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2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.1

The Slog is going to have to zigzag back a forth between 2000 AD and Judge Dredd The Megazine over the next couple of weeks. Normally, when faced with having to flip between the main event and its auxiliary publications, I like to wait until a natural break but it isn’t possible on this occasion. This is thanks to upcoming epic, Judgement Day, running between the two. The result might be a bit dizzying, for me at least.

Anyway, Fleetway has decided to restart The Megazine, this time as a fortnightly. I don’t really know why they decided to do this. Perhaps the increased frequency is down to better than expected sales of the monthly and renumbering it is a way of encouraging curious sceptics to give it a go.

Those curious sceptics might be unsure of how they feel about the new Magazine. On one hand, all of the stories, Judge Dredd, Devlin Waugh and Armageddon, make strong starts but when you consider the comic strip page count to price ratio you’re not exactly getting value for money here. For twice the price you get 28 comic pages which is the same as you get most weeks in 2000 AD. The centre of The Megazine is puffed out with mock news pieces repeating exactly what we’ve just read in the main strips, an article on the creation of Devlin Waugh which seems a bit premature given that we’ve only seen one episode of it so far and reader survey results. Next issue does see the start of The Soul Sisters which, if memory serves, isn’t exactly good news.

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