2000AD #2224 Review

by Gavin Johnston on March 24, 2021

Writers: Kenneth Niemand; TC Eglington; Roger Langridge; Dan Abnett
Artists: PJ Holden; Simon Davies; Brendan McCarthy; Richard Elson
Colours: Quinton Winter; Len O'Grady
Letters: Annie Parkhouse; Simon Bowland; Jim Campbell
Publisher: Rebellion


Noam Chimpsky adventure Judge Dredd: Who Killed Captain Cookies? gets nicely wrapped up this prog. Chimpsky has tracked the murderers to their hideout and dispenses his own brand of justice. Dredd again cameos in his own strip, showing up just in time to lay down some unnecessary violence, then claim responsibility for saving the day.

Chimpsky stories are a lovely insight into a different side of Mega City One. There’s a gentleness, despite the grim world they’re set in, with a character who consistently looks for the positive. The idea of the judges struggling against a crimewave and unable to see any alternative to the world they’ve created is an interesting one. The supersmart chimpanzee vigilante is the most refreshing new character to be added to the Dredd-verse for years and fully deserving of his upcoming solo-strip


Thistlebone: Poisoned Roots continues to slowly build its characters and backstory, edging towards something actually happening. Journalist Seema researches the past mysterious events of Harrowvale, whilst Malcolm’s connection to events is drawn a little further.


Its the 3rdiller part of Tharg’s 3Riller: Nakka of the S.T.A.R.S, which mean the investigation in to a strange murder in a picturesque English village needs brought to an end. It’s an ending packed with slapstick humour.

Nakka of the S.T.A.R.S has been an unusually flavoured adventure, quite different from anything else in 2000AD. Its strange setting, a high-tech but slightly shambling future England, is packed with detail, a large part of which hasn’t really been utilised in this short adventure...but are readers ready for such a strange and lightweight tale to continue?


Fantasy adventure Feral & Foe returns this prog and a lot of the work of this double episode goes into world building and bringing readers up to date.

It’s a nice, chunky, gritty fantasy universe, avoiding the cliches of the genre. Most of the story is a quickwitted triple-header between the main characters, sparring and disagreeing as the stumble into their next adventure. It’s a nice set up.



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