Setting high standards – 2000AD Prog 1889

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Simply amazing artwork from Chris Weston

Last week’s 2000AD was a decent mixed bag that came hot on the heels of some amazing finales. Can this week’s issue live up to the high standards the comic has been setting for itself all this year? The short answer is yes.

First up, as always, we have the second part of the Judge Dredd story featuring Sensitive Klegg. This is a heartwarming comedy tale that carefully balances feeling with humour. Rob Williams has written an excellent script here. It’s brilliant from start to finish and actually has a good ending; which is something that is often sorely lacking in these shorter stories these days.

Chris Weston’s artwork continues to shine. Not content with producing an amazing cover, he’s also produced some simply beautiful visuals for the story itself. The level of detail in these pages is simply astounding at times, as is the feeling of depth and the real sense of movement in each panel.

Although the cover does unfortunately take a little of the punch from the story, it doesn’t ruin things and everything looks amazing so, overall, it’s fine.

Brass Sun continues to be an interesting tale. It’s not as fast-paced as I’d like but at least the story isn’t grinding to a halt for page-upon-page of exposition like The Red Seas had a tendency to. I’m rather enjoying this story, even if writer Ian Edginton has got the physics of gas giants incorrect.

Inj Culbard’s artwork continues to show the same face problems as last week. He’s got an excellent eye for colour and the limited pallette is working well, but I can’t help thinking his composition needs a lot of work; especially with so many splash panels that hardly contain anything. The final page of this week’s episode is a case in point there – there’s almost nothing going on, but it’s got a page to do it in. It’s something of a let-down.

Next up we have the second part of the Tharg’s 3Rillers story Voodoo Planet by writer Guy Adams. This episode explains the backstory of the main villain but doesn’t progress the plot an awful lot; which means there’s a lot of ground to cover in next week’s final part. As sci-fi stories go, this is a decent script. I’ll reserve overall judgement until I’ve seen the final episode but so far it’s turning out to be a surprisingly decent story.

PJ Holden’s art continues to impress. There’s a lot of detail here, a lot of chunky characters that look fantastic, and some sufficiently gross detail to the villains. I’m loving this art and it’s clear Holden has enjoyed himself drawing it.

Continuing with the stories with a twist in their tale, this week we have a Future Shock to go along with the 3Riller. Relative newcomer Eddie Robson is shaping up to be an excellent writer if this and his previous stories are anything to go by. This is a story with a twist that, while some will see it coming, is still very satisfying. Working on the ancient concept of true names but presenting a modern twist on it makes for an excellent short story.

Nick Dyer’s artwork is equally weird and wonderful. There’s a brilliant punk feel to the line work and the use of shadows is fanastic, too. The way the characters grow progressively more grotesque over time is a nice touch. The idea of power corrupting, I feel? Even if that was unintentional, it’s still brilliant.

Finally, we come to a pairing that have been there since I started reading 2000AD in the wake of the godawful Stallone Dredd film. It’s time for another outing for Sinister Dexter. Dan Abnett’s script is punchy as usual, with Sinister going on a solo mission into the heart of We-Aren’t-Amazon.com-Honest to track down Holy Moses by way of his online shopping habits. It’s a nice plan and it’s explained in a way that is believable enough to keep the action moving forward.

Jake Lynch’s art is lovely, too. There’s enough depth and detail to the characters to make the whole thing look great even when he skips background details. Some of the character design on the ladies is reminsicent of Ian Gibson’s style, which is certainly not going to draw any complaints from me.

2000AD Prog 1889 is yet another excellent issue of the self-styled Galaxy’s Greatest. The comic is certainly living up to its nickname right now. Next week can’t get here quick enough because I really want to see what happens next in these stories!

Prog 1889 is out in print from British newsagents on Wednesday 09 July and overseas later in the month. It’s available digitally around the world from Wednesday too, at 2000adonline.com.

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