Progs 500 to 501 – The Witness

Story: The Witness
Appears: 2000AD Progs 500-501
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Brendan McCarthy
Dated: 13 December 1986 to 20 December 1986

Despite having more than 500 issues there is still little continuity in the art with weird judge uniforms being introduced willy-nilly. But this is an excellent story with an unusual twist. The art is also really bold with infrequent penciller Brendan McCarthy doing crazy good stuff with close-ups and unconventional layouts.

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Progs 496 to 498 – Tomb of the Judges

Story: Tomb of the Judges
Appears: 2000AD Progs 496-498
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ian Gibson
Dated: 15 November 1986 to 29 November 1986

It’s an odd mish-mash of narrative techniques and a recurring joke that does its best to act as a fourth wall break. There is inspiration from Edgar Alan Poe and Egyptian myth and a cameo from Anderson who could easily be replaced by any Psi judge. You know when the artist draws musical notes in the air any realism goes out of the window.

 The real story should begin in the last panel when a male judge is given a female body as a transplant. That would be well worth reading.

Progs 494 to 495 – Phantom of the Shoppera

Story: Phantom of the Shoppera
Appears: 2000AD Progs 494-495
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: John Higgins
Dated: 1 November 1986 to 8 November 1986

A real classic, this two issue story has some mystery, some action, and some absurdity – all perfect for Mega-city one. We have seen crazy robot stories many times but this is far more engaging and emotional. The fact we see a male victim being kidnapped instead of the usual female one is a spark of brilliance and creativity rarely seen 1980’s comics.