Okay, technically this is 2000AD #1862, but its the last issue in the year and it’s going by 2000AD #2014. There’s still plenty of action though, with Judge Dredd, Ulysses Sweet Maniac For Hire, The Ten-Seconders, ABC Warriors, Sinister Dexter, Absalom, Grey Area, Thrag The Mighty and Strontium Dog.
Judge Dredd is a nice self-contained story from Michael Carroll that has a flair of Hollywood ‘street chase’ scenes to it. With beautiful art from Leigh Gallagher, this is what Dredd does best.
Ulysses Sweet Maniac For Hire is… different. Guy Adams provides a bizarre, yet beautiful, script and setting, while Paul Marshall’s visuals help bring this eerie psychotic world to life.
The Ten-Seconders is a welcome return, with Rob Williams offering an epilogue for sorts that is full of the British humor rife in the first one. Also, it’s great to see the beautiful art style of Edmund Bagwell again.
ABC Warriors offers an elegantly sombre script from Pat Mills, yet the epic art of Clint Langley might even manage to overshadow this. Absolutely superb.
Sinister Dexter also returns and, while Dan Abnett offers a deep and atmospheric script, the artwork doesn’t quite suit the bill. PJ Holden’s work is good, but it doesn’t suite the smoky noir style of the story.
Absalom sets up a new arc perfectly. Gorden Rennie offers a moody piece of work, combined with perfect visuals from Tiernen Trevallion. A great combination of story, depth, character and atmosphere, this is something that needs to return to 2000AD quickly.
Grey Area offers a unique, quirky one shot this issue, with Dan Abnett offering a story from the alien’s perspective. It is both depressing yet hilarious, with decent art work from Patrick Goddard and Abigail Ryder rounding things off.
Thrag The Mighty is a very tongue-in-cheek look into the process behind 2000AD, although T.M.O writes with a strong sense of humor and entertainment. Anthony Williams provides simple, yet elegant and charming art alongside.
Strontium Dog brings a gritty script from John Wagner, with traditional art from Carlos Ezquerra. It looks like, feels and reads just like it should.