The streets can be a dangerous place and anyone who has had to walk through a UK city at night knows the delicate balance that has to occur between confidence and outright stupidity. Sure, we have all stumbled into areas unfamiliar to us but would the situation be improved by a bodyguard or covering yourself in a fuck ton of spikes? Personally, I’d rather go for the latter.
John Wagner and Alan Grant have a nice dig at personal safety while Ian Gibson lets rip.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
The Guard-O-Ped company aims to deal with muggings.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Chief Judge Hilda McGruder approves Guard-O-Ped and then finally the Anti-Mugging Suit.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Clive James Block has Cheeky Boys as the block gang, doubtless named for the cheeky antics of Clive James, an Australian author, critic and broadcaster.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Self Defence Ordinance 23 allows a legally permitted level of violence for personal protection.
In an effort to stop the attacks on bodyguards, the anti-mugging suit is re-introduced.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
I love Gibson’s design work, though McGruder has a head like the Mekon.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
With a look at how citizens live under the threat of violence (check out the multitude of locks on citizens door exemplifying the fear that exists for them) this story pushes how the Judges are understaffed. The Judges have actually failed in their primary duty and their lax attitude is simply adding to the misery. Citizens are neither protected nor served under their regime. Four links.