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Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 5 [Paperback]

John Wagner , Alan Grant , Ian Gibson , Colin Wilson , Ron Smith , Barry Mitchell , Brian Bolland , John Cooper , Steve Dillon , Mike McMahon
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15 Oct 2006 Judge Dredd
The law at war!Judge Dredd rides into action in this fifth volume collecting together some of his most exciting cases. Arch-nemesis Judge Death rises from the grave once again in 'Judge Death Lives', citizen is pitted against citizen in 'Block Mania' and the apocalypse comes to Mega-City One in the all-time classic Dredd epic, 'The Apocalypse War'.Featuring art by such comic legends as Carlos Ezquerra (Strontium Dog), Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke) and Mike McMahon (The Last American) and written by John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Alan Grant (Lobo) this tome is a worthy addition to any Thrill-seeker's library!

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Graphic Novels (15 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905437080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437085
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Law at War 5 July 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Next time, we get our retaliation in first!" 8 Aug 2006
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Judge Dredd 11 Sep 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of best Judge Dredd storys are in this book. 10 July 2013
By leeman
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If you like to start reading Judge Dredd.
You can't go wrong reading this book first.
This was one of the first Judge Dredd storys I read back in the 80's.
I'm tell you, You well enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure 11 July 2009
I've always dipped into 2000AD over the years and enjoyed Judge Dredd and even have a copy of the role playing game from years ago, and when I saw that the complete files existed I couldn't resist. Having read the reviews of all the series I decided to enter the series mid point with v.5. It hasn't disappointed, having consumed the whole edition over a couple of days, having found it very hard to put down, I'm now working my way through v1 and v2. My worries that the strips would be quite similar if read one after the other rather than in a weekly 2000AD have been dispelled - each remain as individual as the city that Dredd inhabits. For me, this remains a great, guilty pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
By sarah
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good selection of vintage tales of mega-city one's finest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Nov 2013
By Leegend
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I am looking to get all of this dredd series and this is just as good as the rest so 5 stars from me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
printing a bit small but brought back good memmerys
Published 14 days ago by heatherwhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its 2000AD nuff said
Published 28 days ago by Gj Beesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dredd Volume
This is one of the best Complete Case Files in the series with some of the best stories ever told in comic book history. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Duart0451
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
Some of the best Judge Dredd stories I struggled to put this book down. It is such a great idea to release all the comics strips in to this series.
Published 11 months ago by Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
On my tablet there was no way to zoom in - graphic novels maybe don't agree with tablet. The text was small and no way to increase this.
Published 12 months ago by JPG2007
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Great to have these books on the kindle, please continue to publish these digitally! I say this as a lapsed Judge Dredd fan who really only has time to dip into the case histories... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Simon F
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge Dredd - Volume 5 Complete Case Files!!
I have grown up reading but one comic, 2000ad's Judge Dredd. So to have the first set of issues in one volume is the perfect collector's pack. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Leigh Salisbury
5.0 out of 5 stars The payoff of five year's work
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great comic creation.
good, clear reproduction of original artwork. easy to read on the kindle fire screen. A bit too expensive on non-sale price though.
Published 15 months ago by MR A TIPPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Block Mania & Apocolypse War
This book contains one of the strongest serials in the strips history, great writing & great artwork really helping it stand out
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