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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 16 (Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files) Kindle Edition
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- Book 16 of 24 in Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files (24 Book Series)
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The main reason to buy this book is the superb conclusion to the `Democracy' story arc, (`The Devil You Know' / `Twilight's Last Gleaming') which ranks as a classic of Dredd lore. The citizens of MC-1 are to be given a referendum on democracy, which, if the Judges lose, will mark the end of their reign of power. But meanwhile, Dredd is forced to deal with an internecine conspiracy that may destroy any chances the Judges have of winning. Pivotal stuff, which excellently showcases the level of maturity the Dredd strip is capable of.
However, the rest of the 2000AD material is, let's be honest, fairly patchy. By this stage, young Garth Ennis was firmly ensconced as regular writer of the strip, and whilst making a brave fist of it, even he freely admits it is far from his best work - understandable, given the daunting nature of writing 2000AD's signature strip, week-in, week-out. Ennis clearly has huge respect and affection for the strip, but often says he feels too `close' to Dredd as a fan to write it convincingly, and while he is probably doing himself a disservice (some of his final few Dredd stories were excellent), a lot of the stories in this volume just don't hold up too well. At its worst, the Ennis run was pointlessly obsessed with 90s pop culture, and while Dredd has always possessed a strong vein of parody, it overwhelms the strip in this era. Likewise, the art is moving into the fully-painted, sub-Bisley swamp that this period of 2000AD is renowned for, and whilst many of these artists will go on to mature spectacularly, their early offerings have a long way to go.Read more ›
It features progs 736-775, the JD Megazine 1.11 - 1.20 - all featuring stories from Mega City One's years 2113-2114
Generally these collections contain epics, or a few big stories that are significant for the Judge Dredd timeline. Then they tend to be filled out with one-prog style spacefillers - what you get is the luck of the draw, as the volumes are exhaustive and cronologically ordered - sometimes you get a "Block Mania", sometimes you just get bits and bobs.
There's no epic in this volume, but a couple of stories that are significant
The Devil You Know/Twighlight's Last Gleaming. This run of stories closes the "Democracy" storyline that had been going on for years, with a rerendum to end the rule of the Judges
The Art of Geomancy. A follow up to the ongoing "Death Fist" storyline.
Justice One - a six parter set on space ships on the way to Pluto
Raptaur - a kind of "Alien" rip-off 7 parter.
The rest is just little stories - with a pretty varied quality of artwork - one or two in particular are pretty dire.
I'm still buying them one by one from volume 12 onwards - i bought the actual comics in my youth up to a certain age and now i'm "getting up to speed" on the stories i missed because I stopped; if the quality keeps diminishing like this i might just stop and stick to the classic early volumes.
The art work varies from artist to artist
Most are very good ....i will try to get them all sooner or later
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I enjoyed every single volume of these so far, don't waste time just plunge in.Published 18 months ago by Sergei Dragovitch
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