Here’s my latest 2,000AD findings that I promised to show months ago, including a two very special progs that I’ll explain later on.
Thank god I found this at a comic store by chance as I’ve been meaning to continue reading the A.B.C Warriors storyline. This book covers the second half of The Black Hole and the next story arc involving Deadlocks quest to spread Khaos. I’m crossing my fingers that’ll find volume three and continue reading the Warriors adventures.
As a show of gratitude to the comic store owner who runs a small stand in an indoor market, I gave him all of my DC collection (full paperback and one hardback books) mostly New52 for a good deal. Whilst I only got £10 from a stack of eleven paperback comics, I thought it was fair enough as I wouldn’t have gotten a deal like that anywhere else. Hopefully the new stock should keep his store going in the market.
About a month or two ago I was out at my usual carboot sale visit, unfortunately I couldn’t find anything as no one had items that I wanted. Although I did grab a book at an antiques shop which was a Micheal Moorcock book, his Corum trilogy which I very much enjoyed (keep your eyes out for a post on my thoughts on the Corum trilogy!).
However, I did finally find something that took my interest in form of an annual book by 2,000AD. This book has some of the best annual stories I’ve read including one of my favourite Rouge Trooper stories. Oh and it’s got a Flesh story that’s gruesome and brilliantly drawn too.
During two months when my local charity book shop had loads of 2,000AD comics, I would grab two or three comics twice a week to collect as much as I can before they were gone. I got a few issues from the 90’s, a time that most 2,000AD fans of old will remember as the low years of the publications history.
Despite the controversy and bs that nearly killed the franchise, there were still some awesome stories like Sláine, the return of Judge Death, Judge Dredd on trial for War crimes against East Meg and loads more.
Now call me a whiny critic if you want but I prefer 2,000AD of Old when the art wasn’t so over reliant on digital art. I’m more drawn to old issues of the comic than today’s prints, as in all honesty I feel like the quality has gone down in terms of artwork. However, stuff like Sláine, A.B.C Warriors, Judge Dredd and Judge Deaths spin off series (the one where he sets off a load of nuclear warheads to Las Vegas) are series that use digital art very well.
I think it’s a matter of presentation and effort that goes into illustrating prog stories that I care about most.if it’s rushed and too simple, I’d be less interested in buying it, but if it’s done with care and looks interesting, you’ve got me.This issue is not only a great encyclopaedia for characters and story arcs for various franchises of 2,000AD, but it also has a section dedicated to Simon Bisley and his story of how he became an artist working for the comic.
A.B.C Warriors, I can’t stop collecting these!
This issue is quite a special one for me as it’s actually the issue that got me into 2,000AD comics many years ago. Now my original copy was lost when I was very young, and I forgot what the prog was so I had no way of referring where I started off. The only things I knew of where I started was a distinct memory of a one eyed badass with a Mohawk and a big gun, a train wreck by a giant alien and the Mohawk guy in a bar (strange memories right?).
Well when I found this prog I had a strange feeling that I remembered this prog a long time ago. When I flicked through it I instantly knew this was the one, it had everything that I remembered vaguely from my childhood.
So for those of you who have read my past 2,000AD posts, this was the prog I started off from!
Another annual this time being a Judge Dredd one from the early 80’s, not too long since 2,000AD started in the late 70’s. This book is a great book that has an inside look into how Judge Dredd was created and a reprint of his first story. There’s some juicy lore about Mega city one, map of the USA after the nuclear war and even a test to see if you’d make it as a Judge!
Finally the crowning finding of them all is prog 2,000, a time when 2,000AD was hitting hard times, controversy of misogyny advertisements (and a short lived prog series of I remembered rightly), a management who was disconnected to the fans and what seemed to be the end of the Galaxys greatest comic.
Prog 2,000 is special for many reasons as it was the prog that featured the last ever Nemesis the Warlock story, a 100 page prog that including a wide array of stories, fan letters that even today speak of the times of unknown of 2,000AD’s future.
It’s fitting that this issue although it may not be as amazing as the Apocalypse War saga, as bold as Zenith, as political as America story, as shocking as Flesh or even as thrilling as Savage. It does however demonstrate the endurance and journey that 2,000AD had went on during its 20 year journey at that time.
A British comic that was not about superhero’s, boring tropes and talking alien goats. 2,000AD was about kicking the establishments balls (metaphorically) and saying “F@£k you!” in fun but subtle political satire stories that are still relevant to this day.
As I’d like to quote my favourite 2,000AD prog series, the A.B.C Warriors (written by Pat Mills).
“Spread the Word!”
Until next time,