It’s another day in the Meg in Judge Dredd “Night Bloom” and we’re treated to a feature reminiscent of Strangers on a Train. Or are we? This one is a story that alludes to one thing but then turns the tale on its head, offering the reader a nice twist. One of my favorite Dredd one-shots in a while. Well written with a nice pace, and a great color palette, not surprisingly my favorite of the special.
The Ace Trucking folks are on a milk-run, or so they think until they get accosted by the branding police. Can they get their cargo out in one piece or will they face re-branding? This one is fun and a bit caustic with just a hint of corporate satire. I love the nice clean lines, although the art could have done with a bit more gradation and black saturation.
Sinister Dexter brings us yet another quirky dark comedy tale of what happens to thugs who use a heatwave to kill a bunch of people and get rich in the process. I’m not usually a SinDex fan, but this one left even me smiling. It’s bloody good fun, pun intended.
RoboHunter faces the “Droid Dilemma” when he tries to do a good turn for a robot rights activist group and gets on the wrong side of a mega-lactic corporation. Hoagy turns it from bad to worse when he accidentally lets the corporation know where the group is hiding. This one has plenty of tongue in cheek satire with all the low brow humor you can stand.
Last but not least is a Rogue Trooper one-shot that will leave you groaning from both the gore and the humor. Everyone’s favorite merc decides to use deception and guile to get some information and it all goes sideways as usual, leaving him with a rather unconventional exit strategy.
I’m not usually a big fan of single story anthologies but every one in this book was an example of good comics. Check out the 2000 AD Sci-Fi Summer Special!.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.