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Judge Dredd Year One: City Fathers [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Smith
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Mega-City One, 2080. It is Joe Dredd's first year as a full-eagle Judge – he may have been created from the genes of Eustace Fargo, the ‘Father of Justice’, and thus part of an illustrious lineage, but right now Dredd is not long graduated from the Academy, and yet to establish himself as the metropolis’s toughest, greatest cop. His reputation will be moulded in the years ahead, but at the moment he’s a young lawman, fresh on the streets.

The brutal murder of a Justice Department-sanctioned spy sparks an investigation that will see Dredd trawl the criminal underworld in the hunt for the killer – and he will discover that all is not what it seems in the sector's murky black market. Something new has entered the system, and unless Dredd can stop it, chaos will be unleashed...

This is an ebook exclusive novella from Matthew Smith, editor of 2000 AD and author of the novels, Judge Dredd: The Final Cut and Tomes of the Dead: Words of Their Roaring.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Books (8 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VE3D8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rookie...What Rookie! 20 Aug. 2012
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I began reading 2000AD from the start back in 1977, I remember Prog: 2 and the introduction of Judge Dredd and his dark, dangerous, crazy world. Ever since those early days I've been a big fan of old Stoneyface, I may not have read the comic from the late 1980s onward's but my interest with the character and his world was always there. Recently I've gotten back into reading the comic - I'm 20 Progs into the current epic Day Of Chaos - and have been following the development of the new film closely. So it was I was interested when I saw that this first in a new series of books had been published, Year One will be an ongoing look at Dredd's early days in the uniform.

This book is very much like the early strip, the story is tight and well visualized, the author is expecting the reader to know who the Judge's are, and what Mega City 1 is like. He takes very little time explaining, instead you are thrown into the story and he drip feeds information about Dredd and the Big Meg. From the off it is interesting to be inside Dredd's head, to know what he's feeling, what he's thinking. There are some insights to this in the comic, but here you get more depth.
The story is gripping, what starts out as a brutal murder leads onto a conspiracy that threatens the city. The characters are more that two dimensional, each are there for a reason and help to move the plot along. It is interesting to see Dredd as a rookie, the fear his name instills is not there yet, but there are glimpses of the Judge he will become. It is also interesting to be a part of his inner monologue and see how he has doubts, mainly about himself and his place in the world. Also he feels the pressure of his heritage, he feels he needs to be more than just a Judge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dredd on arrival! 12 Nov. 2013
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A fantastic read and a great introduction to the world of Judge Dredd, for those unfamiliar with the character.

Even if you are familiar, the short story offers some intriguing insight into Dredd's motivation all wrapped in a
compelling crime thriller plot.

Highly recommended and exceptional value for money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing that stood out 1 Jun. 2014
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I found this an entertaining read and a great insight into the young Judge Dredd but it's not a novel that blew me away. Definitely worth the read if you're a fan of the famous lawman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars v good 7 April 2014
By Matt
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Enjoyed the read as opposed to a comic book it was a different format but deliver true Dredd in spades.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad a start to the retro adventures. 25 Mar. 2014
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Possibly biased as I've read rather a lot of drug relateded Dredd material of late.Interesting to have touches of 'little Joe' at times, Dredd not quite as authoritive with his peers as we are used to. Rico an interesting cameo,that fitted in withthe treatment in the strip where Dredd had a flashback while talking to the cadet who took Rico's name. Grud! If Dredd really took on Maria as a housekeeper in 2078, no wonder he has the scowl he has by 2099!i
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3.0 out of 5 stars judge dredd 30 Sept. 2013
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As a long time fan, I was looking forward to something special, yes got that but not so special not long enough to get your teeth into hope that the future ones will be longer, but not bad,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I expected... 19 Aug. 2013
By Mike Renshaw TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I bought this mistakenly thinking it was like the Judge Dredd case files - ie a graphic novel. Thought it would be interesting to try and read on a Kindle. However this is a standard text book which I wasn't expecting (my fault!)

It's not a bad book, but assumes that the reader knows about the history of Mega City One and the Judge system as there is a lot of detail in there. It's interesting going back to the start of the story with Dredd as a street Judge and ties in well with the Judge Dredd: Origins novel (very well done) and also allows us to see more of Dredd's clone twin Rico and if you read the comics, you know how that worked out!

It was different and I liked it, it was good value - I paid about £1.49 for it so it was good value although a bit short. I'll be buying more of these books.

Different, but recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 27 July 2013
By Craig
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If anything the worst thing about this was it was very short and I wanted it to carry on. Very good book and left me wanting more
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