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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD; Original edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080993
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the “Galaxy's Greatest Comic”, he co-created Judge Dredd, as well as a host of other series, including the critically-acclaimed Button Man. Incredibly prolific throughout his career, and writing under a diversity of pen names — often in concert with Alan Grant, with whom he devised and developed 2000 AD's sister comic, the Judge Dredd Megazine — Wagner has worked extensively beyond 2000 AD, originating, writing many American standards, including Batman, The Punisher, Lobo and Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett. His graphic novel A History of Violence was made into a hit film. Spanish artist Carlos Ezquerra is the co-creator of Judge Dredd, and has a legendary career in comcis behind him, having co-created many of 2000 AD's most iconic characters including Strontium Dog and Durham Red.

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This is a must-have for Dredd fans!
Matthew Scott Baker
Origins puts more meat on the story and includes some wonderful scenes of early Judges in their riot cop uniforms.
Kid Kyoto
Can't say anymore - go read it, drok it all!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By riot_shark on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Just like with any well established mythos, there's a back story. Sometimes it's out in the open for everyone to poke and prod. Other times it's a bit more reserved, clinging to the frailty of the curtain.

Judge Dredd: Origins falls somewhere in between. Ever since "The Cursed Earth" among other serials, fans thought that they were well versed in the lore of this mighty police state. Well, they thought wrong.

The story was not only intended to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the magazine that brought Dredd into existence, but for it's father John Wagner to finally set the record straight on the Judical System when so much of it had been left to mere imagination.

It opens with mysterious care package containing live skin tissue of the long thought dead Chief Judge Eustace Fargo, Dredd's clone father and the founder of the Justice Department as we know it. Also enclosed is a ransom demand, typical of any petty criminal mutie or otherwise.

What follows is an intense whirlwind of intrigue, betrayal, and corruption that so perfectly dogtails into it's own conclusion that it's comparable to a critically acclaimed novel. Also provided is a much better back story than DC's "alternate universe" take that predates the more familiar series by 20 years. Fargo holding an office of power in the government is still left relatively intact however.

It also surprisingly serves itself well as an introductory book to the series seeing as how few comics out can rarely say the same what with constant reboots and revamps plaguing the industry at large. 2000 AD thankfully has yet to subjugate any of it's franchises or fanbase to such atrocities.

In closing, I would just like to say what a joy it was to tear through this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kid Kyoto VINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
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Judge Dredd is a character that works several ways. Sometimes he's a parody of American action heroes like Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone. Other times he's just another thug hero like the ones he was created to parody. But sometimes he's written as a three-dimensional character with real doubts about what he does.

This is one of those stories.

It begins with a prologue by John Wagner and Kev Walker where a mysterious package is delivered to the Justice Department leaving a trail of murders in its wake.

Then Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra continue the story as a group of Judges are sent to recover the body of Chief Justice Fargo, founder of the Mega City Judges and creator of their 'instant justice' system. In the process secrets are revealed and the readers learn the true history of the Judges and of Judge Dredd.

I should stop here and say, don't panic. This is not one of those 'everything you know is a lie' stories. We do not find out that Fargo was really Hitler or that Dredd is really from Earth 33. The story of how the judges were formed was first told in the 70s and here it is essentially unchanged. They were created in response to rising crime and a powerless judicial system, in time they overthrew the last President of the United States and replaced it with their own iron-fisted rule. Origins puts more meat on the story and includes some wonderful scenes of early Judges in their riot cop uniforms. The scenes with a war-mongering president who stole an election might be a bit too obviously political but after the 2008 election they lose a lot of their bite.

Throughout the story there are subtle hints that Dredd is starting to question the rules he's lived by.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on May 30, 2013
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Brilliant. A complete story focusing in on the childhood background of Judge Dredd, Judge Rico and their clone origins. This details the beginnings of the Judge System, how and why it went into place. Also a complete history of the Atomic Wars which created the Cursed Earth from a fresh point of view going into detail with what happened to major players Eustace Fargo and the last President, Robert L. Booth. Even though this is an origin story, I wouldn't recommend it as a first introduction to Dredd as it does assume you know what the heck they are talking about. The whole book is in colour which is a visual delight as Ezquerra's work is especially nice on Dredd. Since this story is particularly violent, the colour does add to the graphic nature of this volume and there is a rape scene, so not one to pass off onto the kiddies. Nevertheless, a fantastic story for readers, like me, getting into the Judge Dredd universe, who sort of know their way around but don't know all the history and background yet. One of my favourite trade collections to date.
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I arrive a bit late to dredd's books and never realized what I was missing. Read case files 2-5 and now origins and it's excelent! very good story and I loved Ezquerra's artwork!! As someone out there said, I wouldn't recomend it as a first read comic. I would choose case files 5 instead. But if you are a Dredd's fan, it's a must read.
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By DC on September 23, 2013
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This is a great back story that I understand to be the filler to previous eluded back stories. Much like others have said, sometimes Dredd is more three dimensional and I wasn't disappointed. This story helps me visualize and want more of the younger Dredd and Rico particularly to the point of "Year of Our Fathers" novel. Thank you for creating a character with a window into our world.
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