Cover:

One of the main criteria when I review a cover is how well it stands out on the shelf. Is it eye catching enough to be immediatly visible? In this case the answer is a resounding yes. Brendan McCarthy turns in a typically colourful cover which advertises the start of a brand new strip to the Prog. The cover is fun and quirky, and I actually quite like it.

Judge Dredd – Day of Chaos: Eve of Destruction – Part 11:

It seems the terrorist organisation Total War are taking credit for the destruction of the Statue of Judgement. This is an interesting twist in the story as previously we’ve been entirely focused on the threat from the Sov virus, but now it looks like the Day of Chaos could well be a combination of disasters hitting Mega City One. Things just seem to keep getting worse for the big Meg, and its making for fascinating reading. Day of Chaos genuinly has the potential to change the face of Dredd (the strip, not the character) forever. So long as its this good, then I can’t wait to see where this epic goes next. Absolutly essential reading.

The Zaucer of Zilk – Part 1:

When you have Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy co-creating a comic strip then you know your in for something very off the wall, and it certainly looks like The Zaucer of Zil won’t dissapoint in that respect. Theres not really enough to go on in the first part, but its a reasonably promising start, and Brendan McCarthy’s art is as eye catching as ever. Could go either way yet however.

Flesh – Midnight Cowboys – Part 2:

We’re only up to part 2 in the current Flesh story and allready i’m fed up with it. It all seems too familiar to previous stories, and with the exception of the Preacher i’m actually still not sure who each character is. Pat Mills is the writer for some of my all time favourite strips, including Savage and Defoe, so when he turns in something as uninspired as Flesh currently is, then it comes as a massive dissapointment. Flesh is readable but dull, and I can only hope it doesn’t get too long a run in the Prog.

Age of the Wolf II – She is Legend – Part 4:

Im still not sure where the current story is going, but i’m enjoying reading Age of the Wolf each week. Alec Worley seems to be attempting to build a believable post apocalyptic world, with another Human faction being introduced this week. Theres some good ideas keeping the strip ticking along nicely, with Jon Davies-Hunt’s art being a perfect fit for the strip. Not exactly essential reading, but still well worth a look.

Nikolai Dante – The Dante Gambit – Part 2:

After the high octane thrills of recent weeks, Dante takes something of a breather in this installment, as we wave goodbye to Katarina Dante. While obviously not as exciting as it has been of late, this was a neccesary plot point which I imagine will begin to set up the final Dante story, which will follow the Dante Gambit. Still this remains a quality strip, and I’ll be sad to see it go.

Overall:

A very mixed prog this week, certainly compared to what we’ve been used to over the last few months. With Dante taking a breather, and Flesh being in particularly poor form, Dredd is left to tower over the other four strips.

Quote of the Week: “Bring it, you scrawny wee fecker” – Age of the Wolf

Thrill of the Week: Judge Dredd

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