Sunday, January 24, 2016
Judge Dredd #1 Review
Judge Dredd #1 from IDW -
In Mega-City One's Angela Davis Block, people are disappearing without a trace. Even the Psi-Division can't get a vibe on where the people are disappearing to, and what perps might be involved. Enter Judge Dredd, a heavy-handed crime-fighting machine of a man, looking to dole out justice, one perp at a time. However, Dredd's case goes south almost immediately, as he himself becomes one of the vanished denizens of Mega-City One. Dredd awakes in a strange new world unlike any he has seen; the grass grows, flowers bloom and the air is clean, and there is no Cursed Earth. Unable to fully grok his surroundings, Dredd soon gets back to dispensing the law, but when he encounters a huge Mega-City block, with no Mega-City surrounding it, guarded by killer robot Judges, Dredd realizes that this case may be his biggest case ever...And his last.
This may be a reboot for our beloved Judge Dredd, or not. It's hard to say just yet. What I can tell you is that this is the Dredd that fans know and love thrust into a world unlike any that we've ever seen before in the 40-year history of Judge Dredd. For me, the familiarity given to an unfamiliar world deepened the mystery of the book, and held my attention page after page. Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas have their fingers on Dredd's pulse - this is your father's Judge Dredd, but this isn't his world. Not to worry - the biting wit and craziness that identifies a Dredd story is still there. The writing coupled with Dan McDaid's busy, clunky artwork makes this feel like classic Judge Dredd in a not-so-classic Dredd tale. I really DIG that.
If you are a hardcore Dredd fan, you will probably love this series a lot. If you're a fly-by-night Dredd fan, or just into the movies, this book might not be your cup of tea.
RATING: 8.5 out 10.