2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, July 24, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.35 21/08/93

Traditionally the breaking area for new talent is the Future Shock. But 2000 AD, home of the Future Shock, seems to have re-established itself as the place to go for the cutting edge of mainstream comic creators. At the moment, they’ve got Morrison, Ezquerra, Yeowell and Hughes. The new talent zone seems to have shifted over to the whole of The Megazine.

The new guys here demonstrate varying levels of ability. Charlie Adlard draws a Judge Hershey/Treasure Steel team-up in black and white and it looks pretty good. The story and characterisation takes priority for Adlard which, as regular Slog readers will know is my artistic preference. Chris Standley writes and Siku paints a one-off called Rapid Growth in which it’s established that 95% of the Oz population is fitness freaks. Despite the shaky plausibility of this premise taking place in a country built on barbeques and “tinnies”, it’s a fun distraction. The art is fully painted and, although not to my taste, shows promise.

There seems to be a trend for single word artists recently because Xuasus paints the Judge Dredd lead, Slick Dickens – Dressed to Kill. S/he keeps the page design simple but the characters s/he paints look ugly, thick built and lacking in charm to me. Xuasus shows promise but Dredd is a strip that an artist should aspire to and not start their career on. Having said that, long established writer John Wagner seems to be paying tribute to his own past stories here, much like Ennis has been in the weekly. This isn’t his best and certainly shouldn’t have lasted for two episodes.

I don’t know why there seems to be a lot of new creators appearing in The Megazine. Maybe it has a limited budget and new talent is cheaper. Maybe editor David Bishop is keen to establish The Megazine as having its own voice which is understandable. Whatever the reason, the result is a comic that doesn’t feel very special.

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  • Yeah there was certainly a little too much tryout during this time and maybe a lot of the artists were trying to run before they could walk?

    All that painting by artists who I felt struggled with the basics. Adlard is a good example. His earlier painted work wasn't a patch on the black and white stuff that followed straight after. Almost as though he was painting cos that was what was 'required' at the time. I do wonder if any of the other 'newbies' during this time had done a stint drawing in black and white focusing on the basics how they'd have got on?

    oh and as I've said before those terrible airbrushed covers (not on this issue but elsewhere) are the perfect example of style over content (and the style sucked too!)

    By Blogger Colin, at 7:24 pm  

  • I agree with you regarding Adlard, Colin. His B&W work is mush better than his colour. I also agree with you about that cover.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:28 pm  

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