Judge Dredd Megazine 362
Review by Seth
Alex Ronald provides a stunning “Storm Warning” cover. Between Greg Staples and Ronald, 2000ad and Meg’ readers are spoilt for fantastic covers. This month’s is definitely a contender for cover of the year, awesome.
Gordon Rennie and Carlos Ezquerra’s Dredd strip”El Maldito” continues. Tensions rise in the Munce Inc settlement, Dredd gets his hands dirty and we get a step closer to revealing the identity of the public spirited spirit of vengeance.. Not bad, but not great either. Rennie’s swansong on Dredd (didn’t he say this before?) is not that memorable, but entertaining enough. Carlos doesn’t disappoint, but then when does he?
Veteran and long absent 2000ad artist Jeff Anderson’s “Interrogation” is revealing. An unsung but important artist from the 80s and 90s, who illustrated some significant Dredds (Better The Devil You Know”, “Tale of the Dead Man”). Clean, slick art and an interesting career path (which doesn’t sound particualrly rock ‘n roll does it? But you know what I mean).
“Demon Nic” picks up the pace. Framed for the murder of a priest our titular hero is captured and tortured by the Church. But not before he gains unexpected ally. Grist’s art is highly stylised, but he is master of pacing and page composition, it has rhythm, you can almost feel the beat. Grist is seriously underrated, this doesn’t match “Kane” yet , but give it time.
A three page retrospective on the soon to be rereleased (and 24 year old!) “White Trash” is up next. One of Gordon Rennie’s earliest works, drawn by the late, great Martin Edmond and much of the article is devoted to his short career. The strip would have fitted in rather nicely in the Megazine’s creator owned slot. Violent, satirical and anything but subtle. The article makes me wistful for those heady, and oh so brief days of the British “adult” comic boom. A boom generated by hype from the media, rather than demand from the readership.But that’s a rant for another time.
Cover star Lillian Storm begins her mission in “Storm Warning : The Relic”. Arriving on site Storm’s talents become clearer as she investigates the disappearance of the two Brit Cit judges and how it ties into the mysterious package. Leah Moore and John Reppion are playing up Brit Cit’s idiosyncracies nicely, building on the foundations laid in “Strange & Darke” and “Armitage”. This time around Tom Foster’s art echoes John Ridgway, particularly in his use of shadows and figure work, definitely one to watch.
If it’s detailed art you want, Phil Winslade delivers in “Lawless : Between Badrock & A Hard Place”. Beauitful stuff, all the better for the lack of colour. Abnett’s plot twists and turns, Lawless shows that she is a bad ass and things don’t look good for Pettifer.
The freebie this month is the “Vort”, backed up by “Lobster Random” both written by Simon Spurrier and beautifully drawn by D’Israeli and Carl Critchlow, nice package.
Oh yeah, and it has the last episode of Mike Fleisher’s “Harlem Heroes”.
This has two saving graces :
1. It is the last episode
2. Kev Hopgood is a great artist.
Tharg – no matter how desperate you are for material, we don’t need to be subjected to anymore, and don’t even think of reprinting Fleischer’s “Junker”.
Top package, great value for money.