After a day in the big city, Orlok has his grubby mitts on a copy of #2. Will he still like it? All will be revealed. Probably.
Sadly I didn’t get the Boobapalooza cover of Anderson with Right Said Fred hiding under her straining uniform top. I would have immediately torn it in twain and written a strongly worded letter to Tharg. Or just bitched about it on Facebook. It would have been one of those two avenues of righteous indignation.
Luckily mine was the Haley cover with the rad scorpions and astral projection, which was very nice.
Weirdly it looks like Cass’s left leg is broken.
The art is still bloody amazing. There’s a gorgeous reflection in the beast’s eye of Anderson reaching out to try and put the whammy on it and lovely attention to detail as DeGroot’s bike cannon are still smoking after taking out the croc.
Ditto for Anderson replacing her Lawgiver in her boot after she retrieves it. That sort of free flowing simplicity makes this art a joy to see.
The light streaming down through trees into the burned and murdered village on page 4 was a brilliant touch and there was some good panel reuse as Anderson surprises the mutant under bed. This was followed up by a great panel looking down through the shattered roof.
Critchlow pulls off some good action scenes when the perp gets free and Dredd’s whole body language changes to suit. He goes into action mode from folded arms in the blink of an eye. There’s also some nice brutality with a tooth being punched out of the perp’s head when Joe gets to work.
Finally the robo-fight was well executed with the metal brutality being offset by the calm spectator work. Eye popping stuff. Especially for Arkenus.
The script is nice too with Degroot using Cass as a focus for her powers and the cleansing of the township being a disturbing reveal for both psis. This all ties into the mutant at the museum and since five of the scarified are taken away we can assume that more such attacks are on the cards.
We get a nice old school mention of “Mack” and Anderson’s cheeky “Help the elderly, that’s what I say” fits perfectly with her flippant character. Likewise her threat to mentally violate a perp who is not being compliant.
The riots tying in with Anderson’s birth ties in nicely with what I said in my review of Dredd Year One back in March last year.
What didn’t really work for me were two aspects…
First Dredd is chatty. Ok, this is not the first time we have seen this but the older Dredd has always appeared to be gruff, curt and even downright monosyllabic. I don’t think he’s ever used the salutation “Hey” before so that seemed very out of pace here.
Second, Ashberry is revealed to be a myth that supposedly pulls strings in the Central Sectors and perps know of him. If they are never to speak of him, why does Glibbins pipe up when his name is mentioned? Even Zoller, the deep cover operative, knows the name and yet he has apparently never revealed it to his superiors and had it flagged up as Anderson did. Anderson asks him why but the question is dodged so I just find it hard to swallow that no perp or deep cover agent has ever spoken of him before and then alerted Dredd that his long standing warrant on the creep may be bearing fruit.
One more minor thing…the fattie on the last page is wearing a t-shirt with a League of Fatties logo.
As there seems to be no city devastation and no food shortage, there’s nothing to indicate this is post war and yet that organisation was set up so the fatties could eat after the rationing.
Quibbles aside, I’m really liking this.