Judge Dredd: The Day The Law Died!, Part 11
2000 A.D. and Starlord Prog 99
10 Feb 79
Judge Dredd Epics: Judge Caligula 2, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Caligula, The Complete Judge Dredd 9, Judge Dredd 11, Judge Dredd Epics: The Day The Law Died and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02.
Dredd's road liner crashes, Cal celebrates and the Judges take a day off.
FIRSTS & LASTS
The old Ohio River flows underneath Mega-City One, it has been nicknamed The Big Smelly. It became so polluted that it was concreted over.
Cal allows a day of lawlessness, but the streets are deserted and crime is down.
Named Judges: Judge Atting, Judge Jennings.
His road liner crashes through city bottom and into the old Ohio river.
CHIEF JUDGE CAL
Believing Dredd dead, he declares that there will be no arrests for 24 hours regardless of the crime.
He claims to love Cal sufficiently to die for him. Cal allows Cox the use of his own gun for the purpose.
Dredd: "Judges, Cal has won...I weep - I weep for my city."
Giant: "Suit yourself, J.D. - - But me, I'm weepin' for me!'
Cal: "Do you love me, Judge Cox? I mean really love me?"
Cox: "Yes, Chief Judge. I...I would die for you!"
Cal: "Would you? That's a very generous offer. You've made me feel a lot better, Judge Cox. Off you go and do it then. I'll let you use my gun."
Cal: "No "buts", Judge Cox! Either you love me or you don't!"
Cox: Yes, sir...
Cal: "The Big Smelly! A fitting end to that stinker Dredd!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Giant mentions his Pappy again.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Judge Jennings' badge is very difficult to read and I may have gotten it completely wrong.
The Ohio River is indeed ranked as the most polluted river in the USA based on data from 2009 and 2010.
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: M. McMahon
It's interesting that Cal's madness is almost leading him into a series of diminishing returns. You might expect that in a narrative structure, Cal's activities would escalate, but here almost the opposite is true, as genocide gives way to incarceration and then to draconian laws before a removal of law and order altogether. It probably shouldn't work as well as it does and yet in defying that logic Cal is all the more unpredictable and gives this story its edge.
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