We have the return of Zenith Phase III and Slaine The Horned God after their mid story breaks. The interesting thing about this is that they start sensibly with recaps of what has happened before which is something 2000 AD has avoided doing for a long while. We also have the start of the new Rogue Trooper by Dave Gibbons and Will Simpson. I’m not too sure that running the reboot before the original version has wrapped up all of its Hits is such a good idea.
In The Shooting Match by Johns Wagner and Higgins, Judge Dredd has a Combat Assessment which we see inter-cut with one that his secret clone brother Kraken is also going through. Elsewhere this prog, there’s the start of The Dead Man by Johns Wagner (using the pseudonym Keef Ripley) and Ridgeway. It’s impossible to forget the reveal of this story even after nineteen years. There’s a real sense of this being the start of the final season of Judge Dredd even if we all know this goes on to not be the case.
Yep, the future for 2000 AD looks pretty good except Tharg goes and ruins it all in the Nerve Centre by telling us in the Coming Attractions item that we have the return of Bradley and Harlem Heroes to look forward to. Thanks a lot, Tharg.