Tiernan Trevallion delivers the cover. is it just me or is there something comical about Defoe’s expression here?
Judge Dredd – Bender Part Two by John Wagner and Ben Willsher
Judge Bender’s not a nice Judge. Bad Judge Bender. Bad.
Brutality in MC-1 may be nothing new, but Bender takes it far beyond what’s acceptable even here. And little Judge Lock is being drawn into all of this, still shellshocked from Chaos Day, just sleepwalking through his shifts, weakly questioning some of the things Bender gets up to, but never too strongly. Well, not yet anyway, but no doubt we’ll see the young Judge challenge the older Judge properly at some point in the not too distant future.
It’s not so much a tale of Judge brutality as it is Lock’s tale, a look at something akin to PTSD in MC-1, and a chance for Wagner to ignore Dredd for the most part whilst filling in a little bit more of the miserable existence the citizens face right now. Good stuff.
Defoe: The Damned by Pat Mills and Leigh Gallagher
Racing to the finale of the story (next issue I think) sees Defoe all at sea, with Faust to do battle with and Tomazine strapped to the mast. Sort of Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook with a zombie accompaniment. Once more, very attractive artwork from Gallagher, but there’s nothing really in the story I can get behind, it’s alright, it’s not something that fires me up, good or bad. A bit like Age Of The Wolf below, it just feels like a story going through the motions.
The Ten-Seconders: Godsend by Rob Williams and Edmund Bagwell
Poor Malloy, nothing ever seems to go right for him. If it’s not his planet being invaded by Godlings, it’s the Godlings mama and papa elevating Malloy to his own God-like status which he’s making a singular hash of right now, causing more damage to the Earth than he is helping it. And things are about to get a lot worse for Malloy as the Scientist puts a plan into action. When are they going to learn not to trust any of these God types.
Ten-Seconders twists and turns once more, and both Williams and Bagwell are delivering great work with every twist.
Age Of The Wolf III: Wolfworld by Alec Worley and Jon Davis-Hunt
As the years of wolf encounters take their toll on Rowan, and her hunt for Keira slips away, it’s just a matter of time before the inevitable happens. And it does. But the foreshadowing over the last few episodes made it very obvious that it would.
That’s the big problem with Age Of The Wolf; it’s all just a bit too obvious, just going from thing to thing to thing, but despite that, it does go from thing to thing to thing enjoyably enough, and overall it’s lightweight fun.
Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills and Mick MacMahon
Right then. After Clint Langley’s homage to Belardinelli’s lovely black and white last issue, this week we have Mick MacMahon revisiting his past Slaine work. I’m still rather hampered by lack of knowledge over this, as a storyline involving Slaine wandering back through past adventures with a twist does rather depend on some knowledge of Slaine beyond my (very) limited experience of reading The Horned God many, many years ago. But even with that little knowledge I still found myself scratching my head here, loving McMahon’s art sure, but the story is simply lost on me. Partly down to me not knowing the history, but there’s a real feeling that there simply isn’t a story here beyond the memory of one.
Or is it just me?
Still, so very nice to see McMahon back in 200AD.