Prog 499 – Hell’s Packers

Story: Hell’s Packers
Appears: 2000AD Prog 499
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 6 December 1986

It’s an excuse to have lots of airborne art and introduce yet another unit to the Justice Department – the Flying Squad. And to come up with as many variations of “AAH!” As possible.

Prog 448 – A Day at the Block Wars

Story: A Day at the Block Wars
Appears: 2000AD Prog 448
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 14 December 1985

This has plenty to like. The huge spectacle of Block War, Judge Cadets from the Academy of Law, Dredd being surly, humorous Block names and of course biting social commentary. Plus a tiny peak into Dredd’s training and the evolution of the Judges.

Prog 445 – The Lemming Syndrome

Story: The Lemming Syndrome
Appears: 2000AD Prog 445
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 23 November 1985

Citizens leaping to their death for no reason.
The fact that the future has become so dystopian a primal urge will subconsciously trigger mass suicides is a psychologically terrifying idea. Unfortunately it does quote bad science in that lemmings (the rodents) don’t do this. But the fact this syndrome now exists in the mega-city and could make a reappearance adds to the horror.

Prog 442 – Mega-Man

Story: Mega-Man
Appears: 2000AD Prog 442
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 2 November 1985

Sometimes a story arrives that is just meh! At a single issue there isn’t time to develop the nuances that the story of a caped crusader could explore. He is a hero to the citizens and a vigilante to the Justice Department. So you know it won’t end well.

Prog 436 – Get Smart

Story: Get Smart
Appears: 2000AD Prog 436
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 21 September 1985

Hurray for Otto Sump. Although this single issue gag really doesn’t need him or use him to his full potential. Sump certainly appears to have gotten much more knowledgeable about the law even if he hasn’t gotten brighter.

Progs 430 to 433 – Nosferatu: Write His Name in Blood!

Story: Nosferatu: Write His Name in Blood!
Appears: 2000AD Progs 430-433
Issues: 4
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 10 August 1985 to 31 August 1985

This could easily be written off as a space vampire type cliché. But it works hard to invoke the B-Movie, True Crime or even Pulp Fiction genres. The narration is so matter-of-fact it really grounds this alien killer story. And despite being called “the Evil One” it is just a sentient being (whose race has been hunted to extinction) pursuing its desire to survive.