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"I may be getting old, Hershey, but I'm still nobody's patsy."
on 15 June 2009
Events in Oz have left Dredd questioning his own judgement - but he will needs his wits about him, as a deadly hitman has Mega-City One's greatest lawman in his sights...
Meanwhile, in 'Full Mental Jacket' a Mega City family is torn apart when a juve is immersed deeper & deeper in gang culture. Judge Barry Kurten is driven to dish out excessive punishments by a little blue man who lives in his head. A Mega City sleeper android has gone on the rampage in Nip Cit (can you tell it was written in less PC times?) but can Dredd get to it before his Japanese equivalent, Sadu? And on home turf, Dredd discovers the Chief Judge is grooming his replacement - one with a questionable past. And a certain teenager by the name of PJ Maybe is literally getting away with murder...
Wagner & Grant usually wrote together under the pseudonym 'TB Grover' but interestingly, most of the short stories in this collection are written by one or the other. It's an interesting contrast, as Grant's tales tend to be be more light-hearted & whimsical but I prefer Wagner's more thought-provoking themes & dark humour. Dredd was Wagner's baby, after all. Be that as it may, it gives this collection a lot of variety, covering action, tragedy, drama, social commentary & outright comedy. Not many of these stories are really classics & there are no epic storylines here but it's always nice to see PJ Maybe & seeds are sown which ripen into Necropolis in volume 14. As such, it's still an essential part of any Dredd collection.