Progs 583 to 584 – Bloodline

Story: Bloodline
Appears: 2000AD Progs 583-584
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Will Simpson
Dated: 11 June 1988 to 09 July 1988

This is a cryptic and narratively ambitious story that is the keystone for some dramatic future events. Through the last few stories we have seen Dredd getting older and questioning his judgement once again. Now we see that the Justice Department has a frightening contingency.

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Progs 578 to 582 – Full Mental Jacket

Story: Full Mental Jacket
Appears: 2000AD Progs 578-582
Issues: 5
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ian Gibson & Steve Parkhouse
Dated: 11 June 1988 to 09 July 1988

This is a powerful tale about youths lost in gang culture. It seems more like a cautionary tale for our own society than one more at home in the mega-city.

Prog 577 – The Sage

Story: The Sage
Appears: 2000AD Prog 577
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Glenn Fabry
Dated: 04 June 1988

Is it another disposable story tainted by orientalism? Not nearly as bad as the Stan Lee or Warlord episodes thankfully. And there is a humorous message at the end. Maybe some enlightenment is being reached.

Progs 575 to 576 – Skeet and the Wrecking Crew

Story: Skeet and the Wrecking Crew
Appears: 2000AD Progs 575-576
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Liam Sharp
Dated: 21 May 1988 to 28 May 1988

Another returning storyline (the Wreckers) is moulded into a brief tale of one man and his truck.

From this point on we see Grant and Wagner starting to be credited on separate stories rather than writing as a duo.