Judge Dredd: Under Siege #4

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UnderSiege4VCDespite bringing the titular character’s pulse-pounding gun-fight deep inside Patrick Swayze Block to its high body-count of a conclusion, it’s probably likely that a fair few of this mini-series’ readers weren’t entirely satisfied with Mark Russell’s disconcertingly all-too sickly sweet ending for Issue Four of “Judge Dredd: Under Siege”. For whilst the twenty-page periodical’s script seemingly resolves every plot twist the comic has conjured up during its short-lived run, including a shockingly straightforward fate for the courageously defiant Mayor, the fact that Mega-City One’s toughest lawman is actually knocked unconscious moments before its finale is rather disappointingly disorientating.

Admittedly, Old Stoney Face’s perplexing absence does provide this book’s well-defined supporting cast with plenty of ‘screen time’ with which to shine, as Judge Beeny makes a remarkable recovery from having previously been shot from behind so as to take down Tallyrand’s remaining mutants, and Tiger Whitehead utilises her knowledge of a lawgiver in order to kill the two former Kidney Hut collection agents who were threatening to make good on their promise to harvest her internal organs without an anaesthetic; “Any last words before we collect?” However, it’s hard to accept that without these interventions, the man who both crossed the Cursed Earth and later helped bring down East Meg One during the Apocalypse War would’ve been lethally laid low by a pair of bearded bully boys equipped with nothing more than a humble hand-held taser gun…

Similarly as head-scratching is the Eisner Award-nominee’s belief that having spent the best part of this narrative hurling a seemingly endless army of heavily-armed mutants against the local residents in a murderous attempt to control the multi-storey building, this story’s main one-eyed protagonist would simply decide to suddenly amble down some stairs to its entranceway and just walk outside alone carrying his ‘dirty bomb’. Considering just how much time and manpower Tallyrand has already invested in his homicidal plan, it might make some sense for him to launch his flagging forces into a final head-long dash into the metropolis and detonate the explosive device that way. But not debatably to have Max Dunbar pencil him calmly walking through the savage ‘kill or be killed’ chaos surrounding him onto a quiet street and then be utterly torn apart by the formidable spray of a lawmaster’s automatic weaponry.

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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