Prog 2000 15/12/99
The thrill content is great. Dave Gibbons returns to Rogue Trooper and confirms that Tor Cyan is actually a descendant of the genetically enhanced infantryman. Mike McMahon draws the opening Judge Dredd. Johnny Alpha returns as Strontium Dog which might annoy some people that cried because his death all those years ago but personally speaking I’m happy to see him back. Kevin O’Neill draws the very final episode of Nemesis the Warlock. There are newer thrills in there too such as Sinister Dexter and Nikolai Dante, which unnervingly, don’t look out of place alongside their older colleagues. The oddest thrill is Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy’s tribute to Judge Dredd head writer John Wagner. In it, Dredd goes to arrest his co-creator but Wagner flies away in a bath, gets shot down and ends up as brain in a jar. I can’t help feeling that this is some coded comment on how Wagner feels about his relationship with the character but I’m just too thick to interpret it.
The whole package is inside this sexy cover drawn by Brian Bolland. Bolland draws a selection of 2000 AD characters hoisting up a flag atop a huge pile of British comics, all of which are no longer published. You could interpret this as 2000 AD having weathered the storm that otherwise saw the end of the British comic industry. Or you could see it as 2000 AD being partly responsible for its state at the time. I’ll let you decide.