Prog 445 – The Lemming Syndrome

Story: The Lemming Syndrome
Appears: 2000AD Prog 445
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 23 November 1985

Citizens leaping to their death for no reason.
The fact that the future has become so dystopian a primal urge will subconsciously trigger mass suicides is a psychologically terrifying idea. Unfortunately it does quote bad science in that lemmings (the rodents) don’t do this. But the fact this syndrome now exists in the mega-city and could make a reappearance adds to the horror.

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Prog 444 – Love Story

Story: Love Story
Appears: 2000AD Prog 444
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ian Gibson
Dated: 16 November 1985

This is a darkly comic piece that explores an entirely new style for the strip – that of romance. You know that love won’t conquer all but it is delightfully charming while it lasts.

 Gibson’s soft art style (best known for Halo Jones) is perfect for the piece. The little touches such as turning the credits box into a heart and the “Love is…” motto at the beginning are well chosen.

Prog 442 – Mega-Man

Story: Mega-Man
Appears: 2000AD Prog 442
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 2 November 1985

Sometimes a story arrives that is just meh! At a single issue there isn’t time to develop the nuances that the story of a caped crusader could explore. He is a hero to the citizens and a vigilante to the Justice Department. So you know it won’t end well.