We have seen robots impersonating the law before. But this Dredd parody is darkly comic. It is hard to see where this ‘hanging judge’ and the absurdity of the real mega-city laws meet. A nice call out to the Helltrekkers that would have been appearing in 2000AD about this time too.
There is an element of Scooby Doo as Dredd unmasks ghosts which aren’t really supernatural. There isn’t much emotional impact or even suspense here. What is interesting is the rainy setting, something seen only rarely in a city where weather is controlled by computer.
What a touching story. Is it an allegory for animal experimentation – which has been covered previously in Judge Dredd – or possibly an allusion to Karel Čapek’s original stage play.