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Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05 Kindle Edition

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About the Author

John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, he co-created Judge Dredd, as well as a whole cast of other memorable characters. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence was made into a major film by director David Cronenberg, and Judge Dredd adapted into a film twice, most recently in DREDD by Alex Garland and Pete Travis.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 236558 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Graphic Novels (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C93ZW7M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
This volume starts off on a pretty low-key note after the wall-to-wall brilliance of book 4's stories. Dredd investigating the Mega-rackets is inoffensive, entertaining stuff but not really anything special. It's when Judge Death makes his long-awaited comeback that the magic starts to happen. This five-parter, lushly illustrated by Brian Bolland, represent some of the finest pages ever seen in sequential comics - and contains the single most iconic panel in the history of the Dredd strip. You'll know the one when you see it.

And then came Block Mania and the Apocalypse War, an epic to end all epics at 30+ parts. Apocalyptic is the right word. Mega-City One is razed to the ground by atomic fire, half the city's population wiped out by tidal wave, radiation poisoning, bitter civil war and the merciless tanks of the Sov occupation. The use of Soviet-styled enemy judges dates the story a tad, but it's such a tour-de-force that that's a minor criticsm. More than any other, this is the story that really defined Dredd and put it on the map, generating stories for years to come. Because the Dredd strip unfolds in real-time, unlike most american comics, the after-effects of this mammoth event would haunt Dredd far into the future.

The whole thing is, once again, written solely by John Wagner and Alan Grant, and the Apocalypse War is drawn entirely by Carlos Ezquerra - the man who had originally designed Dredd and his uniform, but up to this point had been absent on the strip. After the chunky stylings of McMahon, and the fine detail of Smith and Bolland, Ezquerra's more euro-centric, almost brutal art comes as a bit of a shock, but it's perfect for the scope of the story. The story stands as a towering achievment for all concerned, and marks the moment Dredd really became a force to be reckoned with.
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If anyone new to Dredd has read the first couple of volumes in this collection & was disappointed, I would strongly recommend that you buy volume 5 & give Dredd another try. That's because this collection contains the Block Mania storyline, which unexpectedly leads into The Apocalypse War - a significant turning-point & one of the greatest epic tales in the series to date.

When this storyline was written, the Cold War was going strong - no doubt inspiring Wagner to set this series in a post-apocalyptic future in the first place. But Dredd's world wasn't merely post-apocalyptic for long, as in this storyline, East-Meg One launches an all-out nuclear assault on Mega-City One. The result is devastating - the Big Meg's population is reduced from 800 million to 400 million as much of the city is reduced to radioactive rubble. Unable to penetrate the Sov's defences, Mega-City One & its greatest lawman are seriously on the ropes.

The subject of nuclear war is handled maturely, creatively & with Dredd's typical black, ironic & very British humour that came to typify the series & make it truly stand out. It also left quite a legacy on the Dredd universe. It gave Wagner & Grant the opportunity to create a whole host of colourful perps, muties & plagues twisted by radition in future storylines. More significantly, Wagners' desire to bring some social commentary to the series is combined perfectly with Dredd running round killing the baddies & saving his uncaring city but never getting the girl.

Also included is 'Death Lives' - Judge Death returns & this time he's brought some friends with him! This volume also contains The Mega Rackets - a series of short stories centred around organised crimes of the future.
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Although this volume starts off fairly low key with some short stories it soon kicks into gear with the return of Judge Death in "Judge Death Lives". In this story he brings along a few friends and things get seriously bad for our favourite law man.
Following on soon after that is the superb "Block Wars" story which then leads directly on to the mega epic "The Apocalypse War". "The Apocalypse War" is a huge 25 chapter epic draw completely by the superb Carlos Ezquerra and should not be missed.
A must have purchase.
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This really does read like the end of the first chapter of Dredd's story, and a sign of the increasing complexity of the character and stories.

This volume brings together plot threads, incidents and concepts built up over the first few years, only to culminate in the truly epic Apocalypse War.

The first half of the book works hard at grounding Mega City One as a functional city, seen through its crime. What begins as almost frustratingly stand alone stories start to come together towards the end of The Crime Files, taking care to tie off loose ends left dangling for a few weeks.

Then Block Mania is introduced into the already established contexts of Block War and the citi-def. The story is initially so trivial that it fits easily into the established theme of Life in MC-1. But it continues to grow until the whole city seems at threat.

Then the War begins.

Reading the Apocalypse War for the first time in twenty-odd years I am struck by its ambition and commitment. Having become used to modern American comic tropes, where Nothing Will Ever Be The Same Again (until six months down the line), it is quite refreshing to read a story of such economy (100 pages or so) which really does fundamentally change the status quo. Carefully developed supporting characters are dispatched unexpectedly, a whole quarter of the city is obliterated in the space of two pages and characters are pushed to the limits. Dredd himself is no hero, gunning down collaborators in cold blood, dispatching a key character for a betrayal he had no control over and wiping out six billion people in calculated revenge.

The entire epic is illustrated by a single artist.
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