The Monthly Megazine Issue #420: Another Dredd Led Stunner

by Richard Bruton

The Monthly Megazine – doing just what it says, taking you through the latest goings-on in the sister monthly to 2000 AD.

Cover by PJ Holden

The latest Megazine hits shops and digital on 20 May. Do try and use the shops folks, we’re looking at the biggest threat to comic shops we’ve ever seen right now. We’ll get through it, we just have to keep it together and not go stir crazy. So, to help with that… have a preview…
Issue 420 sees the finales to Dredd: Bad Sector, Devlin Waugh, and Zombie Army: Last Rites. Blunt III gets psychedelic (even more than usual) and Lawless delivers even more brilliance. Another month, another top-notch Meg…
Now, let’s take a little look-see inside…

JUDGE DREDD: BAD SECTOR – PART 3 – FINAL PARTArthur Wyatt, PJ Holden, colours by John Charles, letters by Annie Parkhouse.
Judge Caliban is in way, way too deep in his bad sector and, with the combination of riots, fungal infections, and Dredd breathing down his neck, things couldn’t possibly get worse – could they? C’mon, of course they could. Although thanks to Wyatt’s neat little twist in this one’s tail, it’s not quite the way you thought it would.
As for Holden’s artwork, he’s doubling up right now with this and the latest (brilliant) Noam Chimpsky tale over in 2000 AD. And make no mistake, that’s a damn good thing – love Holden’s art.

DEVLIN WAUGH: A VERY LARGE SPLASH – PART 6 – FINAL PARTAles Kot, Mike Dowling, letters by Annie Parkhouse.
The finale of what’s been a fabulous tale of possession, depravity, and spectacular turns from both Kot and Dowling.
But here, in the first few silent pages of the finale, Dowling just outdoes himself, crafting a real sense of the spectacular, with a full page reveal that’s just… well, see for yourself when you get to enjoy the finish to this tale.

BLUNT III – PART 6TC Eglington, Boo Cook, letters by Simon Bowland
You ever seen a mech have a psychedelic epihany? Well, scroll down a little to the first couple of preview pages of Blunt and you’re going to.
Boo Cook manages to take it up another notch which, seeing as he was doing incredible work already, is something very special indeed.
Everything pulls together, everything with the unique ecosystem of Getri-1, the survivors, the mutated Zhind creature, it’s all there, all the pieces, and watching them coalesce is just a perfect start to the ending to this one.

ZOMBIE ARMY: LAST RITES – PART 5 – FINAL PARTChris Roberson, Andrea Mutti, colours by Matt Soffe, letters by Simon Bowland.
The zombie drama concludes here, and it’s been a decent thing, very much breaking out of the video game origins of the title but still managing to retain enough to give it a sense of something fast and fun, albeit lightweight. Here, as you’d expect from a video game adaptation, it’s all about going for the level boss.
What has been a big highlight is Mutti’s artwork, more of which you can see in 2000 AD Prog 2181 on a Future Shock in beautiful b&w. But here, with Matt Soffe’s colours, it’s gloriously open, big panels, great action snapshots. It would be great to see more of Mutti on something way more substantial pretty soon.

LAWLESS: BOOM TOWN – PART 6Dan Abnett, Phil Winslade, letters by Jim Campbell.
Now, although Lawless is ALWAYS the best thing in the Meg, here it has to take joint top billing with both the Waugh finale and that revelatory episode of Blunt.
But, Lawless just continues to impress, with Abnett continually spinning more and more to the legend of Badrock and Winslade delivering over and over again, stunning here with the detailing going on across every page.
As Rondo continues to disintegrate, Lawson faces off with a deranged Texanna Pincher with just her lawgiver to protect her. Except… remember the problem with Lawson’s lawgiver? Yeah, that. Like I say, Abnett does keep adding to the wonder of Lawless doesn’t he?

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