Today, a must-have. Read on to see why.
In October, one of the creators of Judge Dredd, Carlos Ezquerra, slipped off this mortal coil following a battle with cancer. This issue of 2000 AD is lovingly dedicated to him and showcases the last pages he ever drew.
2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2019: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
Illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra and others
Published by Rebellion
Synopsis:(from the desk of the mighty Tharg, all-powerful alien editor of 2000 AD)Last year, Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra started work on their first new character together since Al’s Baby in 1990. It was to be called Spector, a creator-owned series about a robot detective rooting out corruption in a near-future US city. Carlos had drawn the first two episodes when he sadly passed away in October following a long fight with cancer. With production on the series halted, I felt that the many fans of his and the Wagner droid’s work would like to see their final project together, albeit unfinished, and so I decided to publish the completed pages in this Sci-Fi Special, as well as the scripts for parts three and four so you could get a sense of where the story was heading. With Spector as the centrepiece, the whole issue became a tribute to Carlos and his characters – Alan Grant and Robin Smith have crafted a knowing Dredd tale, Guy Adams and Dave Kendall reveal how Fiends of the Eastern Front’s Captain Constanta met Lieutenant Gorgo, and Mike Carroll and Patrick Goddard have time-slipped Viking Wulf Sternhammer visit a very different Norway in the twenty-second century.
Carlos was an exceptionally talented artist, much-missed by all, and his wonderful creations will be forever with us.
Others have drawn his creations in clever and heartwarming ways in this issue, but the prize is the installment of the Spector crime story. Carlos drew these pages while he was sick and will never finish it.
What more could we ask of the man?
This is a very special must-have 4 of 5 stars.
Look for it in your comic shop of go online at www.2000AD.com
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.