2000AD / Judge Dredd

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My roleplaying group are about to embark on a 2000AD inspired campaign.
We're going to be mutie-bikers in the wastes outside mega city 1.
I used to read the comic when I was at school, loved ABC warriors
and rogue trooper,
at one time every character I created was blue.

Also once there was a strip about a sadistic guy
from the vatican, fighting vampires in an underwater prison,
can anyone tell me what it might have been?
just found out it was 'devlin waugh'
in judge dredd magazine :)
thanks anyway
After recently reading a couple of histories on how 2000AD was started and developed, I thought I'd treat myself to a couple of main arc Judge Dredd collections I never read before.

The first was The Pit, which I think was said to have been inspired in part by the The Wire TV series. It was interesting, but I think I was expecting something a little more focused on social commentary and political issues. It was an interesting collection of interconnected subplots, but I was left feeling that it was missing a killer punch.

The second was Origins, which gives a lot of backstory on how the Judges came to power. Unfortunately, that's most of what it is - just backstory, written into a small-time journey into the Cursed Earth to give Dredd a chance to recount the history. It was nice to see how old story threads came together, but the story ended with no sense of anything having changed because of anything new - despite some pretty major revelations. Perhaps their effect comes into later stories. Either way, I saw this was repeatedly recommended as a "must read", but IMO you really have to be a big Dredd fan to get the most from this.

I was going to also get the two Tour of Duty collections, and the three Day of Chaos ones, but I think I'll put those on hold for the moment.
How on earth did I miss this. Started with Starlord and didn't start reading 2000AD until it absorbed Starlord. My brother managed to get all the back copies including the first one with the free gift still attached.
I can't remember the name but I loved the first Anderson story arc when they went to retrieve the boy from the prophecy. I'm sure I have the graphic novel will need to check.
I read 2000AD from around 1988-1991 but not avidly. I really liked it though. The likes of Slaine and sometimes Robo Hunter were excellent. Along with the Judge himself. Very dark at times. I think that era includes the more grown up stories you mention Brian and then perhaps the dip too. I also got more into Games Workshop by around '91 so perhaps moved away from non-gaming related comics.
I see the awards for 2000AD dried up in the last several years? Are there still new weekly print issues?
2000 AD seem to be bringing out a collection of their best work in monthly volumes. I don't know how worthwhile it would be to collect the lot, but I got a hardback of The Horned God in this series for less than £5.
Someone brought a Judge Dredd comic to school and the Judge Death/4 Dark Judges story was really interesting so I bought it myself.
Brian Bolland's art for that was a favorite.
I never bought 2000AD as a comic, but I've read a few of the strips and enjoyed them. The Ballad of Halo Jones is a terrific read, which moves from a domestic drama in the future to a bleak story about the effects of war rather like The Forever War, with a very good heroine. I like the way that the art style matures as Halo gets older. Slaine: The Horned God was a very stylish story about a chieftan, whose art reminded me of Klimt. It transcended the usual barbarian and Celtic cliches with good characters and wit as well as gore. I found the other Slaine stories I read disappointing by comparison.

Sinister Dexter, Missionary Man (not to be confused with the US comic Preacher) and Devlin Waugh were lighter but entertaining. All of them had a mixture of black comedy and crazed violence. Sinister and Dexter were two cyberpunk hitmen in futuristic Europe. Missionary Man was a Wild West preacher bringing justice (ie carnage) to the wastelands outside the mega-cities. Devlin Waugh was the most unusual: he was a very camp (and, IIRC, gay) vampire hunter, who resembled a body-building Noel Coward. All of them were pretty tongue in cheek.

I've read some Dredd, but I get the feeling that it varies a lot in terms of content, style and quality.
I found Action and Battle Picture then collected 2000AD from '77 to early '80s so a real Pat Mills baby. Copying Hook Jaw, Flesh, Bill Savage and the brilliant Tharg's Future Shocks (including some Alan Moore stuff) in felt tip was part of Saturday morning.
Just a bit of whining on my part... I was really disappointed--though I suppose not surprised--at all the push-back I received when I wrote my prequel to the Judge Dredd saga (regarding Fargo's beginnings, finding the whole situation and his character (Origins wise) unrealistic). I get it... that extreme leap of unrealistic conditions I suppose is part of the charm of it. However, re-reading over my rough alpha-version I have posted elsewhere, I'm still extremely proud of the story and most of all, making Fargo and the street judge system plausible.

*sigh* fans... :cautious:

Was it a novel, K2, or a Graphic novel? I'd like to take a look.

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