Publisher: 2000 AD
Available: 3/8/17 in Uk & Digital: £2.65
North America: 4/8/17 $7.99
Judge Dredd: Thick Skin by TC Eglington Boo Cook (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
When a talk show host dies on camera, Judge Dredd is on the case to find the culprit. I enjoyed this final issue of the two-part story, as it delved people wanting the perfect skin, but end up suffering from dangerous side effects. This story reminds me of myself, because I have dermatitis on my face and scalp. It’s a pain to deal with sometimes, and if this product was available, I wouldn’t use it. The side effects are far too great to risk it. The story does come to a bloody conclusion with a nice pun. The art was solid, and lettering was well done.
4 Melting people out of 5
Sinister Dexter: A Rocky Start by Dan Abnett Steve Yeowell (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Simon Bowland (l)
This was a fun little story about a retired ex-cop, who happens to own a bar. Having suspicions about who Finn Sinister and Ray Dexter are, he keeps tabs on them throughout the night. The narration by the bartender gives us insight on the two, and what to do about them. By the end of the story, I liked how everything came together. It wasn’t dark and gritty, but just a tale of a man who wants to keep his bar safe. The art has a neo-noir style to it, and characters look great. The colors work well together to make the art shine.
4 Dexters out of 5
Kingmaker by Ian Edginton Leigh Gallagher (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Following the defeat of Ichnar, the wraith king, an invading force has come to siphon magic from the world. It’s up to the orc warrior Crixus, and a powerful wizard known as Ablard, to stop the evil army. Honestly, nothing much happens in this story. It just ends the chase that has been happening since the last Prog. We’re at part eleven of the story, and I’m surprised that more doesn’t happen. At least the ending does bring back an old foe, though. The art looked rushed in a few places, but the colors were fine.
2.5 wizards out of 5
The Order: Wyrm War by Kek-W John Burns (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
The Order: Wyrm War is probably the weirdest out of all the stories, and kind of hard to follow. The story follows a machine named Ritterstahl, who fights wyrms through time. In this tale, Ritterstahl takes the fight to the Wyrms, and the ensuing battle is awesome. For the few amount of pages, I was fine with how the story has unfolded so far, and I’m curious to see how everything is going to end for this tale. I love the art, as each page is drawn then painted. It has a unique look, where characters look elegant, and the monsters are terrifying.
3 Wyrms out of 5
Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven by Dan Abnett Richard Elson (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Kingdom follows Gene Hackman (yes, that’s his name); a genetically modified dog, who has been woken up from slumber by Lee Sower. This tale has been a slow burn, but has been getting better with each Prog. This issue drops a bombshell on who Lee really is, and it causes a conundrum for Gene. Who can he trust, and what will he do now? I guess we will have to find out in the next Prog. The art has been consistent throughout each Prog, and taps into a Cronenberg style of body horror. The colors also added to the dark and moody tone of the story.
4 Hackmans out of 5