This is a powerful tale about youths lost in gang culture. It seems more like a cautionary tale for our own society than one more at home in the mega-city.
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.
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.
It is rare that you get time for a real mystery. Especially so in a single issue story. Whilst the ending might be a little disappointing this story certainly has an intriguing hook.
Quite a serious story here and definitely something with a real world message. It should certainly make you think. Particularly in today’s world of trial by media and fake news.
This is a great little story. Sure it could be done in any setting but the background weirdness of the mega-city is somehow a great contrast to medically approved weirdness. Definitely a fine example of British humour. And the fourth wall break is absolutely perfect.
This is a darkly comic piece that explores an entirely new style for the strip – that of romance. You know that love won’t conquer all but it is delightfully charming while it lasts.
Gibson’s soft art style (best known for Halo Jones) is perfect for the piece. The little touches such as turning the credits box into a heart and the “Love is…” motto at the beginning are well chosen.
This is related to a Judge Anderson story that would have appeared elsewhere in 2000AD. The fact that the Dark Judges are running amok and Dredd is ordered investigate some con-artists instead is a bit of a stretch.
This is definitely an over the top story focussing on the cartoonish side of Dredd and the absurdity of catching the criminal at all costs – even if it means re-animating the dead. Having said that this single issue tale is a mine of world-building information. It introduces the Necropolis (the rich citizen’s alternative to Resyk) and reveals a lot about the Mega City legal system. The fact it has one is a shock for a start.
This is a strong mini-epic that despite digging up and beating the dead Judge Child villain is a tense and rewarding read.
The alternate/ future setting allows the writers to run riot and kill off major characters to up the stakes. Despite the citywide disaster backdrop this feels extremely personal. Anderson gets a chance to shine and behave like a real human being which is something we rarely have opportunity for in a Dredd story.
For the unique tone and creepy setting this is definitely a classic.