Progs 451 to 455 – The Warlord

Story: The Warlord
Appears: 2000AD Progs 451-455
Issues: 5
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cam Kennedy
Dated: 4 January 1986 to 1 February 1986

Judge Dredd unleashes his latest weapon in the war on crime. Racism.

You have a villain from the Far East, possibly inspired by the Fu Manchu films of the time, but he is treated well. The stereotypical accent is reserved for the painful New York dialect of his companion. But sadly every other word out of Dredd’s mouth is oriental slurs. Gone are the creep and punk used on every other perp to date. For some reason the writers are singling out those of Asian descent for special treatment. Which really isn’t what you want in a comic aimed at children.

All the interesting talking points about the story such as pre-emptive action against terrorists that remain contemporary today are flushed away under a tide of abhorrent hate speech. Which is a shame as the story has real repercussions for the characters within the Justice Department.

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