Aw, shit: "Enceladus" is over? Noooooooooooooo!!! It's hard to be too disappointed about the lack of Flint of this issue: Elson's work on Dredd bring a fresh feel. It's a lot cleaner than Flint's style, but the eye Elson has for really filling out details makes him an equally suitable artist for Dredd. What sticks out to me right off the bat with this story is Elson's ability to give depth to a scene with shadow work that isn't clumsy.
I wasn't super taken with the ending of Orlok. It felt pretty abrupt, and I never really cared much about Black Widower. The high point of the story was the showcasing of Rasputin's powers in the context of his captors ultimate defeat at the hands of Orlok. After that, the story just kind of flat-lined to an end, with a twist of wry humor that could have been tapped a little more in the finish. Even with all of those considerations, the art in this chapter is still a lot of fun.
Strontium Dog and Dredd carried the issue in terms of story this week, but for the 82937492th time I must reiterate that even when this anthology drags plot-wise, the art is still stunning from start to finish. Slaine and Grey Area are just sort of puttering along at the moment, but Slaine is largely a showcase for the art anyway, constantly moving at a snail's pace.
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2000 AD - Prog 1929 Writers: Various Artists: Various Publisher: 2000 AD Price: £1.99 (Digital) £2.49 (UK) Format: Weekly; Print/Digital