The Weekly 2000 AD Prog #2299: It’s The Calm Before The Day Of Judgement

by Richard Bruton

45 years and better than ever – it’s the UK’s greatest sci-fi weekly comic, 2000 AD and we’re here with The Weekly 2000 AD to give you a preview.

Because it’s Prog #2300 next week, everything winds up here. So that means the end of ‘Sentientoid’s Big Idea in Judge Dredd, the final part of the excellent Tharg’s 3Riller: The Crawly Man, the wrap-up to Dexter: The End of the Pier Show, we say farewell to Skip Tracer in ‘Valhalla’, and goodbye for now to Jaegir in ‘Ferox’.

Toby Willsmer bringing the cover art

It’s all making way for the rarest of things… a 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Megazine crossover, which looks a little like this…

 

Oh yes, Prog #2300 is a bumper 48-page bonanza of Thrill Power full of zombie horrors affecting everyone who’s anyone in the world of 2000 AD, from Sam Slade to the Survival Geeks, Rogue Trooper to the Mean Arena. It begins through the pages of Prog 2300 and carries on into Megazine issue 448, out the same week. And it’s all because it just happens to be 30 years since Sabbat the Necromagus was defeated in the epic Judgement Day.

Anyway, before all that, 2000 AD Prog 2299 is out on 13 September, which means it’s time to take a little look through for you…

 

JUDGE DREDD: SENTIENTOID’S BIG IDEA – PART 3 – FINAL PART – Rob Williams, Jake Lynch, colours by Jim Boswell, letters by Annie Parkhouse

The rogue Sov Sentientoid wants to be a Made Man in Mega-City One and he’s gathered together the remaining five families – albeit they’re a touch reluctant to get together.

But hey, plans change and so it is that the Sentientoid finds itself somewhat at odds with the five families.

All of which means the very first Sentientoid joke…

 

Yep, three Progs worth of silliness all wraps up here, with a Sentientoid, Dredd, a Sov-Psi working under Dredd… oh, and a talking horse. Definitely one of those silly, but rather wonderfully so, little Dredds, all of which feeds into the bigger storyline that Williams and his writing pal Arthur Wyatt have been putting together recently. And of course, three Progs of Jake Lynch on artwork is a wonderful thing – yet another modern Dredd artist I’m hoping we’ll be seeing on Dredd for many years to come.

 

THARG’S 3RILLERS: THE CRAWLY MAN – PART 3 – FINAL PART – David Barnett, Lee Millmore, colours by Quinton Winter, letters by Simon Bowland

Well, Herne and his demonic doggo, Shuck, finally get to meet the Crawly Man here, on the loose after young Caris released him to take care of her kidnappers. Although Herne has come rather underprepared…

It’s all gags this week in the Prog, isn’t it?

Well, gags and human sacrifices anyway. Because there’s still the small matter of the good people of Cudd waiting for Herne and Shuck to bring back little Caris so she can be this years’ offering in their annual Wicker Man thingy. Well, things might not go to plan in Cudd this year.

Anyway, while we might not get more Crawly Man in future Progs, I’m definitely hoping that we’ll be seeing way more of Herne and Shuck with Barnett and Millmore at the helm.

It’s been one of the best Tharg’s 3Rillers for many a year has this one and one that I’m fully expecting to be seeing come back for some more supernatural action in the future.

 

DEXTER: BULLETOPIA CHAPTER 11: THE END OF THE PIER SHOW – PART 3 – FINAL PART – Dan Abnett, Steve Yeowell, colours by John Charles, letters by Annie Parkhouse

Well, we knew that Finn was going to catch up with them all at some point, didn’t we? But Dexter having the alternative AI in his head does mean they’ve got a chance to do something about it.

And with that, we have the end of Bulletopia for now, with a promise of the strip coming back in the new year – but whether it will be Dexter or Sinister Dexter, well that’s still up in the air.

It’s been an odd series, all done in these short bursts, but overall it’s worked well, especially in the mixing of genres that Abnett’s been playing with throughout it all. And having the likes of Tazio Bettin and Steve Yeowell on art’s meant it’s always looked good as well.

 

SKIP TRACER: VALHALLA – PART 12 – FINAL PART – James Peaty, Paul Marshall, colours by Dylan Teague, letters by Simon Bowland

As Skip Tracer found himself in a hella trouble on board the Cube, seemingly with little way out of it alive… well, I’m not going to ruin the ending of the very last episode of the very last Skip Tracer series.

All I’ll say is that, as we bid a final farewell to Skip Tracer, Peaty and Marshall bring the whole thing to an ending that’s in no way a surprise. But then again, Skip Tracer’s not one of those strips that was ever meant to surprise. What it has done over the entirety of its series is entertain in a good old-fashioned sci-fi style. And having everything neatly and rather sweetly wrapped up here is perfectly fitting.

 

JAEGIR: FEROX – PART 8 – FINAL PART – Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby, colours by Len O’Grady, letters by Jim Campbell

Another Jaegir comes to an end, with Kapiten-Inspector Atalia Jaegir gathering up her troops and getting closer to the Kali bio-weapon.

This was merely a short bringing us that much closer to whatever long game Rennie and Coleby are playing here, and it’s a fine game, gorgeously dark and nasty artwork from both Coleby and O’Grady, Rennie doing so much more with Nu-Earth, the Nords and the Southers than we’ve seen in the past.

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