3 comments on “Review : Judge Dredd – Mandroid

  1. Mandroid is one of my favourite Judge Dredd stories, up there with America and The Pit as some of the best stuff Wagner has written. I remember being really affected by the shocking twists in the story, showing the cruel nature of the big Meg, and your heart went out for Nate Slaughterhouse. You almost felt joy when he dispensed his vigilante justice against those that had wronged him. It’s quite a tragic tale, and the last chapter confirms that.

    Kev Walker’s artwork for the first chapter is some of the best stuff I’ve seen. From the long shadows which fall along the hallways and streets, his artwork perfectly encapsulates the feeling of danger and foreboding. It’s very similar to Mike Mignola’s style for Hellboy and I absolutely loved it.

  2. Excellent analysis, Eamonn, especially regarding Dredd’s relationship with technology. I’d posit that this can be understood as a result of the fascist and regressive nature of Justice Department and its monk-like founding father, Eustace Fargo. In a city of flying cars and stupid guns, the stark simplicity of carrying a big bloody stick as your primary weapon is unmistakable.

    The message it delivers is the same one Dredd states in prog 2, in Punks Rule, in America, and countless times throughout the years – that he (and by extension the department) have to provide a clear symbol to those they rule over, and that just one judge (and his stick) are enough to overcome superior technology and overwhelming numbers.

    It’s that necessity to demonstrate in the most public way possible that one judge is worth a thousand of those who oppose them, be they human or robotic, that legitimizes the totalitarian rule and absolute authority of Justice Department. Remember the scene in the first Bloodline story where Dredd gets a stabbing sciatic pain in his lower back as he’s beating a perp, and wonders whether Fargo had the same condition?

    Every time Dredd refuses to take the easy way out, whether that’s employing advanced technology, overwhelming firepower, or superior numbers, it’s his way of trying to understand and live up to the example of self denial and root stubbornness of (essentially) the father and the legend he never really knew. The revelations of Origins, Fargo’s dying injunction, and Dredd’s subsequent refusal to take the easy way out on the mutant question, only make where Wagner’s going next more interesting still.

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