Despite having more than 500 issues there is still little continuity in the art with weird judge uniforms being introduced willy-nilly. But this is an excellent story with an unusual twist. The art is also really bold with infrequent penciller Brendan McCarthy doing crazy good stuff with close-ups and unconventional layouts.
It’s an excuse to have lots of airborne art and introduce yet another unit to the Justice Department – the Flying Squad. And to come up with as many variations of “AAH!” As possible.
It’s an odd mish-mash of narrative techniques and a recurring joke that does its best to act as a fourth wall break. There is inspiration from Edgar Alan Poe and Egyptian myth and a cameo from Anderson who could easily be replaced by any Psi judge. You know when the artist draws musical notes in the air any realism goes out of the window.
The real story should begin in the last panel when a male judge is given a female body as a transplant. That would be well worth reading.
A real classic, this two issue story has some mystery, some action, and some absurdity – all perfect for Mega-city one. We have seen crazy robot stories many times but this is far more engaging and emotional. The fact we see a male victim being kidnapped instead of the usual female one is a spark of brilliance and creativity rarely seen 1980’s comics.