Prog 374 to 375 – The Wreckers

CF07Story: The Wreckers
Appears: 374-375
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Steve Dillon
Dated: 23 June 1984 to 30 June 1984

There is action, and fire, and explosions, and superbly big-panelled action from the clean-lined Steve Dillon. But that isn’t what makes this story top-notch. These aren’t cartoonish gangsters in pinstripe suits. Here are real people being driven to crime because the conditions they live in are so bad. And all of this can be traced back to the Apocalypse War – the story that keeps on giving.

The other reason this story shines is the opening narration is written in the second person. This is extremely rare for all literature let alone for comics. This technique immediately makes it much more personal. You are another step closer to the ordinary citizen.

It is always nice to take a look under the rock that is the Big Meg and see stories of people we can empathise with. Of course you get to see just how powerless the Judges actually are at eradicating crime. Like cockroaches that scurry away when the lights are on, as soon as the Judges’ gaze is forced elsewhere, the Perps come back.

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