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Friday, October 23, 2009

Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.71 20/01/95

I find it very hard to imagine anybody who is culture savvy at this time – watches a lot of TV, goes to the cinema for the latest releases etc– picking up a copy of Judge Dredd The Megazine and ever returning to it after a single issue. It’s almost impenetrable. I’ve read every issue of 2000 AD and The Megazine from the beginning and even I have trouble following what’s going on.

Take for example Armitage, City of the Dead, which concludes this issue. During Judgement Day when all the Brit-Cit judges are fighting the invading zombies and Dredd’s nuking major cities, Armitage is supposedly fighting an even bigger threat, some kind of Satan guy. But what’s actually happening in the story and exactly why he’s a bigger threat, I don’t know.

Admittedly, I’m finding The Megazine hard work in general and so sections of strip get read with me completely unable to recall what I’ve just encountered. I have no real idea as to what is going on in Calhab Justice either. I think Schiellion is having another breakdown or something and everyone is fighting each other but I’m just failing to engage with the story altogether.

In Karyn PSI, there is actually an accessible, well written tale taking place except the art undoes much of it. Every character is inked in perpetual silhouette which, overall, is very striking but when read often makes it difficult to tell a, say, vampire from a judge.

The Megazine is horribly out of touch. Radio 1 is in the midst of its brutal refit, Brit Pop is invading the charts, access to the internet is starting to become more common place and, with New Labour’s election win just around the corner, an unfamiliar optimism is beginning to grip the UK. And yet The Megazine perseveres with its convoluted and bleak stories of samey muscle men fighting Armageddon.

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  • Maybe those involved had some unified vision of an end closing in . . . surprisingly however the Megazine wasn't cancelled.

    I think there was a real lack of basic A B C storytelling skills because those involved were all trying tell mature stories without understanding quite how to tell a story.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 1:27 pm  

  • I think you might be right, Victor.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:24 pm  

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