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Judge Dredd: Raptaur
Medium: comic
Year: 1991
Writer: Alan Grant
Artist: Dean Ormston
Country: UK
Keywords: Judge Dredd Megazine, Judge Dredd
Format: Judge Dredd: The Megazine vol 1 issues 11-17, 62 pages
Website category: Comics UK
Review date: 22 January 2022
It's basically Judge Dredd vs. Aliens, except that these rip-off aliens are also hypnotists. They're not actually H.R.Giger's Xenomorphs, but let's not fool ourselves. We can see Alan Grant's... uh, inspiration. Since then, though, we've had the real thing with Predator vs. Judge Dredd (1997), Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus (2003) and Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens (2017).
That aside, though, is this worth reading?
Sort of, yeah. If you're not expecting much. It's simple, but entertaining enough. Grant includes plenty of humour, from the comedy elopers to the school bus references and the silly adverts. "Do you remember your first good spew? Recapture that moment with SICKOS!" "So if you like to vomit, try SICKOS. So good, you can't hold 'em down!"
The judicial punishments are silly. "No fish license!" "Emotional display in a public place!"
That said, though, it's a good fight. The Raptaur is tough as hell. Dredd's knife-assisted method of not falling is lots of ouch, while his "eat this, ugly!" made me laugh. This was also one of the earliest stories of Dean Ormston, with his thick, charmingly cartoonish-but-horrific painting style. Completely and utterly derivative? Sure, despite the hypnosis. But I enjoyed it.