IDW Judge Dredd Classics - The Dark Judges: Cover Art - Various

IDW Comics continue their remarkable run of reprints, with the latest Judge Dredd Classics covering Judge Death & The Dark Judges, from the colossal creators’ collective, of John Wagner/Alan Grant (w) & Brian Bolland (a)!

One of the creepiest comics of all-time, the series builds it’s way to a terrifying crescendo, when in the second half of the story the antithesis of Judge Dredd, alien superfiend Judge Death

whose motto is: 

“All crime iss committed by the living, therefore all life itsself iss a crime…!” 

- is joined by his evil brethren, The Dark Judges, Fear, Fire & Mortis from their dread dimension, Deadworld.

The horror is broken a little, with typical dark humour (excuse the pun!), provided by the breezy, light-hearted demeanour, and debut of Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson - the perfect foil to Dredd’s stony demeanour, and the terrifying presence of Judge Death!

IDW Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges  #1-4, with colours by Charlie Kirchoff.

  • Top: Judge Dredd Classics #1: The Dark Judges #1: Judge Death Regular Cover Art - Darick Robertson.
  • The Dark Judges #1: Subscription variant - Sam Shearon
  • The Dark Judges #2:  Darick Robertson brilliantly recreates that punch, showing that Dredd literally has no Fear!
  • The Dark Judges #2: Judge Fear - Sam Shearon
  • The Dark Judges #3: Another radiant recreation of a classic Moment of Thrill-Power, as Anderson is psychically linked to Judge Death.
  • The Dark Judges #3: Judge Fire - Sam Shearon,
  • The Dark Judges #4: Psi-Judge Anderson  faces down the Four Dark Judges.
  •  The Dark Judges #4: Judge Mortis - Sam Shearon 
Getting tested together?

So I have this pot and he wants to eventually be intimate. I’m fine with that,  but made it very clear that it was not happening right away, that I need to get to know him first, that I would get my first allowance first and that there is no possible way in hell I would do anything with him without STI results. Would it be weird if I asked if we could get tested together? Idk I’d just feel better if we went at the same time than if I was just handed a piece of paper. How do I go about actually getting tested, I’m on my parents insurance (and they don’t know about this) so I’m not really sure?

Western Australia remote Aboriginal community closures

If these 150 communities are shut down, the effects of these forced dispossessions will be disastrous. We will see an increase in poor mental health, incarceration rates, homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse. Indigenous leaders have spoken out against these closures and all have voiced the same concerns; if you remove someone from their country, their ancestral lands, you take away that person’s cultural identity. 

Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

“Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Article 8 highlights the dangers of removing people.
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.
2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
(c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite
racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.”

How can the Australian government so blatantly ignore the rights of First Nations peoples? This colonial state already abuses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers on onshore and offshore detention centers and it certainly won’t stop here with First Nations peoples. 

These community closures cannot go ahead. This is assimilation and an attempt to deny Indigenous peoples their cultural rights and obligations. 

The WA government and the Abbott government will be partaking in genocide by closing these communities. Living on one’s traditional land is not a “lifestyle choice”, it is living on one’s own ancestral lands as a cultured, sovereign and First Nations person.

This is not simply a matter of removing a people from a place they know and call home, it’s a matter of people having nowhere to go once they are removed. It’s a matter of loosing cultural and language because there will be no schools the children can go to so that they can learn their mother tongue and be immersed in their culture. This is a matter and life and death, literally.

Joining CAAMA radio is Mitch Torres from the Kimberley, Western Australia Remote Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have announced a global call to action to stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities which are causing people to leave their homelands due to state and federal governments withdrawal of support of basic essential services. People all over Australia have been show their support for those that have been effected by the proposals to shut down 150 remote Aboriginal in Western Australia and Thursday the 19th of March across the nation will be celebrating close the gap day, yet for many people they feel the gap has significantly widened.

Please listen to this and spread it far and wide. Please also see my previous post that relates to this interview.