2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prog 1162 22/09/99

I’m not sure where we are in the current Judge Dredd epic. 2000 AD has this practise at the moment where, every now and then, no matter how long the tale is, announcing that the episode that you are reading is part one to an implied new story. Not so long ago, a ‘new’ Judge Dredd story picked up exactly where the previous episode had apparently ended; with Orlok the Assassin hitting Joe in the chin. I’m not even sure what the overall story arc is called, although later on I seem to remember it being titled Doomsday. When The Pit ran, it was sub divided into smaller story runs but at least the epic’s title icon was still present making it clear what you were reading.

Muddying things even further is the fact that Doomsday is, as far as I’m aware, running consecutively in The Megazine. Unlike previous epics that have done this, this isn’t officially a crossover. In fact, at the time, it was promoted as being the same story told from two different view points. A reasonable compromise between commercialism and story telling you might think, but does it make sense?

My answer is sort of but not enough. In Doomsday, or whatever it’s called, Dredd is dragged of to what’s left of East Meg One to answer for his supposed war crimes. By the time he escapes, he learns that crime lord Nero Narcos has taken over Mega City One with a robot army. Dredd’s team of Anderson and volunteer Brit Cit Judges set about freeing the city.

Enough of the information is there for it to make sense but there’s a feeling of having missed a lot of it. Further more, the pacing feels wonky, as if John Wagner has had to hold himself back a couple of times for fear of moving ahead of events in The Megazine and then suddenly accelerating to catch up. There’s also been a heavy rotation of artists, most of whom have been great, but the look of the supporting cast have been inconsistent. The result is a Judge Dredd story that’s harder than usual to invest it.

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  • I really enjoyed the way this 'Epic' was handed. I recently read only the 2000ad arc and I felt it hung together really well and stood on its own. The sense that there was something happening over in Mega City One but the story was detached from it echoed Dredd's situation and led to a satisfying reading experience for me.

    While independent I enjoyed it enough to go out and buy the trade to find out what happened in Mega City One side as told in the Megazine.

    I do wish this happened more often across the Atlantic in there big crossovers. If you truely give the reader an enjoyable self contained read in whatever comic they get I'd think naturally they are more likely to gravitate to the other stories told in that 'crossover'. Rather than give them a half complete tale in whatever they read normally which will just generate resentment towards the larger story... or at least that's my take I'm sure the marketing forces across the pond have a much clearer view of this!

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:13 am  

  • I'm not a big crossover fan. I think it's a great way of making people buy a comic they don't want.

    This issue annoys me. I know I am annoyed by a lot of things but this issue particularly annoys me. Do you want to know why it annoys me so much?

    Because the stupid cover artist has used the photo reference of someone holding a camera to draw dredd, so all the foreshortening is wrong and it looks like he is holding a Nikon of mass destrucktion. That's why this annoys me.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 9:24 am  

  • Oooh, well spotted, Victor.

    Very short weapon indeed.(the cover I mean...)

    Crossovers also left me cold.

    To be honest I don't remember how this one was handled, although in the past they left me feeling as if I had missed a really important element of the story, whereas when I actually got hold of the megazine I really hadnt missed much at all.

    I think the idea of alternative views in a story line are a great idea, but perhaps "pushed" too hard at the reader to by a diff mag.

    Anyone would think they're trying to make a profit or something.



    By Blogger OrLoK, at 4:00 pm  

  • If I recall I think the proper name for this story was the doomsday scenario

    I actually preferred the meg chapters as well as focusing on Demarco we got to see the impact the war had on the actual city rather than the 200 week (well it felt like that when I first read it) punchup between orlok and Dredd

    By Blogger David page, at 4:08 pm  

  • Colin, I still think it would have benefited as a single story in one comic.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:14 pm  

  • Ha. Victor, I was thinking how much I like that cover :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:15 pm  

  • Orlok, I'm pretty much anti-crossovers also.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:16 pm  

  • David, I'm actually tempted to read the copy of the collection of Megazine episodes I have . . . :-) but I won't, not for the slog anyway.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:17 pm  

  • Maybe when the slog is over you could read the collected megazine edition of doomsday scenario every singke day for 4 years and comment on how much you would like to stop each day.

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 9:39 pm  

  • Victor, you've been reading The Slog for too long :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:48 pm  

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