2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 1.9

Already, The Megazine is making some adjustments. For example, the cover logo has been reconfigured. This makes sense given that before it dominated the front and made each new issue look like the last at a glance. Inside, the assured overall tone I spoke of before is under threat thanks to a broadening of the range of writers being used. John Wagner still writes three of the strips but now Mark Millar, Dave Stone and assistant editor David Bishop script one each also.

Judge Dredd himself only appears in a single strip which is the wrap up to a story called Black Widow. Given that this is supposed to be his own fifty-two paged comic, only appearing in seven of them does seem a bit miserly to me. He often gets more than that in 2000 AD and it’s less than a third of the price of The Magazine!

In Black Widow, one of the Nosferatu return, running around Mega City One in its spider form, sucking out from its sexually charged their liquefied internal organs victims again. The grotesque theme probably helps artist John Hicklenton focus more on telling the story than when he worked on Nemesis the Warlock. It’s been a mutually beneficial, albeit brief, experience, I would say.

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