The Weekly 2000 AD Prog 2210: Visions Of Deadworld Dance In Our Heads

by Richard Bruton

The Weekly 2000 AD, Comicon’s pretty self-explanatory look at longest-running sci-fi comic, 2000 AD. They publish every week, we preview it every week. Simples…

Well, except for the odd week like this one, where there were things happening and every day managed to be just one more disaster to happen. Which is the reason why this 2000 AD preview this week comes to you after the publication. Sorry!

‘Visions of Deadworld’ cover by Dave Kendall

Right then, let’s do this one quickly… as you can see from the cover, there’s a new Deadworld series starting here, a new run of one-offs from the world that is so very dead. Plus there’s a return to Sinister Dexter for another short run in the Bulletopia epic, with the best hitman duo you could buy now down to just Dexter.

And of course, we also get the penultimate episodes in the latest Dredd in ‘Simply Norma’l and things are getting very vampy in Constanta as the Fiend of the Eastern Front gets his bloodlust on. And finally, it’s the ending to the latest series of Stickleback, where we get answer after answer from the returned Sherlock Holmes.

2000 AD Prog 2209 was out on Wednesday 2nd December, you can find it in all good newsagents, comic shops and digital stores.

JUDGE DREDD: SIMPLY NORMAL – PART 4 – Kenneth Niemand, Steven Austin, colours by Chris Blythe, letters by Annie Parkhouse

As Dredd and the Judges prep to go raid the Simply Normal sites where the Simps get turned into dull old Norms, the Simps are taking things into their own hands.

All of which means Austin gets to draw this…

Yep, bizarre and disturbing is the order of the day.

Will Daisy and Pansy be reunited? Will Dredd finally embrace Simp life? Find out in the conclusion next week.

STICKLEBACK – NEW JERUSALEM – PART 10 – Ian Edginton, D’Israeli, letters by Jim Campbell

Okay then, the finale. It’s been 10 parts that could be described as a lot of stuff not being explained, followed by a little giant things hitting each other above London, all leading to this episode of Stickleback Holmes explaining it all – sort of.

Or perhaps it’s better described in one panel, Holmes breaking the fourth wall with this…

A cute touch? Edginton admitting this one got away from him a little? A bit of both?

In the end, Stickleback/Holmes is back in Baker Street, there are explanations aplenty, foreshadowing of things to come, and even a possible link with Edginton and D’Israeli’s brilliant Leviathan, as the super-liner Behemoth comes into dock and a certain arch-enemy of Holmes comes ashore.

VISIONS OF DEADWORLD – LAST MAN STANDING – Kek-W, Dave Kendall, letters by Simon Bowland

The first of a series of one-off Deadworld tales sees the Boneman surveying the ruins of Deadworld, perhaps long after events have occurred, with the Necro-City One just a shell of what it once was. It’s way into the future, long since Deadworld’s fall, as the Boneman wanders and reflects.

It’s a beautifully done little mood piece, with Kendall perfect for getting all of the hideous reality on the comic page.

DEXTER: BULLETOPIA CHAPTER 4: THE FUNT OUTTA TOWN – PART 1 – Dan Abnett, Steve Yeowell, colours by John Charles, letters by Simon Bowland

Well, there’s no more Sinister here, dispatched by best pal Dexter last time we saw them. Now, I don’t think it’s going to last, this solo outing as Dexter and the remains of the team struggle to get away from the AI controlling Downlode.

And we’re right into a Living Dead thing here, where the AI-controlled things and the cannibals haunting the Maul take the place of the zombies as Dex and the rest wander through a shopping mall/maul.

Oh, and great to see Steve Yeowell return to the pages here – missed his work on Sinister Dexter after the last few episodes were done by Nicolo Assirelli.

FIENDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT – CONSTANTA – PART 9 – Ian Edginton, Tiernen Trevallion, letters by Annie Parkhouse

And there we go – we have the fiend we always knew we were going to get. Constanta the man becomes Constanta the vampire.

But not for him the turning by blood, he’s a Vampyre through magic, the witches manipulation turning him – not that they’ll live to make use of him.

It’s been a brilliant little series, made all the better by Trevallion’s exquisite art, the colours, the details, all of it adding to the legend of the character so beautifully.

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