The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection (2000 Ad) Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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Alan Grant first entered the comics industry in 1967, writing and editing a variety of British comics. In the late 1980s with writing partner John Wagner, Grant moved into the American comic market with their first title, the 12-issue miniseries called OUTCASTS for DC Comics. It paved the way for Grant to write Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS, and he became one of the main Batman writers through the late 1990s. He has also written LOBO, L.E.G.I.O.N. and THE DEMON for DC.John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the "Galaxy's Greatest Comic," he co-created Judge Dredd, as well as Strontium Dog, Robo-Hunter and a host of other 2000 AD mainstays, including the critically acclaimed Button Man.
Incredibly prolific throughout his career, and writing under a diversity of pen names -- often in concert with Alan Grant, with whom he devised and developed 2000 AD's sister comic, Judge Dredd: The Megazine -- Wagner has worked extensively beyond the Thargian universe, originating and editing a number of British periodicals as well as writing many American standards, including BATMAN, LOBO, The Punisher and Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett. His Paradox Press graphic novel A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (illustrated by Vince Locke) was adapted into a critically acclaimed film by director David Cronenberg in 2005.
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If you're a fan of both characters, you should love this trade-paperback collection. It features fantastic art by several illustrators, including John Dell, Val Semeiks, Jim Murray, Glenn Fabry, Carl Critchlow, Cam Kennedy, and Simon Bisley. And the four stories are written by John Wagner and Alan Grant.
Dredd has never really broke the us market but cross over stories like this help raise his profile and always do it well! so far we've had dredd/batman,dredd/predator,dredd /aliens and dredd/lobo. and none feel wrong because dredds world is so diverse anything goes!
This volume collects all 4 batman /dredd strips released by dc comics and with john wagner on board triumph on all levels
in the first batman ends up in mega city one and makes friends with dredd (not really) after a bit of a to do bats and anderson end up back in gotham trying to stop judge death from wreaking his own brand of mayhem there...
Death suffers a bit from the almost comedic way he can be potrayed in this tale,not helped by simon bisleys good but ultimately cartoonish artwork .
Next are two almost throwaway tales one sees dredd as drwan by cam kennedy travell to gotham to pick a fight to keep him from doing something else that could affect dredds world (look just buy the damn thing willya?) the other is a riddler tale putting dredd and batman in a hunt with aliens and killers, batman being the quarry!
The fourth story is by far my fave,death and his three brothers in arms get a fith member in the form of joker by way of a malfunctioning dimension belt they infiltrate a city block that has chosen to seal itself in and live a hedonistic life away from the judges this naturally goes wrong and they find their paradise swiftly turn to hell...
with stunnin artwork throughout (jason brashill and jim murray's being my highlights) the tale arrives to a satisfying conclusion of the lawman and vigilantes team ups ...
Dredd vs Lobo is to me the weakest entry but an enjoyable piece of hokum nevertheless not being familiar with lobo i didnt know what to expect .
A gorgeous hardback book with full colour painted art throughout this is a joy to own and though i would have liked to see it in a larger coffee book format its still a delight to own...buy yours now..
These stories pit two tough, uncompromising characters against each other and have to give them something even tougher to overcome. They succeed admirably.
Bisley's art never lets one down and some of his finest efforts can be seen here, capturing both Gotham City and Mega-City One beautifully. Wagner and Grant's scripts similarly play to the strengths of both characters, maintaining their core selves while being thrust into situations which are - very rarely for them - too much for them individually.
A very nice hardback with some great material inside. Well worth splashing out a few creds on if you have them to spare.
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