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Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« on: 13 February, 2021, 10:20:01 PM »
A glorious Higgins cover adorns this month's as Dreadnoughts closes out the current story arc.  I have to be honest, there are times when Mr Carroll's work leaves me feeling a little flat when it comes to conclusions but this series has really engaged.  Of course having such a master on art duties doesn't hurt.  I may well be tempted to have a look at some of his early years novelisations as this seems to be a real strength of his. 

As the editorial notes, the series has garnered accolades from across the pond so something seems to be going right.  The same editorial notes that Wagner and Higgins will be delivering a Dredd 6-parter in the summer!   :thumbsup:

In all honesty the meg is doing more for me than the prog right now.  We've been here before where some of the stronger material is showing up in the monthly.  The Niemand / Coleby (who's been a busy boy this month?) Dredd one-and-done is an interesting 'whatever happened to ...' tale.  I'll leave it to readers to discover the connection to early Dredd lore.

Returners is the one strip I'm not getting on with although the last few episodes have shifted that a little.  Assirelli's artwork is stunning but I'm just not gelling with it overall.  Possibly since it is sandwiched between Deliverance and Dreadnoughts, a hell of a pair to fight for attention with.

... and of course in addition to the past of Dredd-world, Niemand gives us a fascinating alternate take on this world in Megatropolis, just one more challenge faced by Returners.  Taylor's art is superb right now and the latest twists of the tale raise some fascinating questions around where this is heading.

This is what really gets me though.  I mean, the Megazine was supposed to explore all the different dimensions of Dredd's world and for a long time it never really seemed to get that right.  What we have right now is the present, past and alternative dimensions of that world.  In addition we have distant realms of that world both physically and spiritually.

The quality of artwork would put the major American players to shame.  The quality of writing is similarly impressive.  Even at its weakest it fires on all cylinders.  How many other titles can say that?

All round I have to say, I can forgive (almost) the absence of the prog.  This month's meg is such a distraction.

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #1 on: 14 February, 2021, 03:35:47 AM »
Cover by John Higgins:


Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #2 on: 14 February, 2021, 03:36:11 AM »
Cover and Logo:


Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #3 on: 15 February, 2021, 11:30:26 AM »
Absolutely agree with Tjm86

The Meg is indeed firing on all cylinders.

Was thrilled to see more Simon Colby Dredd. A similar tone to the recent prog story he drew, but a much more satisfying story.

Megatropolis, Dreadnoughts and Deliverance all continue to be brilliant with their alternative/past/cosmic horror takes on the Dredd's universe, and despite not really understanding the premise of Returners, I do love the artwork and like the magical/horror side of the world it explores. Unfortunately, its not as obviously "Dreddverse" (or even alt-Dreddverse) as the other strips, and I think that makes it feel a little out of place with the rest of the Meg's offerings.

Good floppy this month too. Nice to have Traumatown as an all-in-one, and I've never read The Gyre so that was a welcome bonus.


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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #4 on: 15 February, 2021, 11:38:54 AM »
It’s a strong line-up, but, man, that Niemand Dredd packed a punch. A really deeply sad tale that left me thinking “well… shit”. Quite the contrast to his strip in 2000 AD this week, which was smart satire but with a lightness of touch that made it at least slightly hopeful.

Elsewhere, Dreadnoughts continues to excel and is far too close to home, even now the orange buffoon is gone from the White House. You can see the way things are heading. And the manner in which the UK is shifting its laws far more quietly means this kind of warning is now increasingly important.

Things don’t hit the same highs for me in the other strips. I need to re-read Returners, and the Death tale feels quite by-the-numbers but looks nice, as they so often do these days. Megatropolis is intriguing, though, and a nice shift from the usual content in the mag.
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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #5 on: 15 February, 2021, 12:36:31 PM »
Not got my comp copies yet - Does the floppy reprint all of Trauma Town and The Gyre as well? Thought it was just Trauma Town? Anything else in it also? Cheers... :)

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #6 on: 15 February, 2021, 01:35:10 PM »
Nick: the floppy has Traumatown (2000 AD #1883–1887) and The Gyre (Meg #368–370), along with the cover from Meg #368, all with art by one Mr. N. Percival.

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #7 on: 15 February, 2021, 02:19:53 PM »
Nick: the floppy has Traumatown (2000 AD #1883–1887) and The Gyre (Meg #368–370), along with the cover from Meg #368, all with art by one Mr. N. Percival.
Thanks -  little bonus comic from Mike & me then...

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #8 on: 15 February, 2021, 02:24:02 PM »
Nick: the floppy has Traumatown (2000 AD #1883–1887) and The Gyre (Meg #368–370), along with the cover from Meg #368, all with art by one Mr. N. Percival.
Thanks -  little bonus comic from Mike & me then...

Great art in the Meg Nick, hopefully you can give us more Dredd in the prog
Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #9 on: 15 February, 2021, 02:30:18 PM »
Nick: the floppy has Traumatown (2000 AD #1883–1887) and The Gyre (Meg #368–370), along with the cover from Meg #368, all with art by one Mr. N. Percival.
Thanks -  little bonus comic from Mike & me then...

Great art in the Meg Nick, hopefully you can give us more Dredd in the prog
Cheers - I am looking to see what's next...

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #10 on: 15 February, 2021, 03:02:53 PM »
Really enjoyed The Gyre. Now I want a series of Barney's backpacking adventures around the world. I feel it would serve as a great Dredd-world "Lonely Planet" whilst also allowing for comedy highjinx! 

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #11 on: 17 February, 2021, 09:29:22 AM »
Another good meg, this run has proven to be a solid entertaining run. Special mention must go to John Higgins great cover, impressive stuff.


Dredd – Yet again we have a good script by Niemand and great pictures provided by Simon Coleby. This is one of those stories about another citizen that feels that she has a connection to Dredd and tells her sad tale over to course of time.

Megatropolis – The story has now taken an interesting change of direction.  Now I have even more question related to the vigilante. Great script and Taylor’s art are prime to support the story.

Dreadnoughts – This is great new addition to the Dredd-verse. The world before Dredd is a fascinating new take on how the world of Dredd was formed. Carroll script is excellent, and the artwork of Higgins is top-notch. Glad to see that this will return.

The Returners – This story for me is purely carried with the art of Assirelli. I feel sometimes a little lost in the plot and direction of the story.

Deliverance – Nick Percival art is grotesque distributing awesomeness. The arty works exellenty with the whole storyline. That last panel advertise to return of the Dark Judges. Good stuff. For all the Percival fans we have an excellent Dredd floppie featuring his work.

Great news on a new Dredd tale by Wagner and 6 episodes to boot.
Old age is the Lord’s way of telling us to step aside for something new. Death’s in case we didn’t take the hint.

The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #12 on: 17 February, 2021, 09:44:22 AM »
I was wondering whether Megatropolis was some kind of alt-reality thing where actual Dredd was the vigilante. I’ve no idea what the reveal is going to be now. (Still presumably Joe Dredd in some form, I imagine, but what?)

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #13 on: 17 February, 2021, 10:49:18 AM »
I was wondering whether Megatropolis was some kind of alt-reality thing where actual Dredd was the vigilante. I’ve no idea what the reveal is going to be now. (Still presumably Joe Dredd in some form, I imagine, but what?)

It was too obviously going to be (Joe) Dredd from the get-go.
Has to be a further twist.
I dunno, Kraken?

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Re: Meg 429: Supreme Justice.
« Reply #14 on: 17 February, 2021, 12:33:02 PM »
Isn't the Vigilante just a robot? (Much like Dredd himself is sometimes portrayed)
Loving it either way!