It’s a modest little tale fashioned from parts of Frankenstein and the Elephant Man.
Possibly inspired by the Marvel “What If…” comics of the period this is a series of parodies of advertisements that would have been on British television at the time. Because the title prefaces the nature of the stories you know not to take it seriously. Unlike the clanger “A Real Xmas Story” from Prog 502.
If you aren’t familiar with the actual adverts themselves, which are now at least 20 years old they won’t make any sense. But if you are there is some sharp humour in here. Each of the five stories is drawn by a different artist helping to keep them separate.
Dredd has to put up with a lot of supernatural stuff from actual hauntings to psychic powers. Many of these are incorporated cleverly into the world or at least the story they appear in. This is at best childish and at worst a bad case of orientalism. Best forgotten.
A strong story built around a sympathetic character that has a high enough page-count to breathe and develop. There is plenty of attention to detail both in the art and narration and an unusually cheerful ending for the Big Meg.
Is it a highbrow statement on the meaning and commercialism of art? Is it a more personal true story? Who can say but this represents one of the less disposable stories of Judge Dredd with a likeable protagonist and a relatable situation.
For a kid’s comic this is a very sophisticated thriller. The three issues give it plenty of time to twist and turn and establish a plethora of layers and nuances. There is an emotional story at its core and whilst nothing in the mega-city has a happy ending this does have a certain warmth to it.