Karl Richardson back on cover duties.
Judge Dredd – Bender Part One by John Wagner and Ben Willsher
The return of Wagner (again). But always a welcome return. This time I promise not to immediately expect something stupendous and epic. Maybe I need to settle back and enjoy Dredd for a while looking at the minutia of MC-1? However, it is a real pleasure to see the art of Ben Willsher return alongside Wagner. Love his stuff.
This storyline is all about bent Judges. You can tell it’s all about bent Judges, as the Judge is Judge Bender. Subtlety? Maybe not.
Despite that, what we have here is great intro, Judge Lock meets Judge Bender and goes out on patrol. Lock is messed up from Chaos Day still (he saw his mum overtaken by the bug after all), and is easy pickings for Bender, dispensing immediate and violent justice on the streets. Instant Justice, they are the law, it’s just what young Lock’s been waiting to hear.
Wagner does great dialogue again, Judge corruption post Chaos Day is so easy to understand, but as usual it’s all about Wagner showing us the system is just messed up, trust no-one, because authority will screw you over every time. Nicely done.
Defoe: The Damned by Pat Mills and Leigh Gallagher
You know what I said last time about Defoe being a strip that goes from A to B to C? Well, here it goes to D. After Defoe sold out his troops last issue because he was all about bringing down the British Empire, now he oh so surprisingly switches once more, doing the dirty on Faust. Oh FFS.
It’s lovely to look at, but becoming a bit of a slog to read.
Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills and Clint Langley
Well, last issue we had Clint Langley finishing his bloody hideous but superbly crafted computer muck with his own homage to Belardinelli’s lovely black and white. This issue it’s all black and white, all homage. Oooh, it’s lovely.
Although I am at some disadvantage here, since I’ve no bloody idea what storyline is being referenced here. All I know about Slaine I got from The Horned God. So here, I’m flailing around without any context. After a strangely intriguing start last issue, here I’m just left scratching my head wondering what the hell went on; Slaine quickly rescues a woman from the wicker man, bit of warping, and that’s about it.
Definitely one being written for the choir.
Age Of The Wolf III: Wolfworld by Alec Worley and Jon Davis-Hunt
Each week I find myself enjoying this almost despite myself. It really is one of those nicely executed bits of nothingness that comes along every so often. Filler but nicely done fodder.
This episode the Grey Witch walks out, destroys a bridge, makes a load of mean and moody expressions. Essentially this is some sort of prequel music video thing to the big showdown between the Grey Witch and the Alpha Wolf who’s kidnapped her child. Sort of Gaga Vs Beyonce with more teeth and claws.
Still strangely enjoyable though.
The Ten-Seconders: Godsend by Rob Williams and Edmund Bagwell
Yep, another fine, fine episode as we join the resistance once more, or at least what’s left of it, struggling to do much beyond following the Scientist on whatever mission he has in store. Not to be trusted that one, you mark my words. But right now, his plan seems about the best hope humanity has, God help us (whatever that means right now to a world over-run with Gods of all sorts).
Edmund Bagwell really has pulled out all the stops with this series, making his pages look absolutely gorgeous on a colour palette that isn’t so much limited as minimal. It keeps on going here, with the couple of panels of Jen’s pre-powered past looking absolutely sun-drenched in comparison to the dour purples and greens and browns we’ve come to love.
It may just be me, but I’ve no idea where The Ten-Seconders is headed. But I’m happy to keep on going there.