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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 19, 2012
"Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 2" is the second sequential volume starring "Judge Dredd", the venerable English comic book hero, who has been in print, in one form or another, for well over 30 years. For the most part the series is set in the future in Mega City 1 (nominally New York City and the a portion of eastern seaboard). Judge Dredd is the most well-known (and most feared) of the Street Judges, lawmen who are empowered to arrest, judge, and sentence anyone they find guilty of a crime. Each story runs to a maximum of about 8 pages (due to the fact that they originally ran in a weekly science fiction anthology), but in this volume, most of the short stories are linked into larger, broader story arcs.

In fact, most the book is taken up by two large arcs, "Cursed Earth", where Dredd has to go cross the continental former United States to deliver some life-saving serum to Mega City 2, and "The Day the Law Died", where a meglomaniac judge usurps control of Mega City 1, and Judge Dredd has to restore law and order. The stories, while still somewhat heavy-handed and simplistic at times, show clear improvement over volume 1, as the writers more comfortably flesh out the character of Judge Dredd and his world. While volume 1 was entertaining in its own right, volume 2 is much better and much more representative of Dredd and his world.

As I also noted in my review of vlume 1, Judge Dredd is often not likeable, but his moral compass for right and wrong is unwavering, and at times, it's intentionally too unwavering. The tales have humor, pathos, irony, and a lot of action. If you're a Judge Dredd fan, this collection should be on your bookshelf. Five stars.
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VINE VOICEon February 6, 2011
The first volume of Judge Dredd's complete case files was a bit hit or miss since it was a collection of early 8 page strips that were usually more parody-oriented. But with Vol 2 things really click. First Dredd has an epic multi-part journey through the Cursed Earth, fighting off mutants and monsters to deliver a vital vaccine. But he gets no rest since upon his return he had another multi-part epic where the mad Judge Cal turns Mega City One into his own insane police state.

These were some of the first Dredd stories I read and they hold up. There's a few plot holes (why not fly over the Cursed Earth and land near the plague-infested Mega City 2) and some chapters had to left out for copyright reasons (the introduction summarized them though) but these are mostly straight up action stories and still work today.

The black and white reproduction is crisp throughout, a few pages look like they were originally published in color and look a little muddy. But these are minor quibbles.

For $20 you get over 300 pages of classic British comics, there aren't many better buys in comics today.
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on September 25, 2013
I don't own a Kindle, but I read ebooks on Kindle Cloud Reader. Cloud Reader cannot magnify the pages so they can be read.

Using the Zoom function in the browser results parts of the magnified image disappearing off the page, with no scroll bars available to navigate around the image.

I am sure the contents of the book are fine. Just a really crappy interface available to read it. Money wasted!
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on November 30, 2010
This right here is an essential comic volume. Conveniently this Judge Dredd collection starts out with the first Dredd epic, The Cursed Earth. Dredd has to trek across this savage wasteland and face all sorts of crazy menaces, to save Mega City 2! Even better, right after this leads into the second Dredd epic, The Day The Law Died, where Mega City One has it's own problems. These are some of my early favorites, and when Dredd really started to rock. There's also room for a couple stand alone tales at the end of the book, including the classic Punks Rule.

Wagner, Mills, Bolland, McMahon and friends giving us some great fun stuff, some of the best of the late 70s. Check it out.
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on August 22, 2014
Over all its a good book but kindle need a better optimization process for these books. the occasional clipping of word bobbles and misplacement of cells out of order can be annoying but the material is great and just what you would expect.
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on August 15, 2013
This is, quite honestly, not the Dredd you want it to be. Most of the works collected in this omnibus show a starting point for Dredd, that eventually evolves into the Dredd you know and love. You see flashes of him in there, but for the most part he is shown as a satirical figure more equatable to a grim Dudely Do-Right than anything else. So why the high rating, right? The great joy of reading this early collection is you get to see the evolution of the character, as well as the origins of a good many characters that make appearances later that without their proper introduction you simply would not get the full Dredd experience.
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on August 22, 2015
By the time we get to the second collection of Judge Dredd, a featured tale in the anthology weekly comic "2000 A.D.", the stories begin to shape up and become more consistent. This collection does not feature art by co-creator Carlos Ezquerra. I first fell in love with Dredd due mainly to King Carlos' pen-and-ink art, all presented in glorious black and white. The same monochrome is seen here, the ink flowing from such fantastic talents as Brian Bolland, Mike McMahon, Dave Gibbons ("Watchmen" co-creator!), Brendan McCarthy and rockin' Ron Smith. All the artists are outrageously good, the only critique is that Dredd himself looks different as interpreted by each artist, but it's easy to sort that bit out. "Case Files 2" is Dredd's first foray into the Cursed Earth, the atomic wasteland left after war, with only the Mega Cities safe zones of dense population and "normal" humans. All who live in the Cursed Earth have been affected by radiation and other hazardous materials, and considered "mutants" by city-dwellers. The history of Dredd's time is presented here, in raw form. After all, we readers are just being introduced to the world of Dredd as it is being created. Obviously, there was a huge amount of work done on the back story and history before the first prog hit print. Most of this volume is written by Pat Mills, who was the first editor of "2000 A.D." and worked closely with the creators, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Do not expect precise consistency in the first five or six volumes, even though they are darned good at maintaining consistency for the most part. Even so, even minor characters (such as the robots Snap, Crackle and Pop) may well be important in other tales. The robot trio mentioned, for example, are important in "Origins" - a tale told after another thousand or so 8-page stories. (The complete Dredd Collection runs Eighty volumes!) As always, Dredd is no funny-book, it is intended for early teens on up through us elderly types. As with "Origins" or any other Dredd volume, it is a great tale to be read by the whole family with the intent of discussing the issues raised by the stories. It is no fairy tale, some of the stories are quite unpleasant. Each one does inspire creative thinking, and makes us consider the why and how of how we humans use Law to form society. Best of all, it's an ongoing adventure in a dystopic future with lots of action and weird creatures. Probably best to buy three or four volumes at a time (to get the free shipping!).
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on June 22, 2013
Sombre, funny, relentless. These are some of the words I'd use to describe the greatest lawman in Mega-City 1's history. Judge Joe Dredd, grown to be a Judge in post apocalyptic America. This casebook includes two of his greatest (and for me his absolute greatest) story: The Cursed Earth and Judge Caligula. While I honestly though the Judge Cal story went on a little long, The Cursed Earth, the first Dredd mega story, is prefect. Due to copyright (meaning that McDonald's, Burger King and KFC have no sense of humor) a few chapters had to be chopped, but this doesn't effect this epic at all. If they ever make a Dredd sequel, I'd love to see it be this story. Highly recommended!
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on October 13, 2013
These Volumes are HUGE filled with short story upon short story. Arc upon arc of Old School Judge Dredd. Why are you interested in this volume? You want to learn about Dredd? You want to find out what the big deal is? You want some great Art and Great Storytelling? Well Check Check and Double Check. This Volume as well as the others in this series deliver BIG TIME. for the money you're going to get schooled front row in Mega City One for hours upon hours. You're going to see many of the best artists of the time periods renditions of on the Most Iconic characters in ALL of Comics. Stop thinking about it, and buy it.
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on February 14, 2013
This compilation works like magic, I'd never seen these old Dredd comics from 2000 A.D., but I'd always wanted to, and these complete case files are great! Highly recommend it to fans of Dredd, but also science fiction fans as the series of comics is totally sci-fi, with robot wars, machines that make your dreams come true, and zombies in the underground! Awesome stuff!
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