Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine 334

Published On March 19, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Previews, The Weekly 2000AD

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We showed you a preview of the latest 2000AD yesterday, but also hitting the stands on Wednesday (20th March) is the latest issue of The Megazine.

Now, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Megazine, and I saw it as an unnecessary adjunct to the weekly comic right from the start. Of course, I never bought the weekly comic regularly before last year, so what do I know eh? Part of me thinks it’s worth giving it a go, part of me runs screaming from the idea. There’s a big part of me who still considers 2000AD the essential and the Megazine as merely the extra. Having said all that, looking through the nice preview copy Rebellion sent over has certainly impressed and there’s two stories inside I wouldn’t mind keeping up with, but not quite enough yet to commit.

One big problem with the Megazine for me is the determination to pack it with features, interviews, and other non-comics stuff. A lot of this is very good non-comics stuff, but I want more comics. An interview with Warren Pleece and another with Steve Niles plus a text story from T.C. Eglington are okay, but I’d rather have another strip please. Yes, I know it’s an economic thing, I know how it works, I’m just saying what I’d like.

We’ll put a little preview under the jump for you, but just to fill you in on the contents:

Judge Dredd by John Wagner and Ben Willsher

A tale of obsession for our favourite lawman and the out and out nastiness that is Dredd’s response. Except it’s not nasty, not from his point of view, not from the Law’s point of view either (and to be honest Dredd and The Law actually share a single p.o.v.).

And it’s this contrast between what is acceptable to Dredd and what is acceptable to us that makes it such a good, good story. Thing is, part of me objects to this being over in the Megazine. I want my Wagner Dredd in the proper comic. It’s the sort of perfect little story that Wagner seems to be able to do in his sleep, yet other writers struggle with. And that goes double for Wagner drawn by Ben Willsher, fast becoming a fave Dredd artist.

Hondo City by Robbie Morrison, Mike Collins, Cliff Robinson

Part 3, and the final part of a Hondo City tale. Not really fair to comment, suffice it to say that the background to story and characters made little sense, although the actually episode long climactic fight was done nicely enough. And Collins and Robinson on art was always going to look pretty.

American Reaper III by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Faye Dalton

Okay, again we’re in mid-story here so not really fair to comment, but frankly knowing how I disliked Mills and Langley’s ABC Warriors, especially when Langley’s art is heavily computerised, means this was onto a loser from the get go. Okay, so the idea of a super-computer-bullet navigating down the busy streets seeking out the American Reaper of the title is good, the execution, with a panel or two per page and very little dialogue makes it a frantic page turner, yet the incredible computerised detail of Langley’s art actually slows the eye, and the combination of the two gives the whole thing an unsettling, out of phase, unsynchronised, static yet frantic feel.

Insurrection II by Dan Abnett and Colin McNeill

This is one of those series I keep meaning to get round to, having a lot of people tell me how good it was. And from just the first episode here, this tale of rebellion from Meg-City Justice amongst the stars, really worked. Having Colin McNeill’s bloody gorgeous art does help – as it always seems to, as does starting from episode 1, but there’s enough here to convince me to pick up the collection of the first two series.

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Judge Dredd by John Wagner and Ben Willsher

For the rest… hit the jump…

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Hondo City by Robbie Morrison, Mike Collins, Cliff Robinson

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American Reaper III by Pat Mills, Clint Langley, Faye Dalton

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Insurrection II by Dan Abnett and Colin McNeill

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

One Response to Preview: Judge Dredd Megazine 334

  1. thelaw says:

    John Wagner’s Judge Dredd story in this issue of the Megazine is his first Judge Dredd story since last year’s Day of Chaos (when ended in June 2012).