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"I know you wouldn't be part of a system that was bad for us. There must be an explanation... It's just that I can't see it"
on 2 August 2009
Volume 13 almost reads like a mission statement of a grittier change of direction, as a couple of older characters are redefined with darker, more believable edges. In 'Cardboard City', for example, Dredd's former housekeeper & incredibly annoying 'comedy character' Maria returns as a homeless alcoholic. Similarly, Dredd discovers that his former colleague Giant has a son from an "extra-judicial liason", who is now a Cadet Judge with an attitude problem.
Meanwhile, having previously murdered his way through his family to get his hands on their fortune, teenager PJ Maybe is looking for more creative ways to handle his parents' business rivals, so as not to cause any more suspicion. But how far can he push his luck?
Also, Dredd's on the trail of a former foe in the hotbed of corruption that is Ciudad Barranquilla, aka 'Banana City'. And his younger clone is nearing completion of his training - which is a good job because the old man likes a nice, relaxing bath these days... But even that won't improve his disposition when a letter from a child asks him some difficult questions about the Justice system & the Democratic March - a letter which has a profound effect on Dredd.
Like the previous volume, Case Files # 13 contains several fun shorts combined with a little pre-Necropolis build-up. It's a thinner volume than most in this series but still contains a respectable 43 'progs', so its size may partly be due to the change in paperstock as much as anything. But volume 14 promises to be much thicker, as it contains the classic 'Necropolis' epic.