Paul Goodwin | 105 mins | TV | 1.78:1 | UK / English | 15
Talking heads documentary about the galaxy’s greatest comic, 2000 AD, birthplace of Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, et al. Created to be somewhat subversive in a marketplace stuffed with safe children’s comics, it’s become a rare survivor of the medium on British newsstands.
Future Shock tells of the project’s birth, then the years when the US industry used the comic to scout talent, cherrypicking all its best creators. Today, it’s an influential institution that punches above its weight.
This is a pretty niche documentary, ultimately, but well-made and informative for those interested in comic book history and/or British culture.