Prog 18 – Brainblooms

Prog 18Story: Brainblooms
Appears: 2000AD Prog 18
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Mike McMahon
Dated: 25 June 1977

Plot: Dredd goes after an old lady cultivating illegal plants.

Verdict: It’s alright. A 100 year old lady is cultivating illegal plants. A story which has appeared in our own 21st century press. Clearly 2000AD carries the weight of prophesy.

We see either nepotism or compassion from Dredd as he lets his housekeeper Maria off with a warning for possession of a banned plant. Although Maria is now described as his landlady. He also lets the centenarian criminal listen to one last song after she agrees to come quietly. What a big softie! A song that sees him hypnotised and almost results in his suicide.

We also see the first appearance of Riot Foam. And from the eagles on the riot squad’s helmets they look like Judges.

The art is solid stuff with weird panels and layout typical of what McMahon usually delivers. His angles and composition are also really good. This is another story that ends with an intrusive joke for the reader presumably from Tharg. “2000 A. D. now available printed on heat resistant metal for readers inside stars.” Curious stuff.

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