2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Prog 173

It's in this and the previous episode of The Judge Child that we see a display of my favourite stylistic features of art robot Brian Bolland; his ability to cross meticulously detailed realistic artwork with the absurd. Judge Dredd visits the planet Ab, a truly alien place where escalators go to nowhere and 2000 AD is read upside down and back to front. Bolland manages to draw the dignified crossed with the ridiculous giving his art an extra level of the surreal. It's an aspect of his style that has made many of the hundreds of covers that he has drawn over the years since especially striking.

We also witness a side to Dredd that previously we had been spared. Last episode, Judge Lopez was fed a single drop of Oracle Spice, the dangerous hallucinating drug that, it is hoped, will reveal the whereabouts of the Judge Child, under orders from Judge Dredd. Dredd, who it should be noted doesn't normally think anything of risking his own life in pursuit of a perp, claims that Lopez's psychological profile makes him the most appropriate for exposure to the spice. But, over the last few weeks, Dredd has been writing asides in his mission log about Lopez refusing to shave off his mustache. When Dredd returns to the ship this episode, Hershy tearfully informs him that Lopez has died.

Around this time, I was turning thirteen years old and was in the midst of chicken pox. I remember the artwork and the realisation that Dredd is a bastard took on a real potency. Even at that age, I knew that "psychological profile" was code for "doesn't conform" or "has a mustache ". It's a lesson that's stayed with me into adult life.

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  • and this is why there will never be a Judge Dredd Is a Dick website - Rebellion would get snarky if somebody posts every single episode online...

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 3:11 pm  

  • One of my favourite Dredd stories of all time in this issue and one of the best covers too.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 8:08 pm  

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