Remember those heady days of the DC Dredd series when they completely fucked with the character to the point where you wanted to shoot yourself in the mouth with a t-shirt gun? Well, hold onto that feeling…
Flames, some dogs and a bloodied glove were the order of business here hinting at a biblical end for Joe as he dies amid spent casings. None of this happens inside.
I liked it and my eye was immediately drawn to the sad looking mutt. The colours are nice and the whole thing has a nice mysterious appeal to make you want to crack it open. You can regret it later.
Puppy kicking is a thing here and seems to be the preferred punishment to deal with a variety of problems. The young girls Dredd seems to be attached to are next in line for this treatment.
With Dredd perpetually confused like a dementia patient trying to make sense of Heroes Reborn, he stands out from the crowd.
Having no user name he immediately becomes a hit of sorts and despite people assuming he is a “trog” and the attempts by a “Sys-op” to shut him down, his fame spreads and he spawns a series of costumes. Trogs it seems are by their very nature judgemental assholes and should not be fed or listened to.
I’m sure this is all a metaphor for the 2000AD Forum.
The most disturbing line of this is “When I put this costume on, I’m going to law you so hard.” I’m sure that is something heard in the Pete Wells household from time to time and I can only feel sorry for the recipient be it male, female or a selection of pasties.
Finally Dredd reveals himself to Lody, who he has conveniently hooked up with and who has a shrine of sorts to the old city.
Dressed up as Judge Trog, he and Dredd attempt to rescue the girls and after a brief exchange of right and wrong ways to go about things, Trog gets upset and shoots Dredd before warping out like the fucking Hulk. No explanation is given for this event. It’s just seen as standard story telling and it is clearly expected that we’re supposed to go along with it with whispered words like “genius” and “groundbreaking non sequitur narrative”.
Never mind though, the Trog is blown up at the end and that’s the last of him.
There’s no way he could have survived that.
Once more Dredd is acting completely out of character and not taking command in any way. He just seems to be going with the flow, stumbling from situation to situation and not making an effort. That’s not the Dredd we know.
Except when he kicks a guy in the Jacobs. That’s like the Dredd we know.
The art is ok. There’s plenty of claret when Dredd executes a perp but when Judge Trog warps out, he seems to change size from panel to panel. It is inconsistency like this that just detracts further from the already troublingly unsatisfying story.
It is degenerating into a confused mess and we’re only two episodes in.
I shudder to think what is up next.