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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.22 20/02/93

When John Wagner and Alan Grant went their separate ways writing Judge Dredd after Oz years ago none of us ever imagined them reuniting for the dumbest version of the character so far, Heavy Metal Dredd. Originally commissioned for Rock Power magazine, each self contained, six paged episode features Dredd up against some lank-haired, cat suit wearing metal head who wants to win an illegal bike race or to abduct the Big Meg’s most idiotically named rock star.

Originally the strip was created for superstar artist Simon Bisley to paint but even he seemed to realise how dumb it was and bailed out very quickly to be replaced by a succession of artists until settling with John Hicklenton. It turns out that Hicklenton’s style is perfectly suited for Heavy Metal Dredd. I’m not saying that his work is dumb but the raw energy of his art coupled with his improved (since his time on Nemesis the Warlock) story telling totally works. In fact, his work here is colourful, fun and energetic.

There’s another obvious big positive for Heavy Metal Dredd; the six pages that the strip occupies might otherwise be used as fillers and house ads. I imagine, because it’s technically a reprint, running it in The Megazine is more affordable although if they have to do this then I might actually prefer seeing the slightly smarter Daily Star strips. However, Wagner/Grant/Hicklenton dumb is completely valid, especially as a reaction against some of the duller strips that have appeared in The Megazine recently.

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2 Comments:

  • http://drhoz.livejournal.com/196917.html and http://drhoz.livejournal.com/196464.html

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 11:36 pm  

  • Oh my God, Drhoz. For some reason, that reminds me, I still have a copy of Shit the Dog poster mag Wagner, Grant and Bisley did together.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:45 pm  

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