We all value our individual freedoms and anyone who has been to Reykjavik knows how the local juves all try to dress uniquely indoors as it is hard to do so outdoors while wearing a puffer jacket. So what about those who swing the other way? Well, Blobs are a horrible thing. Identically dressed, representing an image rather than the human being within and utterly scary they should be strictly controlled. So says the identically dressed, image representing and utterly scary Judges. Hey, wait a minute…
John Wagner and Alan Grant have something to say about individuality while Ron Smith does some Marmite art.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
A crime syndicate decides to mask their activities with a new craze.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Tokuda brings in some blob perps.
Judge Bendorf is an incompetent who spends 30 minutes looking for his perps who have long since gone.
Chief Judge Hilda McGruder presides over an emergency meeting to discuss the blobs.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Blobs are required to have an ID number displayed in a prominent place.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Face change machines can remove ears?
In his right hand Tokuda is holding the Lawgiver in a ridiculous way and in his left he has a truly bizarre Lawgiver variant that we have never seen before or since.
When Tokuda is shown bringing in his perps he appears to be a giant due to some dodgy artwork.
Can’t the blob criminals just wear a hat to commit a crime (thus covering the number) and then whip it off to evade detection once they are in the crowds?
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The look of the blobs is horrific but the top work is the appearance of the Crime Council, especially when they show up at the end having embraced the craze. Despite this, the art fuck ups here ruin it a little.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Maybe it’s a coincidence, but “blobs” is filthy Geordi slang for condoms and the blob heads aren’t too dissimilar to “happy hats”. The appearance of the Mega City Crime Council is a delight and their plan to get the Blob craze into fashion is solid, as is their method of execution. Best of all was the humour of the woman who may or may not be sleeping next to her husband. It’s an interesting facet that the Judges not only quash individual identity when they can, but (for reasons of security) they also fight back when the citizens try to not have an individual identity. Five links.