Judge Dredd The Megazine 2.65 28/10/94
And I’m not including in the count its appearance twice last issue. You know, there’s something to be said for the buzz you experience walking into the shop for a copy and seeing the cover for the first time instead of being bored with it already.
ITEM: I’m pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the current run of Calhab Justice. Normally, if it’s not the Missionary Man or written by John Wagner, I don’t tend to be inclined towards it. In Family Snapshot, the Chief Inspector has sent MacBrayne on assignment to Brit-Cit freeing him to return the emotionally damaged PSI, Schiechallion, to duty. Obviously, the strip benefits greatly from being drawn by John Ridgeway, but Jim Alexander’s story is very accessible. The scenes where Schiechallion meets his creator remind me of moments from Grant Morrison’s Zenith and Alan Moore’s Miracle Man in both theme and quality.
ITEM: The current Missionary Man story, Treasure of the Sierra Murder, is illustrated by SB Davis and reproduced in black and white. Davis uses a wash which leaves me wondering if the artwork was originally produced in colour. Even if the wash is in just tones of grey, I imagine there would be a quality to it that is lost in the way it’s printed here. I’m curious to see what it looks like in colour, that’s what I’m trying to say.