The return of Pandora and Barbarossa, bathtime with Slade, Justice Department has a secret, Moon gets catty with Bad Jack and somebody's making mutants!
The DJs are back, so's Slough Feg, poison gas in MC1, the pincer movement continues (but doesn't resolve) and the Stronts go after their first bounties.
Anderson Psi Division makes her debut (well, in her own series), the worm turns (did I use that pun already?), another night, another graveyard shift, Rogue and the boys are all at sea and a bounty hunting duo become a bounty hunting trio.
Robin Smith reprises the last panel of last week's Dredd (and no doubt the opener of this week's too) in this cover showing vampire Hershey about to put the bite on Dredd. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from an earthlet whose brother insists that Helltrekkers is 'copied' from Bloodfang (a dinosaur story running in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 396: WIN! Dungeons & Dragons treasure trove! “We need NEW BLOOD – join us, Joe…” “Hershey! She’s a VAMPIRE!”
I've not been paying attention but I think this is Bryan Talbot's first cover for the galaxy's greatest comic. There shall be more. This may be the first time Ro-Jaws has made it to the cover since Prog 114. Tharg's Nerve Centre has compliments for the Ballad of Halo Jones (Tharg doesn't take the opportunity … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 395: Take out your partners for the ballroom blitz! “Blimey – gatecrashers!” KLIK!
Robin Smith fills in on cover duties - not bad but when an art editor draws the cover I'm guessing it's because an artist couldn't be allotted in time. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from somebody who attended the Birmingham Comic Art Show. Unfortunately the events listings are rarely showing who the guests are, … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 379: Rogue Trooper – blinded by the light! “My eyes… I can’t see!” KPOW! KPOW!
The Haunting of Sector House 9 get its third cover from Brett Ewins, though this one just retreads the end of last week's episode. Some interesting uses of colour as the dialogue is a green-blue, the top headlights are blue, the lower headlights (infra?) red and the trim on the lastmaster is gold. Tharg's Nerve … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 362: “On yer bike, Dredd!” The spectre in the sector gets stroppy!
Dave Gibbons provided this cover, featuring an ensemble of Hammerstein (with Ro-Busters head), Slade, Rogue, Johnny Alpha, Dredd and Speedo Ghost in the background. I don't remember much about this annual, so can't remember if they all appear inside (in proper stories). Cosmic Contents has Robin Smith's armoured Tharg casting a spell or something. Sam … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1984
John Cooper is back on the cover! Is what I'd like to have said, but then I had second thoughts and checking Barney this is the only time Cooper's artwork ever graced the cover! Some nice effects printing Engels in green and yellow, rising like a spectre between Dredd and Mega-City One. Tharg's Nerve Centre … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 298: “Death to the enemies of East-Meg One!” The Last Invader
I shall stop saying that covers are classic, as we're in the era when just about every cover is a classic (apart from the ones cobbled together from interior art and promotional tie-ins). This one from McMahon sits somewhere between his iconic Dredd era and his tribal style on Slaine - the children playing in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 296: “Merry christmas!”