Otto Sump, a man who looks like he was created with a Wee Jimmy Krankie Snapchat filter, returns with a new venture and thus we get another attempt by Dredd to discredit him. It’s a harsh world when you try to make it as a businessman but are so horrifically ugly that you automatically put people off from doing any sort of trade with you. Mind you, I hear that one or two writers have probably had that experience at conventions…
John Wagner and Alan Grant bring back Sump while Ron Smith dials up the ugky.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Otto Sump’s latest money-making scheme falls foul of protestors.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Lyons is the head of Iso Cube (sic) 944.
ANY LAW LORE?:
A Compulsory Purchase Order can be applied to an estate.
An illegal demo will get you six months in the cubes.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
The “Tasty, tasty, very very tasty” jingle was used to advertise the shit-loosening Bran Flakes.
“It’s enough to make a dishonest woman out of you” riffs on an advert for Bird’s-Eye Chicken Pie. This ties in nicely with Sump’s outfit as “Captain Gunge”.
Iso Cube 944 is referred to instead of Iso Block 944.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
It’s the 22nd Century and women seem to be doing the cooking.
Weirdly despite the massive unemployment rate, the woman in the advert appears to be cooking for two employed people.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Smith’s panel layouts are superb here and he carries off the humour of the proceedings well. His rendition of Sump’s terminal face anus is always a joy.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Even in spite of the food shortages, the dickbeards of the Moral Health Committee are just the sort of people who ruin everything and that’s a standard for modern society too. There was some beautiful irony here with the repurposed food being fed back to the Committee who lap that shit up. Also, Captain Gunge may or may not be my new name on Grindr. Four links