When this story came out I had no idea what a condo was and why such a thing would exist. What sort of populace looks to shack up in a glorified flat instead of sinking their time and effort into a bona fide house complete with a garden shed? Beats me. Still, when you are orbiting the sun in a vulnerable space colony, I doubt a shed will make you any happier.
June 2105 (Progs 319-321).
John Wagner and Alan Grant go to spaaacaaace while Chuck Squirrel does the business.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Dredd investigates the sabotage of the space condominiums.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Chief Judge Hilda McGruder gives the order to destroy the descending Gemini 2.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Code Green is an order to destroy any incoming threat to the city. I’m assuming Code Brown means they didn’t stop it in time.
The Justice 3 spacecraft is seen.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Billy Herschel was a German-born British astronomer who discovered Uranus before your finger did. It’s probably fitting the block is hit by space debris.
When were these condos sent up? All Mega City One craft were wiped from the skies during the Apocalypse War.
Dredd’s right hand is crushed.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Tube 6 is to the left of tube 7 on the interior of the station, but should be on the right of it on the exterior. Instead it is still on the left.
Dredd lazily outsources the investigative work to the computers on Justice 3.
It’s very odd that Dredd fires a close range hi-ex round at a perp’s face. He didn’t know it was robot at this point so it seems like overkill and potentially suicidal.
Even though he has no evidence, Dredd arrests Roxborough with seemingly little more than a hunch and hauls him off pending investigation.
How would Roxborough have the tech to substitute human beings for near perfect androids?
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The art is again scrappy in places but the design work is stunning with decent colours to top it off. The layouts are excellent too and the meteor strike on the Condo and the burn up were all superb.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
This has a brilliant scene of Dredd making an impatient citizen wait to the end as punishment and has some nice comedic moments throughout. I loved the interaction with Roxborough’s receptionist. Four links.