Sadly we have another filler story. Clearly written by those who understand the world but who lack the time or energy to do something wonderful with it this week.
A Westside Story parody sung in rhyme complete with Judge Krupke. It is definitely a new direction and predating Joss Whedon’s musical TV episodes. There are lot of in-jokes and references to composers as well as the source material. A great idea.
This could easily be written off as a space vampire type cliché. But it works hard to invoke the B-Movie, True Crime or even Pulp Fiction genres. The narration is so matter-of-fact it really grounds this alien killer story. And despite being called “the Evil One” it is just a sentient being (whose race has been hunted to extinction) pursuing its desire to survive.
This is a fan favourite and one of the many coming of age milestones for Judge Dredd. It is a wonderfully decompressed story with the gentle introduction taking up the whole of the first Prog. The language used for the narration is delightfully poetic and not something you normally see.
Bravely, Dredd is barely in it and we focus on returning character Marlon Shakespeare who has gone from scrawler to sky surfer. Possibly inspired by the illegal rave scene at the time it typifies the struggle for young adults to form their own culture and independence. Skysurfing is a noble pursuit where those on the inside or the outside share a common bond. And as always the law does not matter when achieving your own personal freedom.