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Judge Dredd: America Kindle Edition
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The story centres around two friends, America Jara and Bennett Beeny. Childhood freinds growing up in Mega City 1. Beeny is bullied as a child by other other kids, but find's a kindred spirit in America Jara. Beeny fall's in love with America but feels she is out of his league. His fears are soon realised when she falls for someone else. However, Beeny can never get America out of his mind. He send's letters to her but they soon grow to lead totally different lives. Beeny becomes a successful comedian and singer, whilst America Jara joins a Terrorist organisation 'Total War' which is intent on taking out the fascist Judges. But even as they drift apart, Beeny still yearns for his childhood friend and love. A chance meeting years later has terrifying consequuences for Beeny, and it will ultimately lead to tragedy for both.
America is a love story foremost, and a critical look into the oppresive way of life for the citizen in Dredd's world. Dredd is not the protagonist of the piece, but rather an antagonist. We see him at certain times like in the begining showing his views on where he stands: '' The people, they know where I stand. They need rules to live by - I provide them. They break the rule, I break them, Thats the way it works'' these words follow to the iconic artwork of Dredd standing on the American flag.Read more ›
It collects several stories following the life of the titular character America, one of the hundreds of millions born to poverty and hopelessness in Dredd's world but one who finds her voice and dares to believe the law can be challenged.
The art is fantastic, the writing is some of the best in the many years Dredd has been running, before or since and it's one book I'd recommend to all comic fans who want to know what Dredd is about. Brilliant.
Bennett Beeny & America are childhood friends. One will tow the line & grow up to have a successful career. The other will become a terrorist, fighting for democracy. Both will have their hearts broken in this tragic story, as Dredd brings his jackboot crashing down on their dreams.
Wagner's writing is perfectly accompanied by the moody art of Colin MacNeil, where the city itself always looms oppressively over its occupants like a 2-D expressionist film. Perhaps that's why he was often given the more political stories to actualise, such as the first chapter of Total War.
This volume also includes two sequels, both written many years after the original. They are not up to the standard of the first story - which would be a very tall order - but then one is merely a vehicle for introducing a new character, who became a welcome addition to Dredd's world. Plus I enjoyed them more upon re-reading than I did initially, when my expectations were higher. But the first story is still so strong that I can't bring myself to give this volume less than 5 stars.
A classic, mature, politically-aware Dredd story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was recommended this as a starting point into the Judge Dredd franchise, it definitely ticked all the boxes. Great read!Published on 23 Feb. 2014 by Jamie Giles
one of the best dredd stories.split into three. the fight against the judges,living in meg one,living with the judges.
can you change anything? what would you do ? Read more
There are those comic stories which are simply a perfect amalgamation of prose and artwork. New Gods 7, Mister Miracle 9, Fantastic Four 51. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2013 by Nariman
It's been a long time since I read Judge Dress but I'm glad that I took the chance to 're-visit. Good story, well told.Published on 6 Oct. 2013 by N. Edge
One of the stranger dress stories in my opinion, but one I thoroughly enjoyed. The first of its three parts is the best and well worth buying the volume.Published on 17 July 2013 by Mr. Matthew P. Jones
the three act story spans years, creates some great, but flawed characters. Dredd takes a back seat, but the story is not weaker for it.Published on 26 May 2013 by V Sad