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2000AD #1327

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
By: Craig Lemon



Writers/Artists: Various
Publisher: Rebellion

Another mixed bag this week, three new strips start with more of a whimper than a bang whilst the ongoing ones move from strength to strength.

First up is part seven of Judge Dredd vs. Aliens, and its finally time to rein in the action and advance the plot. Dredd has dispatched the first Alien creature, but more clues are given as to how the Alien(s) got into Mega City One in the first place, there's a judge with face hugger in a medi-unit (although why he hasn't been isolated is beyond me, you'd think with all the invasions/problems the Big Meg has experienced that they'd be incredibly wary of something like this.

Bec & Kawl replaces Caballistics Inc, and whilst on the surface it appears to have no connections to that series, the tone is very similar - lots of clever, clever pop culture references to pick up. Unfortunately the story is somewhat lightweight (Bec (Becky Miller) wants to know the meaning of life, so she summons up a Swamp Thing wannabe who relates a cautionary tale about too much knowledge) so the references take more of a centre stage and weigh the story down.

The VCs follows, a self-contained story of this space patrol group. I can't tell you too much about it, as the central concept troubled me so much I was thinking about that whilst reading the story. It still bugs me now - the VCs land on an asteroid within Mercury's orbit, said asteroid rotates once every 300 seconds (i.e. five minutes). Yet the "day" lasts five minutes, followed by five minutes of night. Surely this would mean it rotates once every 600 seconds? And why is there so much light when it's night, the illumination level is incredible when you'd expect it to be pitch black? There are one or two more concerns like this that spoil the story for a pedant like myself.

Terror Tales: The Statue Garden is a one-off story in the vein of Future Shocks, but is very familiar (a rarely-seen sculptress produces life-sized stones of humans in horrifying poses, how do you think she does it). It is executed well, but we've all been there, done that.

And so to Nikolai Dante, once more the best the comic has to offer (although even this slips a little in that the central point of the story, that Dante's mum falls into a trap, is unbelieveable - how on earth did she survive as pirate queen so long if she falls into such obvious traps?) - excellent art, great script, makes the mag worthwhile.



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