Judge Dredd Megazine 361
Review by Seth
Jumping on point time again, this time with a little lick of paint and a bit of repointing in the shape of a nifty new logo. The rejigged logo plays up the Judge Dredd, over the Megazine. Was it necessary? Who knows, I like it anyway.
Greg Staples provides another of his arresting (ahem) Dredd covers, he really knocks them out of the park doesn’t he? He’s becoming Rebellion’s go to man for close ups of old Stoney face. Beautifully painted, highly detailed and expressive (as much as Joe can be). Swank.
Inside, Gordon Rennie produces his swansong Dredd with El Maldito drawn by god of comic art Carlos Ezquerra. Old Stoney heads to the Cursed Earth to investigate killings at a food processing plant in the Cursed Earth.
Like “Cursed Earth Koburn”, Rennie & Ezquera’s homage to Major Eazy, this is another reimagining of Carlos’ old creations –“El Mestizo”. Nothing original in this really, the cold hearted “suits”, the lower ranking employees with a conscience, the oppressed proles, the shadowy ruthless stranger out to save them and the grumpy lawman. Good fun anyway. Rennie has a good handle on Dredd and Carlos can do no wrong. But is it just me, or does Dredd look particularly, cranky and old on page 7?
Ace cover artist Alex Ronald is subject of this month’s “Interrogation”, with a nice plug for the very silly (but recommended) “Vampire Vixens of The Wehrmacht”, lots of GGA. It’s amazing he’s been around so long. I remember him drawing Dredds in the prog’ in the 90’s, where has the time gone? (when I was a lad, all this were fields etc etc)
Paul Grist’s “Demon Nic” debuts in the creator owned spot. Nic is a demon with a soul, unwelcomed by his own kind and humans. I was really looking forward to this, “Kane” is one of my favourite comics, Grist is one of the UK’s most underrated creators, his pacing and page layouts are superb. He reminds me a bit of Eisner, this is proper comics. His art isn’t the most detailed, but his storytelling is fantastic. This hasn’t been the most gripping of starts, but Grist is always witty in both art and script.
Alec Worley provides this month’s text story, starring Anderson. Cass’ takes on a manic ghostly librarian, intent on preserving books hundreds of years old, in what sounds like the spirit world’s Kindle. Sharing them with the population, whether they like it or not.
From an MC1 Psi Judge to her Brit Cit counterpart – “Storm Warning” begins, written by Leah Moore, John Reppion and drawn by newbie Tom Foster. Lillian Storm is a Psi with the ability to talk to the dead and a temperament that doesn’t make her many friends. Her superiors send her off to collect an object, two other Judges have already gone missing retreiving it. Nice cameo from Becky Darke (Isn’t it time for “Strange & Darke” to come back?). Foster’s art is nice and clean, with a touch of Cliff Robinson in his faces and the story has more promise than the recent “Black Shuck” from the same writing team. A tad reminiscent of Steve Pugh (and Warren Ellis’) “Hotwire”, perhaps? Still, a good start.
“Lawless” returns, with Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade at the controls. An accountant comes to run an audit on the Munce Inc plant on Badrock, followed by a bounty hunter in hot pursuit. But all is not what it seems. I take or leave Abnett, but I like his Dredd universe work. Phil Winslade’s art is impossibly detailed. Beautiful work.
Rounded off with Book 2 of Finn as the freebie floppy and leaves you begging the question why everything other than Finn is being revived in the Prog’.
Good value for money, the Meg’ is on the up again,