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Judge Dredd Year One: City Fathers (Judge Dredd- Year One Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : August 8, 2012
- File size : 386 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : 2000 AD Books (August 8, 2012)
- ASIN : B008VE3D8I
- Print length : 79 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,130 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story itself is fairly straightforward, it would have been at home in one of the more "filler" sections of the 2000AD storyline in between major epics, but it's a good mystery that pushes Dredd along right to the end, and gives him a chance to show off just a little of his massive endurance chops we get in some of the bigger stories.
I enjoyed the idea of Dredd as a rookie finding his place and exhibiting his generally known demeanor. However, it was a little over explained in situations that the circumstances could have described just as effectively.
When I read Dredd novels I find myself drifting back to Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" meets Robocop and I am rarely disappointed. This is the future. There are mutants, ray guns, bullets, dames and Dredd. That is the gravy that never gets in the way of a "who dun it" and that is what this book was.
My only true gripe is that it became predictable about 2/3 of the way through. That is the reason for the lower rating then other novels I've read in the Dredd line.
This is a good book when you just want to get lost for an afternoon or late evening.
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This book is very much like the early strip, the story is tight and well visualized, the author is expecting the reader to know who the Judge's are, and what Mega City 1 is like. He takes very little time explaining, instead you are thrown into the story and he drip feeds information about Dredd and the Big Meg. From the off it is interesting to be inside Dredd's head, to know what he's feeling, what he's thinking. There are some insights to this in the comic, but here you get more depth.
The story is gripping, what starts out as a brutal murder leads onto a conspiracy that threatens the city. The characters are more that two dimensional, each are there for a reason and help to move the plot along. It is interesting to see Dredd as a rookie, the fear his name instills is not there yet, but there are glimpses of the Judge he will become. It is also interesting to be a part of his inner monologue and see how he has doubts, mainly about himself and his place in the world. Also he feels the pressure of his heritage, he feels he needs to be more than just a Judge.
There is one thing though that confused me, the inclusion of Rico. Without giving too much away I found it strange considering what he is and how he was portrayed that he was included, and more strange that other Judge's - including Dredd - know what he is, especially considering how another Judge is dealt with later in the book. Now I know most Year One stories in other continuities are re-boots of known histories, I'm not sure if this will turn out to be the same. Considering Rico, it is already different from the known back-story for the character, so I'm left wondering if he will feature more in the early years of his brother in book form than he did in the comic.
If you've never read any Judge Dredd I highly recommend this, its a great introduction to a great character.
It's not a bad book, but assumes that the reader knows about the history of Mega City One and the Judge system as there is a lot of detail in there. It's interesting going back to the start of the story with Dredd as a street Judge and ties in well with the Judge Dredd: Origins novel (very well done) and also allows us to see more of Dredd's clone twin Rico and if you read the comics, you know how that worked out!
It was different and I liked it, it was good value - I paid about £1.49 for it so it was good value although a bit short. I'll be buying more of these books.
Different, but recommended.
Just upgraded the mark a star. It certainly shines alongside some of the Anderson and Judges material.
I won't go into detail as to what the story is like. But it's a nice little police procedural, mystery and slice of Mega-city life all rolled into one. It's not as action packed as the average comic tale, but prose lends itself better to this.
If you're a Dredd fan, or just a fan of good stories I would highly recommend this. And why not pick up an issue of 2000 AD as well?