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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.26 17/04/93

All stories get wrapped up this issue. Considering the bitty way strips have run so far in The Magazine, it’s a wonder that this doesn’t happen more often.

Judge Dredd’s second round against Mechanismo is painted beautifully by Peter Doherty this time. First time around I was irritated by Mechansism. It seemed to me that it was an okay idea that John Wagner revisited too often inside a short space of time. Amongst the benefits of reading a bunch of comics inside a contracted period for The Slog are a casually paced story can be better appreciated and poor decision making in regards to its scheduling can be picked up on. I can see now that “Mechanismo Returns” takes place the same day that the first story happens and should have followed on from it immediately rather than being interrupted by three one-offs.

I might have actually watched Ewin McGregor and Charlie Boorman in Long Way Round had they travelled across The Cursed Earth like the bikers in Garth Ennis’ and Nick Percival’s strip, Sleeze ‘N’ Rider. In it, crazy robots resurrect notable American presidents of the past as brains in jars. One of them is Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s always worth noting when an event from a science fiction comic strip turns out to be a bit prophetic even if the political position is inaccurate… so far.

Normally, I don’t read the letters page of The Megazine but I happened to notice an announcement that David Bishop “would never again write a series for a title of which he is a staff member – So no more The Straitjacket Fits or Soul Sisters!” Thank God for that.

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