There are times in life when one wishes someone else could take one’s place in a difficult circumstance. Boring meetings, rectal examinations and traffic jams could all be improved with a stand in. And this is reciprocal too in the spirit of paying it forward. I mean, if Jennifer Lawrence’s husband wanted me to pull some Sydney Carlton shit and take over his commitments while he goes off to Thailand for a week, then I will grit my teeth and dive right in…
John Wagner and Alan Grant dupe us all and Jim Baikie exposes their lies.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
A bent Judge is uncovered four years after he supposedly was sent to Titan.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
After shooting a Judge during a foiled robbery, Judge Dana is discovered to have swapped his identity with citizen Huckleberry Pym. Dana is sent to Titan for life. Ouch.
Judge Mix reads Dana’s dreams and he just so happens to be dreaming about himself in the third person.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Gort Klaatu Barada Nichto is a bastardisation famous phrase used in the classic sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still. That’s the original, and not that shitfest with Keanu Reeves.
PJ Proby Split level is a nice play on the trouser splitting antics of singer PJ Proby.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The Dream Police are authorised to pry into a lawbreaker’s subconscious.
Judges have their appendix chemically dissolved upon entry to the Academy of Law.
Why wasn’t Judge Dana’s DNA or voice on file to match to the records?
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Though acrobatic, it is impossible for Dredd to kick Dana in the face from the position he is in.
Why didn’t they use truth drugs on Dana or have a Psi Judge come in and read him?
Why does Dredd personally take Dana to Titan? Isn’t this the job of the SJS?
How did Dana learn hypnosis in order to put the whammy on Pym?
Dredd uses the insult “dingbat” which is something very incongruous.
Dana knew he was going to be arrested that morning so managed to find a likely citizen, face change him and hypnotise him. That’s all a bit convenient.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The art is good from Baikie and strikes a very different style right off the bat. Some of the fight scenes are problematic, however and when attacked by Dana, Dredd flips from his face and onto his right side which is impossible given how the movement lines are. Dredd’s handstand kick is also impossible. It looks great but, well, you know…
HOW MANY LINKS?:
The prospect of an innocent citizen being set up by a Judge with almost ultimate power is a horrible one. This is played quite well and the story doesn’t dwell too much on the consequence. Probably because that would be traumatic. Four links.