Review Brew: 2000 AD Prog 2031
Publisher: 2000 AD
Available: 5/17/17 in Uk & Digital: £2.65
North America: 6/17/17 $7.99
Judge Dredd: Sons of Booth by TC Eglington, Nick Dyer, Chris Blythe, Annie Parkhouse
Kelvin is a meek young man, and after being accosted by mutant gangs members, he is saved by the Sons of Booth. This issue delves into how Kelvin is adjusting to joining the Sons of Booth. I appreciate where the story is going, and how Kelvin begins to change subtly as a character. He becomes more assertive and gains some respect, which it seems he never had before. With Judge Fargo Day around the corner, he has something planned. I’m curious how his plan will come to fruition next prog. The art by Dryer is solid and encapsulates the world of Mega-City One. The colors by Blythe are fine, and makes the art pop.
4 Kelvins out of 5
Defoe: Diehards by Pat Mills, Colin MacNeil, Ellie De Ville
After saving a young boy from creatures called the Reek, Defoe tracks down who has resurrected these creatures. The plot thickens this prog, as Defoe narrows down his list of suspects, and why they’re drawn to them. Defoe questions on of them, and the change from controversial topics to entertainment. Makes you wonder, why the person changed the topics of his stories. As the story comes to a close, we get some intriguing dialog going on between two characters that could lead us to something big next issue. The visuals by MacNeil are clear, concise, and absolutely stunning.
4.5 Defoe’s out of 5
Brink: Skeleton Life by Dan Abnett, INJ Culbard, Simon Bowland
After an attempted suicide by Chief architect Linton, Kurtis and Gibrani search for what made Linton jump in the first place. This Brink arc has been quite interesting to say the least, as the plot steadily unfolds. There’s not much action going on, and it’s not grabbing my attention that much. The interactions between Kurtis and Gibrani is satisfying, as they go back and forth about cults, ghost, and giant space demons. There investigation does lead to an intriguing conclusion that could add more mystery to the story at hand. The visuals have sci-fi elements are mixed with the dark and foreboding atmosphere. I love how the use of colors as it the story changes while the characters progress through this dark construction zone.
3.5 Space demons out of 5
Scarlet Traces: Cold War – Book 2 by Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, Annie Parkhouse
When earth’s forces attacks the martians, the alien Mentat begins to kill the martians with a psychic command. While this happened Ahron and Sohna, try to escape the psychic blast, but there not the only ones. I enjoyed how the story switches between our protagonists, and side characters. It showed how both sides are trying to make it out, before the psychic blast kills them. The aftermath of the attacks are devastating, and affect the characters. I can’t wait to see where this arc ends. D’Israelis art makes the overall story look great, especially coupled with the use of his colors.
4 Martians out of 5
Cursed: The Fall of Deadworld by Kek-W, Dave Kendall, Annie Parkhouse
Welcome to Deadworld, a festering and decaying world, home to the sinister Dark Judges. In the last prog, Judge Fear infiltrates the Wall, a stronghold for the resistance, in the pursuit of Judge Fairfax. Nothing major happens in the story, but we are hinted about how Jess and Fairfahaveas some connection. It’s not that clear from here, but it will probably come into play down the line. The art by Kendell is haunting and a little rough around the edges. The scenes of gore look good, and the colors add to the look of the story.
3 Judge Fears out 5