Artist: Ian Gibson
Date- May 2107 (420)
Blimey, picking up in the aftermath of a horrible event is a hell of a thing to do. In some aspects, for example, a rousing story of 9/11 heroism, this can be a tearjerker and give food to the soul. In others, like this a shit-loosening tale of Dark Judges slaughtering pensioners like some supernatural Dr Shipmans, it can be a something that will keep you up all night. Of course, anyone who has met Dick Van Dyke in the flesh knows what that is like.
The Plot- In the wake of a Dark Judge attack, the Department cleans up at Ron Reagan Crock Block.
Helmets- Judges Johnson and Mathie assist Dredd with the clean up.
Judge Marietti uses his Forensics experience to search for banned eldzines.
Judge Bunns brings her ample assets to the strip.
In a touching moment, Judge Willis offers some condolences before an arrest.
Judge Hils helps out with the subsequent raids.
Cultural- Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the USA and a man whose convenient memory lapses and simple ways made him legendary to Republicans. I wonder if they will be as fond of Joe Biden? Oh, wait…
Jubal Hershy is doubtless a nod to Stranger In A Strange Land’s Jubal Harshaw,
Duncan Renaldo was (like Reagan) a cowboy actor who found fame as The Cisco Kid.
Law Lore- Bite fights are illegal.
Gambling is illegal, as is living off the proceeds.
Art– Gibson’s unique style again works really well here as the humour and tone suit it well. He also paints a disturbing picture with the vidzine names of “Playcrock” and “Wrinkle Tinkle”. Utter filth.
Links– An understated tale that is the first actually crossover story for the strip. Years before the overrated Trifecta, this story picks up on what happened in the Judge Anderson strip in this very same prog. For that alone it would be worth four links but the pacing, well-wrought art and procedural investigation nets this a fifth.