While anticipation for the 350th landmark issue of Judge Dredd Megazine is building among fans, there’s no shortage of action in the latest issue, 348, on sale now in all good newsagents, speciality stores and digitally.
For me, I’m of course pleased to see the magazine’s regular comic supplement includes not only a reprinting the finale to Janus:Psi by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar, drawn by Paul Johnson, but also features one of the few stories I’ve written for the Dredd-verse, Karyn: Skinner, drawn by Adrian Salmon. Commissioned by David Bishop back in the early 1990s, the strip was originally to have been drawn by Kevin Cullen, but for whatever reason Adrian bravely stepped up to the plate and delivered some powerful visuals as I had some fun with a story that features not only a creepy villain (well, I hope he’s creepy!), able to take on the appearance of its victims, but a Block War between Nelson and Murdock, and an annoying talking chimp.
I’m told there’s more Judge Karyn to come in next issue’s supplement. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Another highlight of the 128-page issue is the first episode of The Man From the Ministry from writer Gordon Rennie and artist Kev Hopgood. In this creator-owned tale the British Government’s revolutionary space programme of the 1950s, which saw manned expeditions heading out into the cosmos, led to all manner of alien beings taking an interest in Earth.
A ministry was set up to defend the UK from invasion, but sixty years later, all that’s left is Albert Morningside and his assistant Stan… It looks like it’s going to be great fun and Kev’s art is perfect for the story.
Also in the Megazine this issue:
Judge Dredd: Rad to the Bone (Part 2)
Writer: T.G. Eglinton Art: Boo Cook
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd – he is the Law!
Tales from the Black Museum : …And Death Must Die! (Part 1)
Writer: David Baillie Art: Jake Lynch
Deep in the heart of the Grand Hall of Justice lies the Black Museum, Justice Department’s permanent exhibition of the relics from bygone crimes. Whether it’s a notorious serial killer’s trophies or the weapons of the Dark Judges, the violent history of the Big Meg is laid bare here. Let guide Henry Dubble show you around…
Judge Anderson: Dead End (Part 6)
Writer: John Wagner Art: Henry Flint
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. Psi-Division is a section within Justice Department that specialises in Judges with accentuated psychic talents – from precognition and telepathy to exorcism. Cassandra Anderson is Psi-Div’s top telepath, responsible for saving the city from many paranormal threats…
Features include an in-depth interview with artist Mark Buckingham by downthetubes irregular Matt Badham and Part Two of a Judge Dredd text story “One Way Ticket” by Jonathan Green.
• Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 348 is on sale now in all good newsagents, comic shops adn as a digital edition. More info: http://2000adonline.com/meg/348