What is 2000 AD?
2000 AD is the highly respected ongoing British satirical anthology magazine which is most famous for birthing the legend that is fascist character, Judge Dredd, not to mention has also spat out hundreds of different stories from their science fiction/action/thriller/wartime story genepool into the wilds of the British comic book scene.
This article does a deep dive on 2000 AD Prog #2329.
What happens in 2000 AD Prog #2329?
In story one, Judge Dredd: The Disciples of Death written by Ken Niemand and art by Neil Googe, we’re introduced to a somewhat new enemy to Megacity One that involves the Cal-Hab cult that is being shut down by the Judges only before we see they have the ability to create absolute anarchy. Not to mention reanimate zombies thanks to their own form of bungling necromancy.
Googe’s art is bonkers, comedic and exudes an element of slapstick which is perfect for the situational ridiculousness of bungling morons who seem to be the head of a necromantic cult. One has got to wonder if Niemand is a fan of the Young Ones as more of the evil behind a demonic floating skull is revealed and haphazardly controlled. On the other hand, Gary Caldwell’s coloring is exceptional and breaks through the scenes that utter betrayal and end of the world motifs.
In story two, The Order: Heart of Darkness written by Kek-W and art by John Burns, the story of an earth besieged by an ancient race of giant slug-like wurms who threatens to exterminate all of humanity continues. This instalment reveals more of the history of The Order, a band of warriors who has fought the race of wurms throughout the centuries.
This 2000 AD short story is a tad confusing as it doesn’t make it as obvious when the time jumps occur which will cause you to read it a couple of times – it’s an invitingly curious time jumpy tale that will fuck around with your understanding of time paradoxes if the extent of your knowledge begins and ends with Back to the Future. Think killer time-travel whales battle the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen over the centuries and you’ll get what writer Kek-W and artist John Burns are trying to achieve.
In story three, Durham Red: Mad Dogs #4 written by Alec Worland and art by Ben Willsher, vampire hitwoman Durham Red is forced to rescue her foxy badass tech girl companion that is being held by a drug cartel. It’s a welcome short addition to the Durham Red storyline but too short and would be a filler episode if this was a tv show. Disappointing on that front.
In story four, Enemy Earth Book 2 Part 4 written by Cavan Scott and art by Luke Horan, a Lovecraftian looking mutation of man and plant is consuming and killing off the human race one-by-one. With the Prime Minister’s son about to turn into one off these things an unlikely ally turns up and urges Zoe and her friends to come with them. It’s like extinction level The Thing except a bastardry of man and plant. Makes you wonder if Cavan Scott read Day of the Triffids and somehow took Luke Horan along on this mad ride.
In story five, Rogue Trooper – Blighty Valley Part 4 written by Garth Ennis and art by Patrick Goddard – is a black and white epic which continues its wartime story of a strange soldier that is either out of time or has been experimented on. Either way, he joins the fray by assisting a local platoon of Ally Soldiers whilst also ensuring any actions he take won’t irreparably damage the time line and the future he’s from. This 2000 AD story is a means of revising British war comics of old whilst also presenting a science fiction tale in which a Terminator-ish character is helping a platoon of Brits in World War I.
The Talent Involved and Sales Dates
2000 AD PROG #2329
By Variant Creators
Judge Dredd: The Disciples of Death
Written by KEN NIEMAND
Art by NEIL GOOGE
Coloring by GARY CALDWELL
Lettering by ANNIE PARKHOUSE
The Order Part 12: Heart of Darkness
Written by KEK-W
Art by JOHN BURNS
Lettering by JIM CAMPBELL
Durham Red: Mad Dogs Part Four
Written by ALEC WORLEY
Art by BEN WILLSHER
Lettering by SIMON BOWLAND
Enemy Earth: Book Two, Part Four
Written by CAVAN SCOTT
Art by LUKE HORSMAN
Lettering by SIMON BOWLAND
Rogue Trooper: Blighty Valley Part Four
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by PATRICK GODDARD
Lettering by ROB STEEN
2000 AD #2329 is available now.
Published by Rebellion Publishing.
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