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Judge Death (Chronicles of Judge Dredd) Paperback – Jun 1983

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (Jun. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090761017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907610175
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of the renowned comic 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the comic in 1977, he co-created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, as well as a whole cast of other memorable characters. Wagner has worked extensively beyond the Thargian universe, originating and editing a number of British periodicals as well as writing many American standards. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence was made into a major film from director David Cronenberg.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stinky on 13 Sept. 2010
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This book, from 1991, contains the second Judge Death story, 'Judge Death Lives', drawn by the sick genius Brian Bolland, and the unrelated story 'Father Earth', drawn by Brian Bolland and Ron Smith (2 episodes each). While Ron Smith's work is fine , it is no match for the ultra detailed realistic mayhem of Mr. Bolland (probably because he took ten times as long to draw a page). This book is a pretty slim volume at 64 pages, and I was really expecting to have the first Judge Death story included. If you want the complete Bolland Judge Death you'll have to either buy this and the previous volume, shell out for the expensive out of print hardback, or wait until some bright spark publishes it again. Bit daft really, considering it represents both the peak of 2000AD and British comic art.
Anyway, nerdy grumbles aside, the cover is great, the stories and art are incredible, and the printing and paper are fine. If you've never seen these stories you're in for a treat. I've never seen comic art as insanely perfect- it's like the the artist actually had the Dark Judges modelling for him. Mental.
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An essential volume for anyone who's read some of Judge Death's earlier appearances (Boing®, Necropolis, etc) and wants to know how he became the polite superfiend we all love to hate. Contains all of his encounters with Mrs Gunderson to date (including what happened when he tried to judge her), plus the stories of his childhood, his journey through the Cursed Earth and his dark deeds in Las Vegas. Diabolically clever scripts that neatly blend horror and black humour; top-class artwork.

Caveat emptor: don't read it all in one sitting, as I foolishly did, or the psychic contamination will leave you feeling decidedly un-zarjaz and prone to musing on the futility of existence.
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Origin of a superfiend 23 Mar. 2012
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Judge Death is an un-killable evil spirit from another dimension who believes that since crime is committed by the living he must sentence everyone to death.

That's a pretty simple concept that has kept death popular for decades. Is it really a concept that needs an origin story?

Well now we have one. It's not great, rather by the numbers but very well told. With Death getting a lot of great lines as a fearful reporter interviews him.

After the origin, most of the rest of the book features black and white stories with Death roaming the cursed earth. "I am looking for weaponsss of massss dessstruction to bringgg about the annihiliation of the human raccce".

There's a suitably apocalyptic ending, perhaps too apocalyptic since an interesting setting is destroyed for shock value.

It's an interesting enough book, not profound or great, but good enough.
Graphic SF Reader 3 Sept. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Judge Death is not the most stable or sane of individuals. His thing is that life is a crime, one naturally for which the punishment is his namesake. Dredd must stop this megavillain, of course. Plenty of other excellent satire can be found in this work, as always, including policing the enhancement regulations for the Olympics.
A little disappointing. 4 Nov. 2014
By EE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found myself less than impressed with this origin of Dredd's greatest enemy. A bit too light hearted in parts, it's worth a read but not much more. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'll stop here.
Five Stars 10 Nov. 2014
By Maz Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent condition and arrived safely. Thank you!
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Fantastic 18 April 2013
By benjy1507 - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Dredd in general but have always found the Dark Judges to be one of my favorite story lines. This is a great compilation.
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