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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.59

It’s nice to see Judge Anderson’s absence from the force acknowledged by Chief Judge McGruder in issue 57’s Judge Dredd story. John Wagner rarely seems aware of events happening elsewhere in other strips set in Dredd’s world, as if he doesn’t even bother to read each new issue of 2000 AD and The Megazine. Dredd’s recent encounter with Walter the Wobot mentions as afterthought the character’s assistance during the mirco-epic Inferno. It was as if that single line was written by someone else, like the editor for example.

As you know, comics abhor a vacuum which is why various characters are vying for our vote as Mega City One’s new favourite PSI. One of them is Karyn by John Freeman and Adrian Salmon. It’s a striking strip thanks mainly to Salmon’s strict mono-chrome visuals. Each panel is iconic in its own right, a demonstration of design discipline, which means that, unfortunately, the story isn’t always being serviced. It’s a good story though made even better during the times when the art works with it.

My favourite new PSI however is Judge Janus who so far we’ve seen appear in Judge Dredd Inferno and a one off solo adventure. The reason I prefer her is because she’s bald which top trumps Karyn I’m afraid. As anyone who knows me will tell you, the bald one will always win in any face off as far as I’m concerned. My favourite sit-com is Curb Your Enthusiasm, my favourite comedian is Harry Hill and my favourite Star Trek captain is Picard. Followed by Sisco (who shaved his hair off a few season’s into Deep Space Nine) followed by William Shatner’s Kirk (who wears a wig).

Anyway, what I want to know is what happens to Karyn and Janus once Anderson returns from her travels, eh?

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