There are many ways to describe this story. It’s a tale not unlike the Huxley’s Brave New World, where a primitive society is in direct and problematic contact with a more advanced one. Or, it’s a yarn holding up a mirror to an earlier time and noting how mankind has progressed. Orlok simply thinks of it as being about the Welsh…
October 2099 (Prog 36-37).
John Wagner knocks out a satire while Mick McMahon and Ian Gibson flesh it out.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
A race of subterranean misfits kidnap citizens and plan the destruction of the city.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
The train Dredd uses is the Pelham 456, a nod to The Taking Of Pelham 123.
Freaks inhabiting the subway system is nothing new and the horror film Death Line features some mutated abductors.
One of the troggies appears to be wearing an Arsenal shirt. This explains much.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Dredd unleashes a Drokk for the first time.
ANY TEETHING TROUBLES?:
The clean-up crew consists of police wagons.
The subway system was abandoned before 1999.
According to Dredd, blowing up the old New York subway system will destroy Mega City 1, implying that the city is only as large as the old city.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
The lettering makes it look like the lead troggie is called “Suck Willy” at times.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The look of the troggies is excellent, looking not unlike the gargoyle visage citizens of Cardiff. You don’t quite get a feel for the Undercity yet so this feels oddly out of place.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Having read this many times over the years in various annuals and reprints it never really struck a chord with me as anything other than an oddity. Even the Undercity seems wrong somehow. Two links