Meg Review 204 // 2000 AD Judge Dredd Megazine 204
Cover - Shadow of the Gun (John Higgins)
A dominantly baby blue cover, with what appears to a very young juve holding a gun. The Juve looks noticeably scared as a shadow of a Judge looms over him. Just behind him in what I would describe Serial Killer handwriting is the term"Be Very Afraid!" followed by "Justice Casts its Shadow over Mega-City One". Looks like we could be in a rough story here.
Story: Judge Dredd // Monkey on My Back (Part 1)- Set January 2099 during the reign of Chief Judge Goodman just prior to Cal taking control. CJ Goodman decides to relax the laws on mutant control and allows the citizens to police themselves more. Of course Dredd is not a fan, but what could be causing this change of heart in Goodman.
Story: Juliet November // Phoenix Falling (Part 3)- Juliet's date has gone hill big time. With her date bleeding on the floor and stuck in a hostage situation. To make matters worst the hostage takers discovers she works for the Justice Department. Soon the situation is completely out of control and Juliet embraces her PSI powers.
Opinion: Sad ending to great a tale. You can't help but get the feels for Juliet. All she wanted was a normal life, instead she is now contained for life with just a memory of a man who loved her.
Story: Slaine // Time Killer (Part 8 to 10)- The weird time wars continue with Slaine in the middle. Though ultimately victorious against the evil, Slaine is seriously injured and teleported elsewhere to recover.
Opinion: Really struggling with this tale. There are lasers (leyser), cthulhu style monsters, hints of nazi's and that the Celts come from Atlantis. This is all too far out there for me, I want high fantasy not sci-fi barbarians. Feel like I'm missing the point of this comic.
Opinion: Still one of the stronger tales in the meg. Wagner has written a truly heroic epic that should be a movie. Does seem like the tale is coming to end though, as British high command seem to be coming for Darkie.
Story: Tharg's Future Shocks- The setup for this tale makes you think it's going to be an epic tale of isolation and a descent into madness. Instead it's just a descent into madness as we discover it's just a flight simulator and our poor trainee failed after just 10 seconds!
Opinion: A quick and easy 2 page tale, great artwork, great beginning, a quick and brutal ending the perfect Future Shock.
Opinion: Nice little one page tale, but when will we get a true tale from them, I want a full story!
Story: Black Siddha - Bad Karma (Part 3)- The Karma trial is finally coming to an end. The sentence is past Rohan must become the Black Siddha and pay off his debt. But will Rohan agree?
Opinion: Beautiful artwork is truly saving this strip, but hopefully the tale will pick up pace now that the trial is over.
Story: Family (Part 4)- The Funeral for Christopher Odysseus is underway and the tension between rival families is building to boiling point. Who is this Silver character and why is he offing family members in hopes of starting a war?
Opinion: This tale is still going strong, I want more details on this Silver character he was obviously a family member but what happened!? I also love that the first page and a half had no talking very fitting for a funeral scene.
Opinion: Really enjoying this one, great artwork, a story with pace and Devlin Waugh. Pure win. Just waiting for more action to begin.
Overall a solid meg the only real let down was Slaine (which I just can't seem to get on with). Sad to see the end of Juliet November and hopefully she will be back. Whilst Family, Black Siddha both seem to be gaining momentum and should become actioned packed. The standout winners of this meg for me has to be Devlin Waugh, Dredd and Darkie's mob. All have great plots, action and artwork. So far this has been the best issue so far. I'm keen to see what replaces Juliet in the next one.
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