The Monthly Megazine Issue #437: Got No Flowers For Your Gun

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, 30+ years and still going strong!

Oh, now that’s a very different, very beautiful looking cover from Colin MacNeil

The latest Megazine hits shops and digital on Wednesday 20th October, with a one-off new Dredd taking on flower power in ‘A Dream of a Thousand Flowers’, plus a one-off Tales From The Black Museum, along with the penultimate instalments to The Returners, Angelic, and the quite brilliant Devlin Waugh.

Right then. Off we go…

JUDGE DREDD: A DREAM OF A THOUSAND FLOWERS – Ken Niemand, Colin MacNeil, colours by Chris Blythe, letters by Annie Parkhouse

If you live in Mega-City One, bleak, grim, depressing as all hell MC-1, wouldn’t you cling to any desperate hope of getting somewhere better?

Well, that’s what’s happening here. Cits discovering something better on the other side of a painting on a wall – the ‘Dream of a Thousand Flowers’. A painting of flowers. And an idea spreading like a virus through the City of a better life.

And Dredd? Well, Dredd doesn’t like it. Well, he wouldn’t, would he?

Ken Niemand does a bit of a Matrix on us, and gives us a bit of a feel-good, dream of a better life sort of tale. Although given this is MC-1, you know it’s all going back to the darkness next month. But for now, smell the flowers and dream of somewhere better.

And of course, it’s got Colin MacNeil doing the art, doing it so gloriously, so beautifully.

THE RETURNERS – AMAZONIA – PART 6 – Si Spencer, Nicolo Assirelli, colours by Eva De La Cruz, letters by Jim Campbell

More widescreen beauty from Assirelli With The Returners, back in South Am, reduced in number, missing various body parts, and straight into trouble with the locals.

Like I say, like I’ve said too often, it’s a beautiful looking piece, but it just lacks something in the lack of detail in the storyline. Which, I know, is probably how it was meant to be, but reading it in monthly chunks is just a little hmmm. It’s one I’m looking forward to seeing how it reads as one collection of the entire run, I have a real feeling I’ll be changing my mind then.

ANGELIC: RESTITUTION – PART 4 – Gordon Rennie, Lee Carter, letters by Annie Parkhouse

It’s a Dreddworld western courtesy of Rennie and Carter, with ‘Angel’ out in the Cursed Earth dealing with ornery bad guys who’ve had away with his buddy, Varmint.

Now though, it’s Angel’s first (and last) day on the job as Deputy of Restitution, working for the Judge of these parts.

And then we get something strange, a flashback to the creation of someone else… perhaps someone Mean?

Yep, this one keeps motoring along, Lee Carter’s artwork a real highlight.

TALES FROM THE BLACK MUSEUM: THE ELECTROCIST – David Barnett, Stewart K. Moore, letters by Simon Bowland

Oh, a real treat now – right from the very first panel, seeing SK Moore’s art on this one is a bit tasty. You’d have seen his work first on Defoe: Divisor, followed by some of the best covers in recent years on 2000 AD, including the upcoming 2000 AD Encyclopedia, not to mention his forthcoming Clover Press book MK Ultra Part 1 – which is absolutely stunning.

Here, it’s back to perfect black and white and a tale of a haunted robot. And what do you need for a haunted robot? Well, the Electrocist!

Great little one-off, longer page count than a Future Shock and a load of fun.

DEVLIN WAUGH: THE RECKONING – PART 6 – Ales Kot, Mike Dowling, letters by Simon Bowland

It’s Hell Match time! Devlin, Titty, and that impossibly good-looking football (soccer to some) team versus a hand-picked team of demons in a football match to the death. Not that Titty’s much help to be honest, you know, being a 2 foot pink dildo and all.

And apart from Devlin being improbably not that great at the sport and having absolutely no idea of the rules, having a team of professionals along for the ride (almost as though Devlin planned it that way,) means that things start off pretty well.

And then the “All necessary violence” rule kicked in.

Blimey indeed!

Immense fun, wonderful dialogue, giggles and gore, with Ales Kot doing the over-the-top storyline so damn well…

Fifty-second minute and the team of hell takes a lead AND explodes the only goalie the team brought in.

And Mike Dowling continues to absolutely knock it out of the park with every single panel, but especially the incredible details on Devline. It’s gorgeous, it’s silly, it’s camp, and it’s so, so good.

%d bloggers like this: