Anderson, PSI Division
The King of The Six Sectors
Review by Seth
So, another of IDW licensed spin off series’. I’ll make an admission , I haven’t read the main Dredd past the first 3 issues . I have a bit of a problem with this whole multiple versions of characters thing (despite my feelings on continuity). I didn’t really take to another version of Joe Dredd; there is only one Old Stoney Face, but credit where credit is due the mini-series from IDW so far have been quite spiffy, I just ignore the fact that they are in another continuity (there’s the “c” word again). This is about to be collected as a trade, so now seems like a good time to review the 4 issues in one, seeing as I won’t be buying a collection of this, ‘cos although I DO buy multiples copies of stories (exhibit a : “Dredd Mega Collection”), I am quite tight.
Set early in Anderson’s career, “The King of The Six Sectors” is a semi sequel to Matt Smith and Simon Coleby’s rather spiffy Judge Dredd “Year One”.
Cass’ is on the trail of a Mega City crime lord the titular urban legend, going by the name of Ashbury. Ruffian that he is, Ashbury is using mutant children as “Psychic bombs” to wreak havoc and rob around MC1.
Tasked by PSI Chief Omar (remember him? After Ecks, but before Shenker) Cass’ takes a trip with a Texas City Judge to the Alabama Morass to trace the origin of these mutant kids and follow the trail back to MC1. Needless to say things don’t quite go according to plan, but Cass’ makes it and returns to MC1, to confront the crimelord, corruption in Justice Department and her own origins.
Smith has Cass’s character down pat – and more to the point, the Meg’ and its citizens. He’s a good fit , editing the Prog’ is going to help, but you get the feeling he has worked at getting his character right. Bear in mind that this is a much younger Cassandra, but I haven’t felt as interested in what goes with Anderson, as I have here in quite a while. Ashbury- the big bad, is suitably shadowy and without giving too much away he and Cass’ share some history.
Carl Critchlow’s art is lovely and chunky, stylised stopping short of being cartoony, one of the great unsung artists in 2000ad. I particularly like his rendition of Texas City and Tex,it takes me back to Mike McMahon’s rendition allllllllllll those years ago in the “Judge Child” Saga.
Now, will someone put Smith on the regular Dredd title? I’d buy it.