I couldn’t get much work done while I was down with Covid, so I caught up on 2000AD, specifically the new ‘Dreadnoughts’ book.

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The story is set in Colorado right around the introduction of the judges. A boy in a rich neighbourhood is kidnapped, and that’s investigated by a new judge straight out of the academy called Veranda Glover. You read it as a detective story, but there’s a lot more going on in the details.

It’s one of those stories where the writers break out of the sci-fi framing for a moment to grab the reader by the shoulders and make a serious point - ‘these are not the heroes, this is really a story about fascism.’

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By setting the story in 2035 rather than 2135, it closes a lot of distance between the present day and the future dystopia. The social critique embedded in Judge Dredd hits a lot harder when it’s brought down to a more recognisable setting.