Well Robot War changed everything. John Wagner taking the reins of his creation and showing us what a multipart story with a great hook and brilliant execution can do really cranked it up a gear.
This upped the bar for the subsequent stories and new writers and artists coming on board produced better dialogue and more polished work. Despite the occasional clanger. A familiar supporting cast was introduced such as Maria, Walter and Max Normal. The template was firmly established from its dynamic layouts and visual style to its social commentary and healthy dose of poetic justice.
The police were still around although America was mentioned less and less. Innovations such as Atmosphere Control, Riot Foam, the Smokatorium, and new bullets for the lawgiver kept coming thick and fast.