Dredd investigates a bank robbery, and uses a cigar to track the perps down to a tobacco store. A quick chase later, and Dredd’s smoked another lawbreaker.
Ol’ Stoney Face
Dredd describes cigarettes as weeds and “disgusting objects”, but lets a couple of potential perps off with a warning as he stops them before they actually light up.
Dredd uses a rifle here (possibly the Law Rod?) instead of his normal pistol.
The Big Meg
Smoking on the street is now illegal. All smoking supplies have a Mega-City brand on them so they can be traced. Stores can still sell smoking products (and display “genuine wooden Indians”) even though there’s only one place in the City they can actually be used – the Smokatorium.
This fine establishment has smokers packed in like sardines, and helmets must be worn to ensure you don’t choke and die.
The City has something called the “Carribean Zone”.
Dredd’s Lawmaster includes a “street-scanner” that can identify nicotine (and other pollutants) nearby.
The Meg has some sort of “Bank Squad” force that appears to be part of the regular police. They defer to Dredd and the Judges.
Crazy Al and his gang are in the bank-robbing business – and possibly even worse they smoke while they do it! For some completely unknown reason they wear old-timey spacesuit helmets.
Al has no hesitation in wasting one of the bank tellers. Rather than sensibly making a break for it with their bank heist haul, Al sends one of his goons, Dave, to pick up some cigars. Dave is perfectly happy boasting of their recent bank job to anyone who’ll listen. Dave ends up on the receiving end of Dredd’s fist.
Al makes a run for it, but runs into the Smokatorium by mistake. Without a helmet he is quickly overwhelmed by the fumes, but refuses to go down without a fight.
Al kills a bank teller, but Dredd then blasts Al away.
I’ll keep this short. This might be the first actively terrible issue. I can’t really find anything to like about it. I personally don’t like smoking and would gladly see it banned, but even I think this blatant attempt at “teaching a lesson” is cack-handed and ridiculous.