Astute readers of this story may notice that Judge Churchill seems somewhat respecting of the scrawlers. A forthcoming novella will explore how Churchill was one day patrolling Sector 50 when he spotted a juve scrawling “Immagrunts go home” at Tommy Robinson conapts. Leaping off his bike to admonish the young scallywag on his poor spelling, Churchill was shocked when his bike was destroyed by an out of control mopad. Only stopping to speak to the tagger had saved his life and so Churchill was forever grateful.
John Wagner and Alan Grant pitch introduce an anti-anti-hero and the Smiths (Ron and Robin) produce a hit.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Judges decide to crack down on scrawlers leading to a showdown between Chopper and The Phantom.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Churchill is assigned to the Anti- Scrawl Squad, despite being sympathetic to the scrawlers’ daring. Hopefully the SJS will be paying him a midnight visit.
Judge Lord is assigned to the Anti- Scrawl Squad.
Judge Jones informs Dredd that a H-Wagon has been tagged by Chopper.
Chief Judge Griffin gets a telling off from Mayor Jim Grubb, showing just who wears the big pants in the future city.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The minimum penalty for juve offenders is six months.
Dredd forms an Anti-Scrawl Squad so presumably this is a relatively new issue.
The scrawl on the White Cliffs is an offence under the Public Nuisance Act. Imagine what a cock and balls would constitute?
Marlon Shakespeare’s teacher and father openly assault him, implying this is acceptable behind closed doors. What is this, Swansea?
The Statue Of Liberty isn’t missing the torch hand as established by later continuity.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Mayor Grubb can apparently exert political pressure on the Chief Judge.
Just how did they get the White Cliffs of Dover to Mega City 1?
How long did that shit on the White Cliffs take Shakespeare to do? It’s massive!
Where does Chopper get the money for his scrawler kit?
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
This starts off with a cracking colour spread and despite reading this tale a dozen times before, I only just noticed the shadow of Dredd on the wall. Disturbingly, there is a bit of scrawl there that says “Block Wars are coming”. I wonder if that is a story of some description? I don’t recall the title.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
It’s hard to sympathise with Chopper as he’s a bit of a cunt, but his parents are quite clinically insane. That said, it is a stark lesson that bored citizens with no prospects are no different than put upon robots and Chopper has his rebellious mind blown by this revelation. Dredd, as always remains the unmovable force that quashes all. The final victory for Chopper gets one over on the Judges, setting him up as an anti-hero of sorts. The Phantom being revealed as a disgruntled robot with a life eerily similar to that of Chopper gives this a sense of pathos too. Five links.