Review written by John Burdis
What an opener to this new and original series about Dredd’s clone brother, Rico!
Again Michael Carroll shows his detailed knowledge of the Judge System of Mega-City One, with just a snippet thrown in about all the other Mega-Cities, as he shows us the downfall of Rico Eustace Dredd.
What really made the tale for me was the empathy that we feel for Rico throughout the story. We all know he’s a corrupt Judge but at first he just wanted to help the citizens of the city with a kinder approach and not just jail them, for such minor crimes like littering. Sadly for him, things spiral beyond his control, as one minor infraction leads to another and another, until they become major crimes and he himself comes under investigation from Judge Kenner. Things can only get worse and they do!
The way he’s finally caught is played out well, as Joe’s been investigating his brother but the final nails fall into place by accident and not by Rico’s hand!
When he’s sent to Titan another twist in his sentence is revealed, as all the time spent waiting on Earth for the shuttle and the sixty-two day journey itself do not count towards time served. Once on Titan he soon realises that there is a pecking order and the story unfolds rather cleverly, as we find out why it’s only certain prisoners that have the ‘treatment’ (the look we have all come to associate with Rico). These prisoners include fellow Mega-City judges and civillians from around the globe.
The work on Titan is relentless and monotonous, as the prisoners mine the iridium, which Mega-City One needs to sustain itself. After the new batch of prisoners settle in and get the feel of what is ahead, a team are required to mine further away from the actual prison. This is to check a certain area and that is when the meat of this story really kicks in but that’s for you to enjoy!
Can we as readers feel sorry for Rico! Well, the way his character has been written in this opener, if you don’t feel anything for him then you are a harder man than me!
This is 5 out of 5 for me and I can’t wait to read part two. Michael Carroll once again shows us how Justice Department works and this time how it deals with it’s own gone wrong!