The Weekly 2000 AD Prog 2173: Finn Takes A Beating

by Richard Bruton

The Weekly 2000 AD… Week in and week out, giving you the preview of the new 2000 AD Prog. The UK’s best sci-fi weekly since 1977. four decades and still going strong.
This week, under yet another great looking Cliff Robinson & Dylan Teague cover, it’s time to say farewell to Zaucer of Zilk and the latest Dredd tale, and enjoy more from Sinister Dexter, Skip Tracer, and Feral & Foe.

(Cover by Cliff Robinson & Dylan Teague)

Prog 2173 is out in the UK and on digital on 18 March, with international copies coming out later – those of you in the good old US of A might need to ask for it at your LCS. Now, without further ado… The Weekly 2000 AD

JUDGE DREDD: THE RELIC – PART 3 – FINAL PART – Kenneth Niemand, Jake Lynch, colors by Jim Boswell, letters by Annie Parkhouse
Psycho-active alien gets backed into a corner by Dredd, the Justice Department, and the bloody unfairness of MC-1 life. And in six pages, it’s all over and done, just like that. Good sure, but one of those that fizzles out a bit after such a promising start with the idea of illegal aliens in MC-1.
However, still so good seeing Lynch’s artwork, really interesting, angular work, a Dredd artist I’m going to be enjoying for years to come.

THE ZAUCER OF ZILK: A ZAUCERFUL OF SECRETS – PART 11 – FINAL PARTScript by Peter Hogan, art and story by Brendan McCarthy, colors by Len O’Grady and McCarthy, letters by Jim Campbell
Well, that’s the end of Zaucer of Zilk… at least for now, although it’s a pretty final finale to this one. And it’s been a blast seeing the psychedelics of McCarthy and O’Grady, although it has to be said that the storyline was a slight thing at best here.

SINISTER DEXTER: THE FRIGHTENERS – PART 2 – Dan Abnett, Steve Yeowell, colours by John Charles, letters by Simon Bowland
Ray’s injured, Finn’s off on his own, there’s troubles with the AI percolating in the background, and there’s a big bugger with a hood and a bat in a funhouse… one of these is a more immediate threat.
Like I’ve come to expect with Sinister Dexter of old, there’s more going on here than just that immediate nutjob, with that AI issue presumably going to become more and more important to things, all neatly put together by Abnett alongside some cracking Yeowell artwork.

SKIP TRACER: NIMROD – PART 3 – James Peatty, Paul Marshall, colours by Dylan Teague, letters by Simon Bowland.
No Skip Tracer this episode, but we do finally get to meet Nimrod, a big nasty leaving a trail of blood and gore through the criminal underworld, all in the pursuit of some knowledge or other.
Three episodes in and still no real idea of what direction Skip Tracer is headed in, but hey, it will get there. Meanwhile, a chance to look more at Marshall’s artwork, not showy for sure, but really polished, a great sense of putting the strip together.

FERAL & FOE – PART 11 – Dan Abnett, Richard Elson, colors by Richard & Joe Elson, letters by Annie Parkhouse
Eleven episodes of the comedy-fantasy strip and it’s been a quiet highlight so far, with Abnett delivering the action and the funny in equal measure and Elson doing a great job of giving us all the epic sense of scale as well as some particularly good character studies.
This time, it’s foes on all sides and Wraith and Bode in the middle as we build-up to the finale of this one. It’s been such fun, something clever and refreshing.

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