Dredd is putting on a great story about redeeming a family name with a proper mix of explosions. I'm not just a sucker for well-handled (more specificaly, well-colored) flashbacks in comics: you have got me on the hook with any pictorial narrative which successfully integrates Irishness and small-town justice. What I really like about this run of Dredd is that the story revolves around tarnished legacy and a son trying to do better than his father; but, the story has been functioning well as an action-mystery since before the main thrust of the plot was even revealed. Harry is a new character for me and Absalom is creepy, cool, sinister, and slick. I was once somewhere between neutral and sour on black and white titles which made extensive use of grays. That was before I started reading the Progs. Trevallion's grays allow for the simplest of wrinkles (or the most complex, in the case of Harry's old mug) on a person's face to bring a scene to life. Trevallion's eye for twisted scenes has me quite sadistically looking forward to more of the nitty-gritty of this story.
Slaine just wrapped up Book Two and holy crap I had no idea this book was ending (my notes for this part of the issue just say "wtf Slaiiiiine"). Slaine just started to trade blows with the Primordial and even though Slaine was working hard on a verbal beat-down, he mostly got beat to hell. Even when the protagonist of this series is getting his ass handed to him it's very hard to look away. I am going to miss seeing this art in every issue: this was a long run, and a welcome departure in style, even for a stylistically diverse anthology like this one.
Helium puts in another solid chapter, only giving me reason to look forward to more from this proven creative team, and Outlier kind of lost me this week, meaning I need to go back and do my research on the previous run.
2000 AD – Prog 1936 Writers: Various Artists: Various Publisher: 2000 AD Price: £1.99 (Digital) £2.49 Release Date: 6/24/15 Format: Weekly; Print/Digital