|Prog 1829 Cover by D'Israeli|
Script - Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Art - Paul Davidson
Colours / Letters - Chris Blythe / Annie Parkhouse
I did feel that the creature itself was still a little ill-defined in terms of its power set and how it is able to erase people from existence but it largely made sense within the story's logic, although the ending felt slightly rushed, with the most of the threat resolved off-panel. Even though Dredd didn't play too much of a part in the proceedings, I did enjoy this four-parter.
DANDRIDGE - THE COPPER CONSPIRACY (Part 6)
Script - Alec Worley
Art - Warren Pleece
Letters - Ellie de Ville
After guessing that Dandridge would likely be saved by his servant, Shelley, whose body had been conveniently made available for him to regain control, I liked the bait-and-switch that made his man-servant actually the cause of further trouble instead of a grand rescue! This episode was mainly setting up the joke of having Shelley blunder in and make matters worse after Dandridge had seemingly gotten everything under control and wrapped up, but I really enjoyed it, as I have been doing with the last few parts.
|Shelley to the rescue?|
Script - David Baillie
Art - Inaki Miranda
Colours / Letters - Eva De La Cruz / Annie Parkhouse
I've been quite vocal in my enjoyment of this short Tharg's 3riller series, to the point where the author featured one of my quotes on his website, but I was a little nervous about the ending and whether it would live up to the promise of the first two parts, especially since it ended on a rather bold cliffhanger. But, I'm glad to say that I really liked the ending and the way the story was resolved - I would quite happily read more of this as the characters managed to be likeable and interesting in only three parts - something that is not always easy to do. While I normally hate open-endings, this one seemed to fit really well, and gives us the option of further stories from these characters. Even if there are no further stories from this particular tale, I look forward to reading more from this creative team.
STICKLEBACK - NUMBER OF THE BEAST (Part 6)
Script - Ian Edginton
Art - D'Israeli
Letters - Ellie de Ville
This was more of an action-packed installment, as teased by the front cover, with the Hybrid-saur attacking Stickleback. As with some of the more recent parts, this doesn't delve too deeply into the series' continuity, so it is enjoyable without prior knowledge of earlier stories, but still manages to drop some hints of a larger mystery around Stickleback's current state of existence. Is it really back to life, or perhaps some weird half-life? I wonder whether this will have any repercussions in later stories.
|Stickleback menaced by the 'Chewits' Dinosaur|
ZOMBO - PLANET ZOMBO (Part 5)
Script - Al Ewing
Art - Henry Flint
Letters - Simon Bowland
I could sum Zombo up in three words, "Bat-shit Crazy" but I should probably expand on that somewhat. As with last issue, there is a gruesome fight scene between Evil Zombo and whom I'm assuming are the good guys, with the Sc4rabs entering the fray this time. There's some fantastic artwork by Henry Flint who seems to utilise every colour in the spectrum in this episode. While I still struggle to understand what is going on, I'm enjoying what aspects do make sense and that is a good thing! I'm pleased to see the return of a familiar face in the final panel and look forward to seeing the developments that will occur now he has made his inevitable return!
|Sc4rab Lennon and Zombo Face-Off at last|
OVERALL THOUGHTS / NEXT WEEK:
This was a really great Prog and while I'm sad to see Ghostship Mathematica go, I'm looking forward to the addition of a new Dredd story and what appears to be a new Tharg's 3riller called Gunheadz. One of the things I love about 2000AD is the constant refreshing of the line-up and that titles never outstay their welcome, and with the Tharg's 3rillers space in the anthology, there seems to be a lot more room for frequent short stories. I hope this continues to be an aspect of the comic and is used as a great place to trial new story ideas from writer's who have graduated from writing Future Shocks, but haven't quite gotten the chance to write a full-length series.
The physical edition of 2000AD Prog 1829 will be available in stores on Wednesday 24th April - Digital copies of this Prog will be available on the same day through the 2000AD app, which can be downloaded onto iOS devices from here.