Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote that if a lion could speak, we would not understand him. This points to the frames of reference that differentiate the moral and intellectual viewpoints of a human and large feline but also because all lions speak with a thick Jamaican accent. Nobody knows why. Meanwhile can Steven Ross’s guinea pig pal convince Joe that Cat Lives Matter?
John Wagner knocks out a dud that isn’t helped by some poor work from John Cooper.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
A talking cat causes Dredd to turn animal rights champion.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The Dredd Act is passed, forever banning all animal experimentation in Mega City 1.
The common cold was wiped out in the early 21st century.
MAC is called “Mack” again.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
How does a talking cat manage to track down Dredd in the entire city?
For that matter how can a cat use human speech if it lacks the proper vocal chords?
Animals are very rare in Mega City 1 yet Dredd differentiates between testing on a cat rather than a guinea pig. Surely both are equally shitty?
A guinea pig with an eyepatch? If the maniac experimenting on them is so uncaring, why does he take the trouble to fashion a tiny eyepatch for the victim?
The bad guy writes a novel dictating his blackmail ideas. The mook.
Dredd places a “heavy guard on the door” is a nice visual pun with an overweight Judge, but how would a Judge be this overweight?
In an early nod to a Richard Gere joke, the aforementioned guinea pig is given to Walter as a present.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
As a pussy lover, I find the cat art nice but overall Cooper isn’t a good fit for this. The perspective is off in one or two panels, making for some amusement.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
The moral of the story is nice but it relies too much on plot convenience so gets just two links.