I LOVE this magazine! You get comics, interviews and all around great stories by some really great writers and artists. 2000AD steps it up in every issue and gives you more Dredd than you can shake a tentacle at…assuming you’re wearing a pair of Octo-Pants.
In this latest installment of the Megazine, the first Judge Dredd story is written by Robbie Morrison, art by Dave Taylor and lettered by Annie Parkhouse. ‘Great Executions’ part one follows a young Robe-Repair journeyman named Charlie Wackett.
It starts with Charlie on a routine salvage trip when he meets a criminal in the salvage yards. From there, you follow Charlie through to what seems to be his mid-twenties. He has a very tedious life while persevering all the while. By the end of this installment, you know things are looking up for him.
Another good read in this issue is the Interrogation of Chris Weston. I was recently introduced to his art by way of the cover for the thirty-fifth anniversary issue of 2000AD.It is a very interesting read and gives a great insight to those that want to know about his favorite pieces of work and ESPECIALLY for those that loved his run with Grant Morrison in ‘The Invisibles’.
The next comic was ‘Samizdat Squad’ Part Three. Because of this, I now have to find parts one and two. It’s a very interesting story written by Arthur Wyatt, with art by P.J. Holden and lettering by Simon Bowland. The art is amazing. The grey tones and blacks make for wonderful graphics in this not so black and white world. Even not reading the previous issues, I found myself invested in the characters by the end of the story and I wanted to know what would happen next.
Following this story was ‘Snapshot’ Part Four. Script by Andy Diggle, at by Jock and lettering by Clem Robins.Another intriguing story brought to you by 2000AD. I want so bad to get the rest of this, but this installment reads as a movie that starts at the end of what happened and then takes you back to let you catch up while still having a lot of fun. It’s definitely fun for any conspiracy fans out there and I would really enjoy picking this up on a monthly basis.
The next Interrogation is with David Hine. You may recognize his work from such books as Spider-Man NOIR or even Batman (PRE-Reboot). His most recognizable work, on my end of the world, came from ‘The Bulletproof Coffin’. A book that transcended weirdness but makes sense in the world we live in. Yet another great reason to pick up this magazine.
While making my way through each page, I came across ‘The Greater Good’. It is a piece of Judge Dredd fiction written by Michael Carroll. A fantastic read for anyone that is a fan of novels. It is even accompanied by a great picture (where Steve Dillon’s Mega Club is prominently in view behind Judge Dredd). This story hinges on vigilantism. I thought this was a really good story because the Judges are empowered with the authority to judge anyone they see fit of doing anything wrong. These vigilantes are just trying to help out.
For those that don’t know about 2000AD and their respective Judge jurisdictions, this next comics for you. Titled ‘Hondo-City Justice: Project Behemoth-Part Two’, it’s about Hondo-City’s Judges and their personal brand of justice. Written by Robbie Morrison, pencilled by Mike Collins with inks by Cliff Robinson, colors by James Offerdi and lettering by Annie Parkhouse. This is definitely a story to jump into. Even without know what happened prior, I felt like I knew the story and it was very easy to jump on board with. The art was more like the earlier Image Comics (which is never a bad thing) back when Spawn was new, and the overall story made me want more. I ended up really liking these characters and can’t wait to read some more about them. I especially liked the more sci-fi approach this story took as well.
Now we get to a meatier part of the magazine. ‘American Gothic’. Written by Co-Creator Ian Edgington with art by Co-Creator Mike Collins and lettering by Tom Frame, this book takes a supernatural twist. It takes place in the late 1800′s and follows a group of monster hunters that are pretty much monsters themselves. Being a Jonah Hex fan, I found myself very partial to this story. You get werewolves, vampires and even ogres! Truly, this is a book I can continue to read. I hope they come back for more as I am now a HUGE fan.
The next comic is written by Al Ewing with art by Dom Reardon and lettering by Tom Frame. ‘Terror Tales: Scene of the Crime’ follows Homicide Detective Richard (Dick) Webb. It opens up with the following lines that made me immediately fall in love with this story. “My name is Richard Webb and I’m a homicide Detective. Which means I’m always too late.”. How can you not nitantly like this Dirt Harry-type character that walks in the room thinking the glass is half empty? My bet is that this series gets picked up for a fall drama soon. It’s like ‘Supernatural” meets ‘Law and Order: SVU’. All could think about when I got to the end was that this was written as a two-part episode for the pilot. I would’ve given it a full three seasons based on just this alone. AMAZING story!
Last, but not least, we have ‘Terror Tales: Keeping it Real’. This strip was written by Al Ewing with art by Cam Smith and lettering done by Tom Frame. This is another great supernatural story. It could definitely end up being an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’. It follows Rolling Stone journalist Hiram Cowell while he interviews a musician who has had the world in the palm of his hands, only to lose it mysteriously and suddenly.
His newest subject is the man Harlan Bryce of the band dubbed “The Lyrics”. he was a master of every instrument while his brother, Phil, was the master lyricist. The creepy turn this story takes is insanely good and is a MUST read for supernatural/ thriller fans.
Overall, I would say that this issue of Judge Dredd Megazine is definitely worth the price. You won’t be let down and it is a solid read. Pick it up at your local comic book shop!
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