2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Judge Dredd Mega-Special 3

Before I begin and for the record, I have read the previous two Mega-Specials for The Slog. It’s just that I also read that years Sci-Fi specials on the same days and chose to write about them instead. In case you’re unaware of the Mega-Special, these are like the Sci-Fi specials only focused specifically on Judge Dredd’s world and, originally, slightly glossier.

Firstly, there are no Daily Star reprints in the third special. Previously, I’ve criticised them for taking up space which originated strips could have filled but this time I missed them, particularly as in their place there seems to be pages and pages of list of cold data instead. What remains is about twenty six pages of original comic strip and artwork which, when you think that this cost over twice as much as a weekly edition of 2000 AD, isn’t particularly good value for money.

Because in the weekly Dredd is in the midst of the Necropolis super epic, the stories here seem a little quaint in comparison. Alan Grant writes all three of them and I’m disappointed to see how similar they all seem in tone. Carry On Judging is a Carry On film set in Legover (Mega) City One. It’s pretty much like any Carry On film until the story stops with Dredd storming the showing and arresting the audience for watching what turns out to be an illegal movie. In Beyond The Valley of The Ultra-Vixens, an all female, anti-grav fight takes place until Dredd appears and arrests everyone in the arena because the sport is illegal. In Computer Warrior, a child plays a Judge Dredd computer game until Dredd himself bursts in and… well, you get the idea. Grant is the go to man if John Wagner is busy but here his stories seem samey and uninspired.

It should be noted that the artwork is excellent throughout from the mock-Bolland strip by Cliff Robinson to David Roach’s lush full colour six pager. Special mention should be given to Ron Smith who provides an eight paged colour story at the back. As you know, Smith’s black and white stuff is always good but his colour work, so rarely seen in comparison, is utterly satisfying. I look forward to seeing more of it, hopefully.

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  • Could I take this moment to congratulate the new president of the United States?

    Any man who's obviously been drawn by Carlos Ezquerra (look at him!) can't be all bad...

    By Blogger Judge, at 11:29 am  

  • McCain was drawn by Colin Wilson, btw.

    By Blogger Judge, at 11:37 am  

  • I remember being almost beside my self with joy when the Judge Dredd Mega-Special started - oh boy, that first one's Bolland cover... then Brendan's and then this awesome Richard Dolan cover... they were worth the price for the covers alone!

    By Blogger Kevin Levell, at 5:23 pm  

  • Brilliant, Judge :-) Very astutue.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:45 pm  

  • Kevin, yes, the covers so far have all been stunning. The gold ink on this one is very effective.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:46 pm  

  • Funnily enough I always thought John Kerry looked uncannily like an Ezquerra drawing.

    By Blogger Joe, at 4:05 pm  

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