To celebrate 1800 programs of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, here’s a review format popular in the year 1800 A.D. (maybe), the year 2000 A.D., and today: haiku.
“Judge Dredd: The Death of Dan-E Cannon”
Written and drawn by Chris Weston.
Defense cannon strikes.
Dredd meets demanding AI.
Smooth, polished artwork.
Very professional, unpretentious artwork done by Weston. Also, Dredd is shown to be a little more heroic than usual by protecting a child along the way. “Death” serves its purpose as an short, accessible story for Dredd thrill-seekers.
“Brass Sun, Part 1: The Wheel of Worlds”
Written by Ian Edginton. Drawn by I.N.J. Culbard.
Sun acolytes hope
for new savior. Girl rides
to make sun shine bright.
The universe of “Brass Sun” may get chillier, but my reception to the interesting quest and pleasant art is far from frosty.
“ABC Warriors: Return to Earth, Part 1”
Written by Pat Mills. Drawn by Clint Langley.
Droids rendezvous with
Tubal Caine. He’s absent, but
nasties make approach.
Here, each A.B.C. Warrior is introduced, there’s some philosophical pondering about the human nature and droid nature, and exceptional renderings of the Warriors’ Martial plight by Mills. The first sight is the droids’ ship appearing to flee from a devilish mouth. Mills’ Mars surface is brazen red, but a dusky, hazy desert.
“Grey Area: This Island Earth, Part 1”
Written by Dan Abnett. Drawn by Lee Carter.
Not aliens’ fault
Two were slaughtered. Peace now
Now for a contrasting story where tension can erupt into chaotic violence over the existence and detention of aliens. “Grey Area” is partially a sci-fi crime drama set in Arizona, somewhere beyond Area 51. Here, the humans, especially the Xenophobes, are just as threatening as the aliens. The Exo Transfer Control, and likely some readers, wonder, “why would someone in diplomacy kill two roadside innocents?”
Carter presents functional artwork in a militaristic setting, but this episode has no opportunity for dynamism as there are many panels of the armoured ETC agents talking to each other. The powerful action scenes will come later.
The folks at 2000 AD have gone far to entice new readers. There are four distinct ways of telling a story using sci-fi and other dramatic tropes. Don’t miss Michael Carroll’s touching tribute to Harry Harrison, by the way. Prog 1800 doesn’t disappointment and is highly recommended. Four hooves out of four.