The world is a dangerous place with nukes lying around. Luckily we have the 45th President of the USA to keep us safe by negotiating a shitty deal with a nuclear despot to give the maniac credibility while bending over for another nuclear despot so that some pee tapes don’t get released. In the 22nd Century, nukes are just as dangerous and hopefully the Russians don’t have a tape of Dredd touching up that Sov doctor…
John Wagner and Alan Grant set the tone for a later exchange and Ron Smith brings his A game.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
When Captain Skank captures several scientists and uses their knowledge to nuke Sector 403, Dredd is transferred to Atlantic Division to mount the retaliation.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judges Griffin, Lumely, Ecks, Pepper and Quimby sit on the Security Council.
Judges Brown, Jones, Carter and Giant aid Dredd in the assault on Captain Skank’s fortress.
Sov Chief Josef Bulgarin orders Sektor 207-B nuked when East Meg involvement is uncovered.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
(Julius Robert) Bob Oppenheimer was the driving force behind the first atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.
Hans Hass is one half a famous underwater diving team, biologist and pioneer.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The Mega City Security Council consists of Judges Griffin, Lumely, Ecks, Pepper, Quimby and Dredd.
The department has an Atlantic Division.
The Big Meg has a laser defence grid.
H-Wagons can operate under water.
Aqua Respirators are employed and Riot gas is used to quell pirate resistance.
The act of contrition on the part of the Sovs is eerily reminiscent of the war avoiding tactic in Fail Safe.
Dredd calls Sector 403 “District 403”
There’s a mention of “God” instead of “Grud”.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Why isn’t Hilda McGruder, as a Council of Five member, on the Security Council?
One member of the Security Council has ridiculously oversized spectacles.
Jenno Matryx, the nuke boffin has a preposterously designed outfit and her fellow scientists all have “TEC” written on their chests like they are a cheerleading squad.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The look of Skank and the sheer scale of the devastation is top work from Smith.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
With four million cits getting fried the stakes are going up and the tension between the Meggers and the Sovs is starting to escalate. We’re left with both cities preparing for what will be an eventual attack and that is underlined here brilliantly. Seven links.