Orlok’s friend was once researching cryonics for his beloved mother who was on her way out. Through no fault of his own, Orlok made an innocuous comment riffing on an advert at the time with “Is this so you can say ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’?” Sadly his friend didn’t speak to him for two months.
John Wagner pens a chillingly tight script and Brian Bolland’s art is exceptional.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Dredd investigates a case of blackmail at the Forever Towers home for the Semi-Dead.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The Judges can keep perps in suspended animation the Vaults, thawing them out when they can be cured of their terminal condition. Once done, the perp can then serve their sentence. Petty, but as the blurb says “even death is no escape from the Law”.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Live helps Dredd search Jurgen Monks’ apartment.
MAC is called “Mack”.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Dredd considers that the home for the semi dead is a sickening travesty of life yet has no complaints about the Vaults used by Justice Department to keep perps alive. I guess the latter plays into his petty nature.
Dredd also mentions that obtaining blackmail secrets from these semi-dead to persecute the living is wrong but jumps at the chance to make arrests when presented with this blackmail material.
That heatseeker moves slow enough for Dr Gold to comment on it and despite his fatal headwound, he seems remarkably chatty.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Beautiful throughout with Bolland doing his utmost to bring great visuals to a great script.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
The concept of the semi dead being raided for secrets is excellent and there is some suitably dark humour to go with it. Five links.