Onto the Villains Takeover special, which was of a really high standard for a 2000ad special, most of which have been dogshit over the past few years.
This was really strong all round;
The Death story from Rob Williams was great, so nice insight into what makes him tick.
Brass and Bland was a Nu Earth story and yet another really good effort from Karl Stock. It had a true classic feel to it, like something from one of the old 2000ad annuals and the twist ending was landed perfectly. I think Karl Stock should think seriously about doing this more often.
Having the wonderful Kyle Hotz on Slaine was a real treat. With Mills, as always, playing to the strength of his artis and going down the old school horror route.
This was a brilliant done in one and the concept of the cave paintings was brilliant.
Sleeping Dogs Lie from Matt Smith and Chris Weston. This serves as a bit of atribute to Ezquerra from Weston and one would hope Wagner and Smith look at this and perhaps have a chat about Weston picking up the art duties on Strontium Dog and keeping the series going, because Weston will pay the due respect that it needs. Smith did a decent Wagner impression here for yet another strong story.
I enjoyed the creepiness of the Future Shock, but the structure of it was quite off, so it didn’t quite work for me.
All in all a great special, my only complaint would be I really don’t like the US comic size for 2000ad, it doesn’t show off the stunning art well enough and it all feels a bit claustrophobic compared to the standard size of the prog.