In this story, several city blocks are taken out and a great many citizens are displaced. In the next few months, this will seem like a rose tinted afternoon tea compared to what hell follows once Orlok (again, no relation) hits town. Next week, Orlok (the correct one and not the mass murderer) cracks open the Daily Star Dredds for some quick fire action.
September 2103 (1982 Judge Dredd Annual).
John Wagner plays with block demolition and Mick McMahon gets a few ideas of how to do this in a larger format.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
A block rumble breaks out between Clitheroe and Wayne blockers.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Jimmy Clitheroe was a diminutive comic entertainer, smaller even than Gordon Bennie.
Linda Carter was an American actress most famous for her portrayal of Wonder Woman.
Indira Ghandi was the Indian Prime Minister until her assassination in 1984.
Benny Hill was a British comedian renowned for his smutty humour.
Sam(uel) Snead was a renowned American golfer.
John Wayne was an archetype American legend who portrayed many tough guy roles, especially in war films, but shied away from actual military service.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Like the story before it, the darkness here really suits it well, lending the strip an almost sinister feel amongst the humour and madness. McMahon’s design of the city blocks is a joy to behold and the image of the Judges on the first page is stunning.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
From the psychotic Citi-Def plan to the dour Judicial response, this is a belter. A stupid act brings devastation to the sector and through it all the Judges handle it like it was any other night. Until The Graveyard Shift comes along this stands as an example of a nightly occurrence in the Big Meg. Six links.