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Written by Al Ewing. Drawn by Andrew Currie.
Dredd and Maitland bust the Weimar nightclub for employing dancers wearing the (skimpy variant) Judge uniform without a permit. Meanwhile in a back room, Deller holds up Rocco Vitti and has Vitti open his account records. After the robbery, Deller leaves behind something for the Judges.
“Cabaret” begins with a song and dance routine, suggesting it’s a lighter interlude like “Bean Counter” last Prog. However, “Cabaret” becomes noirish midway through. There’s a glimpse of the productivity and futility of underground activity.
Currie’s art is a better complements to Ewing’s writing. This Judge Maitland is livelier and more expressive than the stuffy, near gender-less accountant of last Prog. “Cabaret” will satisfy fans looking for Dredd busting perps while working towards a known target.
Written by Rob Williams. Drawn by Dom Reardon.
Ichabod, immersed in his Chicago gangster persona, learns the reality of his situation from Zebulon Crow. Part 3 adds urgency to the Hunter-Ichabod conflict. Reardon makes heavy use of shadows to enforce a distorted reality. The first page contains stark black-and-white art. Reardon’s art harmonizes well with Williams’ plot.
Written by Kek-W. Drawn by Michael Dowling.
Conclusion. Journalist Eddie Weitz rushes to stop the Johnny Wiltshire’s spaceship from meeting the Allies at the Camelot space station.
Kek-W wrote a fitting ending to the alternate universe madness, but the characters and ideas are left shallow. 12 pages are not enough to realize everyone’s motivation and is a waste of using Alan Turing. I am okay with the finished product, but “1947″ could have been so much more.
Written by David Baillie. Drawn by Mark Simmons.
“Machines” was a letdown. A man falls ill to biological malware during talks between the Eurozone and Noneuro Partisans. The resolution was predictable and I didn’t care for anyone. Too much seems to be left out while squeezing “Machines” into the “Future Shocks” format.
Written by Robbie Morrison. Drawn by Simon Fraser.
Grand finale for Dante saga. Nikolai and Vladimir finish their session of Russian Roulette. Vlad reminds Dante of what can happen when the Tsar is in power and bride-to-be Jena grows more impatient.
This was a good adventure overall. “Sympathy” has made me want to see more of Nikolai’s earlier adventure when he the younger gentleman thief. Simon Fraser is excellent at visualizing temperaments and shifting emotions from page to page. Hopefully, Morrison will have a similar not-so-macho story left in him to write.
I’m not sure what can replace such a adventure that uses some Romanticism. Dante was a necessary contrast to Dredd and the other anti-heroes. The ending won’t fulfill every Dante fan’s personal desires for the character, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Tharg bids the Dante creative team florix grabundae. As an relative newbie to the 2000 AD mythos, I interpret that as a pleasantly-said threat. :) Scroll down to the comments to tell me whether you’ll miss Nikolai or not.
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