The story so far: Following nuclear war in the 22nd century, the survivors live in vast megacities surrounded by radioactive wasteland. Megacity One is a sprawling, crime ridden termite mound of of mile high tower blocks named after twentieth century B list celebrities. In an attempt to maintain order, the police and entire legal system have been replaced by "Judges", fascistic riot cops, authorised to perform on-the-spot executions. The most notorious Judge of all is Judge Joe Dredd: A grim, faceless authority figure, a mind without love or compassion only traffic byelaws and legal jargon.....so it's nice when a little humour creeps into the grim dystopianism.
This comic book story is from a 1980 issue of the British comic 2000AD, at a time when the Reverend Sun Myun Moon's Unification Church (a.k.a. The Moonies) was on the rise.
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
"There are essential and inessential insanities. The later are solar in character, the former are linked to the moon."
- Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker