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2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Prog 560

The current Judge Dredd multi-part epic, Oz, reaches part 16. In it, after setting himself up as bait for the Judda, Dredd uses a nabbed teleporting device to beam himself into their lair. What I’m trying to understand is why Dredd had to go all the way to Australia to do this. Couldn’t he have just set the trap up back in Mega City One?

The art during Oz has been consistently excellent with, for me, Brendan McCarthy as the creator robot star. He’s provided the artwork for the last few episodes and it’s absolutely stunning. On one hand, there’s a sense of him having worked quickly to create it but on the other the result is so lose, kinetic and perfectly designed I’m agog. McCarthy’s instinct for design, his sense of humour and his story telling discipline is making Oz particularly memorable.

Apparently, Oz is the epic that breaks the writing partnership between John Wagner and Alan Grant in two. At present however, there are no obvious signs of tension in the story. Oz might feel altogether brighter than the relentlessly grim Apocalypse War but it’s significantly more successful than City of the Damned.

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6 Comments:

  • Absolutely love that cover. McCarthy's art in the whole epic has been utterly fantastic. Especially the two page spread of the 'bird men'.

    By Blogger Stephen Reid, at 3:43 pm  

  • Yeah, I love that cover too.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:21 pm  

  • I may be alone in this but I count McCarthy's Dredd as my personal definitive Dredd; Block Mania McMahon a reasonably close second; and Ron Smith romping home in third.

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 10:10 pm  

  • not alone Ken, Brendan Mccarthys Dredd was phenomenal. The energy of his layouts were incredible, like a meld of Jack Kirby and Howard Chaykin with gobs of lsd chucked in.

    John Higgins on Revolution/Dredd annual 1988 and the Ron Smith Dredds in Best of 2000AD monthly were it for me.

    By Blogger Derek, at 10:13 pm  

  • Ken, McCarthy's definately up there in my charts.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:08 pm  

  • Ron Smith's Dredd, Derek, should never be forgotton.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:08 pm  

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