Rob Lake reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #422…
With things building towards the 30th anniversary of the Megazine with issue 424 in September, this month’s Meg mainly consists of done in one tales. Having said that we do get the finale to Blunt III and the penultimate episode of Lawless, as well as a Dredd tale, a Tales from the Black Museum and a catch up with Devlin Waugh.
Judge Dredd: Extraction
This is a nice one-shot story which sees Dredd head out into the Rad-Wastes. The Tek Judges are mining the wastes for Dimontinium, but with trouble from the locals Dredd is called in to investigate.
Extraction is a great tale with a clear beginning, middle and end. There is plenty of action to be had as well with some great shots of the Lawmaster in action. Ben Wilshire paints a bleak desolate look of the Rad-Wastes with a great use of orange for the day scenes and a cool blue tone for the night time shift.
Tales from the Black Museum – The Cackle
Henry Dubble takes us through another tale of the weird and wonderful that can only happen in Mega-City One. This time its in the form of The Cackle.
An unfortunate citizen suffers from a bizarre affliction of compulsive laughter at inappropriate moments. A chance encounter whilst at his job at Resyk, offers him a chance to get rid of the “curse”. Que the craziness.
Alec Worley give us a great slice of Mega-City One horror with The Cackle, and Leigh Gallagher’s black & white art shines on this dark tale.
Devlin Waugh: The Wolves of ST Vitus
Devlin Waugh is back…well sort of. After our last encounter with Devlin and his pet dildo, we catch up the unlikely paring during a trip through Prague.
During a trip to the Cathedral of Saint Vitus the pair discuss everything from priests to teenage girls to boiling of said priests. It’s never an average day out for Devlin as the duo soon encounter bickering teens, a sacrificial killing and a pissed off werewolf.
Patrick Goddard and Pippa Bowland do wonders with drawing and painting the architecture of the Saint Vitus Cathedral. A notable mention also goes to Devlin as – ever the fashionista – he’s sporting a very fashionable striped two-piece (with optional dildo pouch).
Blunt III – Part 8
Oh boy, this one’s been a wild ride. Whilst the survivors have escaped Getri-1, they still have the Zhind and the monstrosity in the ship’s hold to contend with.
This one is full of goodbyes as TC Eglington and Boo Cook wrap things up for Blunt. Its a shame that this is the final goodbye as there is room for more tales but alas this is how Eglington and Cook want it so who am I to argue?
Blunt III has been a wonderful tale of evolution, the Gaia theory and biotechnology all wrapped up in a story of planetary survival. Whilst Blunt maybe ending there is a small hint that we could see its legacy continue in some shape or form.
Lawless: Boom Town – Part 8
We see a slightly different side of Badrock in this one as Ginny Waylons and Archibald Ames give us a child’s view of the town. Archie wants to run away as he sees what Badrock is becoming as the town grows.
Marshall Lawson seems to be part of this problem as Archie narrates his fears for Badrock. SJS McClure also gets an ‘eyes only’ document which she isn’t willing to share with Laweson even if she is the settlement’s Marshall. Whilst Ginny dismisses Archies fears that life in Badrock is only going to get much worse, it’s clear that the young child is right and the bad times are in fact already here.
Dan Abnett’s writing and Phil Winslade’s art flows across each page as they walk us through the various lives of Badrock. The concept of young Archie narrating the entire strip is wonderful and shows how perceptive children can be to their surroundings.