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on 10 February 2012
If you enjoy the Dreddverse, Insurrection will please--so long as you can go along with some logical deviations where the influences of Warhammer 40000 (or 40k) have created discrepancies with the rest of the Dreddverse. Writer Dan Abnett has a background writing for 40k and it comes out full force in this tale of a rogue colony chasing dreams of "liberty, fraternity and equality" under the authoritarian oppression of Mega City One's version of justice.

Let's just get the obvious out of the way: this is so handsomely drawn by Colin MacNeil that I need not say anymore about the art than "gorgeous".

Insurrection, like some stories in the Low Life, doesn't actually involve Old Stoney Face. As such it offers the writers a fresh approach to the material without being constrained by well-known characters. It takes full advantage of this by making the Judges the bad guys, though the judges here are SJS (who have had their own villainous streaks in the past). And here's where things turn a little odd: for the purposes of Insurrection, SJS now commands a fleet of nearly 100 ships which go around enforcing the will of Mega City One on any colonies that dare deviate form the will of the Chief Judge. On its face it sounds sensible, but relatively recent tales such as "Mandroid" mentioned the Space Corps, which are Mega City One's own intergalactic military seen fighting aliens. In Insurrection, the SJS talk about not ever wanting to engage aliens in warfare... the disconnect is noticeable to longtime readers. With that said, the story itself is engaging and many 40k themes and ideas seem to blend well into the story. The only other major knock is this ends on what seems to be a pretty major unresolved cliffhanger.
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on 13 January 2012
First thing. Ignore the idiots who downrated this because it's black and white. Anyone who loves comics wouldn't have a problem with a B&W strip. Black and white comics abound from Burne Hogarth's Tarzan strips, Eisner's Spirit all the way through to the Galaxies greatest comic and Judge Dredd. There is a particular method and skill to rendering a fully B&W comic strip, the light and dark is more exaggerated, a greater scope for a chiaroscuro effect if you will. So only a total numbskull would downrate an edition like this because it's black and white!

As it is the art is excellent. Its good old Colin Macneil, and I suppose if you are familiar with his work on Chopper, America and Strontium Dog to name a few you could be disappointed that the work isn't full colour. However he uses the B&W palette perfectly. The character design come through as knowing re-workings of the Judges as Space marines, robots as Necrons etc.

Dan Abnett's story is a classic thrill ride exploring the outer reaches of the Mega-City influenced galaxy, and it enjoys the new opportunities afforded by leaving earth and Mega-City one behind. It's over the top, ultra violent and engrossing as we see the evil SJS try to surpress the rebelling ex-judges in pursuit of justice.

Don't be put off by the black and white art!
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on 3 February 2012
I just have to do my bit to adjust the rating on this, I read it when it was originally serialised in the Judge Dredd Megazine, and found it to be one of the most intelligent and engaging graphic stories I have read.

The original artwork was in black and white which fits perfectly with the tone and the atmosphere of the story so please ignore any comments in the other reviews about this.

In my view this is a must read for any fans of Dreddworld, or for any science fiction fan in general as the authenticity of the setting and the originality of the ideas in play would translate very well into a Ridley Scott movie a-la Bladerunner or Alien.
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on 6 May 2016
Dan Abnett is a prolific writer who rarely disappoints. As well as comics, he has written a large slice of the Black Library catalogue for Games Workshop. Colin MacNeil, who has also worked for Games Workshop in the past, has produced some fantastic B&W art. The influence is clear.
The story is basically of a colony declaring independence from Mega-City One after being subjugated and neglected while under attack from an alien species.
As with all the all the best 2000AD stories, it is political and provocative. However, the action is relentless.
I wasn't expecting too much when I picked it up, but as soon as I finished, I was on the hunt for the sequel.
Luckily there is one.
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on 3 March 2016
MacNeil and Abnett's partnership on this series make it a really great read!
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on 7 December 2014
Delivered etc on time. Not for me - a present, so I can't comment further. It's what was asked for, so I'd like to think it'll be welcome.
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on 4 January 2012
The title here says it all. I got this as I love Judge Dredd, the universe its set in, everything about it. The story sounded great, and to be fair it is, although what on earth the SJS is doing dealing with colonies is beyond me. They are the internal affairs department of the Judge's. Its like the LA Police Departments IA unit going to the Middle East to fight a war for the USA!

Anyway, my main concerns here are, other than the above, and as the other reviewer has already stated, its in B&W. Bad mistake. Some of it just looks messy and hard to make out due to that. Another, and perhaps my main problem here is that you could take the entire story and drop it into the Warhammer 40,000 universe and noone would blink an eye. Even the Judges soldiers look almost exactly like Necrons from that universe! Now don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Warhammer, which might be why it stands out like a sore thumb to me. I know the author is a big name in writing books for Warhammer to, I have some, but seriously, if your gonna write Dredd, then write Dredd, not a thinly veiled Warhammer story.

Thats why it only gets two stars. Its not Dredd at all, in any shape or form. If you are a Dredd fan do not buy this book, you will be disappointed. If you are a Warhammer fan, or just want a good story, then go ahead, you'll love it.
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