Cal seems to have taken care of Dredd and his comrades, but finds the City is still not adoring him. Cal’s Judges start to wonder if they might have backed the wrong horse.
Ol’ Stoney Face
Dredd’s Road Liner crashes through the ground into the old polluted Ohio River, which is now called The Big Smelly. He is, apparently, dead. And smelly.
Friends of Dredd
Dredd’s pals plunge with him into the smelly embrace of the underground river. This seems to mark the end of the insurrection.
The Big Meg (and Beyond)
To celebrate Dredd’s death Cal allows an entire day where all crimes are legal. But the citizens are apparently so devastated by Dredd’s final end that they are too busy mourning to take advantage.
Even the Judges are finally starting to wonder if Cal might be the right person for the job of Chief Judge. But, of course, they have helped get rid of the one Judge who might have had a shot at taking on Cal and the Kleggs.
Cal’s joy at Dredd’s departure – which even inspires a lovely poem from him – is short-lived as he realises the citizens don’t share his jubilation. After instituting insane laws, he decided to make all crime legal. Even this doesn’t make them happy!
We apparently see the end of Dredd, Giant and their comrades from the Academy of Law here.
One of the things I’m trying to do with this blog is avoid as much background info as possible. I’d already read The Cursed Earth before going through it again and knew how seminal it was, and agreed with the general fan consensus (from what I can tell). This is my first time reading The Day the Law Died, and I’m now dying to know how it is viewed by most fans. Because, as much as it pains me to say it, it’s not working for me at the moment.
All the individual pieces should work. The Judges being taken over by a maniac. Dredd having to fight his own people. The citizens fighting back. But it just doesn’t come together – and it’s going way too long. Even with this specific episode, turning the focus away from Dredd could have been interesting. But what do we learn? Cal is insane. I think we knew that.
It makes no sense at all that the Judges choose now to realise Cal is crazy and needs to be stopped. The plot pings from thing to thing with only tenuous connections.
I don’t like being so down on this, and there is still a long way to go, but I had to get my thoughts down as they are now.