Kids, eh? It’s a funny thing listening to the Progcast when they mention youngsters with disdain. It is these very youngsters who will try and salvage what mess the last few generations have made of the world. And for every millennial that progresses social change while eating smashed avocado, there are at least two Gen Xers sitting on their arse complaining about it and compounding the problems. Mind you, the kids in this story are right fucking cunts…
John Wagner and Alan Grant gives us the angst of yoof while Ian Gibson goes apeshit on the scale.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
A mass juve confront prompts a Judicial response.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judges Bunns and Mort pull Manta duty with Dredd.
Judge Hoover is killed by a rad tractor on the 230 speedway but exercises professionalism by calling it in.
Judge Yonid is one of the Judges who storms the rad tractor cab.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Walt(er) Raleigh was an Elizabethan landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer right up to the point where he got his head cut off.
Sal(vador) Dali was a prominent Spanish surrealist.
T. Dan Smith was a British politician in the foul district of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Roy Orbison was an American singer and musician known for his impassioned singing style and dark glasses.
Lobsang Rampant is a doubtless a play on the pen name of an author who wrote books with paranormal and occult themes.
Bruce Kent was actives in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, so it’s somewhat ironic his block gang are called “bombers”.
James Dean was the star of Rebel Without A Cause and really should have concentrated more on his driving.
Morgan Fairchild prominently starred in the soap Flamingo Road.
Wagner is probably a nod to Dredd creator John Wagner, so that’s creator self wank right there.
John Brunner was a British author of science fiction novels so his block gang are called “Futsies”.
Alf Roberts was the shopkeeper in popular soap Coronation Street so it’s apt a Shoplex bears his name.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The Manta Prowl Tank comes into service and is a street level anti-grav craft capable of 500kph. It has a Peterson hi-intensity las cannon, riot foam, stumm gas, armour plated hull and a complement of four bike Judges. It’s also far too big to fit in the Undercity or the fucking sewers.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Gibson’s art is superb throughout and the level of detail is incredible as is the sense of scale, especially when the rad tractors get activated. There’s even a circle panel in there.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Four links easily. The tension builds well and strength of the juve forces is something that the Judges have to really push hard to fight against.