• Judge Dredd: Under Siege #3 (IDW Publishing) Comic Review

    Judge Dredd: Under Siege #3
    Released by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: July 25th, 2018.
    Written by: Mark Russell
    Illustrated by: Max Dunbar
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    The story so far…

    “The control room for Patrick Swayze Block is held by Tallyrand, the leader of a band of mutants
    determined to invade the city; now they control the lights and power in the whole block. Judge
    Dredd and his comrades have retreated to a deserted mall, where there’s a backup generator and a chance at defense. But the mall brings back memories of worse times for Tiger—and reminds her why she will follow the Mayor to the end…”

    The mutants continue their all-out assault on the Patrick Swayze block, but Dredd’s not going to just stand there and take it. He goes on the offensive, with help from Tiger and The Mayor. Together they corner some of the mutants who are holed up in a meat store in the mall. One of the mutants surrenders, telling Dredd he’s not a bad person, he ‘simply acted on the incentives laid before me in a life with few opportunities.’ Dredd accepts the surrender but the mutant’s comrades have other ideas for him. It doesn’t end well.

    Things calm down but Dredd knows they’ll be back and he encourages the Mayor and his crew to reload and prepare to defend their positions again soon. They don’t move a muscle on Dredd’s command, but once the Mayor okays it, they oblige.

    Elsewhere, Tallyrand has his minions prepare to set off a dirty bomb at the Five Points section of Mega-City One where it would spread debris for miles across dozens of sectors. But he just lost over a hundred of his mutant soldiers to Dredd and his crew – so getting down from the higher floors they’re on won’t be easy. So Tallyrand gets on the PA system and address the residents (not citizens, he makes this clear) of Mega-City One in an attempt to get the residents of the block to turn against the Judges – and it just might work.

    Mark Russell’s story does a really good job of pulling a lot of current day political turmoil into a Dredd story. There’s obviously, and understandably, a lot of anti-cop sentiment going on right now while protests to shut down ICE offices seem to be more common than not in cities with large immigrant populations. It’s important to take this into account when reading the book, it’s obviously where some of the ideas for the story came from and it’s exactly the type of thing that Tallyrand is trying to tap into with his speech to the ‘residents’ and with his actions against the Judges. It isn’t subtle, but it does work and it makes for a story both entertaining and thought provoking. There’s always been a heavy, satirical bent to the best Dredd stories, and Russell is continuing that tradition to good effect.

    Max Dunbar’s artwork, nicely colored by Jose Luis Rio, continues to be solid. Lots of nice detail, a great sense of movement and a knack for conveying emotion and feeling through the facial expressions of the characters that he illustrates all ensure that this storyline looks as good as it reads.

    All in all, another solid entry in a series very much worth reading.