And we are into year 3, this time with a tale of cloning gone wrong. The Dredd tales are rapidly settling into a run of “technology gone awry” stories. That’s not really a bad thing but when it gets to be every other tale, it makes you wonder why Dredd remained popular enough for it to gain a second wind and produce some epic gems…
May 2101 (Progs 113-115).
John Wagner trots out a humdrum script while Brett Ewins lets loose on the artwork.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
Milton D. Frankenstein creates several clones of himself that go on the rampage.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Louis is seen interviewing two “hobos” at the city dump.
Frust makes an error of judgement at Northways bridge akin to something you would get from the Ross stock.
Smith is one of the forensics officers at Dredd’s apartment who seems amazed that five perps have the same fingerprints. Despite being a Judge, talking to a clone of Fargo and having a background in medicine, he’s apparently never heard of cloning.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Dredd is seen dictating his case notes. So he does do some paperwork after all.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Beaker’s name is probably a nod to the then popular Muppet Show character who was Dr Bunsen’s assistant.
According to this, Mega City 1 has a garbage dump instead of just Resyk.
Frankenstein’s ideas are essentially cloning, which has been used by citizens and Judges alike so how is this a “damaging theory” as Dredd claims?
Frust is carrying a very retro looking machine gun.
Dredd seems to be without a lie detector in this story.
It’s odd that the Judges have no jurisdiction beyond the boundary line since these are fleeing Mega City criminals and in later stories Dredd is seen to pursue his perps beyond the city boundaries.
Dredd’s apartment seems to have a city view, even though it is established later that he lives in the basement apartment of Rowdy Yates.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Dennis is so named because it sounds like “DNA”. It doesn’t.
When interviewed by Dredd, Frankenstein says Beaker offered him a cigarette. Since smoking is illegal, he should have reported it, but Dredd lets this illegal activity go.
At one stage Dredd says “I suspect everyone- and no one!” What does that mean, dipshit?
Walter is seen to order Maria about- isn’t he now a slave and no longer a free robot?
As Walter technically assaults the clones with synthi-caff, isn’t he in violation of the law and deserving of dismantling?
Dredd takes absolutely ages to remember why Frankenstein was kicked out of Mega Tech.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
An early effort from Ewins that doesn’t quite have the stamp of genius about it.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Several plot holes and lacklustre art net this just two links. However, it’s a nice precursor to the Bloodline story that clones are somehow linked in a semi-telepathic way.