Racist dickheads assembling, spouting their abhorrent views, labouring under the misapprehension that they have the support of “decent” folk everywhere and then throwing a snowflake shitfit when someone knocks them the fuck out. Pfft. You’d never get shit like that in the 21st Century, would you? Steel lives matter and here’s Orlok to tell you why…
September 2099 (Prog 29).
Pat Mills lays it on with a trowel while Ian Gibson provides some workmanlike art.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
When the robot hating vigilantes the Neon Knights kidnap Walter, Dredd has to make an example of them.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judges Rock, Sterne and Gorgon were killed in the Robot Rebellion and are buried in the Hi Tower Cemetery.
ANY LAW LORE?:
No robots are allowed on the streets after 22.00, which paints them even more like a segregated slave race, though it isn’t clear if this is a rule imposed by the Knights or the city.
The anti-robot sentiment could be a reflection of the recent rebellion and this may explain why citizens are reticent to help Dredd track down the perps.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
The Knights are clearly modelling on racist dickbags and Trump supporters, the Ku Klux Klan, a gang of cunts if ever there was one. It may be a first draft script holdover but the leader even calls them his “klan” at one stage.
ANY TEETHING TROUBLES?:
Judges are buried alongside their helmets instead of being sent to Resyk. Yeah, that’s silly.
Police turn up to take the perps away.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Dredd is apparently on the trail of the vigilantes but only manages to come across them when they have Walter and are at exactly the same place he happens to be visiting. This is far too convenient.
Dredd says “I am the Law!” and egotistically gets the Neon Knights to repeat it with some zeal.
The Grand Master states that destroying free robots (plural) is dangerous. Isn’t Walter the only free robot, so how would he know the dangers of this action?
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
There is some gorgeous design work on the books here and even the look of the Knights is eye catching. It’s hard to fault Gibson in any way on this.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
The heavy-handed Mills allegory falls flat, even for the time, but the art is lovely. Two links.