Review: 2000 AD - Prog 1951

Brass Sun reminds us (or at least me) of the quality of world-building in this series, as Sinister Dexter makes its return to the Prog's pages. 2000-AD-Prog-1951I'm happy with the pacing of Brass Sun's return, and I hope it keeps up.  I thought the first issue of the return was a little too indulgent, but the cliffhanger had a lot of impact and, fuck it, Brass Sun has earned its stripes and can takes its time coming back if it wants to.  In any case, ending on the cliffhanger in the first issue and then flashing back in this one breaks things up nicely week-to-week and keeps the story fresh.

The world-building in Brass Sun is just too good, and I'm very happy (though very scared for the characters) that we are getting to see the dark side of the Prime Numbers organization.  The idea of religious order of engineers who oversee the inner-workings of a clockwork solar system is just obviously fantastic, and exploring the depths of that idea and the limits of their kindness and understanding is equally interesting.

I haven't read Sinister Dexter before, but I'm intrigued.  I like the idea of a straight hitman buddy comedy in the midst of all this sci-fi stuff.  So far, I'm a fan of the art: I've seen Goddard's lines at work previously in Savage, and I think his gritty characters benefit greatly from De La Cruz's color work.  I'm always down for a hardboiled crime comic, so I'm interested to see if this one delivers on the quality of its initial setup.

Score: 4/5

2000 AD - Prog 1951 Writers: Various Artists: Various Publisher: 2000 AD Price: £1.99 (Digital) £2.49 Release Date: 10/7/15 Format: Weekly; Print/Digital