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Judge Dredd Tour of Duty: The Backlash (2000ad Judge Dredd) [Paperback]

John Wagner
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16 Sep 2010 2000ad Judge Dredd
Having instigated a change to the mutant laws in Mega-City One, Judge Dredd and Chief Judge Hershey find themselves at odds with fellow Judges and the majority of the Big Meg's citizens. Enter Dan Francisco: TV star and Judge of the people, who steps up to challenge Hershey's authority. His victory could affect the lives of all mutants currently residing in the future metropolis...This latest Judge Dredd epic is written by 2000 AD legend John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Al Ewing (Zombo), and features art from Colin MacNeil (Chopper), Kev Walker (L.E.G.I.O.N.), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl), Carl Critchlow (Thrud the Barbarian), and more!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: REBELLION/2000AD (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907519238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907519239
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 18.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,266 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 Al Ewing's work for 2000 AD has seen him hailed as a major voice in the field, bringing fresh characters, a keen sense of comedy and a startling inventiveness to the UK comics scene. Now a seasoned Judge Dredd writer, Al's other work for the Galaxy's Greatest Comic includes various Terror Tales and Future Shocks, Dead Signal and Damnation Station, while he has scripted several Tales From the Black Museum strips and Tempest for the Judge Dredd Megazine. He has also written four novels for Abaddon Books: I, Zombie, El Sombra, Death Got No Mercy and Gods of Manhattan. Rufus Dayglo started his career as an animation slave-bot, but was saved by Tharg and rebuilt as an art-droid. He now works for various publishers in the UK and US. He's since worked on Low Life, Metal Gear Solid, Judge Dredd, a number of horror books and Tank Girl with Alan Martin. Dreams can come true... all hail Tharg the Mighty! Patrick Goddard is has worked extensively for the Galaxy's Greatest Comic. He has pencilled Judge Dredd, Mean Machine, Middenface McNulty, Wardog and Sinister Dexter. 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 co-created 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 well as adapting Charlie Higson's Young James Bond novel SilverFin. Since joining 2000 AD in 1986 Colin MacNeil has worked on many strips, including Chopper: Song of the Surfer and the infamous death of Johnny Alpha in Strontium Dog: The Final Solution. He went on to collaborate with John Wagner on the award-winning America for the Judge Dredd Megazine. He has also worked on Shimura, Maelstrom and Fiends of the Eastern Front: Stalingrad, and, outside of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, provided the atmospheric artwork on Bloodquest for Games Workshop. He also enjoys creating large abstract paintings. He says it's art therapy! ...Regrets is Nick Dyer's first professional Dredd work for 2000 AD. He has also illustrated Future Shocks and Tales From the Black Museum, and his art has appeared extensively in small-press publications. Simon Fraser is best known to 2000 AD fans as the co-creator of Russian rogue Nikolai Dante, whose adventures have been a staple of the comic since his debut in 1997. Fraser is also the co-creator of Family in the Judge Dredd Megazine, and has drawn Judge Dredd and Shimura. His best-known non-2000 AD work is Lux & Alby: Sign On and Save the Universe, a collaboration with Scottish post-punk author Martin Millar. Fraser's creator-owned project Lilly MacKenzie and the Mines of Charbydis was published in the Judge Dredd Megazine. Carl Critchlow made his debut in 2000 AD working on Nemesis and Deadlock, then moving on to Batman/Judge Dredd, Flesh, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Mean Machine, Lobster Random and Tales of Telguuth. Outside of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, he is the creator of the hugely popular Thrud the Barbarian.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When I first read the synopsis of this story, it seemed so inconceivable, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

Mutants have never been welcome in Mega City One, as the normal humans want to keep their bloodlines pure & protect their species. Mutations are weeded out & left in the radioactive Cursed Earth outside the citys' well-protected walls, no doubt inspired by the real-life USA-Mexico border. But his encounter with the Fargos in Origins has made Dredd rethink the whole mutie issue - one which he's never really given much thought to before. Knowing it'll be an incredibly unpopular move, he nevertheless forwards a motion to the Council Of Five to legalise mutants - and after a few setbacks, surprisingly gets it passed. But with the majority of the citizens & his fellow Judges against the idea, riots & suspicion give rise to more shocking events.

Much of this volume - which is a lot thicker than the other Rebellion reprints - consists of different stories which connect to the mutant issue in different ways. It was fun trying to figure out how some of the tales fitted it - what could muties possibly have to do with a Judge whose helmet-cam makes 'The Streets Of Dan Francisco' the latest 24-7 live, rolling reality vidcast phenomenon, as his dispensing justice is televised for all? We also see Dredd throwing himself headfirst into the action, fearing that if he isn't killed on the street he'll suffer the worse fate of being put out to pasture, while simultaneously politicking to get his bill passed (and hating every minute of it). Meanwhile, mutants are unfairly blamed when
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doing the right thing is easy, well MAYBE not. 20 Sep 2010
Recently all stories to do with 2000AD's Judge Dredd line up have been convincingly impressive.

One thing that makes this a must for any dredd-head is the wealth of history that this storey draws on, I don't want to give anything away but many characters from the past make a re-appearance.


Dredd now older in his early fifties ever since the events of the origins storey arch is beginning to question some of the harsher laws of mega-city one such as the cities treatment of mutants. This puts him at odds with most other Judges and a good percentage of the "normal" citizens of the Mig Meg. This storey is about how old stone face decision to make a stand against a law he knows to be wrong will effect him and those around him.

This is simply a must buy for any Judge dredd fan and I am eager for the Next Graphic Novel to continue on from Backlash to the Cursed Earth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Your Duty 3 May 2011
By Tod
If you like Dredd novels, buy this comic. If you like comics, buy this Dredd novel. A brilliant step forward in the Dredd continuum and one that sees the arch-fascist Dredd step slightly closer to more reasonable, palatable politics.

Now that 2000AD aims at an older audience Dredd has had to go through some changes from his two-dimensional, Harry Callahan, anti-hero inception. Read this and see some of those changes in action. Better still, see the consequences of those changes as they unfold in a dystopian world where several million people live packed into an urban nightmare, where crime and boredom are rife, the police can shoot you on sight for committing a crime, and almost every citizen feels like a Daily Mail reader with an assault rifle.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Politics and less action 10 April 2013
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Tour Of Duty foucs's heavily on the politics within Mega City one meaning more talking but less engaging action if I was honest. There seems to be a lack of continuity between one story and another and so for that reason does feel a tab bit dis jointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of set up, for a great conclusion 6 Oct 2011
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
This book is really only the first half of a story that finishes in Judge Dredd: Tour of Duty - Mega City Justice. On its own it feels a bit random and scattered but it sets up plots for the next volume that pulls them together into one of the most interesting and mature Dredd epics so far.

In this book Dredd confronts the injustice of Mega City One's anti-mutant laws. He visits camps where mutants are tortured and enslaved in the name of the law and demands changes. Meanwhile a string of murders in the city is tied to the serial killer PJ Maybe. Finally a charismatic judge with the wonderful name of Dan Francisco is starring in a 24 hour reality show. As the elements come together, Dredd persuades other judges to repeal the anti-mutant laws but the people of Mega City One greet their new residents with riots and murders. Soon even the judges, led by Francisco, are turning against Dredd.

This summary does not really do the book justice. Dredd is a weekly serial so the individual chapters tend to be complete stories that hold up on their own and add up to a giant saga. One great thing is seeing Dredd's character and ideals evolve. He's the same merciless judge he's always been, but now takes a larger view of his mission and what it means to uphold justice. It's very interesting and quite well done. Writer John Wagner is on the top of his game here.

This is a fine book and sets up an even better conclusion, it's worth getting.

One last word though, I see copies on Amazon for $50 or more. I had no trouble getting a copy for $25 on ebay, even ordering directly from the 2000AD website and shipping from the UK would be cheaper. I would not pay more than $30 for a copy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 25 Dec 2010
By Food Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Reprints various dredd stories. I have not read 2000ad for a long time but I loved these stories. Feels like a good detective story, dredd has definitely mellowed since the 1980's but that's ok.
I checked on amazon to see which other collections they have, was surprised by the review above. In my opinion 5 stars all the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection 5 Nov 2012
By NZ - Published on Amazon.com
Tour of Duty was a fairly long arc in Judge Dredd, a rather interesting one because it tackles the issue of mutants and shows a period of Dredd's doubts and eventual disgust with the way the law has been applied to the mutants. This is not the first time Dredd has had his doubts with the Judge system either, and is a good example of some characterization for Dredd. This part of the arc details Dredd's own faith in the Mutant laws being thrown into question after dealing with a family attempting to prevent their mutant child from being taken away, a visit from his own relations living in the mutant-filled Cursed Earth (seen in Judge Dredd Origins), and his attempts to try and reform these laws and the "backlash" that follows.

The writing and art is sharp for the most part, with the majority of writing done by John Wagner with one of the stories, Mutopia, by Al Ewing. All of them are good reads and I did not have an issue with one of them. The artists are more varied, but the style is kept more varied throughout so there were not any jarring transitions from one artist to another- this really interrupts the flow of a story and thankfully this is not present here. The quality of the paper is very nice too. The second half of this arc is collected in Mega City Justice, which I will review once I have time.

Overall a solid collection of Judge Dredd. I would recommend it to people who have read some of the earlier Dredd starters and want more recent material. I would not pay more than $25 for this though, so do not be ripped off by some of the other sellers. Hopefully Rebellion will put some more new copies into print to help with prices.
0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just another marvel comics "human vs mutants " story 4 Nov 2010
By Michael Mcdade - Published on Amazon.com
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pick up any marvel "x-man" franchise comic, insert judge dredd and the justice dept. as the good mutants or people who sympathize with mutants "vs" evil mutants and people who want to destroy them. there are a couple of watered down side stories(pjmaybe) for one. these stories are not what made j.d. a cult hero, also you cant help but get the feeling that these stories are being watered down for the impending judge dredd movie, somebody is realy going for that pg rating in the worst kind of way.
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