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Good story, but part of an ill-conceived reprint series
on 9 December 2012
Those who collect the Case Files (Dredd and Anderson) will already have the majority of what's in this book, all they'll be missing are a few reprinted covers and possibly a faux-advertising strip featuring Judge Death.
But for those who don't? Well, this is one of the biggest and most important Anderson stories, but Joe Dredd still has a big part to play. It also contains one of the most famous Dredd panels - Gaze into the fist of Dredd - and for that alone it's worth getting. New readers shouldn't struggle too much with this read, as it's fairly self-explanatory, and it gives a good idea of what Dredd/Anderson can be like.
As for the problems? Like the other two budget releases (The Cursed Earth Saga & The Day the Law Died), Rebellion have printed the stories at about 50% of their original size a book that isn't the same dimensions as the original comic. There's an inch or so border between the top and bottom of each comic, and the size reduction really doesn't make it easier to read. You might fit it into your pocket, but you'll be squinting at the text. The reproductions are really good, but the text size is definitely a problem. Those with sight/reading problems may struggle.