When the camp vamp himself - the occult adventurer Devlin
Waugh - crosses paths with Judge Dredd, the lawman finds himself
in the midst of an international incident. Ordered to escort
Waugh to the Vatican, Dredd is plunged into a deadly conspiracy
lurking within the Holy City's secret cloisters; and soon
this unlikely duo find themselves challenging the very heavens
themselves as they dare to question the will of Grud...
is Dead is
by far the most intricate 2000 AD audio release from
Big Finish to date. After the last, slightly disappointing,
release which saw Strontium Dog Johnny Alpha team up with
the Big Finish team get back on track fast with another winner
of a release.
that like their Dredd tongue-in-cheek will find few laughs
here - although there are several subtle puns. Grud is
Dead is played as a straight forward drama and it works
Ainsworth shows his versatility again as he delivers
another mini masterpiece written by James Swallow.
Guinness's Devlin Waugh is believable - even if he is a Brit-Cit
dandy who hungers for more than a cup of tea and a chocolate
biscuit due to the fact that he's a vampire. But, his bloodlust
has attracted the attention of a secret organisation working
under the wing of the Vatican. What on earth could this centuries
old 'cult' want with an abomination to God's creation? More
than Dredd has bargaining on. What he thought would be a relatively
incident free trip to escort Waugn to Rome turns out to be
subject of this story may not be original - attacking the
hypocrisy of religion - but it's execution (if you'll forgive
the pun) is spot on.
I mentioned earlier, there are a few humorous moments which
help to break up the drama. One example is the underground
culture that are 22nd century tea rooms (boiled leaves are
outlawed as a forbidden stimulant and sugar is illegal).
is one release that you'll probably have to listen to more
than once in order to appreciate the intricacies of the storyline
and it's certainly well worth it.
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