It’s an awesome issue with Judge Death getting freed. The story has clear chapters, from the original 2000 AD progs, but the way Wagner brings it together–the changing focus on the first few–the both awesome and lackluster finish… it works out beautifully.
The issue also brings back Anderson, after her brush with Judge Death, and gives her and Dredd a rather amusing reunion. There’s no tenderness to it, which just makes it all the better. Wagner does get in some tenderness–not really towards one another, but Dredd letting his guard down for a moment–towards the end.
The cohesive story–the lackey breaking Death out, the revelation of the rest of the villains, the revelation of their plan. Wagner does really well with his plotting. He never rushes, never tries too hard.
And the Bolland art is gorgeous; both futuristic and horrific. It’s a great comic book.
Writer, John Wagner; artist, Brian Bolland; colorist, John Burns; letterers, Tom Frame and Tony Jacob; editor, Nick Landau; publisher, Eagle Comics.