2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, January 16, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 1.1

At least eight years late, Judge Dredd The Magazine arrives at last. Why, during these times of line expansion, did The Megazine appear after Crisis and Revolver? No offence, but I would have thought that you would start with the no-brainer.

It’s a great beginning. Nice cover by Glen Fabry with a sexy fold out painting by Sean Philips featuring an overview just in case you’re new to Dredd’s world. Great Dredd based strips by Alan Grant, Jim Baikie, John Wagner, Peter Doherty, Colin MacNeil and Cam Kennedy. Given the uncertain state that 2000 AD has been experiencing over recent years, it’s impressive to see such a solid collection of creators working under one roof. Also, there are new boys Garth Ennis and John McCrea, comparing favourably with their more established peers on a Chopper strip.

Not everything about the start of The Megazine runs smoothly. You might remember that publishers Fleetway attempted to launch the comic in America. It lasted for about three issues. It was unlikely to succeed given that American comic readers are resistant to anthologies. Further more, The Megazine became more off putting because it wasn’t published consecutively with the UK edition as originally intended, effectively making it a reprint. Finally, it was a US sized, prestige format comic, meaning it more expensive for them to buy. On the plus side, it smelled nice.

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  • Are you going to be following the megazine issue by issue? I hope you are even though it's going to slow you down a bit. I hadn't realised how boring 2000 ad was becoming at this time. I was still buying it and continued to do so for a few more years but none of the strips from this period have really stuck with me except Bix Barton and some of the Dredd stories. I keep reading the slog hoping I'll be pleasantly reminded of some forgotten gem but this hasn't been happening much although of course it's still fun to read about them anyway! I seem to remember the megazine being more interesting much of the time around then...

    By Blogger Tam, at 4:15 pm  

  • I remember buying and reading the first issue of the Megazine when it came out - I think I was 12 years old. I felt a bit naughty because it cost so much - more than £1 for a comic! And it seemed to be for grown ups 'cos a lot of the stories felt dark, moody and full of sex.

    It's only as an adult that I realise that these first stories have another quality - they're actually pretty good.

    By Blogger alexf, at 12:06 pm  

  • Yes Tam, The Megazine is much better than the 2000 AD of this time - altogether more positive. Although, the issues of 2000 AD I'm at are better than they have been recently. I intend to read The Megazine vols 1 and 2.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:37 pm  

  • They are good, Alex. The grown quality might also be because of catagory C swear words as well like cr*p and b*stard.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:38 pm  

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