After the recent storyline where Cal sentenced the city to death and there were many fine people on both sides, we’re off to another iconic tale in terms of the artwork. This time, however, the demarcation is very simple; the Judges are the good guys and won’t tolerate any nonsense from a gang of street vermin…
John Wagner writes a ruthless script and Brian Bolland comes up with some iconic artwork.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
In the wake of Cal’s reign, the Cosmic Punks establish their own brand of law and order that needs to be stamped out.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Chief Judge Jurgen Griffin has a giant map. It probably makes him happy.
Deputy Chief Judge Pepper gives a strategy that Dredd ignores in a heartbeat.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Gestapo Bob Harris is undoubtedly a nod to the DJ Whispering Bob Harris.
ANY TEETHING TROUBLES?:
It is established that the Chief Judge wears a uniform with a huge J on the front, but one of Griffin’s staff appears to be wearing this uniform too. Maybe he is a cosplayer.
Dredd fires a “high penetration” round, presumably the early version of armour piercing.
South Mutieland is referred to rather than the Cursed Earth.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
The sentence of 10 years’ exile seems a funny one and not very well considered. Surely this will leave the exiled vulnerable to radioactive mutation and therefore make them ineligible to return after a decade.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
This is a step above the norm and the whole thing as soon as Dredd gets going could easy be stills from Dirty Harry. There’s a great use of shadow throughout too.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
This is proper hard boiled cop stuff and Dredd is utterly ruthless in taking down the punks. He even goes so far as to humiliate them to drive the message home before harshly booting them from the city. Five links.