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.

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Prog 513 – The Comeback

Story: The Comeback
Appears: 2000AD Prog 513
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Garry Leach
Dated: 14 March 1987

This is a poke at Michael Jackson. But for legal reasons they need to spell it Jaxon. The likeness in the art is unmistakeable however. It’s definitely weird seeing such a direct reference to our own world, especially pop culture. The whole thing seems a bit mean-spirited.

Progs 507 to 510 – The Taxidermist

Story: The Taxidermist
Appears: 2000AD Progs 507-510
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cam Kennedy
Dated: 31 January 1987 to 21 February 1987

A strong story built around a sympathetic character that has a high enough page-count to breathe and develop. There is plenty of attention to detail both in the art and narration and an unusually cheerful ending for the Big Meg.