Another look at one of Britain's longest running weeklies, available via Diamond in your local shop - an anthology title, five or six pages per strip each and every week, let's see what we've got.
Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus, Part 4 by John Wagner, Andy Diggle and Henry Flint starts the issue with a lovely graphical depiction of the Alien's blood-slime melting alway half a judge's face. Lovely. However, it all seems so Aliens-(the movie)-esque, especially the Verminator squad suffering their first casualty at the end. Really hasn't had the JD connection exploited at all yet.
Caballistics, Inc.: Going Underground, Part 4 By Gordon Rennie and Dom Reardon is somewhat of a letdown on previous strips, as there's less emphasis on smart dialogue and character development and more on outright action - a whole bunch of zombies have invaded the London Underground metro system and wouldn't you know it, it's all the fault of the nazis. The deus ex machina at the end and the denouement are so Hellboy that the strip suffers.
Slaine: Moloch IV by Pat Mills and Clint Langley is still a mess. Moloch makes his appearance, he's a nasty Fomorian demon, he fights Slaine, loses, and negotiates a settlement whereby to save himself from being killed he promises that the Fomorians will leave Ireland alone forever. The fight sequences are illogical, although the individual paintings are brighter and clearer - Moloch, for example, has a very nice ring piercing in his right eye... But it's just Slaine fighting some nasty for the hundredth time.
Sinister Dexter: Relode, Part 3 by Dan Abnett and Ben Willsher almost descends into farce, as Sinister and Dexter, trapped fifteen years in the past, decide to pay their younger selves a visit...and have to prove their identity by the usual revelation of intimate details that no-one else would know. However it's the sparkling humourous dialogue that sets this apart from the other strips in this issue; even bland backgrounds on the art don't detract from the strip; it's a good'un.
Nikolai Dante: Hell And High Water, Part 4 see writer Robbie Morrison and artist John Burns pit their titular hero against the father of the kids he has rescued - the Kraken. Basically a mega-pirate on the high seas it seems, except there always seems to be a bigger pirate lurking on the horizon. This strip doesn't shy away from the bloody action, but you almost wish they'd get on with it and get to the characters talking again, that's where this has shone before and (hopefully) will do again.
Another issue, another mixed bag - it's undeniably a better read as a run of three or four issues rather than a standalone.
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