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WAGNER, JOHN  & MACNEIL, COLIN - JUDGE DREDD – THE FADING OF THE LIGHT  In THE COMPLETE AMERICA 2003 Titan Books. 2000 AD 

Sequel to America,. With his lover dead after he informed on her democratic-terror cell, Beanie has had a full sex change to  take on her identity, to remind himself of her for the rest of his days. Though he has been able to have a child, who he raises in the name of America, his sex change has gone wrong. He is dying. He is however due to receive an Arnie Award (A pun on the name of Arnold Schwartzeneggar) and at this point he is approached by a surviving member of the old terrorist cell who wants Beanie to blow himself up at the award ceremony, seeing as he is dying anyway. After initially agreeing to the deal, Beanie is raped by a gang, and rescued belatedly by a Judge, who’s slow response gets him sacked and arrested by Judge Dredd, who now takes a very personal interest in beanie’s case. Beanie now refuses to co-operate in the Arnie Award killings, so the organizers of the murders kidnap his daughter, America to force him to do it, but Beanie puts his faith in Judge Dredd and tell him what is going on. Dredd rescues the daughter, but he is unable to prevent a general massacre of the World’s leading film stars by the terrorist cell.  Beanie is allowed to go for giving evidence, and he goes to receive a very touching voluntary euthanasia release from his despair. The story now switches to the child America, who is enrolled into the Judge’s Academy. Beanie has decided that the only way to bring good into the police force is not by undermining its authority from without, but by injecting good people into its ranks from an early age. A thoughtful, if slower sequel to the powerful America story, showing how great a Judge Dredd story can be in the hands of genuinely talented authors like Wagner & Macneil. http://web.archive.org/web/20070213191034/http://www.2000adonline.com/

 

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