Prog 517 – Night of the Ripper

Story: Night of the Ripper
Appears: 2000AD Prog 517
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Jose Ortiz
Dated: 11 April 1987

Time travel is always a problematic concept and when used in such a disposable way as this it really ruins any credibility the story has. Deus ex Machina is alive and well it seems. With a character as potent as Jack the Ripper it is such a waste to have him as mere monster material, and probably disrespectful to his actual crimes.

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Prog 514 – The Genie

Story: The Genie
Appears: 2000AD Prog 514
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cam Kennedy
Dated: 21 March 1987

Dredd has to put up with a lot of supernatural stuff from actual hauntings to psychic powers. Many of these are incorporated cleverly into the world or at least the story they appear in. This is at best childish and at worst a bad case of orientalism. Best forgotten.