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Judge Dredd Origins Kindle Edition
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Dredd is sent to the Cursed Earth with a bunch of other judges to deliver a ransom for what is reported to be the real first Chief Judge's body (the one in the Halls of Justice is a fake). On their way to meet pay the ransom, Dredd tells the story of how the judges came about and why, and some of his own history too.
I found the book to be very interesting, using flashbacks interwoven with a pretty good story. The Wagner / Ezquerra partnership (ably supported by Wilson) is first-rate, and is as consistent as always.
I wouldn't recommend people new to Dredd, or those who have just seen the movie, to start here. Go for some of the older stories first, particularly those in Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files, Vol. 2 and Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files v. 5 which will give you a good grounding in Dredd's world and help you appreciate this book better.
Of course, none of this was a secret. The basic back story was in place within the first couple of years, so is a thirty year wait really worth it?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Whilst many Dredd epics have built a sense of scale through huge geographical spans, this one manages to get a sense of grandure by tracing the course of a whole society across 130 years.
Without contradicting anything that has gone before, Wagner manages to weave a story with unexpected twists and payoffs. And best of all, although there are plenty of loose ends tied off, and nods to many previous stories, this is no continuity porn: this would be the perfect book to give someone who wanted to know what Dredd was all about.
And it's not all about the writing-- the art is top notch. In the prologue Kev Walker channels Mike Mignola to give the appropriate sense of mystery and shadowy foreboding, whilst the main story features the best Ezquerra art I think I have seen. In particular the attention to detail in the evolution of the judge uniform tells a story in itself.
The story manages to reveal significant moments without destroying their mystique. In particular it manages to deepen Dredd's character without trying to humanise him or go for cheap emotional shortcuts. This is still a man who will execute a severely wounded opponent begging for mercy without a second thought.
Not just one of the best Dredd stories, but one of the best comics I have read all year. Recommended unreservedly.
Sent to retrieve the body with a hand-picked team & a transporter full of money, Dredd fills his comrades in on how Justice Dept. was REALLY created and how Fargo, the man he was cloned from, REALLY compared to the legend.
There isn't much more I can say without revealing too much of the plot, since there are more twists in this tale than at a Chubby Checker concert. There are plenty of surprises in store for long-term Dredd fans in a story which touches on earlier Dredd epics, including 'Oz' & 'The Cursed Earth'. However, 'Origins' stands on its own without the reader having to be clued up on earlier stories - in fact, I feel that the way it fleshes out the birth of Dredd's world makes it a good starting-point for new fans.
Kev Walker pens the introductory storyline, while Ezquerra draws the rest. Because there is a natural break in the story where one artist takes over from the other, it doesn't distract in the same way it does with other epic storylines where the artists seem to be chopped & changed at random. And it seems most fitting that Ezquerra is given the reigns for most of it - the classic Dredd artist for a classic Dredd epic, tucked inside a classic Bolland cover. Perfect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Where it all began. A good read and a must have for fans of ol' stoneyface.Published 2 months ago by Martyn
As a reader who has only returned back to the comics after a number of years, the development of Dredd as an older, wiser, more contemplative character is brilliantly presented... Read morePublished 3 months ago by PEN
a little show out to my childhood :)
great gift, fast delivery, great provider
The Kindle app is the worst piect of software for comic books I have used. Why you can't sell it as a cbr or pdf (like the officual 2000AD site manages to do) is beyond me. Read morePublished on 11 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
If you've ever wanted to dip your toe into Dredd's world, Origins is a pretty good place to start. Recommended.Published on 12 Feb. 2014 by Nick Cook
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