The Weekly 2000AD – Prog 1822
Until February 2012, I’d never read 2000AD weekly for anything more than a few weeks.
Then I made the pledge. I will read the comic for a year, and tell you what I reckoned each and every week. That was at the end of February 2012. So now I’m into Year 2 of the 2000AD experience and by now it’s a feature, a touchstone for the week. Wednesday afternoon – pop to the newsagent, get the latest issue, week’s halfway through. So although the pledge may be over, the reading isn’t. I’m officially a 2000AD convert. And the weekly 2000AD is where I still tell you all about it….
Love the cover. Fantastic. Has that lovely nostalgic feel, great design as well, iconic, powerful, and movie poster coolness.
Judge Dredd by Michael Carroll and Andrew Currie
Carroll delivers a good ending to what has been a really promising three parter with Chief Judge Hershey shipping out the Sov-blooded MC-1 residents in exchange for food handouts. Dredd is here to deliver the audience’s immediate reaction, the “no way” hit of indignation, but Carroll structures it all to make the reader do more than Dredd, we’re the ones who get to think about it, to realise that Hershey and all of MC-1 don’t really have any easy answers right now. Sure, it’s good to be Dredd, stick your jaw out and complain about stuff, we can all do that, but who then comes up with the actual alternative, the workable solution, the feasible solution, the compromise that always has to be struck?
In fact I would rather this would have been much, much longer, with the politics allowed time to unravel, the complex social ramifications analysed. As it is we have a really good story capped off way before its time. Someone, either Carroll or his editor should have had the confidence to let this one run on. It’s not really good enough to give us that little upswing of hope at the end, the promise that Dredd has put something into place that may help the MC-1 residents that MC-1 has just betrayed.
Ampney Crucis Investigates by Ian Edginton and Simon Davis
Okay, the end of this series, or at least an ending – deliberately open-ended, deliberately putting a pause in rather than actually ending the thing. As it is there’s not much of the ending I can really talk about, because here’s how it goes…. Ampney wakes up from the injuries, and then flashbacks to page 2, to a man who isn’t a man, a man with a big, big plan, involving time, a man who’s been manipulating the whole story so far.
It’s both hugely involved and simplistic. Take it one way and a suddenly appearing character just explained all the mystery and the plot from the last 10 episodes, a lazy plot device. But think of it another way and we have Ampney’s Moriarty making his first appearance, a complex web of lies and time meddling comes clear. First read it’s the former, second read it’s the latter, and now it’s cycling between the two. I enjoyed it, it’s just that I can’t work out whether I really enjoyed it as a throwaway romp with a bit of sci-fi, or as something with a bit more meat on its story bones. As it is, I’ll look forward to either the next Ampney series or heading back and picking up past adventures.
The Red Seas by Ian Edginton and Steve Yeowell
The final series of The Red Seas and there’s little point me telling you what I think anymore. It’s not for me, there’s too many things I can criticise, not enough for me to enjoy. Five pages and things happen – The Asgardian Gods arrive to have a barney with the devil, and the demon dog Erebus gets head and body back together – that should be a damn sight more involving than it reads here to be honest. Ho hum.
Future Shocks – Intestinauts Are Go! by Arthur Wyatt and Pye Parr
Take a staple of kids comics across the years, as well as countless sci-fi tales and spin it slightly for a Future Shock and you have the Intestinauts – tiny little nanobot things that head into action when needed, all controlled and marketed by medical corporations (and we all know how they have our best interests at heart right?).
Yep, this was a good solid Future Shock.
Savage by Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard
We’re getting to the end of Savage now, and we can tell that because poor Sav has come to the staggering conclusion that his beloved Britain is, after all, just being rescued from one invading force by another potentially worse force. “I used to think it was simple” he says…. well, that’s the problem when you’re written as a Sixth Form politics manifesto.
It’s still good in an adventure first, worry about the details after sort of thing, and there’s a delicious sense of ridicuousness to be seen in the conversation Sav and the Volgon officer shout at each other across the battlefield. Next episode, the Volgons realise they should just bring in an airstrike and the episode ends on page 1.