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Seminal Judge Dredd collection,
This review is from: Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files, Vol. 2 (Paperback)
I'd bought this after purchasing the two digest format books containing the major stories in this volume, 'The Cursed Earth' and 'The Day The Law Died'.
This is my preferred format for the stories. Obviously, the pages are larger than the digests, and as a result it's a good deal easier to read and soak up all that lovely black and white artwork. But you also get a couple of extra, much shorter stories at the end of the volume, 'Punks Rule' and 'The DNA Man'. While neither is spectacular, their inclusion helps give this volume a more 'complete' feel.
What's great about this volume is, both stories are not only really good fun, but showcase some great talents. There's no Ian Gibson in this volume, unfortunately, but plenty of Mick McMahon and Brian Bolland. 'The Day The Law Died' also features some gorgeous chapters illustrated by Ron Smith, whose monochrome artwork from this era is always stunning to behold. There's also some curiosity value to be had here, seeing as Pat Mills writes a goodly chunk of the Cursed Earth story, with his creation Satanus the Tyrannosaur front and center for a while. And just check out the eerie similarity between the origin of Satanus and the premise of Jurassic Park!
Brilliant stuff, and while it isn't as varied a mix of stuff as the first volume, and is undeniably a product of its time, its clear in these stories that the strip is finding its feet and defining itself.