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2000AD #1384

Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2004
By: Craig Lemon



Writers/Artists: Various
Publisher: Rebellion

A nice one-off cover celebrating the movie Shaun of the Dead leads us into the issue, which kicks off - as ever - with Dredd. Gulag is up to part three, and it's really kicking into high gear, as the Mega City One Judges deep in Sov territory finally realise they've been led into a trap. They don't know who's behind this, although we do, and it was a great revelation last issue by Rennie - after all, Dredd has his clones, so why not [name deleted]?

The story of the first real mission for Sinister & Dexter's protege continues in part two of Job Jobbed - basically at every step taken by this wannabe hitman, he finds more and more to do. You do the hit...check. Then you've got to remove all traces of the hit...check. Then you've got to actually dispose of the body...being a hitman ain't all fun and games.

Bec & Kawl also hit part two of their latest mini-adventure, and it's not quite up to the standards of part one. Last issue we were introduced to a variety of DC Vertigo knock-offs, well written by Spurrier, great artistic interpretations by Roberts, but whilst those are off-camera for this episode we follow the titular "heroes" whilst they track down the evil tooth fairy and attempt to liberate the good ones. The lisping is bloody annoying (acknowledged at the start of a flashback in the story) - so annoying it detracts from an otherwise fine story.

Rogue Trooper is nearing the end of his assassination mission in part five of Realpolitik, and I'm wondering why he takes so long to actually do the deed. After all, he's been here, done that, loads of times, so why hesitate, it doesn't gain him anything except to lose time for any possible escape... A nagging feeling still exists in the back of my head that the real instigator of this assassination attempt hasn't been revealed yet - Commander Arkhan looks well guilty.

Durham Red. I can't stand this story. Sorry. It's part three of the second book of her far future story, the human race is dead - or virtually dead - something called The Offspring wants to kill the remaining humans, and they're hiding in one of these Star Trekky space anomalies. It's not very interesting, the art looks intriguing although maybe a bit muddy and cluttered.

And so to Shaun of the Dead, the film tie-in by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright, drawn by the incomparable Frazer Irving. One suspects it's just a plot by Pegg (maybe something cut from the movie), and scripted by Wright; it feels very Future Shocky - a girl working the tills in the supermarket (I think) is tracked and menaced by a stereotypical big black bloke ... except the tables are turned on him by the end because... Nice Watchmen tribute in the first and last panels, with the repeating dialogue, the repeating graphic, and the blood splattered badge, "Shaun" makes a cameo appearance - I haven't seen the film, so can't say if it ties into what happens there. A nice Future Shock, in any case.

Overall - best Dredd in months continue, nice one-off, interesting couple of extra stories, one waste of time.



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