Writer: Douglas Wolk
Artist: Ulises Farinas
Colours: Ryan Hill
Letters: Tom B. Long
Cover Art: Ulises Farinas
Covour Colours: Owen Gieni
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra
Dredd has moved on to another area of Mega-City Two in this issue, the beach… Where crimes include ‘running out of flavours’ at an Ice-cream stand. He is partnered with a Mega-City Two Judge this time as you’ll see in the preview pages below.
As the cover suggests, the Citizens are not the only locals giving Dredd cause for concern.
The quirky nature of this story continues, remember if you read 2000AD this is a different continuity and this is set in 2094, before the Cursed Earth saga. The Mega-City Two we saw in Cursed Earth looked very much like Mega-City One and the Judges were almost identical in look. In this version the city is very different and the Judges look very, very different.
Safety of citizens is a low priority compared to viewing figures. Fines count more with the Chief Judge than cube time. Dredd doesn’t like it here.
The story may not be from the 2000AD continuity but it certainly has the feel of a Dredd story. Dredd is played for laughs in many stories here he is used mostly as the straight-man, in fact given the setting he actually refuses to deliver punch lines.
The pacing is slower than a 2000AD story but it doesn’t suffer too much with padding for the page count.
The art continues to be interesting. The characters are so simple yet the detail in the whole page can get very complex indeed. The double page spread on page 2/3 with the creature attack is excellent and the final panel gives us as many questions visually as the rest of the issue gives us answers.
The second image below is a composite of pages 2/3.