Orlok has never been one for keeping up with the swirling trends of the music scene. Like Steven Ross and his love for all things 80s (and probably some Richard Wagner) he just never moved past a certain level of style and sound. Well, except maybe that time he set about killing hundreds with a Dubstep Gun in Saint’s Row, but that was probably just an anomaly. Dredd, however, is a big fan of the happening tunes…
March 2103 (Prog 203).
John Wagner and Alan Grant have a dig at the cut-throat world of pop while Ron Smith gets out the ugly crayons.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
When the popular singer Pug Ugly is killed, clues come from an unlikely source.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Brown is outside the Vibe Hall with Judge Dredd when the trouble begins. He seems really keen to wrap the case up for some reason.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Clause 29 is built into every Mega City 1 insurance policy. It states “This policy is invalidated in event of violent death caused by the lawful action of a Mega City Judge.”
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Smith does nice uglies but that second to last panel of Dredd’s two faces really jars. That could easily have been handled in one panel with one expression that doesn’t make Dredd look like he has just remembered he left the iron on.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
A nice satire that successfully sends up the talent search format (this is very ahead of its time) but the script is iffy. Despite the dodgy last panel, Smith’s work is excellent. Three links.