|Eglington dialogue is both awash with sarcasm and people complaining about sarcasm. Kinda refreshing to get both, ya know?|
Art by Boo Cook
|A showcase for artist Boo Cook, but the seed of genius is in Eglington's idea!|
|Outlier or Out-Liar?|
Art still by Karl Richardson
|By the end of the series, Richardson is just giving everyone sarcastic faces.|
|You think this story is about mad geniuses playing with guns -|
but really it's about contemporary right-wing dissatisfaction.
Art by Staz Johnson
|If there's one thing Dredd hates, it's adulation|
(actually Dredd hates lots of things. But adulation is up there at the top!)
Art by Colin MacNeil
Anyway, into the mix we get a nerd turned terrorist, and a journalist who’s more interested in getting airtime than pursuing truth.
|Mo just wants to be able to cut a better pay deal with his TV station-|
or doe she care about journalistic truth?
Art by Staz Johnson
I'm especially impressed with his use of Dredd and the Judges as bullies in this story. Although it's always presented as dispassionate upholding of the law, Mega City One does have some very liberal attitudes on display that never sat that well with the 'fascist state' underpinnings of the strip. Freedom of speech in particular is something that often seems allowed in Dredd's world, so it's good to be reminded that the Judges do in fact like to interfere with the press and generally use immoral tactics to keep their citizens in line.
After three separate stories and an epic feel, Eglington even earns a bit of character growth by the end of it all...
|Art by Staz Johnson|
At this point, I'm always pleased to see Eglington's name in the credits box.
More on TC Eglington:
As I imagine befits a hot new writing talent, he's on Instagram (turns out he's pretty good at drawing, too)
You might enjoy an old Thrillcast episode where TC (along with Rob Williams and Chris Weston) talks about writing Dredd
And you can see him in action on Youtube as part of a Panel at 2017's Thought Bubble festival.
Terror Tales: Contractions
Tales of Mega City One: the Irrational Lottery
***Neither the US nor the UK are actually fascist states! Although speaking as a namby-pamby liberal, I sure wish both countries would do less locking people up, a lot less personal surveillance, and quit with the racial profiling.