Tuesday 17 October 2017

Judge Dredd takes aim at Farage

Nigel Farage in comic book form is to run up against Judge Dredd in a new story (Rebellion/PA)
Nigel Farage in comic book form is to run up against Judge Dredd in a new story (Rebellion/PA)

Nigel Farage is facing the full force of the law - when he runs up against Judge Dredd in a new comic-strip story.

The Ukip leader, thinly disguised as Bilious Barrage, will encounter the fearsome law enforcement official in Mega-City One when a series of terrorist attacks stoke up anti-immigrant tensions.

Editors are staying tight-lipped about the plot but said the story, called Judge Dredd: People Like Us, would not end well for the politician when it appears in an edition of the Judge Dredd magazine later this year.

Mr Farage is not the first politician to get the comic book treatment from 2000AD - with versions of Mrs Thatcher and Tony Blair all featuring previously.

2000 AD editor Matt Smith said: "2000 AD has a long tradition of taking a pop at authority, stemming from its anti-establishment punk origins back in the 1970s.

"Whether it was Margaret Thatcher being executed on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral by the Volgans in the very first issue, to Tony Blair being lampooned as the monomaniacal superhero B.L.A.I.R. 1, or Nemesis the Warlock ruthlessly satirising organised religion, 2000 AD has always taken a pop at the powerful and the pompous and no one, not even today's politicians, are safe."

The science-fiction comic was launched in 1977 and the character of Judge Dredd - a policeman with the power to summarily arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One is its most famous character.

The Judge Dredd stories have also inspired computer games and two films including a 1995 movie with Sylvester Stallone in the title role.

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