Insurrection Paperback – 8 Dec 2011
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About the Author
Dan Abnett is the co-creator of 2000 AD series Atavar, Badlands, Sancho Panzer and Sinister Dexter. He has also written Black Light, Downlode Tales, Durham Red, Flesh, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Pulp Sci-Fi, Roadkill, Rogue Trooper, The VCs, Vector 13 and Venus Bluegenes, as well as The Scarlet Apocrypha and Wardog for the Megazine. A prolific creator, Abnett has also written for Marvel, Dark Horse and DC Comics. He is the author of twenty novels for the Black Library, including the bestselling Gaunt's Ghosts series. His most recent work outside the Galaxy's Greatest Comic is DC's Legion and Superman, and Wildstorm's Mr Majestic. Dan Abnett was voted Best Writer at the 2003 National Comic Awards.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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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