Prog 9 – Robots

Prog 09Story: Robots
Appears: 2000AD Prog 9
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ron Turner
Dated: 23 April 1977

Plot: Dredd muses on the humanity of robots while capturing an extortionist who released a deadly gas.

Verdict: This is Dredd co-creator John Wagner’s first story. Whilst there is a rich philosophical idea about the sentience and consciousness of robots it has some vast plot holes. A criminal in a bulletproof bubble somehow drops a large blanket. Maguffin ahoy.

It is interesting that someone in a wheelchair is called a cripple in 2099 just as they would have been in the 1970’s. A word that is all but banned today.

This is Ron Turner’s first outing and although his panels are the most structured we have seen to date he has great composition and really good angles. He also works very well with black and white.

Shockingly the story ends before the space does leaving a blank quarter page. Maybe there was a compulsory advert here or maybe Wagner was still new to scripting.

We see the helmet respirator for the first time.

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