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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prog 1151 07/07/99

There’s nothing quite like a re-launch prog except, these days, they seem to be happening less and less frequently. There was a time when a re-launch seemed to happen every twelve weeks, but now… well, I can’t remember the last one. Instead, we get these progs that look and smell like a re-launch but actually they aren’t. For example, last prog was a special 48 paged long issue and featured a twenty paged Judge Dredd episode, part one to Devlin Waugh Chasing Herod and a ten paged, self contained Nikolai Dante. Except the Dredd story was the latest part of The Trial and the Devlin Waugh episode was a follow on from the previous prog’s prologue. Seventy five percent of a prog featuring mid-stream stories do not a re-launch make. In this prog, there are four thrills altogether, suggesting it’s week two of a re-launch roll out, but only two of the thrills are new stories. This prog’s Judge Dredd episode is titled Trial of Strength Part 1 as if it’s a brand new story. However, it picks up exactly where last week’s episode ends with Dredd and Orlok the Assassin brawling. (It feels as if these two have been fighting with each other for weeks now). I appreciate that a re-launch probably requires the height of editorial coordination but faux reboots like these just make me think that Tharg isn’t as bothered as he used to be.

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  • Goodness, the Dredd Orlock trial/fight was so boring. I must have restarted my 2000ad reading for a few progs as I read this one!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 6:26 pm  

  • The space on the cover even suggests that someone expected there to be a need for more blurb!

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:45 pm  

  • More introductory blurb I meant to say of course... bored with just mistyping words now I completely miss them out!

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:47 pm  

  • As I understand it the blurb was originally going to be:

    Dredd and Orlock are still fighting - Wagner thanks editor for not cutting extended fight scene and buys new sofa with cash.

    Gregg Staples seems to be Drawing all the covers at the moment. I seem to remember there is one of Hershey in a tank coming up where she seems to have grown enormous boobs since we last saw her.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 9:44 am  

  • Victor, it has dragged on for a bit.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:44 pm  

  • Actually Colin, I understood you :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:45 pm  

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