Progs 440 to 441 – The Magnificent Obsession

Story: The Magnificent Obsession
Appears: 2000AD Progs 440-441
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cam Kennedy
Dated: 19 October 1985 to 26 October 1985

You need some warmth or levity in a bleak setting such as Megacity One. This is often seen in the form of the Fatties who are some of the kindest and most compassionate of the citizens.

The great thing about Dredd is that he doesn’t need to be the star of every story. The setting is so well realised that it stands strong without him, or at least with him as supporting cast. And we see a rare moment of kindness, or at least politeness from old stony-face.

Progs 438 to 439 – The Man Who Knew Too Much

Story: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Appears: 2000AD Progs 438-439
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Dated: 5 October 1985 to 12 October 1985

This is an excellent story that reminds you of the sinister side of the Justice Department. It is framed as a thriller and an excellent one at that. The double issue length really helps the story establish suspense and the break between Progs adds to the tension. It all concludes with a superbly dark ending.

Prog 436 – Get Smart

Story: Get Smart
Appears: 2000AD Prog 436
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 21 September 1985

Hurray for Otto Sump. Although this single issue gag really doesn’t need him or use him to his full potential. Sump certainly appears to have gotten much more knowledgeable about the law even if he hasn’t gotten brighter.