Some superheroes needs a sidekick. Batman needs Robin to explain the plot to and TNT needs Dan the Dyna-Mite in order to press his ring against the young lad’s for “powers” to manifest. Actually, I think TNT needs to be investigated by the cops with Dan taken into Child Services. But does our man Dredd need a young buddy?
John Wagner gives Dredd a little humanity again (sadly) but Ron Smith once more gets his timing right.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Walter recounts how Dredd befriended a young Jimp, Ralphy Bryce.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Principal Jurgen Griffin enrols Ralphy as a favour to Dredd.
Unwanted cum-devil Ralphy Bryce is made a Cadet and then booted out of the Academy for his inability to follow simple rules.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Cadets normally enter the Academy at the age of five.
Cadets have their heads shaved once they enter the Academy and are expelled if they score less than 80% on a test or blub when another Cadet is killed (even if it is a sibling).
Cadets are forbidden to leave the Academy without permission.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Huck Finn was the scrounging vagabond created by Mark Twain, doubtless a nod to Ralphy’s orphan like predicament.
Ralphy is wearing the white helmet and half eagle of a Rookie even though he is a Cadet.
How would Ralphy hear the perps on his radio and why would Cadets have radios capable of hearing crime reports that do not concern them?
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Ralphy is a Jimp who has been caught doing this sort of thing six times. Why hasn’t he been thrown in the juve cubes?
Ralphy’s uncle is clearly smoking a cigar while being questioned by Dredd, who doesn’t arrest him.
For that matter, where did Ralphy buy his junior Judge gear if jimping is illegal?
Dredd visits Ralphy at the orphanage every week. How does he get the time to do this since familial visits are highly discouraged?
How does Walter manage to relate events that he was not there for? I doubt Dredd opens up to him over dinner.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Some silly poses here and there but largely workmanlike stuff from Smith.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Dredd veers into East End gangster speak at one point and even that can’t save this poor story. The attempt to give him a human side and tell the broken-hearted story of orphaned brat Ralphy doesn’t hit home. Two links.