Great cover. Seriously. Mick McMahon. Epic.
But like I said with the preview earlier in the week – surely this would have been better a couple of weeks ago to go with McMahon’s artwork? Oh well, better late than never eh?
Penultimate episodes for Age Of The Wolf, Ten-Seconders, and Dredd: Bender here, setting up issue 1850 to be another one of those jumping-on things, including the start of the second part of Edginton and Culbard’s Brass Sun.
Judge Dredd – Bender Part Four by John Wagner and Ben Willsher
When the first page has Lock going up like a firework on Bonfire Night as he and Bender bust into the Zizz lab, Bender gets his chance to prove just how good a Judge he is; shutting the lab down on his own, taking out all the perps and saving Lock’s life by doing it all so fast.
Oh, yes. Nearly forgot. Bender also turns into a cold-blooded killed by murdering the lowlife who burned Lock by feeding him an overdose of the drug. Bad, bad Judge Bender once more.
After a speedy sess in the recovery tanks, a crispy looking Lock is back, accusing and threatening, and everything is poised for the finale next issue, Wagner relishing playing with these two new Judges, unencumbered with the baggage of Dredd, and I’m enjoying reading it just as much as he’s enjoying writing it. Willsher’s art is looking really good here as well, always like his stuff on Dredd.
Age Of The Wolf III: Wolfworld by Alec Worley and Jon Davis-Hunt
Well, that first page above is a bit of a shocker I’ve got to say, with Rowan definitely coming out worse for going up against the alpha – fighting as a wolf when you’re not used to it – dumb idea really. Still, it does allow her to analyse her situation as she’s dangling… ”…can feel me insides hanging out like a sack of spuds“.
Unfortunately after that bit of an interesting start, the silliness of the ending lets it all down, a real cop out for Rowan to get the upper hand. Oh well. Another one ending next issue, and to be honest, although it’s been okay, it’s not something I’ll mourn the passing of.
Slaine: The Book Of Scars by Pat Mills and Simon Bisley
The Book Of Scars involves Slaine is being booted back in time to revisit his greatest battles, and eachh week I’ve been scratching my head wondering if it’s just me or whether this is all really just fluff, incredibly slight guff from Mills. However, despite still being nothing more than another wasted opportunity, it’s at least a more pleasingly diverting wasted opportunity this time.
23 years after The Horned God, and Bisley’s back on Slaine. Now, I did used to be a big Bisley fan back in the day, loved The Horned God, but it was a love that didn’t really last. Some great stuff, some very so-so stuff later on, a feel he rather lost focus and the manic energy of his earlier work had gone. The good news is that it’s all very familiar looking Slaine Bisley here, and it might be the nostalgia speaking but it’s nice to see.
The Horned God, as I recall, was great fun, really over the top stuff, so much of that down to Mills playing around with it, using Ukko as the annoyingly funny narrator to break up the action. And he carries that on here, with Ukko chipping in on nearly every page, with the thought of re-writing his magnum opus filling him with dread, right up until he gets a sniff of the money that is. It’s Ukko’s interjections that make this episode of The Book Of Scars far more enjoyable than what went before.
Past Imperfect by T.C. Eglington and John Charles
It’s incredibly rare these done in one things impress, I’m just not a fan of Future Shocks and their ilk, never really have been. This is nothing new, not really doing anything too interesting past the first page joke about Darwin’s name.
Yep, that Darwin, on the return from his big explore, in South Africa on a last stop off, somewhat blocked on how to tie up the whole evolution thing. Throw in a were-ape and that’s the story. Nothing great here at all, art and story basic and nothing to shout about.
The Ten-Seconders: Godsend by Rob Williams and Ben Willsher
Gods came to Earth. Then their parents came to tell them off, creating a new God from one of the resistance to act as a really messed up supernanny in the process. Everything’s been going wrong, and it’s definitely going wrong on a HUGE scale. Hugely enjoyable as well.
This time round, the Scientist makes his final move, deicide on a grand scale, using the players he’s not just manipulated into place, but actually created to do the job.
Poor Damage, poor slow, sad, ugly Damage, doing it all daddy, except daddy is a megalomanical God with destruction and murder on his mind…
So, who could that be?
Ten-Seconders has been/is a great series. I’ve had a great time, Rob Williams’ writing really powerful, coming up with a genuinely interesting tale of twists and turns and although Ben Willsher’s art here still isn’t quite so epic in capturing the sheer enormity of scale as Edmund Bagwell’s art did earlier in the series, it’s still fine accompaniment to Williams’ story.