In a bizarre tale, a man leaves the comforts of civilization and travels to a bleak and desolate land to parlay with some inhuman savages. Now, before you think this is a person from England simply crossing the border into Wales, let me remind you that this website doesn’t tolerate racism of any kind. Not that the Welsh are actually a race as such. More of a loose collection of tribes, really…
September 2103 (Progs 231-232).
John Wagner and Alan Grant trot out a simple tale while John Cooper slightly ups his style.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Gila Munja attack I-Block 4 to silence a mob squealer.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Golanz is killed by Gila Munja at the I-Block after stepping out of his protective bubble. There’s probably a message there somewhere.
ANY LAW LORE?:
An I-Block is nearly 2km high, has state of the art laser defences and is constructed from solid rockcrete. They can withstand anything short of a nuke.
A Confessor is a recording device for logging perp confessions.
The Gila Munja seem to be sentient here but unthinking mad dog killers in The Hotdog Run. Bizarrely they don’t kill the lone mobster at first sight.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
How does the mobster who contacts the Gila Munja manage to leave the city in a flier and return?
The mobster who contacts the Gila Munja gives them 10 million credits. What would Cursed Earth dwellers like Gila Munja want with money? How would they spend it?
The mob squealer uses the term “a barney” which is a very British expression.
Judge Golanz is mistakenly labelled as Gollanz later in the story.
The last Gila Munja is able to tear through a plate steel door with its claws but these claws bounce off Dredd’s helmet? Does Joe have a special hat?
The air vent trap in the I-Block is very elaborate but why have a trap there? Why not just make it impregnable in the first place or even just 10cm wide?
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The art is nice and slightly better work from Cooper as it has more detail and gives a great view of the city and skedways. That said it still seems weak after following both Bolland and Wilson. The 1940s gangsters style is getting pretty old, though.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Silly plot holes aside, this isn’t that bad and once again the Judges are no better off after taking on the Mobs. The look at the Gila Munja is nice and sets the tone for what follows in The Hotdog Run. Four links.