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I Am the Law

Nonfiction: Politics
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/19/2024

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I Am the Law

How Judge Dredd Predicted Our Future

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696614160


An in-depth examination of the ways in which the comic strip Judge Dredd, published in 2000 AD, has predicted the changing face of policing in Britain over the last forty-five years.

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Product Description

He is the law—and you better believe it!

Judge, jury, and executioner, Judge Dredd is the brutal comic book cop policing the chaotic future urban jungle of Mega-City One, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra and launching in the pages of 2000 AD in 1977.

But what began as a sci-fi action comic quickly evolved into a searing satire on hardline, militarized policing and "law and order" politics, its endless inventiveness and ironic humor acting as a prophetic warning about our world today—and with important lessons for our future.

Blending comic book history with contemporary radical theories on policing, I Am The Law takes key Dredd stories from the last forty-five years and demonstrates how they provide a unique wake up call about our gradual, and not so gradual, slide towards authoritarian policing.

From the politicization of policing to "zero tolerance," from violent suppression of protest to the rise of the surveillance state, I Am The Law examines how a comic book warned us about the chilling endgame of today's "law and order" politics.

Author Bio

Michael Molcher has worked for 2000 AD for over ten years as head of PR, and in the process has interviewed many writers and artists who have written and drawn for the comic over its forty-five-year publishing history.