Prog 601 – Eldster Vigilante Mud-Wrestling Ninjas

Story: Eldster Vigilante Mud-Wrestling Ninjas
Appears: 2000AD Prog 601
Issues: 1
Writers: Alan Grant
Art: Vanyo
Dated: 19 November 1988

Is it a statement about contemporary crimes against the elderly?
Or just an excuse to make simplistic jokes about the hard of hearing?
You do wonder what could have been done with a few more issues though.


Prog 600 – The Power of the Gods

Story: The Power of the Gods
Appears: 2000AD Prog 600
Issues: 1
Writers: Alan Grant
Art: Glenn Fabry
Dated: 29 October 1988

It’s not a new idea but testament to the setting that Dredd is flexible enough to handle a story that is solely humorous. It is in the vein of Genie (Prog 514) or Navel Manoeuvres (Prog 516) and is easy to brush out of the Dredd canon. You can see more than a touch of Douglas Adams in the Alan Grant written story. 

Prog 599 – The Further Adventures of PJ Maybe, Age 14

Story: The Further Adventures of PJ Maybe, Age 14
Appears: 2000AD Prog 599
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Liam Sharp
Dated: 29 October 1988
By this stage we are getting quite attached to young PJ Maybe despite him being a terrible murderous psychopath. As his current victims are reasonably unlikable we don’t mind his terrible actions. He and his family do have a noticeable character arc. Contrast this with someone like Otto Sump who did but is now just a delivery vehicle for joke of the week.

It is great to see Liam Sharp the sole artist on all the stories. As he is a rare name in Dredd art this helps preserve the thrill of each new story.  

Prog 598 – Worms

Story: Worms
Appears: 2000AD Prog 598
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Chris Weston
Dated: 29 October 1988

This could be an interesting filler about a juvenile delinquent narrating his crimes in the first person. Where it not for the fact that we now have the vastly superior PJ Maybe. In fact putting it right up against a PJ Maybe story was a terrible idea.

A visit to a garbage disposal plant where everything is brown isn’t the greatest use of the new full colour strips and there are a couple of blank or mono-colour backgrounds too.

Prog 595 – Strange Customs

Story: Strange Customs
Appears: 2000AD Prog 595
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Will Simpson
Dated: 8 October 1988

It’s not a riveting action spectacular but it does add another piece to the procedural background of Dredd.

It is odd seeing Dredd in colour but the biological nature of the story certainly comes alive with all the pink and red.