Potentially a juicy little mystery but sadly it is given away on the third page. With some restructuring this could have drawn the suspense out for longer. But it ends up more of a crime documentary albeit with a strong ending.
Another classic film gets given the 2000AD treatment. But it isn’t a single borrowed joke stretched paper-thin. Even in seven pages we have a sophisticated structure that re-arranges the timeline. Narration is provided in the form of a letter written after the events too so there is there is a great deal for your mind to get its teeth into.
Garry Leach has only ever done one Dredd strip before (Prog 138 – Night of the Bloodbeast) but his art is great with fantastic lines, great characters and a real organic feel to things. The framing and close-up action is fantastic.
At eight pages this is one of the longest single issue stories.
If you are going to borrow, then borrow from the best, and Hitchcock’s Rear Window is just that. The real meat of the story comes as it ends with the narrator telling us about “…the secret army of criminals sanctioned by the Justice Dept to ply their trade.”
This is a sequel to an earlier story Pinboing Wizard from a Judge Dredd Annual. At one issue this revenge story never has time to go anywhere and Max Normal is criminally wasted.