Judge Dredd Mega Collection – Issue 9 – 13th April 2015 – includes preview pages

MC 9 cover

Judge Dredd
Mega Collection
Published by Hachette & Rebellion

Issue 9
Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood
13th May 2015

Available in UK & Ireland only
In Stores £9.99


Continuing the popular Judge Dredd Partwork with another dip in to characters from his world.

Just a reminder that the Issue number doesn’t match the numbers on the spine. They are issued this way to keep the subject matters varied as I believe that once assembled in order the spines not only make a picture but the sunjects of the volumes are in batches close together. For example Issue 2, Mechanismo, was Volume 24 and Issue 6, Mandroid, was Volume 25. That places a book about Robots next to one about a Cyborg.

Devlin Waugh is a debonair Englishman and an agent of the Vatican. As such has Diplomatic jurisdiction throughout the Mega Cities and uses his access to his heart’s desire. And his heart has desires. This amusing yet serious character has a dash of Noel Coward to him – with the body of a body builder.

Devlin Waugh is one of those characters that some readers might not take to, however I thoroughly enjoyed these stories when first published and they’ve aged well.

John Smith scripted a rather eccentric character, as described briefly above. He is camp yet macho, he’s a gay representative of the Vatican. He is different, unique. Given the straight laced stereotypical hard cop of Dredd it makes Devilin Waugh really stand out. You get to see them meet up in this volume, you may be able to guess what Dredd makes of Waugh.

There are quite a number of Devlin Waugh tales. they are not all in this volume, whether the Collection will revist the character or not is anyone’s guess. However one story takes place in Sector 301 and I can’t imagine that the classic Judge Dredd story The Pit won’t make an appearance.

The art styles vary quite a lot in this book yet the title character is easily recognised throughout. I think Sean Phillips’ style really suits the character he co-created with John Smith. Colin MacNeil’s art is if anything the closest in feel to the original.

I think this is a romp of a book. The preview pages follow the contents list, please note that I am writing this preview from a Pdf advance copy not intended for sale so there are some publishing markets on these preview pages that won’t show in the printed book.


Introduction by 2000AD Editor Matt Smith

Swimming in Blood

Writer: John Smith
Artist: Sean Phillips
Letters:  Steve Potter
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 2.01-2.09

Brief Encounter

Writer: John Smith
Artist: Sean Phillips
Letters:  Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 2.26

Red Tide

Writer: John Smith
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Letters:  Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 201-213

Bite Fight

Writer: John Smith
Artist: John Burns
Letters:  Tom Frame
Originally published in Judge Dredd Megazine 224-225


Artwork – covers gallery

Interview with Sean Phillips –  by Michael Molcher

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MC 9 6


11 comments on “Judge Dredd Mega Collection – Issue 9 – 13th April 2015 – includes preview pages

  1. Chris Quinn says:

    What are the “banned” episodes? A history of the character, or actual progs they can’t reproduce?

    • Four episodes of the story featured copyrighted characters.

      First there was a war betterment rival burger chains McDonalds & Burger King. Including Ronald McDonald killing a customer for spoiling ketchup. 2 parts to that story.

      The second story arc had a number of characters, including Jolly Green Giant from sweetcorn adverts. Plus a bad guy who looked exactly like Colonel Sanders.

      You’re need 2000AD Progs 71, 72, 77 & 78 to enjoy these parts of the story. Quote a few fans have fun tracking them down.

    • Oh heck. Yeah sorry that’s am editing mess up…

      My bad

  2. Tom Evans says:

    interesting to see the cover in your article doesn’t match that on the physical edition. no surprise really as it looks a pretty awful photoshop job above.

    • Yeah the preview pdfs are not always the final version. Similarly the preview pages often have things on that don’t appear in print.
      As there are no Pdf versions for sale it just isn’t cost effective to have them fully finished.

    • Oh, and sometimes I get two covers that aren’t the finished version. Next thine that happens I will share both perhaps.

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