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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.4

The flip flopping between 2000 AD and The Megazine is a necessity now thanks to the latest Judge Dredd epic, Judgement Day, starting. I’ve found a lot of the promotion for it a little off putting. The big deal seems to be that three billion people will die. Why is it that whoever came up with this tag line thinks that global death tolls is what Judge Dredd readers like from a mega epic. The Apocalypse War saw 400 million die, Necropolis 60 Million; once you start hitting these sorts of numbers my mind can’t comprehend the difference between the amounts. Three billion is a lot but then so is sixty million. They would have been much better off promoting Judgement Day as Judge Dredd teams up with Johnny Alpha again.

The promise of global extinction hangs over Armageddon The Bad Man as well. By Alan Grant and Carlos Ezquerra, it’s set in the 1990s against a backdrop of global political unrest and is meant to bridge the gap between now and Judge Dredd’s time. The strip seems to be about a young woman called Lori LeMayne who, after being forcibly made homeless, is on the run from a stone cold killer who wants her for some reason.

It reminds me of the Terminator films. A mysterious, seemingly unstoppable killer hunts down an innocent woman against a backdrop of inevitable global destruction. Ezquerra’s art is great, as usual, and Grant’s script seems slightly more invested than much of his other recent work that I’ve seen for The Slog. However, once The Bad Man finishes, I don’t remember the creators returning to Armageddon to finish the job that they had started.

Perhaps this is a good thing. Do we really want to see getting from here to there being mapped out in such detail? We’re better off with that ambiguity regarding the origins of Dredd’s world being present, I think. Once certain aspects get over rationalised, what were once just fun elements start to receive too much scrutiny and the whole thing begins to wobble.

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  • Necropolis wasn't the story I wanted. Hearing about the rumours of Dredd teaming up with an unexpected ally to fight all those Dead returning from the grave, I was hoping and expecting it to be Judge Death. That would've been the nautural team up under the circumstances, given how livid Death would've been about all those would be perps returning from their graves.

    By Blogger Tam, at 9:06 am  

  • Judgement Day was pretty half-arsed and derivative as I recall (and, surely not coincidentally, the first epic not to be written by Wagner and/or Grant since The Cursed Earth). Like you say, it's very easy to come up with ludicrous bodycounts to give a false sense of drama and import.

    By Blogger Joe, at 1:02 pm  

  • Tam, I never thought of that! Judge Death and Dredd teaming up! Johnny Alpha's good though.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:19 pm  

  • Joe, I'm only a few episodes in on Judgement Day and, to be honest, I can't remember much about it.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:20 pm  

  • I recall judgement day being pretty much hated in the letter columns due to it being a blatant attempt to force people to buy both 2000ad and the Meg. At that stage the Meg had half the sales of the weekly.

    Armageddon the bad man was never returned to, Alan Grant said in TPO that he felt it didn't work as a story and it was a bad idea all round.

    When they did some of the back story in the recent Origins story by Wagner there is no reference to the Bad Man at all.

    By Blogger Derek, at 11:14 pm  

  • Armageddon doesn't cross over into the weekly, well, not yet anyway. Are you thinking of Judgement Day, Derek? You're right, though, it's not really working.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:41 pm  

  • Paul, I didn't say armageddon crossed over into the weekly, I said that judgement day did and was hated for that reason.

    By Blogger Derek, at 9:02 pm  

  • Huh? My eyes!!!! Sorry, Derek.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:47 pm  

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