Another week brings us another copy of 2000AD. In 2000AD #1855 there is the usual line-up of late with Judge Dredd, Brass Sun, Flesh, Aquila and Damnation Station, so let’s take a closer look through.
First up is Judge Dredd. This week starts a new story penned by T.C Elington. It’s good, but its a very slow opener that only gets going in the latter half. Karl Richardson’s art, however, at least ensures its a beautiful slow issue to read – although I can’t help but not understand why a futuristic charity would look very, very 21st century… show me hover tents or something cool!
Next up is Brass Sun. This issue may surprise some as, quite frankly, Ian Edginton knocks it out of the ball park. This quick flick hits all the right areas with a very creepy setting. The librarian is a fantastic character, while the dialogue and reactions from the main trio highlights each of their personalities in a ‘less is more’ approach. It doesn’t overload the reader, letting Inj Culbard’s art do the talking, which really captures the slightly disturbing atmosphere of this week’s Brass Sun,
This is followed by Flesh, where Pat Mills returns to delving into a complicated plot and setting. It is readable, although readers may feel there’s plenty they should know, or the title simply expects of them. However, James McKays sketchy black and white artwork at least makes it an interesting title to read through. Also, this week’s sample has a lot of dinosaurs.
After this comes Aquila. This week starts with a somewhat cold opening, breaking up the linear narrative to play with time. This certainly benefits the title in some areas, as ‘the hero starts beating guys up’ would get dull pretty fast, but it also feels as if Gordon Rennie skips over opportunities. Nonetheless, its gathers plenty of interest and momentum by the end with Patrick Goddard’s art (with Gary Caldwell’s colors) doing plenty by itself.
Finally, we have Damnation Station. As usual, this is simply beautiful thanks to the vibrant hues of Mark Harrison. Al Ewings script, however, could stand up better. It’s engaging, but deals with a cast that most readers arguably aren’t attached to yet and a general ‘big reveal’ that is teased constantly without offering anything new.