You'd think that Mega City One's immigration officials would think twice about letting someone with a name like Nate Slaughterhouse into the city but there you go... Nate was a soldier fighting on alien planets. His body was destroyed, so they rebuilt him into a cybernetic killing machine & he's ever so slightly hung up about it. He & his family quit the army & move to the big meg but they've barely moved into Dean Gaffney Block (as the name suggests, it's not the nicest-looking place) when the local perps start making trouble. Frustrated by the Judges' inability to protect his family, Nate puts his weapons-grade body to good use as he takes the law into his own hands. Thus it isn't long before Dredd wants a word with him & left with nowhere to turn, Nate seeks protection from a well-connected former soldier with a hidden agenda of his own.
Mandroid is Wagner once again writing a dark noir story, which Kev walker's shadowy artwork really brings to life. Watching an honest family trying to cope with life in the most violent city on Earth is a nice new angle but I felt that the later chapters were more predictable & not as satisfying. That said, Wagner yet again comes up with some creatively dark ideas on how technology can be twisted to serve dark deeds. Nate is a tragic character whose main crimes are frustration & naivety but even so, I found him difficult to sympathise with at times. It's not up there with The Apocalypse War or The Pit but nevertheless, Mandroid is an interesting read which shows Dredd's world from a slightly different angle.
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Classic tragic tale where even Dredd can empathise with a law breaker...for about 2 minutes anyway. These Dredd graphic formats are great for people like me who are long time readers but no longer have room for thosands of 2000 AD comics.