Progs 531 to 533 – Revolution

Story: Revolution
Appears: 2000AD Progs 531-533
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: John Higgins
Dated: 18 July 1987 to 1 August 1987

This is possibly the most grown-up Dredd story ever. Maybe too grown up for a children’s comic.

Here is the Justice Department at its most underhand and controversial. It really makes you wonder if they have crossed the line completely and they are only selfishly serving their own agenda. Which is one of the duties of art, to make you think and question. There is no doubt that the techniques that the Judges employ will have been used by real world powers. Its scary stuff indeed and superbly demonstrates just how much narrative range the writers have within the setting.

Progs 529 to 530 – Fairly Hyperman

Story: Fairly Hyperman
Appears: 2000AD Progs 529-530
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Mike Collins & Mark Farmer
Dated: 4 July 1987 to 11 July 1987

What would happen if Superman came to Mega City One? 2000AD would get sued. So they come up with quite a cute and clever allegory involving some wordplay. Because the whole thing isn’t meant to be taken seriously (thank goodness) it is easy to swallow this humorous diversion.

Unfamiliar artists Collins and Farmer deliver a technique very different from the house style. This transformation from the usual heavy blacks is striking and may have been for time reasons.

Prog 528 – Reasons To Be Fearful

Story: Reasons To Be Fearful
Appears: 2000AD Prog 528
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Robin Smith
Dated: 27 June 1987

Once again we see the Black Ops of the Justice Department going to any lengths. Not to protect law and order but to protect itself. This is definitely a cautionary tale of government powers and real examples of the Judges becoming thought police. Scary stuff.

Prog 527 – Simp

Story: Simp
Appears: 2000AD Prog 527
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cliff Robinson
Dated: 20 June 1987

Another outlandish craze for the Mega-city. Maybe there is moral message here too but we are probably too distracted by the canoe.

Interestingly it advertises a follow-up story that would not appear for more than six months.