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2000AD #1365

Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2003
By: Craig Lemon

Writers/Artists: Various
Publisher: Rebellion

Bit of a mixed bag of goodies this week; there’s some good stuff, and some really awful stories too.

As ever, Judge Dredd kicks off proceedings with episode one of Meatmonger by John Smith and Siku…people are disappearing all over the world for no apparent reason, Dredd is asked to investigate but there’s literally nothing to check out, the Judges have no idea what is going on (except they all need maths lessons, as they say 20 Judges disappeared in the snow yet there are twenty-two suddenly vanishing Lawmaster tracks…). At the end, Big Joe gets it too…promising.

Dead Men Walking is up to part four, by James Stevens and Boo Cook – the dead men of the title are a bunch of zombies with their mouths sewn up. If you die on this prison world type thing, you get instantly resurrected as a hungry zombie and put to work in the mines…our heroine, Jude, is a thoroughly unattractive, unappealing and uninvolving character, and she gets trapped with a bunch of these puppies in a sabotage down the mines…ho hum, don’t care about the character, so why should I care when she’s in peril?

Even Caballistics, Inc has an off-day – this time around each chapter in the series is a short story detailing the history of one of the team of paranormal investigators, but Gordon Rennie and Dom Reardon’s tale of Ness is strangely lacklustre (especially as the last two were excellent). Maybe it’s the character I just don’t care for, he seems to be a psychopath, and the extreme violence is just a turnoff this time.

Synnamon hits part four of her opening adventure by Colin Clayton, Chris Dows, Laurence Campbell and Lee Townsend – christ, there’s four of them to do five pages, what, did they do one page each? – each episode has been of a consistently high standard and this is no exception, a neat way of dealing with some huge cancerous growths is found – and it’s obvious, but a nice surprise to boot – and a little back-story is filled in. Excellent.

And so to Dan Abnett’s and Mark Harrison’s Durham Red, deemed in some quarters to be the saviour of the comic…but I just found it awful and almost unreadable. Durham Red is found and dressed up a la The Fifth Element, her son finds his dad from amongst the last of the humans, and…and…and…you just wish everyone who kill each other and end this strip.

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