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Judge Dredd: Case Files 01 Paperback – June 15, 2010
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For those unfamiliar, Judge Dredd is the central character in a long running comic series out of the U.K. that is set in the far future where most of the planet is a wasteland and the few remaining cities are overpopulated fortresses called MegaCities. Within these cities the rule of law is contained within the Judges, computerized cycle-riding individuals who carry out sentencing and execution on the spot. The most recognized Judge is Joe Dredd, a harsh dispenser of law and order.
These books are an interesting mix, as they really are sustained by breakneck pace more than character development. In many ways, they are the polar opposite of a series like The Walking Dead, which is all about the people and less about their world. With Dredd, the world is really the story. This is hard far future sci-fi, with cities that are completely computerized and rampant with robots, a colonized Moon and Judges that can fire heat-seeking bullets from their guns. Most stories are short, especially in the earlier runs where the criminals were found and stopped within 6 or 7 pages. That's not a criticism, though, the artwork and future-shock feel of the Mega City makes these stories great short burst reading. Later in the volume the stories begin to get bigger, with cliffhangers and longer lengths. The artwork throughout is also solid, especially Brian Bolland who is a fantastic illustrator.
As for Dredd himself, it's easy to see why he's so popular.Read more ›
For over 30 years this English comic has gone through many phases so people tend to forget it started as a satire of Hollywood heroes and science fiction in general. So most of the 8 page stories in this book can be summed up as 'cute'. There are some straightforward action stories, some humor ones, and some plain old misses. What's interesting is that Dredd is amazingly consistent, his character, personality, even his world in this book are not that different from how they are written and drawn today.
With rotating artists and writers this book is a bit inconsistent. Sometimes you get the great Brian Bolland or Carlos Ezquerra... sometimes you don't. Since most of these stories were originally in black and white the reproduction is fine, though some of the pages look like they were originally in color and come out a bit muddy in B&W.
These stories are not the best Dredd stories, but they're not bad by any means. And you're getting more than 300 pages for a low price. So if you're a Dredd fan add a star, but if you're not that into him this probably is not for you.
Its important to point out that Judge Dredd was first printed in a weekly sci-fi comic in the 70s, so the short 7-11-page format might seem alien to American comic readers. There is also a tradition of switching-up writers and artists for Judge Dredd - so don't expect consistency. Dredd is also a unique anti-hero in the comic-world - an unlikable stalwart who serves as counterpoint to almost every 'cool' villain or weirdo he takes on. However - when it comes to the crunch, everyone's glad that Dredd is there, Supermanlike, to save the day!
So Judge Dredd is a strange beast - but its also the cleverest, most satirical comic strip ever published. Expect a lot of irony and laughs! Many of the strips work on two levels, the slapstick horror-show stuff aimed firmly at 70s/80s British teens, and the wry satire at the teens' dads, who inevitably picked up the comics, and eventually became the main demographic. This double-level writing gives a lot of depth.
This volume of reprints is perhaps not the slickest looking thing - but these strips were often drawn fast for publication in a WEEKLY comic starting in the 1970s. The original comic itself was printed (mostly in B&W) on fairly grainy newsprint, so its amazing that these reproductions look as good as they do!
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terrible, well not my tatse I can acknowledge the creativity, maybe a rebooted dredd graphic novelPublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
In 1983, when I was 13 years old, I began collecting Eagle Comics reprints of Judge Dredd and absolutely fell in love with the character. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Swan
Definitely an entertaining book. Dredd is very likable, and I guarantee you'll be done with his misadventures in a day or so. The book is also well drawn and pleases the eye.Published 6 months ago by austink
Reading bits of this was a good way to get ready for my shift each night.Published 8 months ago by Zack
I love Dredd the character, but I kind of hate these 2 page stories.Published 10 months ago by J. Armstrong
I love Judge Dredd. But the original stuff from the 70's is just too cheesy for me to enjoy. Ill stick to the new stuff.Published 12 months ago by James Roseman III