Prog 24 – The Wreath Murders

Dredd BadgeStory: The Wreath Murders
Appears: 2000AD Prog 24
Issues: 1
Writers: Malcolm Shaw
Art: Mike McMahon
Dated: 06 August 1977

Plot: Two criminals impersonate ambulance crew in order to rob and murder undetected.

Verdict: It is a nice little idea but with only five pages you don’t get any time for suspense and mystery before the reveal. The criminals come to a typical Dredd sticky end as one accidentally kills his partner and the remaining one tries to shoot Dredd with his own gun. Which reveals the fact that Lawgivers are coded to their owner and self-destruct when used by others.

We meet M.A.C. the Judges’ central computer who functions like the computer in the Bat-cave filling in any plot holes and speeding up the story.

The art is fine with some good poses and great attempts to bring depth to the page but isn’t as crisp as we have seen before. The last page is covered in some kind of grey wash and looks terrible. Which is because that this page was originally in colour (the last page seems an odd choice) and hasn’t translated to black and white well at all. We also see the outside of Justice HQ which looks like a precarious profiterole stack.

Nice ideas but could have done with more space.

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