The law is coming to the iPad. A new game featuring helmet-headed future lawman Judge Dredd, star of long-running British sci-fi comic 2000 AD and the spin-off Judge Dredd Megazine, explodes on to the iPad next year.
Mega-City One's top judge also dispenses his brand of instant bullety justice on the big screen next year. Dredd features Star Trek's Bones McCoy, Karl Urban, as the stony-faced sci-fi copper.
Judge Dredd appeared in the second issue of 2000 AD in 1977 and has been the lead strip ever since. Created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, Dredd has been written and drawn by such comic luminaries as Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon and Dave Gibbons.
Australian developer Tin Man Games is building the app, in conjunction with the people behind the recent Dredd tabletop roleplaying game. It takes the form of a gamebook, a kind of high-tech Choose Your Own Adventure or Fighting Fantasy in which your choices determine the story.
It's not the first time you've had the chance to don Dredd's helmet and take out perps with his trusty Lawgiver handgun: Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death was released for the PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube in 2003. And of course there was the game accompanying the 1995 movie Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone: "I am da lurrr!"
Judge Dredd will be apprehending no-good crims in the iTunes App Store in the second half of 2012, and will be available for Android phones and tablets before the end of the year. It will cost $5 (£3.20).