Category: 1996

2000 AD Prog 1023 – Cover Date 30th December 1996Three Wise Men…

2000 AD Prog 1023 – Cover Date 30th December 1996
Three Wise Men In Black – Vector 13 Presents a Xmas Cracker
Cover art by Paul Johnson

Published 20 years ago this fortnight!

Merry Christmas and 2000 AD has taken the week off so it has been two weeks since prog 1022 with no Annual or Yearbook to fill the gap. This prog winds down a bit from the Autumn Attack as Mazeworld and Time Flies conclude. Mazeworld has been excellent. Time Flies has been.

New to the prog is the Sinister Dexter tale that was bumped out of prog 987 back in April and Robo-Hunter by Peter Hogan and Rian Hughes. This is the best Robo-Hunter and I will brook no argument.

In this prog:
Mazeworld: The Hanged Man part 10 – By Alan Grant & Arthur Ranson / Lettering by Ellie De Ville
Sinister Dexter: Learning Kurv – Script: Dan Abnett / Art: David Millgate / Letters: Steve Potter
Time Flies: Tempus Fugitive part 9 – Script: Garth Ennis / Art: Roger Langridge / Colours: Simon Jacob / Letters: Steve Potter
Robo-Hunter: War of the Noses – Script: Peter Hogan / Art: Rian Hughes / Letters: Ellie De Ville
Judge Dredd: Darkside part 6 – Script: John Smith / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Alan Craddock / Letters: Tom Frame
Havok: Karn Darkest Suns – Script: Robbie Morrison / Art: Robert McCallum & David Millgate / Lettering: Annie Parkhouse

2000 AD Prog 1022 – Cover Date 17th December 1996Shooting Star -…

2000 AD Prog 1022 – Cover Date 17th December 1996
Shooting Star – Venus to the rescue in ‘Rogue Troopers’

Cover art by Jason Brashill, based on a design by Greg Staples

Published 20 years ago this week!

To all things an ending, specifically this week a final, never-to-return ending for both Rogue Troopers and Mambo. Despite both series promising more to come they will never return.

Rogue Troopers gets the cover – more accurately Venus Bluegenes get the gets the cover – as she rescues Friday from the clutches of the Karvannu and together they fly into the black hole to take the fight to the enemy. The final page promises “Rogue Troopers will return!” – but they never have…

Rogue Trooper Friday, 1989 – 1996

Meanwhile in the rest of the prog we have what is probably the first time Garth Ennis wrote former Battle (and recently reassigned to Titan Comics) star Johnny Red – aerial ace of the Eastern Front. This is a fun little cameo as part of this prog’s Time Flies episode. Roger Langridge does a great job of homaging the original series artist John Cooper.

And finally, in Judge Dredd – the big reveal is… revealed. Anyway, it’s zombie Judge Dredd from the City of the Damned story from yonks back. I can’t remember if I’d already figured this out at the time but I suspect I might’ve.

To round off we have a bizarre advert from Nintendo recommending that you DON’T get anyone else’s video game console for Christmas 1996 because in three months time you’ll be able to get an N64! I was happy enough with my Sega Megadrive to be honest.

In this prog:
Mazeworld: The Hanged Man part 9 – By Alan Grant & Arthur Ranson / Lettering by Ellie De Ville
Time Flies: Tempus Fugitive part 8 – Script: Garth Ennis / Art: Roger Langridge / Colours: Simon Jacob / Letters: Steve Potter
Rogue Troopers: Friday part 9 – Script: Dan Abnett and Steve White / Art: Alex Ronald / Colours: Dondie Cox / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mambo: Fleshworks part 9 – Script: Dave Hine / Art: Dave Hine / Letters: Ellie De Ville
Judge Dredd: Darkside part 6 – Script: John Smith / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Alan Craddock / Letters: Tom Frame
Havok: Nexus Troopers – Script: Robbie Morrison / Art: Robert McCallum & David Millgate / Lettering: Annie Parkhouse

2000 AD Prog 1021 – Cover Date 6th December 1996Deathmaze – Adam…

2000 AD Prog 1021 – Cover Date 6th December 1996
Deathmaze – Adam Cadman Faces His Inner Demons!
Cover art by Arthur Ranson

Published 20 years ago this week!

Havok debuts this prog! I don’t rightly remember what this is meant to be pushing. I think it’s toys? A board game? Either way,probably not worth impinging on Arthur Ranson’s cover art.

Rogue Troopers threatens to get exciting next week, reuniting Friday and Venus! Something to look forward to!

Hmm, I think this is the second part 4 for Judge Dredd: Darkside?

In this prog:
Mazeworld: The Hanged Man part 8 – By Alan Grant & Arthur Ranson / Lettering by Ellie De Ville
Time Flies: Tempus Fugitive part 7 – Script: Garth Ennis / Art: John Beeston & Roger Langridge / Colours: Simon Jacob / Letters: Steve Potter
Rogue Troopers: Venus part 8 – Script: Dan Abnett and Steve White / Art: Alex Ronald / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mambo: Fleshworks part 8 – Script: Dave Hine / Art: Dave Hine / Letters: Ellie De Ville
Judge Dredd: Darkside part 4 – Script: John Smith / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Alan Craddock / Letters: Tom Frame
Havok: Karn Troopers – Script: Robbie Morrison / Art: Robert McCallum & David Millgate / Lettering: Annie Parkhouse

2000 AD Prog 1019 – Cover Date 26th November 1996They Killed…

2000 AD Prog 1019 – Cover Date 26th November 1996
They Killed Kennedy! J.F.K. Blown Away In Time Flies
Cover art by Henry Flint

Published 20 years ago this week!

It’s a J.F.K. murder-rama this prog. Time Flies provides a fresh perspective on the assassination (well, a rather silly persepctive at least). This is accompanied by a nice Henry Flint cover and the Man in Black provides a recap of the major suspects in the various conspiracy theories.

BTW what to feel old? When this was published the assassination had occured a mere thirty three years ago. That was forever when I was a teenager but today? Thirty three years was yesterday.

In this prog:
Mazeworld: The Hanged Man part 6 – By Alan Grant & Arthur Ranson / Lettering by Ellie De Ville
Time Flies: Tempus Fugitive part 5 – Script: Garth Ennis / Art: Philip Bond / Colours: Simon Jacob / Letters: Steve Potter
Rogue Troopers: Venus part 6 – Script: Dan Abnett and Steve White / Art: Greg Staples / Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Mambo: Fleshworks part 6 – Script: Dave Hine / Art: Dave Hine / Letters: Ellie De Ville
Judge Dredd: Darkside part 3 – Script: John Smith / Art: Paul Marshall / Colours: Alan Craddock / Letters: Tom Frame