Rob Lake reviews 2000 AD Prog 2196 Regened…
It’s time again for another addition of the special Regened series of Progs to take over this week’s offering from Tharg. What started way back in 2018 has grown with popularity so much so that four Progs a year become these special all-ages issues. So its time for Tharg’s nephew, Jojo-Jargo, to bring us a feast of galactic mischief with Prog 2196 – Regened!
Cadet Dredd kicks off this week’s Regened with Bad Seeds, Mary Poppins goes bad in Pandora Perfect, a trip to the History Museum goes wrong in Finder & Keeper, a special all-ages Future Shock takes us to the Boss Level, and rounding this week up is Department K.
Cadet Dredd – Bad Seeds
We’re back with Dredd in his early years for yet another tale from the Lawgiver’s much hidden past. This time we join Dredd and Rico who are now year eight recruits and already have the respect of their older peers.
Dredd and Rico are tasked with infiltrating locked down Block to rescue fifty hostages that are being held by a Juvie gang calling themselves the Wasted Youth.
Cadet Dredd this time round has a more adult feeling as we join an older Dredd. Bad Seeds is a great little done-in-one tale and acts a a great bridge for slightly older “Juvies” into the wider, more mature Dredd adventures.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Mary Poppins turned into a notorious thief and Dick Van Dyke happened to be arobot? Well writer Roger Langridge has that question answered.
Pandora Perfect is a satisfying tale of hijinx and a crime spree all wrapped up in that Disney package. With a sing-a-long and two naughty children, Pandora Perfect is one of those silly, daft stories that strangely leaves you wanting more. Could Miss Pandora and her Robot assistant G.O.R.T. find themselves in Mega-City One? Only time will tell…
Finder & Keeper – The Curse of Kreepindeth
Ghostbusting duo Meera Hundal and Eliot Hunter continue their adventures with their spectral vision goggles and spirit-trap that they found during a clean up of the home of famed ghostbuster Professor AJ Mortimer.
John Reppion does a brilliant job in catching us up with previous events within the first couple of panels. That leaves us with more time to dive into this tale of Mummies and school trips.
Meera and Elliot are on a school trip with their classmates at the Natural History Museum. This also happens to coincide with the closure of the Egypt exhibit, which then peaks the duo’s interest. This then leads into a wild adventure of cursed Pharaohs, haunted hands and ghostly apparitions.
Future Shocks – Boss Level
Free The Monkey is the latest craze sweeping the UK and everyone can’t seem to get enough of the video game. The game gets a little too real when two unsuspecting kids get sucked into it Tron style.
These Future Shocks always entertain and Boss Level is no different. Karl Stock and Tom Newell do a superb job at capturing how virtual reality can often take over someone’s life and then they throw us into the game itself.
Department K is a small division of the Tek-Div and is housed inside the mass walls of Mega-City One’s Halls of Justice. Inside this department we meet Judge Kirby and her team who work tirelessly to keep Mega-City One safe from interdimensional occurrences.
Our eyes and ears throughout our journey through Department K is new intern Afua. Like Afua, we get to meet all the weird and “cooky” people who call Department K home.
Just like Pandora Perfect, Department K is a whole new story to the Regened series and it flows from the get go. Rory McConville and PJ Holden give us something suspiciously Dredd worthy yet its all-ages theme works perfectly here and could quite easily translate into the normal Progs and the wider Dredd Universe.