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Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 5 Paperback – 15 Oct 2006
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About the Author
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 a whole cast of other memorable characters. His Paradox Press graphic novel A History of Violence was made into a major film by director David Cronenberg, and Judge Dredd adapted into a film twice, most recently in DREDD by Alex Garland and Pete Travis.
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Following on soon after that is the superb "Block Wars" story which then leads directly on to the mega epic "The Apocalypse War". "The Apocalypse War" is a huge 25 chapter epic draw completely by the superb Carlos Ezquerra and should not be missed.
A must have purchase.
And then came Block Mania and the Apocalypse War, an epic to end all epics at 30+ parts. Apocalyptic is the right word. Mega-City One is razed to the ground by atomic fire, half the city's population wiped out by tidal wave, radiation poisoning, bitter civil war and the merciless tanks of the Sov occupation. The use of Soviet-styled enemy judges dates the story a tad, but it's such a tour-de-force that that's a minor criticsm. More than any other, this is the story that really defined Dredd and put it on the map, generating stories for years to come. Because the Dredd strip unfolds in real-time, unlike most american comics, the after-effects of this mammoth event would haunt Dredd far into the future.
The whole thing is, once again, written solely by John Wagner and Alan Grant, and the Apocalypse War is drawn entirely by Carlos Ezquerra - the man who had originally designed Dredd and his uniform, but up to this point had been absent on the strip. After the chunky stylings of McMahon, and the fine detail of Smith and Bolland, Ezquerra's more euro-centric, almost brutal art comes as a bit of a shock, but it's perfect for the scope of the story. The story stands as a towering achievment for all concerned, and marks the moment Dredd really became a force to be reckoned with.
When this storyline was written, the Cold War was going strong - no doubt inspiring Wagner to set this series in a post-apocalyptic future in the first place. But Dredd's world wasn't merely post-apocalyptic for long, as in this storyline, East-Meg One launches an all-out nuclear assault on Mega-City One. The result is devastating - the Big Meg's population is reduced from 800 million to 400 million as much of the city is reduced to radioactive rubble. Unable to penetrate the Sov's defences, Mega-City One & its greatest lawman are seriously on the ropes.
The subject of nuclear war is handled maturely, creatively & with Dredd's typical black, ironic & very British humour that came to typify the series & make it truly stand out. It also left quite a legacy on the Dredd universe. It gave Wagner & Grant the opportunity to create a whole host of colourful perps, muties & plagues twisted by radition in future storylines. More significantly, Wagners' desire to bring some social commentary to the series is combined perfectly with Dredd running round killing the baddies & saving his uncaring city but never getting the girl.
Also included is 'Death Lives' - Judge Death returns & this time he's brought some friends with him! This volume also contains The Mega Rackets - a series of short stories centred around organised crimes of the future. These range from the quirky (peaceful aliens farmed for their youth-giving properties) to the dark (virtually unstoppable Gila Munja mutant assassins). These stories are OK but not on par with the other classics which make up most of this volume - which certainly represent good value for money!
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