Future Shocks, when they appear, are always entertaining, even those not written by Alan Moore. In fact, even The Mean Arena doesn’t seem depressing at the moment. At least the art is good and I’m able to pay attention enough to follow what’s going on.

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2 Comments:

  • The best ROBO-HUNTER ever will be coming up soonish, the Robot World Cup one. Genius.

    By Blogger Mark, at 9:48 pm  

  • Mark, I think I might remember some of that from first time around. Vaguely...

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:32 pm  

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