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Judge Dredd Origins by John Wagner
Judge Dredd Origins by John Wagner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
Judge Dredd The Pit by John Wagner
Judge Dredd The Pit by John Wagner
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I stopped reading 2000ad in the nineties, and it was this story that was one of the contributing factors.

I remember it being presented as a real shakeup of the status quo, and it had been trailed for weeks as a mega epic on the lines of Necropolis or Oz. When it arrived it was... underwhelming. Looking back on it twenty years later, it seems my opinion hasn't changed.

Firstly, the art. It sufferers from nineties neon overkill. The computer gradients and shading has dated badly and, whilst it could be argued that the colouring suits the decadent, sleazy environment of Mega City One, it does few favours to the readability of the piece, especially for the otherwise… Read more
Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05: Complete C&hellip by John Wagner
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… Read more

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