Prog 27 to 28 – Academy of Law

Prog 27Story: The Academy of Law
Appears: 2000AD Prog 27 to 28
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ian Gibson & Mike McMahon
Dated: 27 August 1977 to 3 September 1977

Plot: A rookie Judge passing out gets Dredd for his final assessment.

Verdict: A really good story. We learn a lot about the Judges and the two issues are just enough to cram in a bit of drama, a bit of characterisation and some excitement.

There is a slight crossover between Harlem Heroes, another story that also appeared in 2000AD, as the rookie Judge is the son of one of the Heroes. Another touch is the list of graduating Judges named after 2000AD writers and there is even a memorial to Judge Alvin – the first judge to ever die in a Judge Dredd Story in Prog 2.

In typical Dredd fashion we learn that cadet judges train with live ammunition so they can get shot and expelled on the same day as there is no room for careless Judges.

We have now left the wonderfully innovative and chaotic layout of the early strips in favour of squarer panels. The art is still good and portrays the action very well.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s