Cover: Excellent. Old school, gritty. The colours - the white background, the blue shadow and the black logo - work superbly.
Dredd: A Wagner masterclass of storytelling over six pages. A tantalising opener but not a single redundant panel. McCrea's artwork as perfect for the strip mas it was the cover. A great story for lovers of muzzle flashes! Particularly love the laser flashes, like little halos, on the third page. Favourite moment: hand through the wall.
Brink: Those star fields! The colour palette for the space scenes is so deep and lush. Glorious. Like the little artistic touches such as the neon-blue headset thing. A slow-burn episode with plenty of dialogue, not to the story's detriment - it was well-written scene-setting reminiscent perhaps of a Scandi-noir TV series - but the final page was a bit lacking... perhaps a graphic hint of the new death would have helped... I suppose it's inevitable though, that individual episodes of stories will sometimes lack impact when they've really been constructed for the trade paperback.
Future Shock - Family Time: Good, but yes, covered a lot over four (?) pages. Nice bit of misdirection - a time twister where the twist is actually not to do with time travel. Would actually quite like to see a strip rolled out following Olly and his band of feral kids from across the ages, pursued by the temporal authorities. Over to you, Tharg..?
Scarlet Traces: Hmm... still not quite clicking... two very different instalments so far, so let's see how it goes. Going to go out on a limb here and say that perhaps D'Israeli's artwork (though excellent, don't get me wrong) isn't best suited to this strip? It seems more like the sort of retro-styled space opera that someone like John Burns should be tackling. Perhaps.
Deadworld: Great stuff. Contains my favourite panel in the prog, where Jess says something like "Didn't anyone look our for you when you were younger..?" and we just see Fairfax's weary, exhausted face sans dialogue.