2000ADHD – A Prog a Day – Prog 2
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We move on to Prog 2 which features ‘Invasion!‘, ‘Flesh‘, ‘M.A.C.H.1‘, ‘Dan Dare‘, ‘Harlem Heroes‘ and, his first ever appearance, ‘Judge Dredd‘, published on 5 March 1977.
‘Invasion!‘ follows on exactly from where we left off in Prog 1 as do the other stories.
‘Dan Dare‘ ups the ante with the discovery of a new alien race while ‘Harlem Heroes‘ takes a leaf out of The Longest Yard‘s book as they bring in a veteran Aeroball player.
I’m probably not going to talk much about ‘M.A.C.H.1‘ as, so far, it’s my least favourite storyline in 2000AD – nothing against the writing and art, it just doesn’t resonate with me – I’ve never been keen on James Bond or Mission Impossible style yarns. Sorry.
‘Flesh‘ maintains the theme of upping the ante in this Prog going all Jurassic Park-y with things inevitably going wrong as soon as man starts meddling with things he has no right to be meddling with. As uber handsome and sexy Dr Malcom once said, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”.
Having seen ‘Judge Dredd‘ in more recent forms, it’s odd seeing the somewhat scrawny version of him but it’s cool seeing how he started out and watching him “grow up”. His story was my highlight from Prog 2. We got a brief glimpse of his world and what he has to deal with and it had me chomping at the bit for more Dredd action.
As with my previous post there’s a lot going on in the overall Prog but it was enjoyable nonetheless so join me on the next one as I delve further in to the world(s) of 2000AD.