Now here’s a funny thing. In the future, one wonders if there will be face change criminals who will use the visages of such comedy luminaries as Duncan Norvelle, Roy Jay and Richard Digance to make a quick getaway. Of course, nobody knows what any of these people actually look like, even now…
John Wagner writes a zinger and Brian Bolland brings some class to the visuals.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Face changing robbers get the better of Dredd.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Among the customer names are 2000AD alumnus Richard Burton and Rondo Hatton, the movie star on which Manny Bloom’s looks are based. Head honcho at Forbidden Planet (Michael Lake) is also given a fanwank nod.
The perps use the faces of Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx and Chico Marx.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Luna 1 doesn’t seem to have the same restrictions on unauthorised face changing as the Big Meg.
ANY TEETHING TROUBLES?:
Dredd’s recording device looks very dated, even for the time.
Dredd interrogates the Tooley brothers for three hours but doesn’t use lie detectors or Psi Judges on them.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Dredd gets a face change to look like Manny Bloom, but how does he learn to speak like him so quickly?
As stated, Dredd has a recorder in his pocket which looks like a reel to reel device.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Bolland shines with this art, pulling off almost perfect likenesses of the movie stars of old. His attention to detail is fantastic too. And seeing Dredd smile, even as someone else, is unnerving.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
The plot is paper thin but is saved by the amazing art. Three links.