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- Publication date : July 29, 2013
- File size : 448 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 110 pages
- Publisher : Abaddon Books (July 29, 2013)
- ASIN : B00E8I4286
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,789 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Carroll's been writing some great Dredd of late for both 2000AD and its sister publication, Judge Dredd Megazine, capturing in equal measure the old Daily Star strip's campy humour as well as the more hard-edged satire of Wagner's earlier stories in the main magazine. But it's with regards to the humanity of Dredd where Carroll excels: it's a delicate balance to portray Joe as both a fascist and idealist without compromising one or the other, but here it's done brilliantly, and the converging storylines of both cadet and newbie Judge flavour that blend perfectly.
Mega City One is presented well; its various blocks and sectors illustrated in fairly broad strokes, but with enough detail to give you the backdrop you need. Writing-wise, Carroll goes for a less-is-more approach, letting the story itself talk as opposed to overly stylised prose. This is a pulpy, noir read; the chapters are short and there's plenty of twists and turns to keep you hammering that NEXT button.
If you enjoy the comics and want a little more Dredd, Carroll will see you right. If you're new to Dredd, perhaps turned onto the character through the excellent 2012 film, then this is as good a place as any to begin reading about ol' Joe. Either way, LIGHT OF DAY is a kickass Dredd tale that sets the bar very high indeed.
From the first line showing what it's like to be a Judge to the surprise (I won't spoil it) final scene, this was an entertaining read. Action and intrigue, with a few laughs thrown in for good measure, Mike really knows his subject matter. We see Joe come to the fore, as he has to fight his way through more than just the perps and citizens to reach the conclusion.
You may think the story is just about his first year but we also delve into the past, when Joe and Rico are on a Hotdog Run, which runs through the main story. What happens there comes back to haunt Dredd and we also get a glimpse of Rico and the way he is heading!
Scattered throughout are some clever touches, as we see Joe employ Justice Department skills to help solve this case. To see them employed in the comic is not the same, Mike takes the reader into the departments procedures and adds a CSI type knowledge to the way the Judges operate.
As a long term fan of Dredd I cannot recommend this highly enough!
So you may wonder why on Twitter I often say ‘Mike Who?’ when Michael is mentioned. You had to be on the 2000AD Forum at the time… it was funny, honest.
Anyway, I’ve put his credentials to you, that means when I heard about this book I was confident that it was in good hands. Was my confidence well founded?
The story takes place, as suggested by the title, during Dredd’s first year on the streets of Mega City One. Interestingly there are also flashbacks to Dredd’s Cadet years. We see action on Dredd’s Hot-dog Run, also known as Cursed Earth Familiarisation – an often dangerous lesson for Cadets where Street Judges take a group of them in to the Cursed Earth.
So we are have a story split between 2075 and 2080.
2080, the annual road race Mega City 5000 is about to start and most Judges in the city are busy keeping an eye on the race and the millions of citizen spectators. The Mega City 5000 featured in Progs 40 and 41 in 1977, starring Dredd and Giant, that story was set in 2099 and features the same gangs The Spacers and the Muties.
In 2075 we see Joe Dredd with his twin, Rico, and class mates including Wagner, Hunt and Gibson. Rico and Gibson both later went bad and were killed by Dredd; Rico of course was sent to Titan for breaking the law and was killed on his return in Prog 30. Gibson after being unmasked as armed robber Mutie The Pig in Prog 34.
So instantly the story is setting itself firmly in the wider story of Dredd’s history.
The Hot-dog run story links in to the present of course and Dredd is partnered with his one time teacher, Judge Amber Ruiz. Someone arrested 5 years ago by Dredd, instead of being executed, is now back on the streets and had murdered numerous people, including two Judges. Many of Dredd’s colleagues blame him.
Michael Carroll manages to mix traditional history of Dredd and blend in the more futuristic technology we are now used to. The early stories that link in to this one were written in a simpler age and in most cases the technology was still recognisable. So where the bikers in Progs 40 and 41 looked like they were from The Wild Ones or Amy Which We but Loose the ones described in this book are from what current readers expect from 2000AD
And that’s a key thing here. Michael is as I said in the introduction one of the current writers of Dredd. He has the character of Dredd very well understood and in this book we get a good insight into Dredd.
The characters are well crafted and the names are also fun. There are several that pop out and are clearly based on references to the real world. I won’t mention any as I think while they are hardly true spoilers it would detract from the enjoyment.
The plot is engaging and isn’t at all obvious, granted I guessed a few things along the way but I didn’t get the full story until Michael revealed it.
So to answer my earlier question - Was my confidence well founded? – I’d have to say a resounding ‘Yes!’
If I had to give a one word review it would be WOW, seriously Carroll has captured DREDD perfectly, we are taken back to his roots and can see the not so grizzled face of the future law man as he works a case that takes him back to his first adventure in to the great expanse beyond the wall of Mega-City One, we see him question himself and see him grown an amazing amount within these pages.
Carroll creates a world that immerses you in the grime and shine that is Mega-City One and the Cursed Earth. His character development is next to none and although I 'knew' DREDD very well you can tell even a first time discoverer of the young law man would be pulled in to the world.
As I turned the last page (or more correctly pressed the last button) I was truly sad that the adventure was over for now and I am waiting for him to get his next DREDD tale in print so I can press that first button again.
DROKK that was good!!
I was surprised. This kept me gripped from to start to finish. It was well written, and achieved 'suspension of disbelief'. The character of Jo Dredd and that on his brother were well developed. High Octane read with a degree of intelligence.