This week, its hard to review the sections of 2000AD #1791 fairly. With plenty of good material, all eyes are likely on the final chapter in the Nikolai Dante saga.
First up, however, is the usual slice of Judge Dredd. Another typical segment of the long standing title, this issue shows the more bureaucratic and wealthy side to Mega City One. Needless to say, criminals are still involved.
There is also the return of The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael. This title starts to make a lot more sense, with plenty of background and plot development being established. Now that the main plot is understandable, a lot of the aspects in this title take on a greater meaning. The whole ‘hunter vs hunted’ aspect is particularly enjoyable. It may not be science-fiction, but I’m glad to see it in 2000AD.
The concluding chapter in the short run of Tharg’s 3rillers is also rather entertaining. The short story, set in an alternative history, post world-war 2 era, was certainly enjoyable. The last chapter wraps the plot up nicely, and delivers an exciting finish to a very quick and brief plot.
There’s also another chapter of Future Shocks in this issue. Like previous examples, Future Shocks takes unique science fiction concepts, building a world around how such technology would work. Often focusing on the darker side, Future Shocks makes for some excellent reading. The black and white artwork, again, might disturb some, but its adds a certain ‘noir’ atmosphere.
Finally, the concluding chapter of Nikolai Dante can be found at the back of 2000AD #1791. As the final ending in the long running title, your opinions of this will depend on your knowledge of the background and character history. It doesn’t end on a high, guns blazing finale. Following on from the Russian roulette of the previous issues, Nikolai Dante finishes on a much more subtle tone.
I, for one, certainly like how this finished, it addressed the political intrigue and character arcs effective, as opposed to simply ending on a flashy action sequence. It ends the plot, and the Nikolai Dante universe, on a strong note, and there’s a sense that the setting itself carries on, giving it a realistic atmosphere.
Its this chapter, above all, that stands out in this issue. Partially because of its long, extensive run in 2000AD, but also because it is none the less an effective ending that captures the heart of the series, and the creativity that has graced the pages of the magazine as a whole.