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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Graphic Novels (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905437234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437238
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,221 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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John Wagner has been scripting for 2000 AD for more years than he cares to remember. His creations include Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Ace Trucking, Al's Baby, Button Man and Mean Machine. Outside of 2000 AD his credits include Star Wars, Lobo, The Punisher and the critically acclaimed A History of Violence. Kev Walker is the co-creator of Badlands and The Balls Brothers, and has also provided artwork for Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Future Shocks, Harlem Heroes, Mercy Heights, Rogue Trooper, Time Twisters and Tor Cyan. For the Judge Dredd Megazine, he wrote The Inspectre and has illustrated Judge Anderson, Mean Machine and Wynter. Walker has recently finished an acclaimed run on DC's L.E.G.I.O.N. and has pencilled Marvel Comics' The Eternal. As co-creator of Judge Dredd Carlos Ezquerra designed the classic original costume as well as visually conceptualising Mega-City One. He also co-created Strontium Dog. He has also illustrated A.B.C. Warriors, Judge Anderson, Tharg the Mighty, Al's Baby and Cursed Eath Koburn amongst many others. Outside of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, Ezquerra first illustrated Third World War in Crisis magazine, and has since become a regular collaborator with Garth Ennis, working on Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, Bloody Mary, Just a Pilgrim, Condors and The Magnificent Kevin. He also pencilled two special Preacher episodes.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 13thDuke on 11 April 2013
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Want to know how old stoney face came to be a judge? Or what the world was like before Mega City One? Or how the Cursed Earth was created? Or how the judges came to be the supreme power? Then this is the book for you.

Dredd is sent to the Cursed Earth with a bunch of other judges to deliver a ransom for what is reported to be the real first Chief Judge's body (the one in the Halls of Justice is a fake). On their way to meet pay the ransom, Dredd tells the story of how the judges came about and why, and some of his own history too.

I found the book to be very interesting, using flashbacks interwoven with a pretty good story. The Wagner / Ezquerra partnership (ably supported by Wilson) is first-rate, and is as consistent as always.

I wouldn't recommend people new to Dredd, or those who have just seen the movie, to start here. Go for some of the older stories first, particularly those in Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files, Vol. 2 and Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 5 which will give you a good grounding in Dredd's world and help you appreciate this book better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Hogg on 27 Jun. 2013
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John Wagner finally gets around to detailing the story I thought we'd never see, the rise of the Judge system and the gradual metamorphosis of the USA into three Mega Cities in the Cursed Earth.

Of course, none of this was a secret. The basic back story was in place within the first couple of years, so is a thirty year wait really worth it?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Whilst many Dredd epics have built a sense of scale through huge geographical spans, this one manages to get a sense of grandure by tracing the course of a whole society across 130 years.

Without contradicting anything that has gone before, Wagner manages to weave a story with unexpected twists and payoffs. And best of all, although there are plenty of loose ends tied off, and nods to many previous stories, this is no continuity porn: this would be the perfect book to give someone who wanted to know what Dredd was all about.

And it's not all about the writing-- the art is top notch. In the prologue Kev Walker channels Mike Mignola to give the appropriate sense of mystery and shadowy foreboding, whilst the main story features the best Ezquerra art I think I have seen. In particular the attention to detail in the evolution of the judge uniform tells a story in itself.

The story manages to reveal significant moments without destroying their mystique. In particular it manages to deepen Dredd's character without trying to humanise him or go for cheap emotional shortcuts. This is still a man who will execute a severely wounded opponent begging for mercy without a second thought.

Not just one of the best Dredd stories, but one of the best comics I have read all year. Recommended unreservedly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Agent_Meister on 11 Jun. 2013
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I have to agree with the other reviewer who said that if you're new to world of Judge Dredd, this is probably not a good place to start. And if you are a fan of the character (which i am) then chances are you've read this so my review is redundant. There are those who will say that there are inconsistencies and continuity holes with past stories. Granted, but these are relatively minor, even microscopic compared with the legions of American super hero writers who take shameful liberties with character histories, for ease of storytelling. All i'll say is that this book is excellent. John Wagner proves he's got the touch after 30 years of writing the character both Ezquerra's and Walker's art are excellent. A cracking read and highly recommended!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. barton on 22 Dec. 2010
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brilliant colour artwork here and a great storyline, if like me ( as a kid) you enjoyed dredd in 2000ad and did`nt much worry about the story behind him ,this will fill in alot of the story behind the history of how the judges came to be and the events after a worthy addition to my dredd collection 10/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Powell on 23 Sept. 2013
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If you don't wear glasses to read, you may struggle to read this book unless you enlarge each panel on the page. The story is pure Dredd. Enjoyed revisiting the start of the Dredd legend. If you are Dredd fan 're read this book, if you are just starting with judge Dredd then this should be your first encounter with the great man of the law.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By moq on 19 May 2013
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Brought this on kindle for £2 and its a steal. I don't know all there is about Judge Dredd, but liked it as an origin story and loved the fact that it referenced stories from judge dredd 30 odd years ago. It's a great book and a great deal! Also check out the pit as well as that is also in the sale and a great story.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2007
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If you thought the body of Fargo, the first Chief Judge, was lying in a vault in the Grand Hall Of Justice, then you fell for a cover-up cooked up by a handful of senior Judges. Which is why when a gang of mutants sneak in from the Cursed Earth to deliver tissue belonging to Fargo & a ransom note for one billion creds, Dredd is less surprised than most.

Sent to retrieve the body with a hand-picked team & a transporter full of money, Dredd fills his comrades in on how Justice Dept. was REALLY created and how Fargo, the man he was cloned from, REALLY compared to the legend.

There isn't much more I can say without revealing too much of the plot, since there are more twists in this tale than at a Chubby Checker concert. There are plenty of surprises in store for long-term Dredd fans in a story which touches on earlier Dredd epics, including 'Oz' & 'The Cursed Earth'. However, 'Origins' stands on its own without the reader having to be clued up on earlier stories - in fact, I feel that the way it fleshes out the birth of Dredd's world makes it a good starting-point for new fans.

Kev Walker pens the introductory storyline, while Ezquerra draws the rest. Because there is a natural break in the story where one artist takes over from the other, it doesn't distract in the same way it does with other epic storylines where the artists seem to be chopped & changed at random. And it seems most fitting that Ezquerra is given the reigns for most of it - the classic Dredd artist for a classic Dredd epic, tucked inside a classic Bolland cover. Perfect.
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