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Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth (2000 AD Collector's Edition 3) (2000 AD Collector's Editions) Hardcover – 21 Jun 2002


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840234598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840234596
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 22.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I say epic, people, I mean it! -- www.Blackstar.co.uk The Alien Online

About the Author

Pat Mill's work includes 2000 AD's Slaine and A.B.C. Warriors, as well as earlier classics like Charley's War. He also created Marshal Law. Mike McMahon is a classic 2000 AD artist, having pencilled Slaine and A.B.C. Warriors and created the classic Judge Dredd look. Brian Bolland pencilled the classic Camelot 3000 and Batman: The Killing Joke. He now specialises in cover art, which adorns titles such as The Invisibles and Batman.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was the Judge's first real epic. John Wagner wanted a break from writing Dredd back in 79 (if memory serves) and Pat Mills took over for a story exploring Dredd's world outside the city. Mills was concerned that Dredd was becoming too predictable and stereotypical. So a plot, loosely based on Damnation Alley became the framework to hang a sequence of unrelated stories about life out in the Cursed Earth, the radioactive wasteland outside the city walls. Mills writes Dredd in a different way from Wagner, he portrays him as more of a hero as opposed to the zero-tolerance quasi-fascist he usually is. This doesn't mean for an instant that Dredd changes character completely, he is still unforgiving and brutal, as seen in the second episode where he beats Spikes Harvey Rotten (you'd never guess this was written in the 70s!) a biker punk last seen in the Mega City 3000 illegal bike race into cooperating with him. Artwork is done by only two artists with vastly differing styles, Brian Bolland and Mike McMahon... I would like to say this was the golden age of Dredd, but it only went on to get better and better. It was one of the formative years / stories. To see the direction Mills would have taken the character if Wagner hadn't been the prime writer is interesting in itself, but Cursed Earth really does stand out as an excellent epic. This is not a criticism, but the story is now very dated, but nostalgia overrides any negativity. You have to remember that this was not written for the adults we became, but for the boys of that era. The punk era.
Interesting to note that 4 episodes (2 stories) are not reprinted in this volume. These were not written by Pat Mills, the guy who basically started 2000AD. They comprised of Burger Law and Soul Food.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Shepherd on 5 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
This epic gave the character of Dredd and his environment a poignancy never surpassed in any of the other stories about this character. Pat Mills shows changes in the previously simplistic character of Dredd and gives his trademark slogans such as "I am the Law" a new level of meaning as the Judge fights slavery and vivisection without fear or favouritism. The friendship that Mills shows between Dredd and the alien Tweak is truly moving given the limitations of the graphic novel form. On the subject of graphics, I prefer the deep art of Bolland to the busy visuals of McMahon but they are both superb artists. I defy anyone not to be touched by some of the storylines and dialogue that Pat Mills developed.
Scans of the missing episodes (largely irrelevant to the main story by the way) can now be found on websites for comic fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
First off, I'd like to commend Titan Books for the job they're doing with the reprints of classic stories -- both for keeping them black and white, and for the quality of the books themselves.
That said, this story is more of historic interest than being a good read in itself. As the first epic, it seems to suffer particularly badly from the episodic nature of the comic, so stories are kept brief and cliffhangers happen with predictable regularity. The dialogue and characterisations are also creaky compared to Dredd's later standards.
Bolland's artwork is as stunning as ever, but McMahon's art is something that people either like or loathe. Alas, Bolland gets only a handful of stories to draw, a ratio made worse by the omission of the *ahem* controversial episodes.
If you're expecting something of the quality of "Judge Dredd Featuring Judge Death", you may be disappointed. Get it for a nostalgia feast or if you're a completionist, but if you're a casual reader, you might want to consider different Dredd.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just got to love Dredd 10 Jun. 2007
By Jesse Eastes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Classic stuff, nicely drawn and with a humor that trancends comic book lore. Very entertaining.

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Graphic SF Reader 3 Sept. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are enough problems in Mega City One for one man to deal with, but Dredd is Dredd. When a deadly disease happens in Mega City Two, Dredd volunteers to help out and take them the vaccine.

The only problem with this is it means crossing a huge stretch of Cursed Earth terrain, full of mutants and monsters. Dredd is much more likely to make it than most, so he grits his teeth and goes.
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