Prog available now in UK stores and as digital download at the official shop. Release date in North America: 5 December.
Things are getting intense in and around Mega-City One. There’s a good reason the folks at 2000 AD are making a big promotion out of the current mega-arc featuring Dredd, Jack Point, and Dirty Frank. I’d suggest starting at Prog 1803 in the story “Bullet to King Four,” where Dredd hears a mysterious voice at the end. Then proceed to Prog 1804’s “Simping Detective: Jokers to the Right, Part 1.”
Dredd confronts Bachmann and supplies evidence in “Cold Deck, Part 5” (Al Ewing, Henry Flint, Chris Blythe). Dredd, with some SJS Jays as backup, reveals to Bachmann that the infamous list is actually a kill list. Both Judges make their moves and counter-moves against each other. Rebellion may officially prefer chess or poker metaphors, but the Judges engage in exciting mano-a-mano combat.
Dirty Frank is still awkward, but less of an bumbling oaf in “Low Life, Saudade” (Rob Williams, D’Israeli). Wow, the confrontation between Frank and Mr. Overdrive has just enough surrealism to satisy me. Artist D’Israeli made some cool posts on his blog that I and other readers can use as a Prog post-mortem.
Jack Point’s narration is more scatter-brained than usual, but it appears to be deliberate. At the start, his life’s threatened by a Black Ops ninja. Point ponders about overcoming the institutions of religion and government to dedicate his life to the Big Meg. Point must make a decision either to confront the Simpology cult or leave for offworld. Don’t give up on “The Simping Detective: Jokers to the Right, Part 7” (Simons Spurrier and Coleby) like I did.
The plots are starting to converge and I’m riveted. With “Chaos Day,” it felt like I had to quickly move on from the Cits and Judges’ suffering while waiting for the next event. Here, I’m also going to piece together the whole plot through previous Progs.
By the way, Dredd’s dignity in his IDW debut stays mostly intact.
Something something Hammerstein’s honed principled pacifism even against Mek-Quake something.
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