I'll admit that I'm a pretty easy mark when it comes to high concepts, but I'd like to think that I'm at least a little picky about how they actually play out. Like, if you were to tell me that there's a story about an old but hard-boiled cop in charge of upholding a 500 year-old treaty between London and Hell, I'd be intrigued, but I'd have to admit that it could go either way. If, however, you then told me that the story also involved a kid fighting demons with a combination of parkour and Gymkata --- the famous martial art that combines the skill of gymnastics with the kill of karate --- then that's pretty much that. I am in.

Fortunately for me, a story matching that exact description is hitting shelves this week in the pages of 2000 AD in Prog 1934: Absalom: Under A False Flag, the newest installment of Gordon Rennie, Tiernen Trevallion and Simon Bowland's supernatural crime drama --- and you can read the entire first installment as a preview below!







Here's the official solicitation for the story:

A miserable old bastard with a knack for finding trouble, Harry was the perfect man for the job – but years of strife are starting to catch up with him and while suffering from an inoperable cancer, he must now investigate a series of murders where the victims have been reduced to ash.

With trademark bravado, this is another classic 2000 AD take on an old staple – a brash, old school policeman policing a London brimming with demons, but where the greatest threats come from the most unlikely of places. Trevallion’s linework and grey tones bring modern Britain’s city’s dark, seedy underbelly to life while also merging it with backgrounds packed with arcane symbolism and frightening escapees from beyond the veil of this world.

For more, check out upcoming progs of 2000 AD, on sale every week at finer comic book shops and digitally at 2000ADonline.com.