2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Prog 735

There was a time in Judge Dredd and associated strips that when a character appeared, no matter how strong and popular they might be, it was for just the once, for the duration of the story, before they disappeared. Often they were killed off so that John Wagner wasn’t tempted to use them again. How unlike American comics, who I was more familiar with, this was. Characters appeared again and again and again there. Hell, they even appeared in comics that they weren’t even originally meant for. These days, Wagner is willing to revisit characters he had done away with in the past and thank God for that.

In Mean Machine Travels With Muh Shrink, the head butting nut job from the Angel gang overcomes his short lived rehabilitation, kidnaps his psychiatrist and time-jacks a time machine. Unfortunately, Mean is lacking any real imagination so doesn’t go anywhere particularly exciting but fortunately he’s bright enough to know this so it isn’t before long he is reunited with his violently crazy family who Judge Dredd killed years ago during The Judge Child Quest.

Wagner is on absolutely form here. Travels With Muh Shrink contains all of the farce, satire and cruelty that you might associate with the best his humour strips. He seems to know the Angel Gang almost intimately and writes their dialogue with absolute precision. Richard Dolan’s oil painted art is unquestionably excellent. It’s lovely to look at but manages to tell the story perfectly. Unfortunately, like Carl Critchlow recently on Nemesis and Deadlock, the reproduction is murky and the result is disappointingly dark.

The real disappointing thing about Travels With Muh Shrink, however, is that it is only seven episodes long. Although, I suppose we should be pleased that it appears in 2000 AD at all and not the arguably more appropriate Judge Dredd The Megazine.

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  • I got an American reprint of this story and the artwork is a lot brighter and glossier. Besides an appearance by the 3 Stooges who Rich Dolan is a big fan of he used a few friends including myself to pose for various characters.

    By Blogger Andrew Glazebrook, at 1:40 am  

  • I liked travels with muh shrink thought it was pretty funny

    By Blogger David page, at 12:17 pm  

  • Mean Machine is one of the greatest comic book villains of all time!

    By Blogger alexf, at 4:14 pm  

  • and his brother's even better. ANyone who lives in a hole is alright by me!

    By Blogger Peter, at 1:10 pm  

  • That sounds cool, Andrew. Can you tell us who you were?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:42 pm  

  • David, it sure wuz. (That's my attempt at a outhern accent).

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:43 pm  

  • He sure is, Alex. (There I goes again).

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:43 pm  

  • Peter, I live in a right hole...

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:44 pm  

  • Paul Rainey said...

    That sounds cool, Andrew. Can you tell us who you were?

    I posed for the character in the gang who teases Mean Machine and gets him to break into the lockers at the University, he eventually headbuts me, the character wears a green T-Shirt and glasses ! If you click this link for Richard Dolan I posted some more of his 2000AD Covers and his other work !!

    By Blogger Andrew Glazebrook, at 1:17 am  

  • Cheers, Andrew.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 10:04 am  

  • You can win an original Ricahrd Dolan Sketch over at my Blog of War,entries close Thursday the 8th of Jan 2009

    By Blogger Andrew Glazebrook, at 4:03 pm  

  • Cheers Andrew. I entered.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:36 pm  

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