Prog 1797 in UK stores & online 22 August and in North American stores 5 September.
Written by Michael Carroll. Drawn by Smudge. Coloured by Chris Blythe.
Dredd and other Judges encounter weapons dealer Lefine at a storage facility. Eventually the adventure’s altitude and authoritarianism goes sky-high (whew!) while the body count is low.
“Ordnance” is an okay episode overall. One Judge’s carelessness may or may not result in a tie-in to the upcoming events in September, I hope.
Written by Tom Taylor. Drawn by Jon Davis-Hunt.
“15″ is an interesting study of inefficient technology and personal desperation. Captain Krul, operator of a mech-like Class Two War-Bot, has 15 minutes of oxygen left. He cannot exit his machine in time; it takes far too long to open the hatches. Krul makes what may be his final stand: he rushes, not lurches like the rest of the line, towards a compound holding his family.
This first installment of “15″ may set up for an excellent drama and visuals. Davis-Hunt does well illustrating some fittingly hulking war mechs along with appropriate human emotion.
Written by Gordon Rennie. Drawn by Leigh Gallagher. Coloured by Gary Caldwell.
Rennie & Gallagher make British history come alive! Wonderfully realized siege at Londinium where the Iceni forces are taking no prisoners, including Lord-Governor Seutonius. Aquila has an airborne meeting with bird-goddess Andraste but his priority is on the Spartan.
I can sense Iceni antipathy towards the Roman belligerents as this alternate history lesson is fiery but never dry.
Written by Rob Williams. Drawn by Antonio Fuso. Coloured by Peter Doherty.
Ichabod must find Charon the Ferryman, who’s linked to Zoe’s existence. The persistent Hunter is now somewhat humanoid but gnarlier than the waves of the ocean. I noticed that Fuso draws more angular and pointier than usual. There’s some philosophizing in the beginning, but readers should already know how much the concepts of life and death are part of the plot. This is an okay episode.
Written by Andy Diggle. Drawn by Ben Willsher.
The heist starts with a blimp entering the restricted airspace, then BOOM!
Lenny, Afro Dizzy, and Satellat execute the diversion stage of their plan. For me, the most provocative part of the art is not the sexual openness that comes from exposure to Afro Dizzy’s potion, but seeing the Judges about to be ruthlessly trampled by Judge Kramer’s tank. Willsher’s persistent visual impact gives the story momentum for Lenny. At least peek this Prog for Willsher’s contribution.
Tags: 2000 AD