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Sunday, September 25, 2016

2000AD 2000!

That 2000AD has survived this long is down to the power of the 2000AD brand. While the comic itself has had its ups and downs over its 40-year history, nobody can deny that it has constantly reinvented itself and discovered a steady stream of new talent that has kept the title buoyant over the decades. A look through the 2000AD family photo album will reveal plenty of familiar faces at get-togethers over the years.

There's Pat Mills and John Wagner along with Kevin O'Neill and Carlos Ezquerra, present at the birth. Wagner and Ezquerra are here with an extra-long, 12-page Dredd/Strontium Dog crossover that sees a reward offered for Dredd to face the justice of the Supreme Court in the year 2220 run by an imperious monster not seen in Dredd's world since not long after the paper's second birthday. Mills and O'Neill, meanwhile, continue the saga of Nemesis the Warlock from its end in 1999 but in a style reminiscent of its origins in 1980.

Next up are the sons and daughters of the original line-up, including Rogue Trooper by Gordon Rennie & Richard Elson, a return to his origins on Nu Earth - and the Judge Dredd spin-off  Psi Judge Anderson by Alan Grant and David Roach which also includes an appearance from another old friend... or should that be fiend...

The family album now features younger members and newcomers, Sinister Dexter by Dan Abnett & storyboard artist Mark Sexton and, a brand new serial, Counterfeit Girl by Pete Milligan & Rufus Dayglo.

Headline acts like Uncle Brian, Uncle Mike and Uncle Dave are on hand to toast the issue with an interstitial history lesson, aided and abetted by Robin Smith and Maurice Aitken, again ghosting artwork for Boo Cook.

If you haven't looked through the family album for any length of time, this is a great opportunity to reacquaint yourself with faces old and new. Some have aged really well.

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